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The first of a series of 14 rural outreach meetings organized by the Larimer County Planning Department drew 21 participants at the library in Red Feather Lakes Village on Aug. 17.
Three county planners addressed a wide range of topics from preserving the beauty of rural surroundings to taxes, insurance, census, flood, fire, school, law enforcement and medical issues. Red Feather librarian Darlene Kilpatrick said attendees were pleased to learn that county planner Terry Gilbert recognized the need to get away from a one box approach where the needs of rural residents are lumped together with the needs of residents in urban areas of the county.
County planner Brenda Gimeson, who was also at the meeting, said there didn’t seem to be a single issue of great concern to the RFL residents. They pointed out that their sheriff would be retiring soon, and they wanted to ensure that their school would remain open. In the past a community effort resulted in keeping the elementary school open.
Rural outreach meetings are scheduled into November in the rural areas of Loveland and Fort Collins, Big Thompson Canyon, Drake, Glen Haven, Wellington, Waverly, Buckeye and LaPorte. Attendees will be able to express their concern, suggest a long-term vision for their areas and talk about what needs to be improved or changed. For more information see www.larimer.org/planning/planning/areavision.