BY DORIS TRUHLARGOVERNMENTAL REPORTER
The price of concrete is going up, according to Centennial City Manager Matthew Sturgeon, who told the City Council on Monday night that it may be necessary for the city to budget more money for repairs on streets and sidewalks.
In his report to the council, the manager said that the council may want to increase the allotment for concrete from its current (2019) 466 cubic yards to a higher number “due to the age and integrity” of the concrete that is being replaced.
Councilman Ron Weidmann suggested that the city utilize the “overage this year in the budget . . . to address” the issue. Mayor Stephanie Piko responded that the topic made “good budget conversation for next week,” when the council is scheduled to have two meetings in regard to the 2020 budget for Centennial, on Monday and Tuesday evenings.
Sturgeon also said that there has been consideration in regard to “prioritizing” the use of concrete around schools and other areas where there is more pedestrian traffic.
The comments regarding concrete were made by Sturgeon during a study session prior to the regular council meeting.
There were no land use cases on the agenda for the meeting on Monday. A significant portion of the meeting was devoted to an issue related to parking in the city, which has been discussed on numerous occasions by the council during the past few years.
The council has adopted a limitation on parking that is completely complaint-based, which means that law enforcement, which in Centennial is the Office of the Arapahoe County Sheriff, will only investigate when a complaint is made.
Sheriff’s Deputy Glenn Thompson told the council that complaint-based laws are “difficult to enforce.” In response to a question from a council member, Thompson said that stolen vehicles often “create an issue.”
A number of citizens spoke about the ordinance concerning parking. John Shilling, of 7061 S. Quince Street, told the council he was “mostly okay with the ordinance,” but that he thought it was important for the word “continuously” to be in the ordinance, to describe the prohibited parking. It appears likely that the final version of the law will contain the word, to describe the 14 days of parking required for an infraction.
A number of residents from Walnut Hills Subdivision spoke in regard to the ordinance. Martha Shilling, wife of John, said that many residents are forced to park on the streets because there generally are only single-car garages in the subdivision.
Another Walnut Hills resident, Mike Rogers, of 5455 E. Dry Creek Circle, said he cannot get his “full-sized truck” in his garage. Ron Schmidt, of 5453 E. Dry Creek Circle, said that parking on the streets is generally not a problem, “except for a few people.” He added that “just because you can” do something, that “does not mean you have to do something.”
Schmidt said he has talked with the Arapahoe County Sheriff and believes, that Sheriff Tyler Brown does not want to deal with parking violations because there are more pressing law enforcement issues.
Pat Klingbeil, of 7241 S. Franklin, which is near Arapahoe High School, said she is 86 years old and has paid taxes for 34 years. She urged residents not to “be so darn picky,” adding that people can park in front of her house “any time.”
Mayor Stephanie Piko said the parking issue has been discussed for the past seven or eight years. Deputy City Attorney Maureen Juran said the word “continuously” could be added to the ordinance, which will be brought back to the council at a future meeting for further consideration.
Piko also said that the ordinance may be necessary because there are residents who are “selling cars from their homes” and using public streets as their “auto showroom.” The proposed law is intended to stop “abuses of the public right of way,” she said.
Councilwoman Candace Moon said the ordinance has to be “for the greater good of all” residents. There are times when some residents have abused the law, for example, residents who block snow removal with cars parked on the streets.
Councilwoman Carrie Penaloza, District 2, said that adding the word “continuously” was “a good idea.” When the ordinance is brought back to council at a future meeting, it should be passed, she stated.
The ordinance will be considered at a future meeting with the additional word added to it.
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