Newsletter of the Arapahoe County Board of Commissioners | January 29, 2021
Latest 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 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-
Changes 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 -
Do 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.
Get the latest information on available resources
regarding: employment, business, low-income, seniors and
volunteering on the County's resource and assistance page.
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
brighter bulbs in your porch lights that better illuminate the front of
your porch lights on all night.
a nighttime routine that incorporates locking any vehicles parked outside,
turning on lights, making sure your garage door is closed, and locking your
installing surveillance cameras or video doorbells.
your doors! Leaving car doors unlocked is a quick and easy way for a
criminal to gain access and steal your belongings.
not leave anything of value inside of your vehicle. If you must leave
something inside your car, remember, “Stow it, don’t show it.”
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.
ahead and become familiar with the area that you are traveling to if you
have never been before.
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.
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
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:
walking somewhere at night, try to have a flashlight with you.
attention to your surroundings and avoid unfamiliar places.
sure your cell phone is charged in case of an emergency.
PAR officers at work
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.
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.
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.
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
year may run for council seats in Wards I, II and III and two at-large
seats in the November 2021 election.
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 (Françoise
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
City Council Study
Monday, Feb. 1, 6:30
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
Monday, Feb. 6, 6:30
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
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
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!
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.
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.
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
Aurora Center for
Active Adults parking lot, 30 Del Mar Circle, at Del Mar Park
in Aurora Exhibit
Online through May
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.