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Metropolitan District Board Candidates 2020

2020 Metropolitan District Board Candidates
(in alphabetical order)

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Joseph Levyphoto of Joe Levy

General Information

Occupation: Director of Scientific Affairs, American Suntanning Association
Neighborhood/Subdivision: Cimarron
Ken-Caryl Residency: 15 Years
Volunteer/Affiliated Civic Organizations:

  • Michigan Theatre of Jackson MI, past board president
  • Rio Villa Homeowners Association, 2004-05 Board Secretary, Indialantic, Florida

Why have you declared your candidacy for the Board of Directors?

When my wife, son and I moved to Colorado in 2005, we chose Ken-Caryl Ranch specifically for the amenities and services that are truly unique to this park-filled community. The Metropolitan District Board’s role is to be a responsible steward in cooperation with the Ken-Caryl Ranch Master Association to ensure that our community assets and services continue to make Ken-Caryl special. Maintaining the level of service in Ken-Caryl Ranch Metropolitan District is critical to maintaining homeowner property values and the overall appeal of our community.
My family was (and still is) very involved in my family’s hometown community in Michigan. And I was involved in a leadership capacity in my homeowners’ association in Florida before moving to Colorado 15 years ago. For more than 12 years, my family benefited while others served in this community before I started to take an active role. In November 2018 – with many aspects of the Metropolitan District budget creating widespread, vocal confusion in our community – I organized a well-attended, constructive citizens’ meeting at the Ken-Caryl Ranch House to put much-needed structure to develop and foster constructive conversation for many of the parties who had been most vocal on several of the issues. That structured conversation benefited staff and I believe contributed to an ongoing spirit of respectful problem-solving that I hope to continue as a Metropolitan District Board member.

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

My professional and volunteer history has always centered on objective, respectful problem-solving and rational understanding of core issues. I served as board president of Michigan Theatre of Jackson – a 501c3 non-profit charged with restoring and operating a 90-year-old majestic community auditorium – at a time when the organization faced emotional, internal division between those who sought to make the building operational and those who would not compromise from full, expensive historic restoration of the building. My involvement in that organization centered on focusing both camps on realistic goals and sustainability – a path the organization has continued to build on.
My involvement in my homeowners’ association in Florida followed that same path: encouraging civil conversation to problem-solve zoning and covenant issues.
My experiences with issues relating to the Ken-Caryl Metropolitan District have also centered on respectful problem solving. The comprehensive, independent 2017 Ken-Caryl Ranch Community Residents Survey reveals that most of the 13,000 residents in Ken-Caryl value the same core principle: Protect our services and amenities – they are why we chose to live here – and do so while being responsible stewards of our tax and fee dollars (Metropolitan District) and HOA dues (Master Association).
With all due respect to those who passionately advocate for single agendas – and not to minimize their often-important passions – I am not a single-issue candidate for this board, which is why I believe I would be a good addition to the board. I believe I understand the difference between any one strong individual belief and the clear mandate that our 13,000 residents all share: protect our community’s unique assets, and do so with fiscal responsibility.

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

Fiscal responsibility. Our biggest challenge: how do we continue to allocate tax dollars most efficiently to fund maintenance of our parks, sidewalks, pools, community property and 4,800 acres of open space, as well as manage the fee-based programs for our facilities? The common element of any community that has ever navigated fiscal challenges is a responsive, responsible, problem solving board that can work effectively to guide our qualified professional staff while best representing community input to find solutions.

What is your vision for the future of Ken-Caryl Ranch?

As new growth continues to be built all around Ken-Caryl, our unique parks, open spaces and amenities need to continue to be strong assets for our community. The best way to protect that – to protect all of our investments into Ken-Caryl – is to ensure that the culture of our leadership boards is fully functional, that our leadership is aware of its charge and that it is capable of steady guidance as we prepare for what our community will look like, and what demands will be placed upon it, in 2030 and beyond.
I’m a big believer that, oftentimes, how you do things is just as important as what you do. The community’s mandate for what the Ken-Caryl Ranch Metropolitan District Board should do is fairly well spelled out. I’m dedicated to doing my part to ensure that the future of our community is shaped by steady, even-keeled leadership.

Rilla ReinsmaPhoto of Rilla Reinsma

General Information

Occupation: Retired
Neighborhood/Subdivision: Heirloom
Ken-Caryl Residency: Since 1992
Volunteer/Affiliated Civic Organizations:

Currently, I am in my third year of tutoring with WhizKids one afternoon per week. I also volunteer one evening a week with Love, Inc., a Christian organization that serves parents who are participating in educational classes, with childcare. I am involved in my church volunteering in the nursery and coordinating collection of donations and packing of boxes for Operation Christmas Child. I have also helped with Vacation Bible School. I am a volunteer on the Ken-Caryl Community Planning Committee.

Why have you declared your candidacy for the Board of Directors?

I feel honored to be in this vibrant community for 28 years with all its wildlife, natural beauty and civic-minded residents.  Having attended MD meetings for the last three years, I feel that I am knowledgeable regarding major issues in our community.  Listening to the concerns of the majority of residents, I found that the topic at the forefront of their minds, and mine, is being fiscally conservative with our revenue.

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 different 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 investigating/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.

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

The biggest issue right now is the completion of the Ranch House Pool project. I hope that the decision makers currently involved will be available to give advice to those finishing the project. Another issue for the MD is to get reserve monies back to where they should be. I realize that sometimes unforeseen things happen (and have happened) that forced the depletion of our reserves; however, it is time to be extremely frugal with the monies collected. I look forward to taking on this fiscal responsibility.

What is your vision for the future of Ken-Caryl Ranch?

The whole community should look healthy and well-cared for. We need to be water-wise in our greenbelts, without eliminating plants and trees, which offer so many benefits to the environment. KCR needs to be responsible and held accountable in allotting all tax funds that are collected.

Jack Sawatzki

General Information

Occupation: Retired
Neighborhood/Subdivision: Deer Creek
Ken-Caryl Residency: 35 years
Volunteer/Affiliated Civic Organizations: Senior Golf League

Why have you declared your candidacy for the Board of Directors?

I feel the Board has lost its way and needs some new direction. I want to help guide them back on track.

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

I had two terms on the KCRMA board. I was frequently the one who spoke out against wasteful spending. Also, I was Treasurer for the statewide district of the Toastmasters International organization. As such, I setup a newly introduced budget for the entire district and performed the many corresponding audits.

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

To keep the KCRMD within a sustainable monetary budget.

What is your vision for the future of Ken-Caryl Ranch?

To reduce the community taxes by cutting out waste.

Bruce Tugman

General Information

Occupation: Self-employed
Neighborhood/Subdivision: Eagles Point
Ken-Caryl Residency: 28 years
Volunteer/Affiliated Civic Organizations: None Currently

Why have you declared your candidacy for the Board of Directors?

After lasts year’s election on the tax increase, I concluded that the KCRMD board needs more financial and business experience. The tax increase was defeated because KCRMD was asking for too much, but it was also defeated because the financial justification just didn’t add up. More emphasis needs to be placed on improving the management and operations of KCRMD. Reducing costs, increasing productivity and removing waste.

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

BS in accounting and passed CPA exam. Accounting experience includes tax, auditing, cost accounting and budgeting. Management experience includes project management and running multiple small companies over the last 10 years.

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

KCRMD needs to increase its cash reserves and improve its balance sheet. The Ranch House pool needs to be finished and it’s important that remains on budget and on time. There continues to be construction of new apartments and housing in Ken-Caryl, which is putting more stress on the KCRMD infrastructure, which is already sub-standard. Future housing and apartment development must come with a plan to prevent the acceleration of the deterioration of the KCRMD infrastructure.

What is your vision for the future of Ken-Caryl Ranch?

With our location at the base of the foothills and being located adjacent to multiple Foothills Open Space Parks, our community should be the equivalent of a 5 Star Community. Unfortunately, our infrastructure is probably 3 Star! If you walk our paved trails, too many of them are crumbling or riddled with potholes. Too many community fences along parkways have either fallen, broken or have worn horribly. Replacing the Ranch House Pool is a big plus, but we need to address the appearance of community centers, which look worn. Our parks and parkways do not look well kept. The Ranch sprinkler systems is decades old and a plan needs to be created to replace parts of it every year. Concentrate our resources on maintaining, cleaning and improving our trails and facilities and we can truly become a Five Star Community!

Ken-Caryl Ranch