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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