Monday, November 24, 2008

2008 Adopt-A-Family

As we look outside and see the temperature and snow falling, it reminds us of the up coming holidays. Most of us can remember the joys the holidays would bring us as a child. Sweet treats, family and friends and for most of us the early waking on Christmas morning to see a tree that looks like it had been blessed by angels. These were the thoughts behind the Village and Lake Isabella Property Owners Association’s offices adopting a family for the holiday.

In prior years the two offices would enjoy a pot luck lunch and exchange small gifts with one another. We enjoyed the break from work to spend in the company of coworkers who have in turn become friends. In 2004, we decided we would like to do something special thus putting into motion a magnificent chain of events.

We remembered hearing about local businesses adopting families through United Way for the holidays and decided to look into it. What we encountered was a list of over 650 individuals in need of help for the holidays. These families were referred to United Way by outside agencies such as Red Cross, Family Independence Agency, Schools, and Churches. After looking through the families we chose a family of three. We received a small bio on the family and a wish list for each member. We grew very excited knowing how we were going to be able to help give a family a joyous reason to celebrate the holidays with fond memories.

As the offices talked about the things they wanted to buy for the families, our respected board members caught wind of our actions and collectively decided they would like to join in. By doing this it enabled us to adopt a second family. This one being a family of seven. We raised enough money from board members and office staff to provide both families with an exceptional holiday.

We have since continued this tradition and took it one step further to include our community. It is with all of our efforts that this endeavor grows more successful with each passing year. We could not adopt two and three families without the constant support of our esteemed residents of Lake Isabella, our respected board and council members, plus the help of local businesses who let us place donation cans at their location for those contributors who like to stay anonymous. Below are two charts one showing how many lives we’ve helped and the other showing how much this fascinating event has grown monetarily at Lake Isabella.

This year the LIPOA and the Village have once again joined with United Way to help local residents have a happier holiday. We thank you in advance for your dedication to improving our neighbor’s lives and giving a little extra in the spirit of the holidays this season. Remember all donations to this event are tax deductible. If you are interested in helping out please contact Jessica (through the Village office) at 989-644-8654 or Casey (through the LIPOA office) at 989-644-3326. Wishing all of you a warm and happy winter season!!

Noise violators in Fort Lupton sentenced to listen to Barry Manilow

Reposted from the Rocky Mountain News...

FORT LUPTON, CO — Barry Manilow's "I Write the Songs" may begin with the line, "I've been alive forever,'" but for noise ordinance violators, listening to Manilow may feel like forever.
Fort Lupton Municipal Judge Paul Sacco says his novel punishment of forcing noise violators to listen to music they don't like for one hour has cut down on the number of repeat offenders in this northwestern Colorado prairie town.

About four times a year, those guilty of noise ordinance violations are required to sit in a room and listen to music from the likes of Manilow, Barney the Dinosaur, and The Platters' crooning "Only You."

"These people should have to listen to music they don't like," said Judge Paul Sacco for a segment about the program that aired Friday on Denver's KUSA-TV. Sacco began the program years ago when he noticed that many of the repeat offenders simply showed up at his courtroom to pay their fine with cash.

"Most kids don't want to hear somebody like Glenn Close trying to sing opera," he said.
Video of a recent class showed teenagers with long faces shifting in their seats or looking up at the ceiling.

"You can't fall asleep," said teenager Rueben Fuentes right before letting out a bit of a sigh.
Members of a garage band were at the class after playing music late at night in their backyard.
"The cop station was two blocks away," said band member Robert Mort. "People who were at the party loved it. I'm not sure the cops did."

"Too much music, too loud, too late," added band member Harrison DeRuiter.

So what does Sacco think of Barry Manilow? "I actually don't think Manilow's too bad," he said.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Closing in on 100K

Since the launch of our expanded website in October 2005, we have had nearly 100,000 page requests. As our site has continued to expand with new features such as; parcel and tax information, plat maps, videos, and the blog, traffic has increased.

From November 2005 through October 2006 we recorded 17,731 page hits. Then from November 2006 through October 2007 that number more than doubled to 36,796. For the same 12 month period of November through October that just passed, traffic increased to 43,287. That is a nearly 20% increase from the previous year, and a 250% increase from our first year online.

What is more telling is that for the entire span of November 2005 through October 2007 (24 months) we only had 6 months with more than 3,000 page requests. For this past year we had 8 months of over 3,000 page requests, with over 5,600 in July alone.

Here is the real question though, how we can improve the site to your advantage? Your input is very welcome as our goal with our e-government is simply to better serve you. Feel free to post your comments, e-mail them, send them via snail-mail, or simply stop by the office.

And most importantly, thank you for visiting us on-line!

Friday, November 7, 2008

DTE Gas Project Update November 7th

Work along El Camino Grande is nearly finished. It is expected that next week once the service mains for Iberian, Cantabrian, and Isabella Vista are tied into he El Camino Main gas will be pumped into the system. That means the first connections will be happening shortly thereafter! Next week work will continue along Cantabrian, Isabella Vista, and Queens Way. The map below shows the progress to date.

The speed of the project is also expected to increase as an additional crew will be arriving to help and most of the 4" and 6" service mains have been installed. The 4" and 6" mains come in long sections that have to be fused together, which takes additional time and equipment. The size of the pipe also requires greater work than the smaller service mains which will service the side streets in the Village. This smaller main comes in 300' long rolls and is able to be installed quicker. In fact, some of it has already been installed on Cantabrian and Iberian.