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BY DORIS TRUHLARGOVERNMENTAL REPORTER Noise by vehicles was discussed by the Centennial Council at its Monday...
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BY DORIS TRUHLARGOVERNMENTAL REPORTER
The price of concrete is going up, according to Centennial City Manager Matthew Sturgeon, who told the City Council on Monday night that it may be necessary for the city to budget more money for repairs on streets and sidewalks.
In his report to the council, the manager said that the council may want to increase the allotment for concrete from its current (2019) 466 cubic yards to a higher number “due to the age and integrity” of the concrete that is being replaced.
Councilman Ron Weidmann suggested that the city utilize the “overage this year in the budget . . . to address” the issue. Mayor Stephanie Piko responded that the topic made “good budget conversation for next week,” when the council is scheduled to have two meetings in regard to the 2020 budget for Centennial, on Monday and Tuesday evenings.
Sturgeon also said that there has been consideration in regard to “prioritizing” the use of concrete around schools and other areas where there is more pedestrian traffic.
The comments regarding concrete were made by Sturgeon during a study session prior to the regular council meeting.
There were no land use cases on the agenda for the meeting on Monday. A significant portion of the meeting was devoted to an issue related to parking in the city, which has been discussed on numerous occasions by the council during the past few years.
The council has adopted a limitation on parking that is completely complaint-based, which means that law enforcement, which in Centennial is the Office of the Arapahoe County Sheriff, will only investigate when a complaint is made.
Sheriff’s Deputy Glenn Thompson told the council that complaint-based laws are “difficult to enforce.” In response to a question from a council member, Thompson said that stolen vehicles often “create an issue.”
A number of citizens spoke about the ordinance concerning parking. John Shilling, of 7061 S. Quince Street, told the council he was “mostly okay with the ordinance,” but that he thought it was important for the word “continuously” to be in the ordinance, to describe the prohibited parking. It appears likely that the final version of the law will contain the word, to describe the 14 days of parking required for an infraction.
A number of residents from Walnut Hills Subdivision spoke in regard to the ordinance. Martha Shilling, wife of John, said that many residents are forced to park on the streets because there generally are only single-car garages in the subdivision.
Another Walnut Hills resident, Mike Rogers, of 5455 E. Dry Creek Circle, said he cannot get his “full-sized truck” in his garage. Ron Schmidt, of 5453 E. Dry Creek Circle, said that parking on the streets is generally not a problem, “except for a few people.” He added that “just because you can” do something, that “does not mean you have to do something.”
Schmidt said he has talked with the Arapahoe County Sheriff and believes, that Sheriff Tyler Brown does not want to deal with parking violations because there are more pressing law enforcement issues.
Pat Klingbeil, of 7241 S. Franklin, which is near Arapahoe High School, said she is 86 years old and has paid taxes for 34 years. She urged residents not to “be so darn picky,” adding that people can park in front of her house “any time.”
Mayor Stephanie Piko said the parking issue has been discussed for the past seven or eight years. Deputy City Attorney Maureen Juran said the word “continuously” could be added to the ordinance, which will be brought back to the council at a future meeting for further consideration.
Piko also said that the ordinance may be necessary because there are residents who are “selling cars from their homes” and using public streets as their “auto showroom.” The proposed law is intended to stop “abuses of the public right of way,” she said.
Councilwoman Candace Moon said the ordinance has to be “for the greater good of all” residents. There are times when some residents have abused the law, for example, residents who block snow removal with cars parked on the streets.
Councilwoman Carrie Penaloza, District 2, said that adding the word “continuously” was “a good idea.” When the ordinance is brought back to council at a future meeting, it should be passed, she stated.
The ordinance will be considered at a future meeting with the additional word added to it.
Noise by vehicles was discussed by the Centennial Council at its Monday meeting. No ordinance was proposed as part of the discussion.
Candace Moon, District 1 councilwoman, stated that she would not want law enforcement to enforce such a law, but she also believes that there should be an attempt to educate the public of the dangers of noise. Her proposal did not gain traction, and no ordinance was proposed.
Councilman Ken Lucas, District 3, said the staff should not spend any more time on the issue, as it appeared there were only five net complaints. “To me, rap is noise,” he added.
Deputy City Manager Elisha Thomas said there had been very few noise by vehicle infractions or reports, and therefore the staff was not recommending any legislation,
Mike Sutherland, District 3 councilman, stated that the number of complaints does not justify passage of a law. Violators could live anywhere, he said, including outside of Centennial.
Kathy Turley, District 1 councilwoman, stated, “You can’t regulate morality.”
A 14-day limitation on on-street parking was adopted recently by the Centennial City Council, which also declined to adopt other limitations on residential parking.
The residential parking rules, adopted on first reading unanimously, would also require a seven-day intervening period between two 14-day periods of parking on a public street.
At the same meeting, the council declined to pass on first reading an ordinance that would have restricted off-street parking to a percentage of the front yard area of Centennial homes. The same ordinance also would have required off-street parking to be located on concrete, asphalt or pavers, and would have prohibited parking in landscaped areas.
Steve Greer, Centennial Community Development Director, stated in a written report to the council that the city “has received complaints from residents who are concerned about the amount of vehicle parking within neighborhoods and the negative impact it may have on their property.”
Greer noted in his report that current Centennial regulations “allow parking to occur anywhere on private property, including areas that do not have a parking surface.”
Additionally, he stated that “Centennial has minimal residential parking restrictions compared to other municipalities within the region.” His report also stated that, without “such regulations the City is powerless to assist residents with their complaints and unable to maintain an attractive streetscape.”
BY DORIS TRULARGOVERNMENTAL REPORTER
An anti-littering law was unanimously adopted for Centennial on second reading by its City Council earlier this week. The city joined the overwhelming majority of municipalities in the metropolitan area by adopting the ordinance.
The law defines “litter” as “any and all solid or liquid rubbish, waste material, refuse, garbage, trash, debris, feces, urine, wastewater, or other substance of every form, size, kind and description.”
“Littering” is defined as “dumping, dropping, throwing or depositing any litter or otherwise causing . . . the discharge of litter from a vehicle, recreational vehicle holding tank, or otherwise.” Littering will be punishable by a fine, in the discretion of the municipal judge. In other business, the council unanimously approved a draft Plan for the High Line Canal, presented by Harriet Crittenden LaMair, executive director of the High Line Canal Conservancy.
LaMair said the canal goes through 11 different jurisdictions, including Centennial, and that approximately one million people use the canal, which is owed by the Denver Water Board. The canal consists of 860 acres and is believed to be a $100 million resource, she said, adding that it was built in the 1880’s.
There is both public and private funding for the canal, LaMair stated. There will be 50 new trees planted for each mile of the 71-mile corridor, which she called an “incredible resource.” The trees will not be planted until there is certainty regarding the water sources for them. In another matter, the council approved urban center zoning for 40 acres of land in the area of East Arapahoe Road and Interstate 25. The 40 acres is owned by more than twenty property owners. It is anticipated that the city will eventually redevelop the area, so that there is a mix of uses, with pedestrian and bicycle-friendly areas.
Neil Marciniak, Economic Development Project Manager for Centennial, said there is “no immediate impact” created by the zoning. The regulating plan adopted by the council “does not force landowners to do anything,” he said. There is a team of consultants in place, and the city staff is requesting another $50,000 in the 2020 budget, for a total of more than $250,000 in 2020, for the redevelopment.
The City of Centennial is currently accepting applications to fill openings on the Open Space Advisory Board. The Open Space Advisory Board assists the City in setting priorities for use of Open Space Funds and reviews and comments on individual open space projects for park, trail and recreation use in the City. Terms are for a three year period for which a stipend of $25 per meeting will be paid to each attending board member. Meetings take place on the fourth Tuesday evening of each month at the Centennial Civic Center, 13133 East Arapahoe Road, Centennial, CO.
Applications may be obtained on the City website, or from the City Clerk, 303-754-3302.
Application deadline: Friday, October 4, 2019 at 5 p.m.
On Friday, September 13, the City of Centennial is honoring local centenarians prior to National Centenarians Day, which falls on September 22. Four local centenarians will be honored at the event, which will also include Centennial Mayor Stephanie Piko. The mayor will open with remarks on how older adults contribute to our city and how they continue contributing to this day. Guests will sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to the Centenarians followed by a cake cutting, mingling and a “Secrets to Life” board. The event is free and open to the public and local centenarians are encouraged to be part of the event which will take place at Someren Glen Life Plan Community, 5000 E. Arapahoe Rd., Centennial, 80121.
100-year-old Jim Burghardt, a resident of Holly Creek Life Plan Community in Centennial will be attending the celebration.
Jim has been a resident of Centennial for more than 20 years and moved to Centennial to be closer to his daughter.
In WWII, Jim was Commandant of POW Camp #37, a US Army POW camp based in England that held German POWs. At the same time Jim was overseeing German POWs, Jim’s brother John Burghardt was being held by the Germans at a camp outside Hamburg. John survived the war and the brothers were reunited after the war ended.
According to the Colorado Commission on Aging, approximately 650 Coloradans are 100 years or older. By 2021, that number is expected to jump to more than 1,000. Centenarians are part of the “The Greatest Generation,” a term coined by Tom Brokaw. Many lived through the Spanish Flu epidemic of 1918 that killed approximately 675,000 Americans. They lived through the Great Depression and Dust Bowl of the 1930s and many fought in WWII and supported the war effort. They are living history and our direct link to the past.
BY DORIS B. TRUHLARGOVERNMENTAL REPORTER
The Centennial City Council recently unanimously approved on first reading an ordinance prohibiting littering and imposing fines for violation of the ordinance.
In a staff report to the council, Assistant City Attorney Jill Hassman stated that the city “has become aware” of instances of littering on private property and also stated that numerous municipalities in Colorado “expressly prohibit littering.”
The ordinance defines littering as “any and all solid or liquid rubbish, waste material, refuse, garbage, trash, debris, feces, urine, wastewater, or other substance . . .” It includes “discharge of litter from a vehicle, recreational vehicle holding tank, or otherwise.”
The report stated that recent examples are backyards in Centennial where litter has accumulated and the residents have not had a trash service to remove it.
The council also received a report from Jennifer Madsen, Assistant City Attorney, proposing increases in traffic fines and court costs for traffic violations. The increases are all of $25. The maximum fine for a traffic offense is currently $2,650, although such a large fine was stated in the report to be “exceedingly rare.”
The report states that Centennial’s fine schedule is “on the lower end of the spectrum . . . in the metro-Denver courts . . .” The report recommends that fines for parking illegally in a disabled space go from $100 to $200 per offense.
The council heard a report about the Intelligent Traffic System, a $6 million project in Centennial. Jim Paral, city traffic engineer, said that the city has installed school zone flashing beacons, which has made it “safer for school kids.”
Additionally, the city has installed a number of cabinets for its traffic signals, he said, adding that there are 83 traffic signals in the city. Centennial will be sharing its information gathered from its cool circuit television cameras with both the Colorado Department of Transportation and the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office, he said. The city has contracted with an outside company to gather information.
The city has partnered with Lone Tree and Greenwood Village to manage traffic flow on South Yosemite Street, according to the presentation, which also was made by Craig Faessler, engineer and Public Works Program Director, and Jeff Dankenbring, Director of Public Works. A major goal has been to have traffic “continuously flowing,” they said. The project for South Yosemite Street “will be complete” next year.
Councilwoman Candace Moon commented that it is now “easier getting around on Arapahoe Road” due to the ITS.
The three presenters said that the ITS does not allow the city to “identify specific drivers” and no tickets will be issued as a result of the data that is being gathered.
The council also unanimously approved continuing the city’s participation in the Metro Mortgage Assistance Plus Program. Patrick Fleming, management analyst for the city, said the program assists new home buyers by providing three-year forgivable second liens on residential homes.
To qualify for the program, participants cannot have more annual income than $139,200 and have a credit score of at least 640. There were 35 loans made by the program from 2013 through 2018, Fleming said.
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