Archive for January, 2017

Councilman Townsend hosts open house for residents in District 2

Getting your thoughts and answering your questions are top priorities for the Town of Castle Rock.

District 2 Councilmember James Townsend will host an open house to hear from residents from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, at Fire Station No. 155 on Crowfoot Valley Road. District 2 includes The Woodlands, Metzler Ranch, Sapphire Pointe, The Pines at Castle Rock Apartments, and Diamond Ridge.

During the open house, residents can ask questions and learn about various Town services and projects from Town staff. Many departments will be represented including Police, Fire, Roads, Water, Building and more.

“I am both honored and humbled by the opportunity to serve as the Town Councilmember for District 2,” Townsend said. “I understand the challenges that come with the office, and while I feel that my time on the Castle Rock Planning Commission was excellent training, I am excited to learn more. I have met with many of the staff leading the various departments, the Town Manager, and members of staff, and am looking forward to listening to my neighbors who live in District 2 about their concerns and questions.”

About Councilman Townsend

Councilman Townsend and his wife have lived in Castle Rock since 2008. They are raising five children here. He is a graduate of Brigham Young University with a degree in global economics and attended law school at the University of Idaho. Most recently, Townsend served on the Planning Commission. He has also been active with the Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce.

“We live in an amazing Town,” Townsend said. “My wife and I moved here eight years ago and we have enjoyed watching the Town grow and flourish under excellent leadership. I am determined to work and represent the residents of District 2 to carry on that tradition and make our Town even better.”

Other Council community meetings are expected in the future. Stay tuned to CRgov.com for details, or sign up for all Town news updates at CRgov.com/notifyme.

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Blue Loop at Philip S. Miller Park

The Blue Loop, which is the trail that many people use to come down from the Challenge Hill is icy and not recommended to use.

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Philip S. Miller Park (soft surface)

Posted on January 27, 2017 at 3:19 PM by KerriAnne Mukhopadhyay

Trails are somewhat snow-packed, fairly dry except for the trail intersection behind the Millhouse where red, green and yellow trails intersect, which is MUDDY. Quite a few fat tire bike tire tracks are present.

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Report, video allow community to celebrate 2016’s successes, look ahead into 2017

Castle Rock residents enjoy a great quality of life, as indicated by the Town’s most recent community survey. And the Town worked hard in 2016 to ensure that high quality of life was maintained.

 

Several major goals were accomplished last year, including:

· The opening of Castle Rock Parkway/North Meadows Drive

· Completion of the Amphitheater, Millhouse and Plaza at Philip S. Miller Park

· Several key achievements in the Town’s long-term water plan

 

While looking forward to another set of goals for 2017, the Town is also taking time to reflect on its accomplishments from 2016 through a new publication, Report to the Community – Year-end 2016. The report is available online at CRgov.com/majorprojects, and a paper copy soon will be mailed to each Castle Rock address.

 

Additionally, the Town has produced a short video highlighting 2016 accomplishments and 2017 goals, which is also available at the above webpage.

 

The Town invites residents to view the information and share in the celebration of the community’s collective successes.

 

Looking forward into this year, major projects on the horizon include:

· Reconstructing Meadows Parkway between Prairie Hawk Drive and U.S. Highway 85 and Emerald Drive between Plum Creek Parkway and Emerald Court

· Constructing a roundabout at Third and Perry streets

· Starting construction on Fire Station 152 in Crystal Valley Ranch, set to open in 2018

· Continuing progress on long-term water projects

· Improving Festival Park

· Adopting updates to the Town’s long-term vision and Comprehensive Master Plan

· Completing a community survey to receive additional feedback on how the Town can continuously improve its services to the community

 

Quarterly updates on how the Town is progressing on these and many more projects will be posted at CRgov.com/majorprojects.

 

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Town moves forward on improvements to Founders/Allen intersection

It might be the most talked about intersection in Castle Rock, and Town Council last week took significant steps toward fixing it.  

The intersection of Founders Parkway and Allen Way is one of Castle Rock’s busiest. Now, design is underway on a number of improvements expected to ease congestion and increase access to Interstate 25.  

Construction is expected in 2018. Improvements will include:

•An additional eastbound left-turn lane from Founders Parkway to Allen Way

•A dedicated westbound right-turn lane from Founders Parkway to Allen Way

•An additional southbound right-turn lane from Allen Way to westbound Founders Parkway

•An additional I-25 northbound on-ramp lane

•A second northbound through-lane at Allen Way and Allen Street

Town Council on Jan. 17 approved two agreements to move the project forward. One was a design contract with engineering firm Felsburg, Holt & Ullevig. Also, because the Colorado Department of Transportation owns and operates the intersection, Council also approved an Intergovernmental Agreement with CDOT. The IGA outlines the responsibilities of both CDOT and the Town of Castle Rock for the duration of the project.

The total cost of the project is expected to be about $4.5 million. Nearly half is coming from a $2 million grant. Hearing driver concerns, the Town applied for federal funding in 2015 when CDOT reconstructed the concrete on Founders Parkway but did not have the funding to improve the intersection at Allen Way. The grant was awarded to the Town through the Denver Regional Council of Governments, an organization of local governments that work together to establish guidelines, set policy and allocate funding in the areas of transportation, growth, and aging and disability resources.  

The Colorado Department of Transportation will allocate up to $280,000, and Douglas County will contribute $250,000 to the project. The Town will fund the remaining $1.9 million.  

Design is expected to be completed this year. Part of the design process will be to determine project phasing to minimize delay to drivers during construction. Construction is expected to begin when the federal funding is available to the Town in 2018.

Keep up with the progress at CRgov.com/AllenImprovements.

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Provide feedback on the design of Castle Rock Fire and Rescue’s new fire station

Protecting your life and property – that’s the duty of Castle Rock Fire and Rescue. As Castle Rock thrives, CRFD has a strategy for maintaining levels of service. Part of that plan is to build a new fire station in an area where data suggests it’s most needed: Crystal Valley.

Come see what Castle Rock Fire and Rescue has in mind during a community open house from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1, at the Plum Creek Golf Club, 331 Players Club Drive.

During the open house, view preliminary designs, talk with firefighters, and give your feedback.

The new fire station will be located on the northwest corner of Plum Creek Boulevard and Crystal Valley Parkway. The location was determined as part of the department’s research for the 2014-17 Fire Master Plan.

To create the plan, Castle Rock Fire and Rescue analyzed the Town’s demographics and growth rate; percentages of build-out for area developments; and calls for service and responses to various areas throughout Town. The analysis indicated the next area of need is Crystal Valley.

Design is underway now, and the new fire station is expected to open with 12 new staff members in early 2018.  

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CDOT invites public to open house about I-25

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is hosting two open houses next week to gather public comment on the future of the Interstate 25 corridor between Monument and Lone Tree.

A Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL) study currently is underway to identify immediate and longer-term solutions to this critical stretch of highway, connecting the state’s two largest cities.  Public input is a vital part of the PEL since the study is analyzing and addressing safety, travel reliability and mobility issues.  

In addition to the PEL, CDOT also is focusing on advancing an early action construction project in the four-lane “Gap” segment between Castle Rock and Monument.

Both open houses will be take place from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., with a presentation at 5:30 p.m., as follows:

COLORADO SPRINGS

Tuesday, January 24

Pikes Peak Library 21c – Venue Room

1175 Chapel Hills Drive

CASTLE ROCK

Thursday, January 26

Douglas County Fairgrounds – Kirk Hall

500 Fairgrounds Road

Representatives from CDOT and the project consultants will be on hand for questions and comments.  Project display boards also will be set-up for viewing.  

CDOT has initiated the PEL in advance of having any funding secured for construction. This approach allows CDOT to accelerate the environmental analyses required when construction funds are identified.  More information is available at: www.codot.gov/projects/I25COSDEN

Arrangements for special ADA open house accommodations can be made by contacting Loretta LaRiviere at 720.286.2000 or via email at Loretta.LaRiviere@CH2M.com.

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Let your little girl shine; tickets on sale for Feb. 10 Daddy Daughter Ball

You’re the protector of her dreams, guardian of her heart and her unyielding support. Daddies show your daughter what it’s like to sparkle and shine at the 17th annual Daddy Daughter Ball.

 

This year’s event is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, at the Douglas County Events Center, 500 Fairgrounds Drive. Tickets are on sale now at the Recreation Center, the MAC at Philip S. Miller Park and online at CRgov.com/ddball17.

 

Advance tickets are $25 per couple ($35 for nonresidents). Admission at the door is $35 per couple ($40 for nonresidents) cash only. Tickets for additional daughters are $8 each.

 

All ages are welcome to leave a little sparkle wherever they go and enjoy this year’s theme – Sparkle and Shine. Join us for a night of dancing, music and fun – grandfathers and grandchildren are also welcome. Refreshments and dessert will be served.

 

Additionally, the ball is always filled with glitz and glamour, so daddies, wear your best, and ask your little girls to wear their prettiest dress. A professional photographer will be on site to capture all the memorable moments.

 

Like in years past, the Parks and Recreation Department’s Teen Advisory Group will be hosting a raffle at the ball. The raffle items will be good for both daddies and daughters. The Teen Advisory Group is a group of young residents who play an active role in planning and carrying out Parks and Recreation activities for the community’s youth. 

 

More information and ticket details are available at CRgov.com/DDball17.

 

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Trails staff update for 1-12-17

Conditions exist for some light snow this afternoon and this evening, and possibly again on Sunday. If weather conditions warm up on Friday and Saturday, trail conditions could become muddy in some areas and trail use will cause damage. However, if temperatures remain below freezing, the trail surface will remain frozen and damage will not occur. Please help us keep our soft-surface trails in good condition by not using them when muddy.  If you need to get out, checkout our available concrete trails located throughout town.

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New flashing crosswalk coming to Meadows Boulevard near Low Meadow Boulevard

Safety is a top priority for the Town of Castle Rock. Sometimes, that means installing new traffic devices. Soon, a new device will help residents in The Meadows cross Meadows Boulevard.

They’re called Rectangular Rapid Flash Beacons, and they’re intended to reduce the risk of pedestrian-vehicle crashes at crosswalks. Residents in the Meadows will see one along Meadows Boulevard, east of Low Meadow Boulevard, starting next week.

The beacon is a crosswalk sign, with an additional flashing light. At the crosswalk, pedestrians will push a button, activating the rapidly flashing yellow light to alert drivers someone is at the crosswalk. New advanced warning signs and pavement marking will notify drivers ahead of the crosswalk.

It’s still important for pedestrians to be aware at crosswalks and ensure cars yield before crossing. Drivers should always pay extra attention at crosswalks and remember Colorado law requires drivers to yield to pedestrians.

The decision to install a beacon at this location is related to new and future amenities. The Taft House pool, built by The Meadows Neighborhood Company, is already open, and future trail connections will complement future residential development in the area. Coordinating with developers and Town departments helps ensure access to new amenities is as safe as possible.  

Throughout 2017, Castle Rock Public Works will be installing more of these rapidly flashing beacons at other crosswalks throughout Town. Watch CRgov.com for more information, or sign up for all Town news at CRgov.com/NotifyMe.

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