2020.03.21 – Weeks in Review

/ March 21, 2020

As you can imagine, the COVID-19 pandemic has put other items we’ve been working on hold. Here’s where we’re at.

Executive Action

Our City Manager Jim Twombly and our staff are working hard to ensure our essential city services continue during the pandemic while abiding by social distancing guidelines and staggered shifts to keep our municipal employees healthy. Staff are also working hard to ensure the city receives as much aid as possible from what has already been passed by our state and federal governments and are currently putting together rules for how to administer that aid. If you have any more questions about what the city is doing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, or what city services have been temporarily suspended, please check the city’s resource guide here.

Legislative Action

From the legislative side, several of my colleagues and I have been in constant communication with our peers from neighboring cities and our county governments and utility providers, encouraging them to suspend eviction and foreclosure proceedings during the crisis and to suspend service disconnections as well. I’m happy to report that these proposals were well-received and have been enacted in Arapahoe and Adams counties, and Xcel and Aurora Water have both suspended service disconnections during the crisis.

We have also been working with community organizations to put pressure on our state and federal governments to enact rent and mortgage freezes, as well as provide direct financial assistance to our residents during the length of this crisis. Large sectors of our economy are being shuttered to protect public health, and we need to ensure our residents are provided resources in order to secure food, medicine, and other services for themselves and their loved ones. To that extent, I am introducing a resolution at Monday’s council meeting for the city to take a formal stance asking for direct relief that puts our residents first.

Ward IV Meeting

With public gatherings being out of the question due to public health risks, we will be switching to video updates once the webcam I ordered arrives. I will be experimenting with twitch.tv as a medium to keep you informed while being able to interact via live chat to field audience questions. I’ll let you know once we’re up and running.

Council Meeting

Our next meeting will be this Monday, March 23rd at 7:30 PM. We will be using a teleconference solution to host the meeting in order to protect the health and safety of our community and our municipal staff. You will be able to tune in on Channel 8, and participate by submitting an email to publiccomment@auroragov.org or by calling the City Clerk’s office at 303.739.7094. For more information, click here.

Wrapping Up

I want to stress that while we are living through difficult times, there is no need to panic or hoard food and other important supplies. We continue to have an abundance of food and other commodities to satisfy everyone’s needs. Please be considerate of the elderly and the disabled when you head out to purchase groceries and medicine. Do not take more than you need so that they are able to get resources that are critical for their daily life.

As always, if you have any questions, you can reach me at jmarcano@auroragov.org or at 720.634.6927 (text preferred). Stay safe, stay indoors, and stay healthy.

In solidarity,

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