BY DORIS B. TRUHLAR
Taxing hotel stays, building pedestrian bridges and making information about the city more easily understood were among the suggestions Centennial Council members made at a study session May 14, when council members brainstormed various ideas for future projects.
No action was taken by the council on any of the proposals, although several ideas were flagged as having promise for the future. The session was intended to encourage council members to “envision” Centennial’s future. Other ideas included:
Improve weed control on East Arapahoe Road, suggested by Councilwoman Candace Moon, who also proposed that the city build a bridge for pedestrian traffic at Arapahoe High School, on East Dry Creek Road at University. She also suggested the hotel/motel tax.
Increase road maintenance funds even more than previously to get the roads in better condition, and also put together a plan for “branding” the city, that is establishing its identity, the ideas of Councilwoman Kathy Turley.
Build a pedestrian bridge over Chester Street near East Dry Creek Road to the light rail, proposed by Mike Sutherland.
Preserve the city’s shopping centers and do something to help care for residents who are addicted to opiate medications, both suggested by Marlo Alston. Sheriff David Walcher, who often attends the Centennial council meetings, said some law enforcement organizations have mental health professionals on staff to respond to calls that are mental health related.
Ron Weidmann suggested that the city build a new city council chamber, one with more limited access than its current facility, for the protection of city staff.
Mayor Stephanie Piko suggested that the city concentrate on a higher level of “transparency” and said that the city should take advantage of opportunities for redevelopment.
Councilwoman Carrie Penaloza suggested that Centennial “coordinate with other cities on traffic lights.”
Ken Lucas, suggested that the city upgrade Centennial City Center Park that is just north of Arapahoe Road, next to City Hall, and that the city “devise a strategy to purchase the street lights.”
Council members and staff were asked to suggest headlines that might be in the newspapers in two years. Among the suggestions were “Jetpacks on East Arapahoe Road,” “Centennial: smartest city in Colorado,” and “Centennial, the best place to live, work and play.”
Some of the ideas proposed likely will continue to be raised as potential projects for the future.
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