Registered Neighborhood Organizations, or RNOs, act as liasons between neighborhood residents and city officials. The city of Denver has eligibility rules set in its municipal code for RNOs. The organizations must hold no less than one meeting per year with at least 12 people in attendance, for example.
The city keeps a list of active RNOs on the Community Planning and Development page of the website. For the full list, as well as more information on these organizations, visit: bit.ly/1Vk0Aac.
The Virginia Village Ellis Community Association (VVECA) is picking up the pieces after officially dissolving in November last year.
Councilmember Paul Kashmann, who represents the neighborhood, and the Denver Inter-Neighborhood Cooperation (INC), organized an event Jan. 16 to help community members come up with a plan to elect new officials to the organization.
Attendees of the meeting voted to hold an election Feb. 20 at 6 p.m. at Ellis Elementary School, 1651 S. Dahlia St. Nominations for officials will come from the floor at the meeting. The group also decided that each nominee would get two minutes to speak. The votes are to be tallied on secret paper ballots. For questions or updates on the VVECA election, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Open positions include: president, vice president, secretary, treasurer and director-at-large.
Registered Neighborhood Organizations, such as the VVECA, are made up of residents of certain areas of the city. Those organizations work with city council members on projects and can give input on ordinances. The VVECA is located in southeast Denver, just south of Glendale. The INC represents citizens across the city of Denver.
George Mayl, president of the INC, offered to bring in four executive officers to help facilitate an impartial ballot collection.
The VVECA sent out an email on the dissolution of the organization to subscribers on Nov. 19. The email included an attached explanation from its vice president Mick Cerbo. He said the organization did not have enough elected officials to run meetings, which is a requirement of the Denver Municipal Code. The email also said that per the VVECA bylaws, the remaining $144.18 in its bank account was donated to a local nonprofit.
For more information on the dissolution of the VVECA, read the Washington Park Profile story from the December issue: http://washparkprofile.com/stories/neighborhood-organizations-send-out-plea-for-leadership,274010?
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