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Metropolitan District Board Election

Ken-Caryl Ranch Metropolitan District Board Election

2022 MD Election Results

Elected to a One-Year Term

  • Lauri Lehan-Milano
  • Mike Miro

Elected to a Three-Year Term

  • Jim Conzelman
  • Kayla Kirkpatrick

New Board members will be sworn in as part of the final agenda item on the May 26 agenda. We thank all of the candidates who threw their hats into the ring as well as our residents for casting their votes in the year’s election.

MD Board Full Election Results

One-Year Term

  • Jeff Esbenshade – 526
  • Lauri Lehan-Milano – 839
  • Mike Miro – 1,121
  • John Ostrom – 804

Three-Year Term

  • Tim Berg – 342
  • Jim Conzelman – 854
  • Kayla Kirkpatrick – 865
  • Jimmy Land – 211
  • Shawn Murphy – 605
  • Rilla Reinsma – 534

Candidates Running for a Three-Year Term

In alphabetical order

Click on the + next to each name to view responses.

Tim Berg

Email: tberg@teralogicnet.com
Phone: 303-618-8707
Occupation: Entrepreneur

Why have you declared your candidacy for the Board of Directors?
To try and bring balance and advocate for kids, seniors and those that don’t get heard. We need more diversity, more voices, more inclusion, more appreciation. We need more people at meetings, we need more resident participation, we need to provide answers at meetings and appreciate the residents and those that serve our community. We need term limits and balance, we need to encourage participation, support volunteers, more volunteer work and more people out working together. Let’s come out of our houses, out from behind screens, out from our desks. I think we would have a much happier, more peaceful neighborhood if we took the time to get to know each other, one-on-one, outside. I have read letters to the editor talking about how bad somebody is only to meet them and find out they are really nice. Control taxes, dues and fees. Provide answers at meetings instead of just more questions. Every meeting should start with a list of answers for the attendees and publish the answers for everybody to see.

What skills or qualifications do you bring as assets to the KCRMD Board of Directors?
I have a technology, property management background and serve as a VP on another BOD. I have volunteered with the Garden Club, Conservation Club, Trail Club, Historical Society, helped build playgrounds, our family volunteers for the swim team. I spend many hours in the neighborhood picking up trash, taking care of trees, getting awareness toward vandalism, trying to reduce speeding, littering and other things I see that are destructive. I created a new volunteer group to address wildfire danger and have brought that critical issue to the forefront of the neighborhood projects that need to be addressed. I am a very serious environmentalist and ecologist. I am a fiscal conservative and an advocate for public safety and responsibility.

What do you see as the major issues facing the KCR community over the next five years, and how would you deal with those issues as a Board member?
Accountability! Stop increased taxes and budget cuts, stop unfortunate divisions in our neighborhood. I would bring all parties to the table and work together. We have unfortunately had people target my kids and me me for advocating for children, parks and playgrounds. I will never stop advocating for my kids, other kids and seniors in the neighborhood. It’s very difficult to be heard at neighborhood meetings and you only have three minutes to talk, then you are cut off with no answers. I have handed out thousands of flyers on fire safety, gotten Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts to help me and talked to hundreds of people in the neighborhood. Many people have told me that I am the first person that has ever come and asked them how the neighborhood could be better for them. Our seniors are our elders, we must listen to them. We have single moms, single dads, seniors on a fixed income. Reduce electricity, and water usage and expenses. We must protect our beautiful old growth trees, our native plants, native animals and adopt conservation practices. Reduce our water usage because we are in a 1,200-year drought, replace thirsty grass with beautiful flowers and landscaping. Reduce light pollution.

If you could allocate more funding to one area of Metropolitan District responsibility, what area would it be, why would it be this, and how would you accomplish the necessary funding?
Beautiful parks and playgrounds! Use volunteers to avoid more taxes, dues and fees. Volunteer programs are the best way to get our neighborhood together. Action not more arguing! I have met so many nice people through being a volunteer and have had an outpouring of support for my own volunteer project. I see people trying to raise dues, fees, and taxes and Jeffco has announced tax increases and budget cuts at the same time for this year and next; I don’t understand how they can ask for more money and say they are going to provide less at the same time. I would like to see us take up some of the responsibility from Jeffco and work on neighborhood programs to reduce vandalism, theft of purses at community buildings, break-ins and the other things that are becoming more common. The neighborhood belongs to our children, they are our future, and I would like to see a kinder and gentler neighborhood that values children more. The importance of being a caretaker and providing for children is biblical “let the children come to me, and do not hinder them for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” We are the caretakers of today, we must leave the world a beautiful place.

Jim Conzelman

Email: jimc@kcranch.org
Phone:
Candidate Chose Not to Publish
Occupation: Retired Naval Officer and Global Nonprofit Co-Founder

 Why have you declared your candidacy for the Board of Directors?
As a fellow Ken-Caryl homeowner, nature and trail lover, swimmer, tennis player and youth coach, I have a vested, personal interest in making our community even more awesome.

As your recently appointed Treasurer for our Ken-Caryl Ranch Metropolitan District Board, I am passionate about leveraging the working relationships I’ve established to faithfully steward our incredible resources. These include healthier reserves than previous years, newly elected board members with a fresh perspective, amazing staff and a breathtaking place to live. This calls for creative vision, further development of our 10-year strategic plan and hard work, to which I am FULLY committed.

What skills or qualifications do you bring as assets to the KCRMD Board of Directors?
As co-founder and now board chair of a global nonprofit, I am intimately familiar with the inner workings of board team dynamics, establishing bylaws and creating life-changing impact, from vision to success. With that foundation, we established a presence in 83 cities across 10 countries in just five years.

As the commanding officer for Navy Support Center Denver, I managed the successful repair and improvement of a $5M facility undergoing a $3.4M renovation, akin to the type of capital investment Ken-Caryl requires.

As a senior human capital strategist for the Office of the Chief of Navy Reserve at the Pentagon, I helped guide the Navy Reserve’s 64K personnel plan with a $3.4B congressional defense budget.

As a leadership and ethics instructor at the US Naval Academy, I researched and taught academic and practical strategic leadership to our nation’s now commissioned warriors.

As a naval flight officer, I flew surveillance and reconnaissance missions across the Pacific, Asia and the Middle East.

I will listen, represent you, collaborate and lead toward our shared vision.

What do you see as the major issues facing the KCR community over the next five years, and how would you deal with those issues as a Board member?
I am most passionate about helping our community refine and execute our ten-year strategic plan that optimizes KCRMD amenities and improves quality of life for all our residents at the most responsible cost. These amenities include our pools, tennis and upcoming pickleball courts, parks, South Hogback Open Space and buildings like our Community Center and Ranch House.

If you could allocate more funding to one area of Metropolitan District responsibility, what area would it be, why would it be this, and how would you accomplish the necessary funding?
Strong connection and community is our greatest opportunity, especially after all we have been through as a country during the pandemic. Aligned with 2021 survey results from 51% of our residents, and careful deliberation and recommendation from our Community Planning Committee, it is clear to me that capital investment in community gathering places is what’s most needed. This includes shade structures for our pools and parks and investment in an outdoor amphitheater for events. Neighborhood gatherings at the Manor House served this purpose in the past, and creating a majestic, outdoor venue, such as an amphitheater for special events, open to all residents, would achieve an even better experience to bring us together.

Funding will come from a combination of tapping existing reserves to legal limits, minor voter approved increase to the mill levy, eliminating duplicate MA/MD staff functions and maintaining reasonable cost recovery for KCRMD services.

Kayla Kirkpatrick

Email: kaylapaa@yahoo.com
Phone: 303-999-1993
Occupation: Education Plan Compliance Auditor/ASL Interpreter

Why have you declared your candidacy for the Board of Directors?
I take Fiduciary Duties very seriously. Duty of care and loyalty to our current resident taxpayers is very important to me and I would like to ensure the Metropolitan District Board is looking out for taxpayers first. Honestly, I imagined myself as a one-term Board member and that four years would be plenty. But as time passed, and my term is winding down, I think I have more work to do.

What skills or qualifications do you bring as assets to the KCRMD Board of Directors?
I attended both MA and MD meetings for three years before becoming a Board member. My experience makes me uniquely qualified. I learned a lot by watching. On the Board, I learned more—policy and governance, the roles of the private MA vs. the public MD, etc. I honor the community input process.

I work to understand. I rely on facts and consider the short and long-term. I want taxpayers to benefit most in each issue and vote before the Board. I explain my vote and what informed me.

Good business judgement and deliberating during open meetings builds trust. Operating transparently is essential. Requests for records is engagement.

Accountability. Governance. The Board directs the manager and is accountable to the taxpayers; the manager directs staff and is accountable to the Board. I ask challenging, probing questions of management, staff and Board peers to ensure the MD is fulfilling its fiduciary duty, mission and goals. Debating in public, finding solutions, focusing on positive outcomes—not personalities. Accountability checks and balances are compulsory, as are meetings open to the public. Resident taxpayers deserve a chance to address the Board and make their own conclusions.

What do you see as the major issues facing the KCR community over the next five years, and how would you deal with those issues as a Board member?
There are many:

  • Impact of the new properties will have the biggest influence on the MD, since its inception. The KCRMD Board must advocate for current taxpayers and protect interests—quality of life, amenities, traffic, safety and more. No viable locations for expansion of facilities and amenities exist in KCR. Adding 2,000+ residents must be considered carefully.
  • Fire safety and mitigation must be a top priority.
  • We’ve got to do better with resident taxpayer and Board engagement; it’s essential. The public we serve now deserve to be involved in the major decisions the MD makes concerning the new development. The best interests of current District taxpayers are paramount.
  • Harness the economic opportunities of Community Park (CP), including use analysis, analyzing the last three community surveys and the MD’s benefits and deficiencies at CP. Question everything. Is there a use that benefits current taxpayers more than to rent fields for $40 to outside groups not affiliated with KCRMD for the entire day? What if many of whom are comprised of more non-residents than those paying taxes all year long?

If you could allocate more funding to one area of Metropolitan District responsibility, what area would it be, why would it be this, and how would you accomplish the necessary funding?
I strive to allocate funds, amenities and recreational opportunities to benefit the greatest number of taxpayers of the greatest age range and user groups. Agreements with outside programs using KCRMD managed facilities must be analyzed for resident taxpayer use and the impact use has on the wider community of KCRMD taxpayers. The MD can charge the public a reasonable fee for use. But what is “reasonable”? How is it determined? Can the fee structure have three tiers—resident taxpayer, Jeffco taxpayer and public? Are we getting maximum return on our property/room, pool and field rentals? Is there a way to administer reasonable fees to non-taxpayers that would allow taxpayers to pay less at the point of sale? Are the resident taxpayers subsidizing those who are not contributing tax dollars to KCRMD? When “community” is defined so broadly, is the MD shortchanging our resident taxpayers?

There are a lot of questions to ask and solutions to be explored. I don’t have all the answers. There is more work to be done. I am the right candidate to represent and be accountable to resident taxpayers on the Ken-Caryl Ranch Metropolitan District Board.

Jimmy Land

Email: jimmyland1315@gmail.com
Phone: 765-461-6338
Occupation: Sales Consultant at Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits

Why have you declared your candidacy for the Board of Directors?
Moving to this community 2 ½ years ago was the best decision my family could have ever made. We had no idea the instant network and lifelong friends we were entering into. It was honestly just luck being able to afford a house in an ever-increasing, hard market to buy into. Now that we are here, we do not plan to go anywhere and want this neighborhood to be here for our son and his family to enjoy one day. This is why I started to get involved by attending meetings to see how I could be a part and help. After many discussions with current MA and MD Board members, along with community residents, I feel with my problem-solving attitude and youthful vision, I can be an instant asset to the MD Board. As this community is ever increasingly moving in younger families, I believe I can provide that vision and voice that represents them along with every other long-time resident of Ken-Caryl.

What skills or qualifications do you bring as assets to the KCRMD Board of Directors?
I am currently serving in my 5th term on the Board of Directors of my condo association in Daytona Beach, Florida. There I have been an active voice bringing positive changes that my fellow owners have wanted and asked for. We have increased our property values while having $0 increase in dues. I feel that I can be an active listener of the voters and represent their wants and needs here as well. I have been building a business the last five years in Colorado before recently switching back to a national company. I have worked with small and large businesses and understand the importance of listening to all issues as well as offering customer service to each and every constituent. I believe I bring a problem-solving attitude to the table and feel that nothing is impossible when working together as a team.

What do you see as the major issues facing the KCR community over the next five years, and how would you deal with those issues as a Board member?
We need to focus on fire mitigation and keeping our properties safe. I think one of the first steps in this would be to upgrade our perimeter fencing from wood to concrete as well as looking at protecting our open space by responsibly maintaining our trails. Also, with the new NADG additions, we should focus on making sure they are providing a fair share of amenities for everyone to enjoy and not just overcrowding what is currently here.

If you could allocate more funding to one area of Metropolitan District responsibility, what area would it be, why would it be this, and how would you accomplish the necessary funding?
I feel that the budget needs a thorough line by line audit to see where we can reduce, if not, eliminate fees that have been added to the budget that were not there before. I would also like to see Community Park developed into a more useful space with more possible revenue streams. I think we can gain revenue by increasing fees for the use of our facilities as well by non-residents and outside programs. We are currently charging less than surrounding areas for the same uses with much less quality facilities. I am also a strong advocate for finding a place for the much-desired dog park. In addition, I would like to see more shade and chairs available at our pools.

Shawn Murphy

Email: Candidate Chose Not to Publish
Phone: Candidate Chose Not to Publish
Occupation: Commercial Real Estate

Why have you declared your candidacy for the Board of Directors?
My intent for candidacy for the Board of Directors is simple. To act on behalf of our community ensuring our tax dollars are spent responsibly, ensuring short and long-term infrastructure needs are meeting the needs today and many decades to come. This will come from a personal and career foundation built on strong ethics, morals, and integrity and upheld by my board and fiduciary experience.

What skills or qualifications do you bring as assets to the KCRMD Board of Directors?
I have had the honor to sit on multiple local, national and global boards in the past. This experience brings acumen in complex problem solving, fiduciary responsibility and in listening to all the parties involved. My board work that best represents that of the KCRMD is that of BOMA (Building Owners Management Association) and CoreNet – both Commercial/Corporate real estate-based. Allowing me to best advocate for small and large groups supporting complex issues, bringing many ideals together with long-term impacts and considerable budgets – much like the KCRMD.

I have also served on the Ken-Caryl Lightning Swim Team Board – concessions.

What do you see as the major issues facing the KCR community over the next five years, and how would you deal with those issues as a Board member?
Our community is evolving, whether you, or I, are involved. The cultures within Ken-Caryl are on a continuum, and our community is going to want to see evolution and change. This change will come from diversity, equity and inclusion, increased household incomes and younger families wanting to raise families just like we have.

The issues I see most prevalent in the coming years are:

  • Finance – 10-year capital planning, cost recovery initiatives and upcoming bond issues we need to focus on.
  • Land Use – conservation while looking at our land use in a meaningful way that will preserve access and the nature that we all have come to admire.
  • Staff – Ensuring we have the right people doing the right jobs on our behalf, ensuring they are executing the vision set by the MD.
  • Longevity of our community – collaborating with the staff to create greater value and a deeper sense of community in the place we call home.

If you could allocate more funding to one area of Metropolitan District responsibility, what area would it be, why would it be this, and how would you accomplish the necessary funding?
I believe before recreating a wheel that already knows how to turn in a circle, we must take a deep look at what is being passed on to the next Board. Extensive work, dedication and expertise have gone into a 10-year capital plan that is currently being developed. A plan that currently runs out of funding in years 6 or 7. Therefore, a deeper dive to better understand what that plan is, the value it creates (monetarily and nonmonetary) and how that plan is funded, is critical. Once evaluated and presented to the community, ask the question, does this meet the current and long-term needs of our community?

Rilla Reinsma

Email: Candidate Chose Not to Publish
Phone: Candidate Chose Not to Publish
Occupation: Retired

Why have you declared your candidacy for the Board of Directors?
I feel honored to be in this vibrant community for 30 years with all its wildlife, natural beauty and civic-minded residents. Having attend MD meetings for the last 5 years, I feel that I am knowledgeable regarding major issues in our community. Listening to the concerns of the majority of residents, I find that there are several topics of concern at the forefronts of their minds, and mine as well: being fiscally conservative with our revenue, upcoming residential developments and the aesthetics of KCR, to name a couple examples.

What skills or qualifications do you bring as assets to the KCRMD Board of Directors?
As a homemaker/family CEO/”jack-of-all-trades”, and a former secretary, I am an organized person. I volunteered with an NPO for 13 years, managing concession stands at seven venues in the Denver metro area. These responsibilities included inventory counts, having 3-8 people to supervise, food safety logs and accurate receipt accounting. I do my homework by investigation/researching subjects, whether for home, or use in our community. Being informed is the best way toward good decision making. I also try to learn from those who may have a different opinion than myself, to see both sides of a given subject. No one person has all the answers, but there are resources available to search through to help glean information/opinions with the goal of achieving good decisions.

What do you see as the major issues facing the KCR community over the next five years, and how would you deal with those issues as a Board member?
A big issue now is the NADG developments and how that will be affecting our community. This includes the blending of these parcels into the rest of the community, what the aesthetics will look like, what recreational opportunities will be available, and safety on roadways with additional traffic. Another is the MD reserve plan and how the 10-year capital project plans will be funded. What is the best way to fund projects? Is there a way to fund without increasing our mill levy? I have no desire to increase our property taxes. This will take some serious discussion on how to achieve these plans. We also need to protect our South Hogback Open Space by making it a conservation area. This is one of the last remaining areas in Colorado that has rare fauna/flora in it. A conservation area will ensure that these items, among others, are not lost forever to Colorado.

If you could allocate more funding to one area of Metropolitan District responsibility, what area would it be, why would it be this, and how would you accomplish the necessary funding?
I think an area that needs some considerate revision is our fee schedule(s) for non-residents and community field(s) usage. I think that we are not charging nearly enough compared to other suburban areas for field usage. In this way, by not charging enough for non-residents, we are also making residents pay more than what they should be paying. This area will also need to have some serious discussion to achieve good decisions to keep KCR competitive, while also being fiscally responsible for the KCR taxpayer.

Candidates Running for a One-Year Term

In alphabetical order

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Jeff Esbenshade

Email: esbenshad@aol.com
Phone: 303-972-3968
Occupation: Retired

Why have you declared your candidacy for the Board of Directors?
The MD Board has spent a great deal of time on the NADG Development inclusion. Not 100% of our residents are in favor of this deal. We must work out our differences without starting a law case. Whatever dwellings will be constructed, the new residents will use our amenities. The MD needs to collect the property taxes from the new residential sub-metropolitan district.

We need one committee, or one organization, to be in charge of fire mitigation. Whatever the plan is, we need to practice controlled back burns, mow fire lanes and practice evacuations. Good training saves lives.

What skills or qualifications do you bring as assets to the KCRMD Board of Directors?
I was previously an MD Board Member for six years. I was co-chair of building the KCR Veterans Monument. I was on the North Ranch Homeowner’s Association for 20 years, intermittently. When I was on the MD Board, we spent a great deal of time addressing a 13-year lawsuit that cost the taxpayers over $1 million dollars. Since I’m only running for a one-year term, I want to make sure we compromise on the NADG inclusion.

What do you see as the major issues facing the KCR community over the next five years, and how would you deal with those issues as a Board member?
The MD had to sell a 10-year bond to do improvements to our amenities because the Board could not keep up with the expenses of the aging facilities. The MD Board has outlined a 10-year capital improvement plan. We need to start the implementation of the plan. If we can upgrade the facilities on a pay as you go basis, we won’t have to borrow any capital.

If you could allocate more funding to one area of Metropolitan District responsibility, what area would it be, why would it be this, and how would you accomplish the necessary funding?
Prior to retiring, I was a heavy equipment salesman. The most successful businesses were those that purchased new equipment every year. We should allocate funding as the same approach with all operating assets. We should purchase these assets annually, so that they don’t all wear out at the same time. The funding would be accomplished with the combination of annual operating budget money and part of the capital reserve funding.

Lauri Lehan-Milano

Email: laurilehan@comcast.net
Phone: Candidate Chose Not to Publish
Occupation: Home Building

Why have you declared your candidacy for the Board of Directors?
I’ve served two terms on the KCRMD Board of Directors, 2012-2020, before reaching the term limit guidelines. I am now eligible to run again for a one-year seat and would like to bring my experience and knowledge back to assist our newer Board members and provide some tenure to the number of open seats this election cycle. The KCRMD is a unique governmental entity in that we must follow state statue and special district requirements, while also partnering closely with the Master Association. It does take approximately a year of meetings; committee work and budget cycles to understand the whole process and governmental procedure. I feel I would be a good asset to fill a seat as I’ve passed the learning curve. There is still work to be done with the NADG agreement that I would like to be a part of, as this is going to change Ken-Caryl, and we need to ensure this is mutually beneficial to all the stakeholders, not only now, but for the future generations of staff and residents who will be managing our community. We also have a bond that is nearing its expiration; this is going to open up options for the District and residents, and it needs to be studied and presented.

What skills or qualifications do you bring as assets to the KCRMD Board of Directors?
My first committee was KC 2020 (now the CPC) and during my Board tenure, I held the seats of secretary, vice president and president; chaired the Plains Metro District settlement, which was a big goal to end years of litigation, and worked to create the Financial Stability committee with the MA so we could better balance the financial interests of both entities. I’ve spent most of my career working with residential homebuilders and understand the process of land entitlement, development and building. We do have a voice in some of this process, and I want to make sure we are represented and heard. I’ve lived in KCR since May of 2005, nine years on the Plains near the Ranch House, and eight years on the Valley side. My focus is to bring value to our residents and foster an environment of representation for all current and future KCR community members.

What do you see as the major issues facing the KCR community over the next five years, and how would you deal with those issues as a Board member?
KCR is an older community that needs ongoing maintenance, the bond allowed us to take a big swipe at deferred maintenance and improvements, but we need to develop a better long-term plan that residents can understand and stand behind. We are going to experience construction fatigue over the next several years of the build out along with the additional pressures all of our surrounding services will experience. We can be addressing some of these issues and concerns now to mitigate the changes coming by partnering with the appropriate resources. If the current employment environment doesn’t change, we will need to figure out how to hire and retain staff. It takes a lot of people to make KCR work, and we want employees to be happy, productive and fulfilled to stay. No one wants to lose programs or amenities because we can’t maintain the level of staffing required to operate these services.

If you could allocate more funding to one area of Metropolitan District responsibility, what area would it be, why would it be this, and how would you accomplish the necessary funding?
Wow, this is a tough question as there are a few areas I’d like work on; but the MD is in a good position to start planning for enhancements to Community Park. This is a great park space that is ready for improvements to better accommodate the needs of KCR. We have dollars allocated from the PMD settlement that must be used for parks improvements and we have the ability to obtain grants and GoCo funding for this site. In addition, I’d like to see some short-term funding for additional social activities as we reemerge from two years of COVID to reconnect with our neighbors and community. These events are typically not big expenses, but it can be challenging for staff to find the time to plan. It is possible that community members can volunteer time to assist in these types of activities.

Mike Miro

Email: mikemiroKCR@outlook.com
Phone: Candidate Chose Not to Publish
Occupation: Director at a structural and civil engineering firm headquartered in the DTC

Why have you declared your candidacy for the Board of Directors?
I am a fifth generation Colorado native that is passionate about being actively involved in our wonderful community. I’ve been volunteering on the Community Planning Committee (CPC) since 2013 and feel that this election cycle was the appropriate time to put my name in the mix for a Board seat. I’ve noticed more divisiveness over the past few years and would strive to bring additional harmony to the community. Members of the MD Board are elected to serve the residents. I am not a single-issue candidate and will base my decisions on the pulse of my fellow residents. I intend to be a fresh face on the Board that can hit the ground running immediately, because of my relevant experience.

What skills or qualifications do you bring as assets to the KCRMD Board of Directors?

A decade of volunteer experience on KCR committees and projects. I’ve served on the CPC since 2013 and was involved in the creation/analysis of the 2021, 2017 and 2012 Community Surveys. Through those processes, I’ve come to understand the improvements and initiatives supported by most residents. I have a pulse on the community and intend to make decisions based upon that perspective.

My family and I moved to KCR in 2012 and I got involved immediately. I’ve also been a part of:

  • Parks Advisory Committee – new signs, upgrades at Heirloom, Dakota Lodge and Saddlewood Parks
  • 2014 Bond Initiative – created PAC, campaign committee
  • Architect Selection Committee – invited by staff and board members
  • Project Manager Selection Committee – only non-staff or board member
  • Volunteer Open Space Patroller – avid hiker, enjoy meeting neighbors on the trail

My two school-aged children and I are active users of the recreational activities and amenities managed by the MD. We swim at the pools, are enrolled in nature camps, and participate in activities and events specific for families with children. The MD Board focuses on recreational programming that my family and I actively use.

What do you see as the major issues facing the KCR community over the next five years, and how would you deal with those issues as a Board member?

  • Protecting our neighborhood against fire. The wildfires in Boulder County are top of mind for most residents. I fully support the Firewise Committee, and feel they have the experience, expertise and mandate to help create a practical mitigation plan.
  • NADG Inclusion. We have an opportunity and a small window to finalize the best deal for KCR. New home setbacks, programming on the eight-acre parcel and a timeline for receiving funds from NADG are some of the outstanding items that need to be resolved. I support pushing the envelope wherever possible to secure the best deal for current and future homeowners.
  • Aging assets and infrastructure. The aesthetic view of our neighborhood is in decline. I’m supportive of taking a hard look at the 10-year capital improvement plan and vetting which projects or initiatives should take priority. Before deciding how to approach the expiring mill levy in 2024, it’s prudent to have the potential projects and improvements priced before going back to the community with a financial ask. I also respect resident’s money and would only spend on projects or initiatives that are essential,or desirable.

If you could allocate more funding to one area of Metropolitan District responsibility, what area would it be, why would it be this, and how would you accomplish the necessary funding?

  • Finalize the community tree replacement plan. Our aging cottonwoods and the potential threat of the Emerald Ash Borer are realities we can no longer ignore. The tree replacement plan would be comprehensive, supporting the Plains and the Valley, and would need to be aligned with the ongoing Firewise mitigation strategies. The funding and planting of the new trees could happen over a period of time and the cost could be spread over several years.
  • More community events. Survey results were overwhelmingly supportive of more community events and wider variety of events that appeal to broader neighborhood demographics. The relatively minimal cost of these events vs. the positive community culture they help foster is a great return on investment.
  • Eliminate pool fees. I do not fully support the current cost recovery model for the community pools and feel like we are nickel and diming our residents. The funding gap for this initiative is surprisingly minor and could be achieved many ways. I realize that not everyone uses the pools, but if they want to, residents should be able to show up whenever they want and not have to purchase a pass or schedule a time beforehand.

John Ostrom

Email: ualkodiak@aol.com
Phone: 303-717-3662
Occupation: US Marine Corps Officer (ret.), UAL Pilot/Instructor, Flight Ops Manager (Training/Compliance/Safety)

Why have you declared your candidacy for the Board of Directors?
I am honored to currently serve as a Director and Secretary on the MD Board. We moved here 24 years ago and fell in love with Ken-Caryl! The natural beauty, and the care and detail in how it was developed and maintained is amazing. The wonderful people that live here care deeply about our community! Being part of the solution is exactly what I’ve been looking for. While I have served in many community organizations and activities for years, joining the MD has given me a greater perspective that there are always things that need to be done to improve and maintain our community. As a Board member, I learned that many of the issues are challenging and complex. We work through it together, not just as a Board, but also by listening to the advice of our very professional, knowledgeable and experienced MD staff. Most importantly our direction comes from the residents themselves through your feedback on the surveys and your VERY welcome participation at meetings! I’m proud of the relationship the MD and MA enjoy in our partnership on behalf of the residents. For my own small part in this, I feel like I’m making a difference, and that’s why I have declared my candidacy for this election!

What skills or qualifications do you bring as assets to the KCRMD Board of Directors?
Apart from my currently serving on the Board of Directors for the KCRMD, I have also served as MD liaison on both the Open Space Committee and Master Association meetings. I attended UC Berkeley and both my undergrad and graduate degrees are in political science-related studies. Regarding my other community involvements, since retiring from military and moving here to Ken-Caryl, I have served as Assistant Scoutmaster for BSA Troop 989 (1998-2000), Scoutmaster of that Troop (2000-2008), BSA Timberline District Unit Commissioner (2008-2012) and Advisor (similar to a Scoutmaster) for an all-female BSA Venture Crew (2011 – 2014). Additionally, for many years, I have been advising young men and women interested in attending one of our U.S. Military Academies (West Point, Annapolis, Air Force and Merchant Marine) on the process, requirements and preparations needed to succeed in getting an appointment. I continue to participate as a U.S. Military Academy Candidate Nomination Interview Panelist for former Senators Udall and Gardner, and current Senator Bennet (2015-present); I will be joining Senator Hickenlooper’s team this year.

What do you see as the major issues facing the KCR community over the next five years, and how would you deal with those issues as a Board member?
NADG DEVELOPMENT – We are all concerned about adding 750 new homes to our community. While neither the MD nor MA have the ability to prevent this, we do have the responsibility to make sound decisions to protect current residents.

Thus far, we have negotiated:

(1) A tax-equity agreement so that new residents will pay the same taxes you do to support our community;
(2) The developer agreeing to pay to improve the dangerous Chatfield-Ken Caryl Ave. intersection;
(3) The developer paying for new parks built to our standards and offering to deed $1 million-plus in land to the MD for the community’s future benefit. The MD is eager to work with the community to manage all the challenges our parks system will face.

CONSERVATION AREA – The 2021 survey indicates desire for conservation areas without closing existing trails. I’m proud that the MD in February passed a resolution paving the way for the South Hogback Open Space to be managed as a conservation area highlighting its historical, archeological and botanical uniqueness. We want to conserve this area in a manner that preserves it while allowing access, so that people can visit to see and appreciate its unique aspects and beauty.

If you could allocate more funding to one area of Metropolitan District responsibility, what area would it be, why would it be this, and how would you accomplish the necessary funding?
The development of the South Hogback as a conservation area is an effort that is currently unfunded. The South Hogback area is several hundred acres and has many amazing attributes, (including evidence of human habitation dating back thousands of years), unique plant life and wildlife, (including raptor nests). I’m proud that the MD Board is making a priority of protecting and highlighting the history of the South Hogback and making a priority of pursuing grants and donations to accomplish this at a minimum of cost to the Ken-Caryl taxpayer. In my opinion, that is responsible fiscal leadership and is why I’m hoping to continue to serve you as an MD Board member. The MD’s 10-year capital plan – developed by staff with the current Board – will also require responsible, mature leadership to complete. Our parks system – from trees in our greenbelts to programs at all our facilities – is finally back on firm financial footing. Leadership of the next Board is crucial to assuring it continues in that direction.

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