Archive for August, 2015

2012 Completed Eagle Scout Projects

2014 Completed Eagle Scout Projects

Thank you Eagle Scouts

Special thanks to these Boy Scouts who completed their projects towards earning their rank of Eagle Scout in 2014:

 

  • Jacob Wheeler, from Troop 332 in Elizabeth, constructed six bluebird nest-boxes which were used for 2015 for site expansion at Philip S. Miller Park. 
 

  • Brian Cowgill, from Troop 451, constructed and installed four split-log benches on the Red Hawk side of Stewart Trail at Ridgeline Open Space. 
Brian Cowgill_split log bench.jpg 
 

  • James Kennedy, from Troop 260, charted and mapped six incremental fitness routes using a combination of the Town soft surfaced, paved, and sidewalks. After the routes were completed, the DOIT GIS team, created an interactive map on the Town website where residents can see the routes, elevation change and print out a flyer / route PDF.
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  • Boy Scouts Justin Hunter, from Troop 365 in Castle Pines North, and Jacob Shreffler, from Troop 780, both completed trail reroute projects in the un-named open space parcel between the Recreation Center and Castle Rock Elementary School along Woodlands Boulevard. The area needed to be reworked to provide more sustainable routes for the residents to use from the surrounding neighborhoods. As part of that overall plan, POST worked with these two Eagle Scouts to reclaim eroded portions of the trails and forge new segments that are more sustainable. Justin Hunter closed and reclaimed segments and forged new segments between Woodlands Boulevard and Gigi Street. Jacob Shreffler closed and reclaimed segments between the pedestrian crossing on Woodlands Boulevard and access behind the Castle Rock Elementary School playground and forged two new, more sustainable segments through heavy patches of scrub oak.
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Thanks to all of the individuals and businesses whose generous donations made these projects possible:

  • The Home Depot
  • Lowes
  • Nilex

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National Drug Take Back Day

Our agency participates in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) annual National Prescription Drug Take-Back Initiative. In conjunction with state, local and tribal law enforcement partners, the DEA has collected more than 2 million pounds of prescription medication in the past five years.

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposal, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of these medications.

This year’s Drug Take Back Day will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015 at the Castle Rock Police Department located at 100 Perry St.

Regular drop-off
Prescription medications can also be dropped off at the The Douglas County Sheriff’s Highlands Ranch Substation. The substation is located at 9250 Zotos Drive, Highlands Ranch, CO 80129.

A permanent dropbox has also been installed in the lobby at the Castle Rock Police Department. Citizens can deposit unwanted and outdated presciption medications in the drop box during regular business hours Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The following items WILL NOT be accepted:

  • Needles & Sharps
  • Mercury (themometers)
  • Oxygen Containers
  • Chemotherapy/Radioactive Substances
  • Pressurized Canisters
  • Illicit Drugs

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Project Steps and Dates

Project Steps and Dates

Asphalt patching, overlay and reconstruction project
Asphalt patching, and overlay with curb, gutter and sidewalk replacement (late-spring through summer):

  • Involves the removal and replacement of curbs, gutters and sidewalks
  • Streets usually are worked on in groups, and the work can take eight to 12 weeks to complete
  • Consists of patching, milling or removing the existing pavement, followed by repaving
  • Resurfacing can improve driving conditions and correct improper drainage
  • The work generally lasts eight to 10 years, depending on traffic, weather conditions and other factors

For a listing of streets scheduled for this type of work in 2015, view asphalt patching, overlay and reconstruction project.

Miscellaneous concrete replacement
Concrete replacement or patching (May through August):

  • Involves removing damaged sections of roads, curb, gutter, and sidewalk with new concrete

Slurry seal with concrete replacement project
Slurry seal with curb, gutter and sidewalk replacement (April through July):

  • Involves sealing cracks and patching potholes, followed by sealing the existing asphalt with slurry
  • Used on streets with light-medium traffic volumes 

For a listing of streets scheduled for this type of work in 2015, view slurry seal with concrete replacement project.

Asphalt rejuvenating project
Asphalt rejuvenating program (August and/or September) with curb, gutter and sidewalk replacement (May):

  • Involves sealing cracks and patching potholes, followed by applying a penetrating agent to the asphalt   
  • Used on streets with light traffic volumes

For a listing of streets scheduled for this type of work in 2015, view asphalt rejuvenating agent project.

Concrete pavement restoration project
Concrete pavement joint sealing program (July and/or August):

  • Involves the removal & replacement, grinding and sealing of concrete pavement.   

For a listing of streets scheduled for this type of work in 2015, view concrete pavement restoration project.

Additional information
For more information on the Pavement Maintenance Program, email us or call 720-733-2465.

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K-9 Unit

Ronin

Ronin, Officer Thompson’s partner

Officer Todd Thompson began his law enforcement career with the Castle Rock Police Department in March 2001. 

In 2008, Officer Thompson retired his longtime partner and Town favorite, Jax, after six years of dedicated service. In October 2008, Jax’s replacement, Legion, joined the department. After five years of devoted service, Legion was formally retired from the department. Legion continues to live with Officer Thompson.

Ronin, a Belgian Malinois and German shepherd mix, was sworn in as our newest police service dog on August 19, 2014. Ronin was born in 2012 in Denver, Indiana. He also lives with Thompson.

Related websites

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Life and Eagle Scout Projects

Program overview and potential projects for 2014

POST Partners no longer offers opportunities for Boy Scouts wishing to complete a project toward the rank of Eagle or Life Scout. We have already accepted applications for 2015 projects, and as of now, do not anticipating having any projects for 2016.

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Water Wiser

Smartscape solutions for your lawn and home
Look around you – Castle Rock is amazing. Our residents have been learning and working toward a common goal of conserving water for years, and it is working.

If you’re wondering how you can join this effort and become Water Wise, attend one of our workshops. Through hands-on demonstrations and displays, you’ll see how easy it is to conserve water and still have a beautiful yard. You will also learn how to apply water by taking advantage of the “7 Steps of Xeriscape;” how to detect water waste; and how to improve your irrigation system. After the workshop, you will earn a “Water Wiser” designation and be exempt from the every-third-day watering schedule.      
            
Details about the workshops planned in 2016 will be available early next year.                     
           

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Poster Contest

The Castle Rock Fire and Rescue Department, along with Sign Design, presents the 16th annual Fire Safety Poster Contest.

Get out your favorite coloring tools, grab a fresh sheet of paper and unleash your creativity! The Castle Rock Fire and Rescue Department wants to see your most colorful ideas of safety based on this year’s theme. 

This year we are asking entrants to use the theme: Hear the beep where you sleep. Every bedroom needs a working smoke alarm!

As with all contests, there are rules that need to be followed:

  • You must be a student in a Castle Rock school and attending third through the sixth grade
  • Posters must be made on a white 8 1/2″ by 11″ paper
  • Please DO NOT submit on lined paper unless it is part of your picture
  • Please use all of your creativity and plenty of color
  • Please put your name, school, teacher and grade on the entry form
  • Entries will not be accepted without an entry form 
  • Only one entry per student
When you enter, we all win!  
You have a very important message to get out to all of the residents of Castle Rock. If your entry is selected, it will be made into a decal that is placed on the side of a fire truck where it will ride throughout the entire year. These messages are seen by almost every resident and visitor of Castle Rock.

Sign Design donates a portion of the decals to Castle Rock Fire and Rescue Department to display throughout the year.

Fire Chief Art Morales, will make the final decision as to what four posters will be riding on the fire trucks for the year.

Entries are due to your teacher no later than Aug. 27. No entries will be accepted after that date.

For more information, contact our Fire and Life Safety Educator/Inspector by email.

Below are links to helpful ideas for ideas regarding working smoke alarms:
Smoke Alarm Safety Tips
Cooking Safety Tips
Heating Safety Tips

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Adventure Club Preschool / Pre-Kindergarten

Start your child’s education off right

Arts and crafts

Contact

Callie Menz
Adventure Club Preschool
303-814-7454
2301 Woodlands Blvd.
Castle Rock, CO  80104

Adventure Club preschool and prekindergarten programs offer a secure, enriching and nurturing environment where children are able to establish the solid educational foundations they need to be successful in future academic and social endeavors. Adventure Club programs are state licensed, with continuous school-year programs beginning in September and ending in May.

2015-16 Enrollment now open
See the enrollment packet below in resources for more details. Did you know registration is open year-round? Email us to see if there is space available for your child.

Requirements
All participants must have an up-to-date immunization record, health physical and emergency card on file. Preschool participants (ages 3-4) must have reached their third birthdays by Oct. 1. Prekindergarten participants (ages 4-5) must have reached their fourth birthdays by Oct. 1.

Fees
At the time of registration, a nonrefundable deposit of $90 is required to secure your child’s spot. If the child does not attend for a month, the tuition is forfeited, and you may lose your spot. Monthly balances are due by the first of each month to verify your child’s continuous attendance.

2015 – 2016 First day of school

Preschool – Tuesday, Sept. 8.
Prekindergarten (5 day p.m.)- Tuesday, Sept. 8.
Prekindergarten (3 day)- Wednesday, Sept. 9.
       
Resources             

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2015 Election questions

2015 Election questions

Ordinance No. 2015 – 30 
November Election – Even Numbered Years

Shall the Town of Castle Rock Home Rule Charter be amended to: (i) change the date of regular municipal elections to the general election date in November of even-numbered years beginning in 2016; (ii) conduct such elections as coordinated elections with Douglas County under the Uniform Election Code of 1992; and (iii) adopt a transition plan on Town Council terms to implement such change in election date, by revising Sections 2-3, 4-1, 4-2, 4-3, and Article XVII of the Town of Castle Rock Home Rule Charter, as provided in Ordinance No. 2015-30?

Currently, Castle Rock voters elect new Councilmembers in April of even-numbered years. If approved, this change would 
coordinate these elections with Douglas County, placing them instead in November of even-numbered years.

As Castle Rock continues to grow, it makes sense to coordinate these elections. This would help make the election process more efficient and would save taxpayer dollars.

However, a transition plan would be necessary. Council terms scheduled to end in April would be adjusted to November. These changes would be necessary to coordinate the election schedule.

Ordinance No. 2015 – 31
Website Public Notice

Shall Section 7-3 of the Town Home Rule Charter be amended to require the posting of public notices of ordinances on the Town of Castle Rock website rather than publication in a newspaper, as provided in Ordinance No. 2015-31?

Times have changed, and nearly everyone uses the Internet as part of their daily lives. In an effort to work more efficiently and save taxpayer dollars, this question would change the Town’s public notice posting place for ordinances from the local newspaper to the Town’s website, CRgov.com.

Transparency is a priority for the Town. Currently, Town Charter dictates public notices be run in the legal public notices section of the local newspaper. Allowing public notices to be published online would allow Town staff to more quickly publish notices. It would also save the Town money and make these notices more accessible to the public, as not every neighborhood in Town receives the newspaper.

Ordinance No. 2015 – 32
Signature Percentage – Referendum

Shall Section 15-2(b) of the Town of Castle Rock Home Rule Charter be amended to increase the percentage of registered voter signatures required on a referendum petition from five percent to ten percent, as provided in Ordinance No. 2015-32?

Town Council makes local laws by ordinance. In most cases, once an ordinance passes two readings, which both include opportunities for public input, there is a waiting period. Then, the ordinance becomes part of local law. During that waiting period, there is time for residents to protest the ordinance by referendum.

Currently, the Charter requires signatures from 5 percent of registered Castle Rock voters to validate the referendum petition, so it can move forward. Council proposes to increase that requirement to 10 percent, which is allowed under the State Constitution. 

This increase will help ensure the protest of the ordinance is in line with what a greater number of Castle Rock voters want. Town Council is elected by voters to make decisions and keep the Town running smoothly. As a voter, you count on your elected official to represent your needs. This change would allow Castle Rock voters to be heard while keeping the referendum process as an option.

Ordinance No. 2015 – 33
Signature Percentage – Initiative

Shall Section 15-1(b) of the Town of Castle Rock Home Rule Charter be amended to increase the percentage of registered voter signatures required on an initiative petition from ten percent to fifteen percent, as provided in Ordinance No. 2015-33?

Another way voters can create local laws is through the initiative process. Initiatives are ordinances started by voters, rather than by Town Council. 

Voters elect their Council representatives to make decisions and approve ordinances in the best interest of the Town. An initiative would most likely be something that has not been determined a community priority by the Town.

Currently, Town Charter requires valid signatures from 10 percent of registered voters to get an initiative to ballot. Town Council proposes to raise that percentage to 15 percent. This change will help ensure any initiative is representative of as many Castle Rock voters as possible, before the Town invests in an election. (Even if the Town coordinates elections with the County, there would still be a cost to the Town to have an election.)

Ordinance No. 2015 – 34
Withdrawal of Referendum /Initiative Petition

Shall Section 15-6 of the Town of Castle Rock Home Rule Charter be amended to change the timeframe in which an initiative or referendum petition can be withdrawn to not later than 12:00 PM on the date the Town Council is to consider the subject petition, as provided in Ordinance No. 2015-34?

Just as a group can start a referendum, it can also withdraw it.

Here’s how the process works: residents who disagree with an ordinance (local law) Town Council passes can challenge 
it through a referendum. They gather signatures, and then – if there are enough valid signatures – Council must either rescind the ordinance or put it to a public vote. That decision is made at a public meeting.

Currently, the protesters who initiate the referendum have until 20 days before the election to withdraw their petition. However, if a protester waits that long to withdraw his or her petition, money would have already been spent on coordinating the election, printing ballots and even mailing them. Limiting the timeframe for when a petition can be withdrawn would minimize the risk of wasting taxpayer dollars on an unnecessary election.

This new provision would require petitioners who want to withdraw a petition to do so by noon the day of the public meeting where Council must either rescind the ordinance or put it to a public vote. Logistically, this change would help ensure more efficient public meetings and save taxpayer dollars. 
 
Ordinance No. 2015 – 35
Signature Removal from Referendum / Initiative Petition

Shall Sections 15-1 and 15-2 of the Town of Castle Rock Home Rule Charter be amended to authorize the withdrawal of a signature by a registered elector on an initiative or referendum petition on or before the date of filing of such petition, as provided in Ordinance No. 2015-35?

During a petition or referendum process, petitioners gather signatures from registered voters. They stand outside local grocery stores, the library, or recreation areas. Sometimes, voters sign petitions without having the opportunity to fully research the proposals. 

This new provision in the Town Charter would create a process for voters to remove their signatures from a petition before the petition is submitted to the Town for verification. Thus, if a voter researches and discovers he or she does not agree with the petition, the individual can remove his or her signature before it is used to validate the petition and continue that referendum or initiative through the public process.

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