BY FREDA MIKLIN
On Dec. 12 the CHV city council finalized its 2019 budget with a unanimous vote. Mayor-elect Russell Stewart and city council member-elect Afshin Safavi were in the audience for the meeting. They will assume their new positions at the Jan. 15, 2019 city council meeting.
Police Chief Michelle Tovrea requested and received approval for CHV to acquire a new records system that is fully integrated with Arapahoe County and the police departments of the other cities in the county, Englewood, Littleton, Greenwood Village and Sheridan. The total net cost for the new system is $177,162, including start-up and license fees. Tovrea told council that the other cities have already agreed to use the system. Sharing the start-up costs with the four other cities is saving CHV $216,217.
With the new system, CHV police will know immediately if an individual with whom they have an encounter has had a recent encounter with law enforcement anywhere else in Arapahoe County. CHV’s current records system is out of date and would need to be upgraded if retained. All agreed that it made more sense to use a more current system and it will be highly beneficial to have connected record-keeping with the other local law enforcement agencies.
Tovrea reported that Officer Cory Sack, shot in a home invasion in August, was progressing in his recovery and rehabilitation from his injury.
Council members Katy Brown and Al Blum attended a meeting with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Dec. 5 regarding the Metroplex plan. It is the FAA’s position that potential changes in take-off and landing patterns for DIA “will not result in any change or impact on local residents.” Blum said that the FAA committed to provide understandable detailed information about new proposed takeoff and landing patterns in upcoming public meetings. Out-going mayor Laura Christman questioned the accuracy of noise data from the FAA. She also said that the FAA won’t include noise data from Centennial Airport in its presentations even though Centennial’s flight patterns will be impacted by changes in flight patterns into and departing DIA.
Three intergovernmental agreements were approved to effectuate the 2019 installation of a traffic light at the entrance to Glenmoor Country Club at Belleview Avenue and Glenmoor Drive, following efforts dating back to 2008 by area residents of Greenwood Village and CHV who have long worried about the danger of turning left onto Belleview Avenue from Glenmoor Drive on the north side of Belleview and Steele Street on the south. CHV will oversee construction and pay 25 percent of the total cost of installing the light. GV has agreed to pay 50 percent of the total cost. Glenmoor Country Club and the Glenmoor HOA have agreed to pay 12.5 percent each. The total project budget is $400,000.
Council discussed a planned $2.5 million project in Greenwood Village’s Capital Improvement Plan to improve the aesthetic condition of the Belleview medians between University Boulevard and Interstate 25. It is intended to include cleanup, irrigation, electrical and landscaping. GV will hold a public input meeting for the project on Jan. 17, 2019 at its city hall at 6060 S. Quebec Street at 6:30 p.m. Conceptual alternatives will be presented. Council encouraged CHV residents to attend.
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