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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.
CONTRIBUTED BY DON SHEEHAN
Don Sheehan is running for the District 4 Centennial City Council seat in the November 5, 2019 election. Don moved to unincorporated Arapahoe County in 1992, where he still lives in Centennial’s District 4. Don was active in the formation of Centennial. In 2000, city founders organized the campaign to incorporate Centennial. “Our tax base was being eroded by annexation from several surrounding communities. Creating a new city protected the revenues we needed to maintain police, fire and essential services without increased taxes.”
Don retired in 2018 after over thirty years in the high technology field, the last 16 years at the Oracle Corporation.
“When I retired, I wanted to do something completely different. I’m retired, not tired. Volunteering with the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office as a Victim Advocate is one of the most challenging things I’ve done and maybe the most rewarding. The 4 AM call to help a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault or an unexpected death is not easy. You get an up-close picture of what our police do every day. And you help someone get through an awful situation.”
Don serves as a commissioner on the City of Centennial Senior Commission. “We advise City Council on matters affecting the senior community.” The Senior Commission also provides a series of educational and educational programs aimed at the senior audience.
Don is a member of the Transportation Solutions Arapahoe County board, which works on issues of seniors and transportation.
Don volunteers at Wings Over the Rockies including the new Centennial Airport location, Exploration of Flight, where he runs one of the flight simulators.
“Centennial is one of the best cities to live in and I’m excited about contributing to its continued success as a member of City Council.”
CONTRIBUTED BY CITY OF CENTENNIAL
You prune. We chip. The City of Centennial is partnering with Jacobs, Terracare Associates and South Suburban Park and Recreation District to host a free City-wide tree recycling event Saturday, September 14 from 8 a.m. to noon.
There will be two locations where residents may drop off tree limbs and woody plant materials for recycling.
Given the popularity of this event, please expect a wait time of up to 30 minutes. Chippers will shut off at noon sharp. Free mulch will be available on a self-serve basis at the Willow Spring Service Center throughout the event. Mulch will be available at the Public Works Facility beginning at noon. Please bring a tarp and shovel for your free mulch. Please note: Lumber, salvage materials, or rounds larger than 10 inches in diameter will not be accepted. For more information, contact the Citizen Response Center at 303-325-8000.
Join us on Saturday, Sept. 7 for Centennial’s 4th Annual Car Show featuring an exciting collection of classic and exotic cars. Come vote for your favorite! The Nacho Men also will be performing live and food and beverages will be available for purchase. The event is from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the parking lot of Centennial Center Park, 13050 E. Peakview Avenue. Don’t forget to bring your chairs and blankets.
Please remember the following when attending the event:
– Alcohol may not be brought to any event in the park.
– Tents, canopies and oversized umbrellas are not allowed in the park.
– No ATM onsite for the event, but most vendors accept credit/debit cards.
Thank you to our Silver Sponsors Jacobs and Terracare and our Bronze Sponsors Damy Anderson State Farm, Navy Federal Credit Union and Centennial Medical Center.
CONTRIBUTED BY SSPR
South Suburban Parks and Recreation (SSPR) plans to demolish and rebuild three of its outdoor pools at the end of the 2019 swim season. In early September, demolition will begin on Harlow Pool in Littleton and Franklin and Holly pools in Centennial. Work will continue throughout winter and spring. SSPR anticipates the new pools will open on Memorial Day 2020.
All three aging facilities will be redesigned and rebuilt with new bathhouses, slides and various updated aquatic amenities to meet the needs of each community. At Holly Pool, anticipated highlights include a 6-lane lap pool and a large leisure pool with an incorporated wading pool and play features. Franklin Pool will have a 6-lane, L-shaped pool along with integrated play features. Harlow Pool will get a zero depth entry pool, along with enhanced facility amenities. SSPR’s Cook Creek Pool in Lone Tree is not included in the project.
“We are eager to move forward on the project. We believe replacing and enhancing our three outdoor pool facilities will provide a better user experience for our residents and members of the community,” said Rob Hanna, SSPR executive director.
SSPR completed a pool audit in 2017 and an aquatics master plan in 2018, which laid the foundation for the project. To gather feedback on the outdoor pools, SSPR conducted public input meetings in April 2018 and posted an online survey. Top priorities identified through public input, which will be addressed through the project, include modern amenities/facilities, pools with easy access, the ability to offer community aquatic programs, and facilities with recreation aspects like water slides, spray features and diving boards.
The typical lifespan of an outdoor pool is 25 years and SSPR successfully maintained these aging pools for more than 40 years. Franklin and Harlow pools were built in 1964 and 1963 respectively, and Holly Pool was built in 1977. With the current age, the costs to upkeep and ensure standards and codes were becoming too significant. While developing SSPR’s Master Plan in 2017, one of the top opportunities identified by residents was aquatics upgrades. Swimming is one of the most popular activities for residents and SSPR is making it a priority to continue to offer high quality options for the community.
The contractor for the project is MW Golden Constructors of Castle Rock, CO, and the architect and pools designers are Essenza Architecture of Louisville, CO and Counsilman-Hunsaker of Lakewood, CO.
For complete details for each pool, including planned amenities, renderings and site plans, visit https://www.ssprd.org/Outdoor-Pools. For questions about the project, contact Assistant Director of Recreation Kelsey Whisler at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join us for live music and a spectacular laser light show at Centennial Center Park! The 14th Annual Centennial Under the Stars event is Saturday, August 10 from 6 to 10 p.m. at Centennial Center Park. This year’s event features live music by local bands Pandas and People, Hazel Miller and the ever-popular Eagles tribute band, The Long Run. Enjoy food trucks, free face painting and a dazzling laser light show to top off the evening. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.
Schedule of Events:
Parking at Centennial Center Park may be tight. Additional parking will be available in nearby lots. Due to the anticipated crowd at the event, we encourage all guests to keep their pets at home.
Centennial Center Park is located at 13050 E. Peakview Avenue. Please remember the following when attending the event:
Thank you to our event sponsors: Silver Sponsors Jacobs and Terracare Associates; Bronze Sponsors Metrum Community Credit Union, State Farm’s Damy Anderson and Columbine Federal Credit Union; Community Partner Centennial Medical Plaza and media partner the Centennial Citizen.
Visit centennialco.gov/events to view the other exciting events scheduled at Centennial Center Park.
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