Happy new year! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and had a chance to take a break and spend some time doing what you love with the folks dearest to you. We didn’t have any study sessions or formal meetings over the break but we were still getting work done on constituent services and planning the year ahead.
City Council Meeting
Our Monday meeting was smooth and lasted right around one hour. The only contentious item on our agenda was the targeted picketing ordinance which was back for a second reading after failing to pass on a tied vote before the holidays. Councilmember Bergan asked for the item to be pulled from the agenda and council voted unanimously to do so. She later explained that she had it pulled because it did not accomplish the goals she had in mind. I would have supported the final passage of the ordinance coupled with an amendment to reduce the maximum penalty from $2,650 as it ended up clarifying protocol around residential picketing and eliminated jail as a penalty for violation.
That said, we have a double-header this month! Monday, January 13th is another council meeting and packets are available now for those of you who are interested.
Community Meeting on Public Safety Reforms
We have our second community meeting on public safety reforms coming up on Friday, January 17th at 6:30 PM at the Aurora Central Library (14949 E Alameda Ave, Aurora, Colorado 80012). This is an ongoing process to get feedback from our community on your vision for accountable and transparent civil service looks like, and I hope you will be able to join us. You can find the Facebook event invite here.
Police Chief Search Community Meeting
As you’ve probably heard by now, we are currently searching for a new chief of police due to Chief Metz announcing his retirement late last year. A community meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday, January 14th from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM at the Aurora Municipal Center (15151 E Alameda Pkwy, Aurora, Colorado 80012) in council chambers. Doors open at 6 PM. The meeting will be facilitated by Regan Williams, who is our search consultant.
Ward IV Meeting Agenda
Our first ward meeting is rapidly approaching! Here is an outline of what you can expect:
- 6:30 PM: Introduction and meeting format overview.
- 6:35 PM: Presentation from Public Works on our neighborhood traffic calming program, an overview of our Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) transportation project grants, and an update on the Westerly Creek and Toll Gate Creek trail connections.
- 7:30 PM: Q/A for Public Works.
- 7:45 PM: Update on current and upcoming council work.
- 7:50 PM: Q/A for CM Marcano.
- 8:00 PM: Adjournment
Light snacks and beverages will be provided. Please join us at Stampede at 6:30 PM on January 16th! Hope to see you there!
The research portion of the work surrounding reforms to our civil service commission is wrapping up, and I will be meeting with current commissioners and other stakeholders in the weeks to come. As always, you can reach me at email@example.com, or at 720.634.6927 (text preferred).