In January, the
Aurora City Council approved the removal of dog breed restrictions from
city ordinance. This means that effective Feb. 14, residents are allowed to
own American pit bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier and Staffordshire
bull terrier dogs inside city limits.
Another result of
the ordinance change is that the Aurora Animal Shelter can now adopt those
dog breeds to Aurora residents. Previously, the breeds could only be
adopted out through the shelter’s Everyday Adoption Center in Westminster
to non-Aurora residents. More information about adoptable animals can be
found at AuroraGov.org/Animal.
As part of the
change, owners of American pit bull terriers, American Staffordshire
terriers and Staffordshire bull terriers are required to license their dogs
with the city, just as is mandatory for all Aurora dog and cat owners. Pet
licenses are important for ensuring a healthy pet population in the city,
because a current rabies vaccination is required for obtaining a license.
Also, a license helps reunite pets with their families in case they ever
get lost. Learn more at AuroraGov.org/Animal
or by calling 303.326.8280.
The City Council
also recently enacted a new dangerous-dog ordinance, which gives judges
greater latitude in deciding whether a dog of any breed poses a community
risk based on their behavior and actions. As always, residents can report
animal-related issues to the city by calling 303.326.8288 (option 6) or
filing a report with Access Aurora at AuroraGov.org/ContactUs.
weather ahead, get Winter Wise
are expected to be in the single digits or below zero this weekend, so
be sure you're up to date on cold-weather preparation with the city's
Winter Wise guide, including tips on how to keep pets safe.
City offices and
facilities to be closed Feb. 12 for furlough day and Feb. 15 for Presidents
As one of the
cost-saving measures implemented in response to the financial impact of the
COVID-19 public health crisis, the city of Aurora has set five mandatory
employee furlough days in 2021. The first of these days is scheduled for
Friday, Feb. 12.
On Feb. 12, most
city facilities will be closed, and city employees will not report to work
or receive pay. However, all public health and safety services will
continue to be fully staffed and provide around-the-clock coverage.
Additional furlough days are scheduled for April 16, July 2, Sept. 3 and
In addition, most
city facilities will be closed Monday, Feb. 15, in observance of Presidents
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, Feb. 25, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Ward II (Nicole
Johnston) - Thursday, March 4, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Ward III (Marsha
Berzins) - Wednesday, March 10, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Ward IV (Juan
Marcano) - Wednesday, March 10, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Ward V (Alison
Coombs) - Wednesday, March 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. 22, 5
The Aurora City
Council is expected to hear the results of an external investigation led by
Jonathan Smith into the actions of police officers, firefighters and
paramedics in the case of Elijah McClain. View this study session online
at AuroraTV.org and cable channels 8 and 880.
City Council Regular
Monday, Feb. 22,
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. Note: Because of the recent website outage, the City Council
continued all items from its Feb. 8 agenda to the Feb. 22 meeting.
Mayor Mike Live
Friday, Feb. 19, 3
Because of the city
furlough day, there will not be a “Mayor Mike Live” this
Friday. Please join us next week (Feb. 19), when Mayor Pro Tem
Françoise Bergan will join the mayor to talk about the upcoming
groundbreaking of a new recreation center in southeast Aurora. You can join
the conversation with your questions for the mayor or his guests.
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.
Gen Z Interpretation
of the Letter from Birmingham Jail
Thursday, Feb. 25, 6
Dr. Janiece Mackey,
youth from YAASPA (Young Aspiring Americans for Social and Political
Activism), and the Aurora branch of the NAACP will present on the Rev. Dr.
Martin Luther King Jr.'s historic Letter from Birmingham Jail. Hosted by
the Aurora Police Department and city of Aurora, and sponsored by ReACT
(Responding to Aurora's Critical Topics).
Available on Zoom (passcode 236467) or by calling in to
A-Town!" Aurora Arts District Cleanup
Saturday, Feb. 27, 8
to 11 a.m.
Sponsored by The
People's Building, this volunteer effort will clean up trash between
Chester Street and Florence Street in Original Aurora.
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.
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.