Nancy Nickless and her husband have lived in what’s now Centennial since 1998. She works in the department of physiology and biophysics as a finance and accounting senior professional for the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. She and her husband owned a small business in Denver’s Bonnie Brae area from 2001-2007.
Nickless has a master’s degree in public administration and a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She studied accounting at Arapahoe Community College.
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Why do you want to serve on the Centennial City Council?
I first became interested in running for city council while studying for a master’s of public administration degree. My coursework included investigating a municipality to understand government structure and function. This is where I learned the structure of Centennial’s home rule charter, the right of referendum and the form of ordinance. I know that my contract and budgeting experience as well as my passion for the city of Centennial will make me the best candidate.
What would your approach be to managing growth and development in the city, if elected?
City government needs to work with the businesses and citizens to chart the most efficient and effective ways to grow our community. Managing growth is a complex and varied task that takes many perspectives to understand and strategize for maximum value and sustainability, both at the public and private levels.
Amid rising housing prices, what can city council do to ensure young families are not priced out of the city?
(Colorado) construction defect law has been an issue (because) builders don’t want to build condos or single-family units because they are then liable for lawsuits from the homeowners for more than eight years without binding arbitration. This leads to expensive and lengthy litigation and high-cost insurance. (Council) must look at all sides … to weigh the expected benefit to the (costs). A well-investigated process should take place with support from economic development … for a decision of what is feasible ... There can be considerations in favor of the developer such as tax incentives, abatements, land discounts or grants.
What can city council to do improve traffic flow in Centennial?
There is currently an update being made to time the (traffic) lights all the way down Arapahoe Road. City council can make sure these updates are effective and working for the citizens of Centennial.
What two issues need more attention than the current city council has given them?
I think two of the top issues that we are facing in Centennial at this time are development and infrastructure. Growth is inevitable and can be a positive addition to our landscape, while it is also important to monitor for scale and infrastructure to make the wisest investments for our community.