Friday, January 29, 2021

Arapahoe County - Vaccine hotline, tax update, retirement board opening and more

 

The County Line

The Weekly Newsletter of the Arapahoe County Board of Commissioners  |  January 29, 2021

 

 

Vaccine UpdateLatest information about COVID vaccines in Colorado
With a new administration in Washington DC, updated federal production and distribution plans for COVID-19 vaccines are beginning to take shape, with significant ramifications for Colorado and Arapahoe County.

This week, Governor Polis outlined his latest vaccine blueprint, which was accompanied by the news that 7-day COVID case rates, along with hospitalizations, have been declining fairly steadily since December. His administration’s stated mission is to focus on the rapid deployment of vaccines in a way that will save the most lives and put the pandemic behind us. Initially, this means vaccinating a target of 70% of Colorado’s 70-and-older population by the end of February. -Read Full Article -

 

 

 

Open SpaceOpen Spaces celebrates partnerships and real results in 2020
Did you know Arapahoe County’s parks, trails and open spaces are funded by a voter-supported, quarter-cent Open Space Sales and Use Tax? More than 62% of the tax revenues are distributed directly back to local agency partners through our Shareback (50%) and Grants (12%) programs. This funding makes critical projects possible—and contributes to a high quality of life for Arapahoe County residents. -Read Full Article-
 

 

 

Tax changesChanges coming to Arapahoe County property tax statements
Arapahoe County property owners whose property taxes were paid through an escrow account in 2020 will not receive a full tax statement this year.  A significant portion of residential property taxes are paid by property owners who make payments into an escrow account, usually to their mortgage company, which then forwards the amount of tax due to the Treasurer. - Read Full Article -

 

 

Vaccine Update

Get details at arapahoegov.com/townhall

 

 

Retirement Board Opening

 

 

Santa Fe DriveDo you travel on Santa Fe Drive between C-470 and I-25? CDOT wants to know how they can make that experience better. Visit a self-guided online event now through Feb. 8 at www.codot.gov/projects/santafepel to share your ideas.

 

COVID Resources
Get the latest information on available resources regarding: employment, business, low-income, seniors and volunteering on the County's resource and assistance page.

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Thursday, January 28, 2021

City Newsletter - Jan. 28, 2021

 

 

Jan. 28, 2021

 

 

Keeping you and your neighborhood safe: tips from Aurora Police

 

While being a victim of crime is still a rare occurrence in Aurora, one of the most frequent questions posed to the Aurora Police Department is what can people do to help minimize the risk. Here are a few safety tips from our police department to help prevent incidents at home, on the road or in other situations.

 

Around home:

·     Install brighter bulbs in your porch lights that better illuminate the front of your house.

·     Leave your porch lights on all night.

·     Create a nighttime routine that incorporates locking any vehicles parked outside, turning on lights, making sure your garage door is closed, and locking your doors/windows.

·     Consider installing surveillance cameras or video doorbells.

 

With your vehicles:

·     Lock your doors! Leaving car doors unlocked is a quick and easy way for a criminal to gain access and steal your belongings.

·     Do not leave anything of value inside of your vehicle. If you must leave something inside your car, remember, “Stow it, don’t show it.”

·     Never leave your car running unattended. A remote start is OK, but leaving your car running is a quick and easy way for it to be stolen.

 

Personal safety: 

·     Plan ahead and become familiar with the area that you are traveling to if you have never been before.

·     If visiting somewhere for the first time, make sure you have a full charge on your cellphone in case you need to use GPS or make an emergency call.

·     If someone produces a gun or demands property, don’t put up a fight; it’s never worth risking your life. Property can be replaced; your life can’t. 

·     If meeting someone to conduct an online merchandise exchange (Facebook Marketplace, Letgo, etc.), meet in a public place and try to do it during the day. If meeting at night, consider somewhere that is well-lit and has cameras. A police station is always a good place.

 

Walking back and forth to your car, your home or even the park can seem like a normal, everyday thing. Here are some things to watch out for:

·     If walking somewhere at night, try to have a flashlight with you.

·     Pay attention to your surroundings and avoid unfamiliar places.

·     Make sure your cell phone is charged in case of an emergency.

 

PAR officers at work for you

 

Neighborhoods in Aurora are assigned Police Area Representatives, or PAR officers, who educate residents and stakeholders in that area about crime prevention, direct crime prevention initiatives and perform problem-solving techniques to address quality of life issues.

 

Each PAR officer works closely with residents and businesses in their assigned area. They attend Neighborhood Watch meetings, and offer help with problems that may have a detrimental impact on the quality of life in neighborhoods.

To view the PAR area map and find out your assigned officer, visit AuroraGov.org and search for PAR Officer.

 

 

 

 

Aurora History Museum reopens Feb. 2

The Aurora History Museum is reopening its doors. Starting Feb. 2, guests can enjoy two temporary exhibits, "Powered by Science" and the newly-opened exhibit “Religious Diversity in Aurora," and more. Visit website to reserve a time.

Read more
www.auroragov.org

 

 

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City to host first virtual campaign prep session Feb. 3

 

The Aurora City Clerk’s Office is hosting its first Council Candidate Campaign Prep Session from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3, on WebEx.

 

The virtual training session will provide residents with information on how to become a City Council candidate, the requirements for reporting contributions and expenditures, and the process and requirements for nomination petitions.

 

The Aurora City Council recently revised the city’s campaign finance ordinance, and this session will help prospective candidates understand the expectations for reporting in this upcoming election cycle. The first reporting deadline is Feb. 5.

 

Candidates this year may run for council seats in Wards I, II and III and two at-large seats in the November 2021 election.

 

To access the WebEx link for the virtual training, visit AuroraGov.org/Elections.

 

 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

Council Member Town Meetings

Council members are eager to hear from residents and committed to forums in which those conversations can occur. The format and structure of town meetings is virtual during the COVID-19 crisis. Please visit AuroraGov.org/Council to confirm meeting dates and find information on how to join. If you don't know your council ward, go to AuroraGov.org and click on "Property Info."

Ward I (Crystal Murillo) - Thursday, Jan. 28, 6 to 6:30 p.m.

Ward II (Nicole Johnston) - Thursday, Feb. 4, 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Ward III (Marsha Berzins) - Wednesday, Feb. 10, 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Ward IV (Juan Marcano) - Wednesday, Feb. 10, 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Ward V (Alison Coombs) - Tuesday, Feb. 3, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Ward VI (Fran├žoise Bergan) - Wednesday, March 24, 6 to 8 p.m.

At Large (Angela Lawson, Allison Hiltz, Curtis Gardner) - Thursday, March 18, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

 

City Council Study Session (Virtual)

Monday, Feb. 1, 6:30 p.m.

View this council study session online at AuroraTV.org and cable channels 8 and 880. Streamed live at AuroraTV.org or cable channels 8 and 880 only.

 

City Council Regular Meeting (Virtual)

Monday, Feb. 6, 6:30 p.m.

View this council meeting online at AuroraTV.org and cable channels 8 and 880. See AuroraGov.org for details on how to address the council by phone during Public Invited to Be Heard or another agenda item. Streamed live at AuroraTV.org or cable channels 8 and 880 only.

 

Mayor Mike Live

Friday, Jan. 28, 3 p.m.

On “Mayor Mike Live” this Friday, the mayor welcomes Get Ahead Colorado to discuss tax credits such as earned income, child and dependent care. Also, an Aurora PAR (Police Area Representative) Officer will share tips on crime prevention that all residents can implement to support public safety in our community. Join the conversation with your questions for the guest or the mayor.

Facebook Live or AuroraTV.org

 

Harry Potter Book Week

Feb. 1 to 6

Lessons at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft & Wizardry have gone virtual! Join the Aurora Public Library for a week full of DIYs, trivia, discussions, contests and more celebrating the Wizarding World of Harry Potter!

Details at AuroraLibrary.org

 

Online Lecture: Buskskin to Gore-Tex

Wednesday, Feb. 17, noon

University of Colorado-Denver history professor Doctor Rachel Gross studies the history of the outdoor industry. She will talk about her research and what she's discovered while working on her upcoming book, "Buskskin to Gore-Tex," at this online lecture by the Aurora History Museum.

Free but registration is required, here.

 

"The Pavilion"

Feb. 26 to March 21

Do you remember your high school sweetheart? Are you ready to see them again at your reunion? After two decades of failed relationships, Peter returns to his high school reunion hoping to rekindle his romance with Kari, the girl he abandoned after an unexpected pregnancy. As the night progresses, both Peter and Kari face the consequences of choices made long ago...and the daunting prospect of starting again. Depending on the public health guidelines as opening day approaches, this production could be live or virtual.

Aurora Fox Arts Center, 9990 E. Colfax Ave.

Tickets on sale now at AuroraFox.org

 

COVID-19 Testing Sites

Through March 30

Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., free testing for COVID-19 is provided to anyone who wants to be tested, especially those who have symptoms. No appointment is necessary. No doctor referral, no health insurance and no proof of identification are required. Online registration in advance is preferred but is not required.

Aurora Center for Active Adults parking lot, 30 Del Mar Circle, at Del Mar Park

 

Religious Diversity in Aurora Exhibit

Online through May 2021

The Aurora History Museum is showcasing and celebrating the wide variety of faiths and religious experiences of Aurorans in the new exhibit “Religious Diversity in Aurora.” Explore photos of over 140 houses of worship in the city and learn about other people’s beliefs and traditions. 

Free online exhibit at Aurora History Museum webpage

 

 

Image of a mask with the message to Keep It Up on continued COVID precautions

 

 

 

 

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