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 November 5, 1999

Who is the Northwest Parkway Public Highway Authority?

The task of the Northwest Parkway Public Highway Authority is a weighty one: plan, approve, oversee the financing, construction and operation of a 10-mile stretch of road that will add another link to the beltway around Metro Denver.

Membership to the authority’s board of directors was extended to cities and counties involved in the parkway’s planning. Full membership costs $100,000 and it costs $25,000 to be an affiliate with no voting power. Here’s a look at the board members:

* Steve Hogan is the executive director of the authority. He resigned after seven years as director of the E-470 Authority to take over the Northwest Parkway’s leadership. Hogan has been credited with saving the $1 billion E-470 toll road, of which the remaining segment is scheduled to open in 2003.

* Bill Berens, mayor of Broomfield at the parkway’s inception, is the chairman of the board and represents Broomfield’s interests. Broomfield has the most power to make decisions about the parkway because it was an early contributor to the plan and has the most land in the parkway’s corridor. Broomfield has said it will not use its weighted vote unless a deadlock situation arises.

* Carolyn McIntosh, Lafayette mayor, is a board member representing Lafayette’s interests. A section of the parkway touches Lafayette near U.S. 287.

* Barbara Kirkmeyer, Weld County commissioner, represents Weld County. A small part of the parkway, as well as a part of E-470, affects Weld County.

* Dave Stahl, Erie town administrator, will represent Erie’s interests. Erie has paid half the amount of a full membership. Until the balance is paid, Stahl will be able to attend meetings but cannot vote. Erie’s interest is access to the parkway from its growing commercial center developing around Colo. 7 and I-25, which will build Erie’s tax base.

Advisers but non-voting members include:

* Mary Blue of Longmont, representing the Regional Transportation District.

* The Denver Regional Council of Governments;

* Pollution Control Division of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment; and

* A representative from Gov. Bill Owens’ staff.

Although Louisville has a greater portion of land in the parkway corridor than Erie, it chose not to join because through its non-member veto power, it may be able to influence decisions affecting the city, according to Mayor Tom Davidson.

The task of the Northwest Parkway Public Highway Authority is a weighty one: plan, approve, oversee the financing, construction and operation of a 10-mile stretch of road that will add another link to the beltway around Metro Denver.

Membership to the authority’s board of directors was extended to cities and counties involved in the parkway’s planning. Full membership costs $100,000 and it costs $25,000 to be an affiliate with no voting power. Here’s a look at the board members:

* Steve Hogan is the executive director of the authority. He resigned after seven years as director of the E-470 Authority to take…

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