BY DORIS B. TRUHLAR
The Centennial City Council on Monday night approved a contribution of $60,000 to the Parker Jordan Metropolitan District for improvements within the Parker Jordan Centennial Open Space.
The open space is near the intersection of Arapahoe Road and South Parker Road and runs along Cherry Creek.
The projects include $30,000 for a trail connection, and another $30,000 for an additional neighborhood trail connection at South Kitteridge Circle, educational signage for various landscapes and habitats, additional benches, native grass seeding, planting of trees and shrubs and pet waste stations.
Councilman Ron Weidmann said he and his wife walk in the Parker Jordan Centennial Open Space and “it’s beautiful.”
In other business, Councilwomen Kathy Turley and Carrie Penaloza were chosen to serve on an appointment committee for the Centennial Senior Commission.
The council discussed a Police Department Feasibility Study prepared by former Sheriff David C. Walcher. The council already, at its last meeting in May, approved an extension of a contract with the Arapahoe County Board of County Commissioners. The extension made it clear that the city would not – at least any time soon – establish its own law enforcement agency. Instead, the city will continue to contract with the County Commissioners to have the Office of the Arapahoe Sheriff provide law enforcement services.
Walcher’s report is available to the public for those who request a copy of the feasibility study. Anyone interested in obtaining a report should call the city at (303) 325-8000.
The council had an extensive discussion in regard to whether the city should continue to consider establishing its own police department. They agreed to continue reviewing the situation, but apparently, not with an eye toward establishing a Centennial Police Department. The focus would be on managing rising costs of law enforcement.
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