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State of FoCo after 150 years

Fort Collins officials outlined past accomplishments and future goals of the now 150-year-old city in the annual State of the City Address Wednesday night.

“The state of the city? Solid as a rock and moving forward,” said City Manager Darin Atteberry.

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Atteberry summarized the accomplishments of 2013. Last year Fort Collins survived the September floods with minor damage, became a platinum bicycle friendly community and received Allstate’s highest traffic safety rating in the country.

“Tonight we celebrate what makes Fort Collins so special,” Mayor Karen Weitkunat said. “What a great place we live in.”

Atteberry and Weitkunat moved on to 2014. The officials stated that the issues of hydraulic fracturing, recreational marijuana and the CSU stadium will be addressed this year.

According to city council member Gary Horak, the CSU Stadium Community Design Developement Advisory Committee is currently working to study the impacts of the proposed stadium.

In general, CSU and the City of Fort Collins have a strong partnership when addressing these types of joint issues, according to council member Bob Overbeck.

“Fort Collins leadership isn’t afraid to tackle and solve these complicated issues,” Atteberry said. “There are no easy answers but that’s what makes Fort Collins part of who we are.”

City officials also have their eye on housing costs and traffic congestion this year, two issues that citizens have come forward with recently.

“People from all income levels need choices for safe, affordable quality housing,” Atteberry said.

Atteberry explained his hopes that the new MAX bus system, opening in May, will decrease traffic concerns.

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“After nearly two decades of hard work and planning, the MAX system is on board to open,” Atteberry said. “This is a huge milestone for our community.”

Atteberry emphasized the city’s commitment to continual improvement.

“I encourage you to peak in and see the city council sessions,” Atteberry said. “We live in a community where people actively work to make it better.”

Weitkunat agreed, and encouraged citizens to be involved in change.

“The vision of Fort Collins isn’t up to city officials alone,” Weitkunat said. “Our priorities are your priorities.”

Collegian Reporter Caitlin Curley can be reached at news@collegian.com.

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