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GV District One City Council Member Jerry Presley won’t seek re-election

BY Freda Miklin – Governmental Reporter In a letter sent to the residents of Greenwood Village district one on June 5, City Council Member Jerry Presley announced that he would not run for re-election on November 2, adding that he hoped his letter would “encourage others to serve our community by running for office.” Presley …

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Local law enforcement objects to revised law limiting custodial arrests

BY FREDA MIKLIN – GOVERNMENTAL REPORTER After SB21-062, “Jail Population Management Tools: Concerning measures to reduce jail populations” was introduced on February 16, 19 police chiefs and sheriffs in south metro Denver wrote an open letter titled, “18th Judicial District Chiefs’ and Sheriffs’ Opposition Letter for Colorado Senate Bill 21-062” dated March 25, to voice …

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Nine years later, still no solution for traffic at Belleview and I-25

BY FREDA MIKLIN – GOVERNMENTAL REPORTER After continuous efforts over the past nine years to solve the overflowing traffic problem on Belleview Avenue and I-25, the funding partners for this project, the City and County of Denver, Arapahoe County, Greenwood Village, and the Southeast Public Improvement Metropolitan District (SPIMED), have not been able to agree …

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Alcohol To Go Bill unanimously passes State House, first Senate Committee

House Bill 21-1027, which would legalize alcohol to go and for delivery from restaurants until 2026, sailed through the Colorado State House and the Senate Finance Committee without a single “no” vote. This legislation is critical to the recovery of restaurants, 93% of which have relied on alcohol to go to supplement lost revenue in …

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Applications sought to fill vacant Ward II City Council seat in Aurora

The Aurora City Council is accepting applications to fill the upcoming vacant Ward II Council seat. Council Member Nicole Johnston is resigning from the seat June 14 after accepting a job in Colorado Springs, allowing her family to be closer together. Since the vacancy is occurring before the end of the elected term, City Council …

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Arapahoe County’s Bill Holen shares important information with residents

On May 20, Arapahoe County Commissioner Bill Holen held a town hall event for residents. Shannon Carter, the county’s Intergovernmental Relations and Open Spaces Director, provided information on the Open Spaces program. Luc Hatlestad, public information officer, moderated the discussion. Level Clear Holen told listeners that Tri-County Health Department (TCH), to whom the State of …

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GV Mayor Emeritus Rakowsky receives prestigious award from DRCOG

By  Freda Miklin – Governmental Reporter On April 28, the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) officially presented Greenwood Village Mayor Emeritus Ron Rakowsky with the John V. Christensen Memorial Award in a virtual event. According to DRCOG, it is “considered one of the region’s highest honors” and “recognizes advocates of collaboration and cooperation.”  Due …

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GV changes its law so that the city council controls who validates questionable signatures when its own members face recall

BY FREDA MIKLIN – GOVERNMENTAL REPORTER On April 5, the Greenwood Village City Council unanimously passed a new 13-page law on first reading without a public hearing or any public input that was described as a clean-up ordinance to make the city’s election rules better conform to the state constitution and statutes. When the second …

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New Arapahoe County chair shows the way to future success

BY FREDA MIKLIN – GOVERNMENTAL REPORTER On May 5, Arapahoe County Republican Chair Suzanne Staiert spoke to over 100 people gathered at Maggiano’s DTC for the regular meeting of the Arapahoe County Republican Breakfast Club. Staiert explained that, having lived in Arapahoe County for 30 years, “2020 lit a fire under me, at the state …

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