Candidate Profile Questionnaire
2009 City Council Election Cycle
Office Sought: Mayor
Name: Glenn Rousey
3872 Foothills Drive, Loveland
Loveland resident since 1997
2 AAS degrees in Fire Science
Retired Rock Island Fire Marshal, Rock Island, Illinois
Currently adjunct facility member with Aims Community College, Fire Science Department
If elected, employment would not change
27 years with the Rock Island Fire Department
9 terms as union president with Rock Island Firefighters local #26
Past member Rock Island Noon Lions
Served as load executive with united way
Past President Bi-State Fire Prevention Officers
Guest speaker, Illinois state Fire Marshal Fire Prevention Conference
Articles published in various fire related magazines
Honorable mention, Syndistar Inc. fire educator of the year
Member Aims Community College speaker’s bureau
Aims Community College as full time and adjunct facility member 1997 to date
Currently serving 2nd 4 year term as city council member from ward ll
Have or currently serving on:
Fairground park committee
Visual Arts Commission
Golf Advisory Board
Affordable Housing Commission
Historic Preservation Commission
Fire and Rescue Commission
Police Advisory Board
Construction Advisory Board
Parks and Recreation Commission
1. Why are you running for office?
Having served almost 8 years as a city councilor, I believe it’s time to move to the next level of
responsibility, that of Mayor. I believe that I’ve have made sound decisions that have been of
benefit to the citizens of Loveland and wish to continue do so as Mayor. Eight years ago, when
I was elected to the city council, Loveland was a great place to live—it is still a great place to
live and with the right leadership it will continue to be a great place to live.
2. Describe what you believe to be the commitments and expectations of a Loveland City
Any city councilor or mayor must make a commitment to look at all issues from an unbiased
viewpoint and determine what is in the best interest for the City of Loveland and its citizens.
The citizen’s expectations are that city government works in a way that does not cause
hardships or unnecessary expenditures while still affording them the quality of life that they
have come to expect and currently enjoy in Loveland.
3. How have you kept informed with regard to City Council decisions and city business?
Although this question is more geared to those running for office the first time, as a current
city council member, my attendance at council meetings, study sessions and as council
liaison to numerous commissions and boards have kept me informed on all current issues
4. What is your overall vision of Loveland?
A place where opportunity exists for business, employment, recreation and the arts. A place
that welcomes the entrepreneur, the business person , the builder and the retiree. A place that
has a thriving economy, a diverse population and continues to be one of the best rated places to
live in the country.
5. What are the most important issues the council needs to address in the next year and/or up
to five years? What solutions would you recommend?
The revitalization of the downtown area (we’re still looking at what the best solution may be).
Several ideas are in place such as a load program for development, a change in our façade
program, parking structure and others.
Having living in the Midwest for 30 years, I have seen a loss of population, jobs and sales tax
revenues. This has caused an increase in property tax as a means to pay for city government.
As our population increases, we need to maintain a steady stream of sales tax revenue so as
not to find ourselves in need of increasing property taxes to pay for city services. Those living
on fixed incomes are the least able to withstand a property tax mill levy increase. An expanding
retail base and continuing with the philosophy that growth pays its own way are the best ways
to keep our property taxes affordable.
6. What is the most important issue that you believe that current council should have handled
differently over the last few years? What actions or outcome would you have preferred?
The council’s vote for a reduction on CEF’s prior to the staff report on all CEF’s.
7. If you could enact one ordinance or adopt one policy, what would it be?
Continue with our policies of being debt free and that growth pays its own way.
8. What is your understanding of Loveland’s governance model?
A system whereby city government has a framework that promotes efficient and professional
decision making. A concept that allows the citizens to be heard though their elected officials.
Separate departments working together to foster and plan a level of productivity that is of
benefit to the city and its citizens.
9. What do you think the proper relationship should be between the City Council and City
The city manager works under the direction of the city council while still bringing forward items
that need council attention. The relationship should both be friendly and business- like in
nature and should foster trust from both sides. Both the city council and city manager must
be aware of the citizens concerns and needs of the community and work together to achieve
desired goals that work in the best interest of both.
10. How would you foster better communication with the Loveland Chamber of Commerce?
We meet on a regular basis with the Fort Collins City Council and Larimer County commissioners as
well as with the Thompson School Board. Similar meeting should be conducted with the Chamber.
11. What kind of development, if any, does Loveland need to accommodate its growing
population? Why? If you believe Loveland needs development where and what would your
plan be to manifest it? If you believe population growth should be halted or slowed, how would
you go about it? Please include how you would fund your plan.
Similar to the answer for question #5. Population increases will happen and to fund city services
necessary for an increasing population base, the city must ensure a steady stream of sales tax
revenue. Without the needed sales tax revenue, cities have looked to property tax increases to
fund services which cause undue hardships for those with fixed incomes. A continuation of
development of small and large retail establishments are necessary to supply the sales tax
revenue needed to make sure our property taxes are at a level affordable to all citizens of Loveland.
12. Describe your thoughts on Public-Private partnerships? How have these partnerships
Impacted Loveland? Please give specific examples.
In many cases, probably the best way to establish or expand existing businesses or facilities.
Generally speaking, most of our public-private partnerships have resulted in positive results.
Centerra, Jax Mercantile, Lowes and others have resulted in an increase in sales tax revenue,
afforded convenience for the citizens and have been of overall benefit to the community.
13. What do you think of capital expansion fees?
A needed ingredient for the philosophy that growth pays its own way. A good mechanism whereby
new businesses and residential development help to support an expansion of capital projects
which are needed to meet the needs of new growth.
14. How would development in Downtown Loveland impact the city as a whole? Where should
the funding for this development come from?
The impact to the city as a whole depends on what level of development occurs. If development
results in the downtown becoming a ‘destination’ then the increase visitations from those outside
of Loveland would result in benefit to the entire city. LURA was created to help pay for future
development in the downtown area as well has public-private partnerships.
15. How would you market Loveland to conventions, visitors and tourists and how would you
fund the marketing?
Let’s see if the lodging tax passes which partially will be use to promote Loveland through various
means thus increasing visitors and tourists.
16. What would you propose to incentivize job creation in Loveland?
Depending on the level of job creation (number of jobs, benefits and rate of pay), a possible
reduction of water tap fees, building permit fees and creation of an additional URA may be
17. What are your thoughts on Regionalism?
Each region of the state has its own unique needs; economic, social and cultural in nature.
Our region, when sharing common objectives, should join together to better achieve those
objectives. We currently have fire department mutual aid agreements, a regional airport,
an area drug task force, integrated emergency management policies, IGA agreements and
transit between Loveland, Fort Collins and Greeley. Regional transportation, of course, is
18. What kind of collaborative partnerships should Loveland initiate with surrounding
See answer to question #17.
19. What would the impact be from promoting Larimer and Weld Counties as a Northern
Promoting both counties could result in some positive gain for Loveland but not sure if
promoting such a large would be of overall benefit to Loveland.
20. Describe the role you think Loveland should play in state and regional issues.
Loveland, as any municipality, should make its concerns known at the state level. Any state
legislative action that may have an adverse impact on Loveland must be brought
to the attention of state legislators. Likewise, Loveland needs to inform state legislatives
of action(s) needed to be taken that would be of benefit to Loveland. Continue working
with the Colorado Municipal League on issues of benefit to Loveland.
21. What are your thoughts on the Regional Transportation Authority?
We’ve been involved with this your years and are still trying to make it work. Unfortunately,
we still have problems reaching consensus on major issues. Is it important to have such an
authority? Yes, but making it work to everyone’s satisfaction is the difficult part.
22. How would mass transit servicing between Loveland and its surrounding communities
(e.g. Ft. Collins, Berthoud, Johnstown, Greeley, etc…) impact Loveland?
Less traffic, less air pollution and a better opportunity for some to travel from the area
communities for work and shopping. With Loveland’s shopping opportunities, it should be of
benefit to Loveland. How to share the costs associated with mass transit is the stumbling block.
23. What is the most important transportation issue(s) (up to three) affecting Loveland?
What solutions do you recommend and how would you fund these solutions?
Just had a study session on our Colt system and its possible expansion. Several funding
solutions were presented but it still needs to be looked at more in depth. Again, the costs
are the biggest hurdle. Continue to work with CDOT for funding of improvements to I-25,
34, 287 and 402.
24. What improvements would you make to the Ft. Collins-Loveland Airport? How would you
Fund those improvements?
Improvements have been ongoing and a master plan is in place. The best funding is that of
25. If the City of Loveland were facing significant decline in revenues and the only way to
Balance the budget were to cut expenditures, what areas would you specifically cut? Why?
Each department would have to be looked at and how each possible cut affects the citizens of the
community. Such a decision would take a lot more time than trying to answer this question in this
time frame. I would not make cuts in those areas of public safety, transportation or deliver of
26. The City of Loveland has had to make significant budget cuts for 2009 and 2010. How would
You suggest the city balance the budget, now and in the future?
The city has been able to adjust the budget with cuts in various services. In severe times, such as
we are now witness to, personnel levels in some departments have been reduced. While I favor
payroll cuts as opposed to reduction of jobs, city employees were given a survey as to their
preference between job loss versus pay cuts and over 70% selected a reduction in personnel.
27. What is your position on the city Comprehensive Master Plan? What would you change?
A Comprehensive Master Plan is needed and is in place. Council has made changes when
necessary based on growth forecasts, budget restrictions and other factors. Any changes that I
would deem necessary will based on various staff reports, including economic conditions.
28. What is your position of the City Capital Improvement Plan? What would you change?
Same as listed in question #27.
29. What are the issues regarding long term water usage? What solutions do you propose for any
water concerns Loveland may be facing?
Additional purchase of water shares and storage, storage, storage.
30. What is the impact of the Platte River Power Authority on Loveland? What would your plans
for the PRA be in the future?
As co-owners of the PRA, Loveland is in an ideal situation to continue to supply inexpensive power
to the residents of Loveland. Current policy seems to be working well. Additional use of wind
power and alternate fuel sources would seem to be the correct direction to take.
31. What is your position for open space and funding it?
Current use of state lottery funding is working well. I’m not sure any additional tax for future
purchase of open land is warranted at this time. Open land should be continued to be purchased
when land becomes available and is deemed to be of importance by the open lands commission.
32. Are you open to participating in a Candidate Forum?
Yes. Several have already been planned.