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Guest column: What OWN does; and plan for the Town Hall

       By Welling Clark, President, Organization of Westside Neighbors (OWN)

       Who we are and what we do: For those of you who may be new to the Westside, OWN is your volunteer neighborhood advocacy group, a 501c(3) nonprofit. We work to improve
At OWN's Westside Neighbors Picnic last summer, Welling Clark poses with his wife, Sallie, who completed 12 years as the county commissioner for District 3 in December. The couple have also owned the Holden House Bed & Breakfast at 11th Street and Pikes Peak Avenue for 31 years.
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the Westside neighborhood while communicating the concerns of citizens to city and county elected officials.
       The OWN board of directors normally meets on the second Thursday of every odd month from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Westside Community Center. The public is welcome. An exception will be the Town Hall March 9 (see that subhead below).
       OWN's normal functions include:
       Land-use review.
       Neighborhood public safety oversight.
       Code enforcement oversight.
       Government/resident interaction.
       OWN identifies issues and then works to make sure that the concerns of our neighbors and neighborhoods are heard by local government and planning entities.
       We are a friendly group of volunteers, and we welcome all residents who want to join us and help make the Westside a great neighborhood to live, work and play.

       OWN Town Hall
       Come learn the latest Westside goings-on at the annual OWN Town Hall meeting Thursday, March 9, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Buffalo Lodge, 2 El Paso Blvd.
       All Westsiders are invited.
       The Town Hall will include an election to fill three positions on the nine-member OWN Board of Directors. Three OWN board positions will be open in March. Terms are three years. There are nine board positions in total: three at-large and six specific geographic regions of the neighborhood. Westside residents can vote for candidates to these positions at the Town Hall meeting.
       Other scheduled topics:
       Westside Avenue Action Plan (WAAP) project update.
       Avenue Task Force update.
       Avenue Merchants group update.
       Possible expansion of OWN boundaries to include unincorporated properties in the WAAP area (Colorado Avenue west of 31st Street).
       Narrowing West Colorado Avenue from four lanes to two lanes (a government proposal - good or bad?)
       For more information, contact OWN President Welling Clark by e-mail at welling80904@yahoo.com or by phone at 661-8070.

(Posted 1/22/17; Opinion: Guest Columns)

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