Attending the Centennial 20th Anniversary pancake breakfast July 7 at the Pancake House to share memories, express gratefulness, and inspire future leaders for our community included Liv Leigh, Patrick Anderson, Debbie Brown, Mike Sutherland, Candace M. Moon, Bart Miller, Barry Sharcot, Peter Roberts, Diane Powell Zing, Bob Lee, Vorry Moon, Brian Vogt, Susan Beckman, Stephanie Andersen Piko, Tom Blickensderfer, Jim Noon, Cathy Noon, Ron Rakowsky, Nancy Sharpe, Jerry Healey, Ira Rhodes, Meredith Brackney, Karen Samuels Jones and Nancy Spence.
In the summer of 1998, Randy Pye, John Brackney, Brian Vogt, Ed Bosier and Pete Ross gathered at a pancake house to consider the advantages of incorporating the City of Centennial. They established a volunteer organization known as the Arapahoe Citizens for Self -Determination and an incorporation steering committee that filed a petition in the District Court that October requesting an election to determine whether the City of Centennial should be formed. The District Court conducted hearings and determined the petition was invalid. The volunteers corrected the petition and on December 12, 1998, in six hours obtained more than 2,500 signatures on a second petition known as the “Centennial Petition”.
While the Centennial Petition was pending in District Court, House Bill 99-1099 was drafted and introduced in the Colorado Legislature to clarify existing law that established a priority for forming large cities, such as Centennial, over smaller competing municipal annexations. The bill passed out of the Colorado House of Representatives without a single dissenting vote, and out of the Colorado Senate with only six dissenting votes. This bill was the first piece of legislation signed into law by Governor Bill Owens on Feb. 1, 1999.
On April 8, 1999 the District Court found the Centennial Petition to be valid and to take priority over competing annexation proposals and ordered an election on whether Centennial should be incorporated but interveners in the district court case appealed the ruling. The Colorado Court of Appeals transferred the Centennial case directly to the Colorado Supreme Court for determination. The Colorado Supreme Court held oral arguments on May 3, 2000 where the Centennial volunteers once again turned out in mass to support the principles of self-determination and the formation of Centennial. The Colorado Supreme Court in a unanimous opinion announced July 21, 2000, that an election should take place to determine if the City of Centennial should be formed.
The volunteer Election Commission for Centennial was appointed, and convened and scheduled an election for Sept. 12, 2000 to determine if the voters within in Centennial wished to form a city. On Sept. 12, 2000, 77 percent of voters approved the formation of the City of Centennial.
On Feb. 7, 2001, the City of Centennial was legally established as a Colorado city.
Courtesy City of Centennial website
Thousands still know the story and hundreds have been executing it since the City of Centennial was formed. On July 7 a few citizens marked the milestone in the City of Centennial’s history. Centennial founders John Brackney, Ed Bosier, Brian Vogt and Randy Pye. Photos courtesy John Brackney
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