Residents push two issues for fall ballot

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A group of Englewood resident picked up petitions to collect signatures required to place two issues on the November ballot.

Lou Ellis, Englewood city clerk, said residents Beverly Cummins and Elaine Hultz picked up the ballot issue petitions.

One of the ballot issues would change the city charter regarding term limits for members of the city council and the municipal judge.

Originally, members of the city council were limited to two terms, but the council approved an ordinance changing the limit to three terms. This ballot issue would return the limit to two terms. There is no term limit established for the municipal judge, and the ballot issue also could place a two-term limit on that post.

Presiding Judge Vincent R. Atencio, Colorado’s only fully elected judge, has held his post since January 1998 and was most recently re-elected in 2009.

The ballot questions would make the term limits effective two weeks after Election Day.

Ellis said the proponents must collect 1,024 signatures of registered voters living in  Englewood and turn the petitions in by 5 p.m. Aug. 7.

The second ballot issue would be a legislative initiative. If passed, it would apply the term “park” to any land designated by the word “park” on the 2006 Englewood Parks and Recreation Master Plan. That would include but not be limited to Baker, Barde, Bates-Logan, Belleview, Centennial, Clarkson, Cushing, Depot, Duncan, Emerson, Hosanna, Jason, Miller Fields, Roman and Rotolo parks.

To be placed on the ballot, proponents must collect the signatures of at least 519 Englewood registered voters on the petitions that must be turned in not later than 5 p.m. Aug. 7.

Cummins said her petition drive for term limits “speaks for itself” as local politicians continue to hold city positions.

“They changed it to three (terms), so we’d like to have it changed back to just two,” she said. “They can keep jumping back and forth into different positions. … I know they all need to find other jobs.”

The city’s plan to sell the Englewood Depot to Denver letterpress printers Tom and Patti Parson should give people pause, Cummins said. The parkland petition is “mainly to make people stop and think that all our parkland can be taken away — if they can sell parkland right there under the depot, they can sell it anywhere.

“Once gone, we never can get it back again,” she said. “It’s not right to take property that belongs to Englewood and sell it to someone in Denver.”

Assistant editor Scott Gilbert contributed to this report

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