Archive for March, 2017

Paved trails

The paved trails are slushy. Exercise caution. Due to prior warm temperatures, the snow fall on concrete surfaces is melting rapidly, therefore we are not planning to plow the trails. We will re-asses this afternoon.

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Soft Surface Trails

Closed due to wet and slushy conditions. Please do NOT use today.

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All Trails

Although it is dry and windy in Castle Rock today, it is anticipated that Castle Rock will get hit hard with a blizzard starting at midnight tonight. Check for updates before heading out to any of our trails on Friday.

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Law enforcement encourages drivers to slow down, “Move Over” and drive safe

Turn on the radio, put away your cell phone, buckle your seat belt and keep an eye on the road – all things drivers learn before heading out. But, one thing many motorists may not be aware of is Colorado’s “Move Over” law. If you see an emergency vehicle pulled over on the side of the road, move over a lane to give them space. Local law enforcement is sharing the message – slow down, move over and keep everyone safe on the roads.

Castle Rock Police, along with 29 law enforcement agencies statewide, will be heading out Wednesday, March 22 to educate and enforce Colorado’s “Move Over” law.

The law is in place to protect law enforcement, roadside workers and drivers. It requires motorists to move over one lane to provide a safe buffer for emergency vehicles on the side of a highway or road. If moving over a lane is not possible, the law requires drivers to greatly reduce their speed when approaching an emergency vehicle.

“Colorado’s ‘Move Over’ law not only protects law enforcement and other emergency personnel, but other drivers as well,” said Castle Rock Police Chief Jack Cauley. “One is too many and in Colorado there have been several tragic incidents that were a result of drivers not moving over for law enforcement. This law helps keep everyone safe – both law enforcement and the people we serve and protect.”

In many traffic crashes, distracted driving is a factor. Statewide traffic fatalities continue to increase – 488 in 2014; 547 in 2015; 607 in 2016. Encouraging motorists to stop driving while distracted is a key to reducing overall traffic crashes. The “Move Over” law is part of that overarching campaign.

The law was first implemented in July 2015. However, several officers have been injured, or lost their lives, due to drivers not abiding by the law. For the next several months, law enforcement agencies across the state will be joining forces to educate drivers and help enforce this lifesaving law.

 

In an effort to continually increase awareness, this is the fourth iteration of “Operation 1 Charlie 3.” The operation was named in honor of Colorado State Trooper Cody Donahue and his family. Donahue was hit and killed by a driver who failed to move over.

These high-visibility and educational efforts take place monthly. During February’s campaign, law enforcement stopped more than 900 drivers. At least 585 of those stops were “Move Over” violations. Law enforcement’s goal is to keep reducing that number and increase awareness among motorists.

 

Participating agencies in Wednesday’s enforcement and educational campaign include:

  • Alamosa County Sheriff’s Office
  • Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office
  • Aurora Police Department
  • Basalt Police Department
  • Boulder County Sheriff’s Office
  • Boulder Police Department
  • Broomfield Police Department
  • Cannon City Police Department
  • Castle Rock Police Department
  • Colorado State Patrol
  • Douglas County Sheriff’s Office
  • Durango Police Department
  • Florence Police Department
  • Fort Lupton Police Department
  • Fremont County Sheriff’s Office
  • Garfield County Sheriff’s Office
  • Greenwood Village Police Department
  • Lafayette Police Department
  • Larimer County Sheriff’s Office
  • Logan County Sheriff’s Office
  • Lone Tree Police Department
  • Park County Sheriff’s Office
  • Parker Police Department
  • Peterson Airforce Base Security Forces
  • Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office
  • Teller County Sheriff’s Office
  • University of Colorado Boulder Police Department
  • Wheatridge Police Department 
  • Woodland Park Police Department

Also, special thanks to CDOT and the Northwest Parkway Toll Authority for helping keep drivers informed with the video message boards.

 

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MAC Pool closed through March for unexpected repairs

Sunny skies and Spring Break may have many people planning to head to the pool. But, if the MAC Leisure Pool is on your spring-time agenda, we have some bad news. The pool will be closed for repairs, starting tomorrow, through the end of the March.

The pool’s boiler has failed and is causing unexpected closures due to the temperature of the water. Crews are working on repairs. However, the closure is expected to be in place through the end of the month.

This will impact swim lessons, lap swimmers and other pool program participants. All programs will be moved to the Recreation Center, 2301 Woodlands Blvd., during this temporary closure. 

Staff will be reaching out to participants individually to discuss any other necessary program adjustments. Stay tuned for scheduling change information. Also, stay up-to-date at CRgov.com/aquatics. Staff will be posting repair updates and program notes as they become available.

It’s also important to note, the Recreation Center pool will be honoring MAC pool passes and punch cards throughout the closure. 

Questions? Contact the MAC Front Desk at 720-733-2222.

 

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Annual road maintenance begins in April. Open house set for April 5

More than 80 lane miles of roadway will get preventative care this year as part of the Town’s annual Pavement Maintenance Program. Work is expected to start in mid-April.

The Council-approved Pavement Maintenance Program concentrates residential road maintenance to one of five defined residential areas each year on a rotating basis. Additionally, primary and Downtown streets receive repairs as needed.

The goal is to increase efficiency, reduce costs and minimize disruption to neighborhoods. Overall, the maintenance extends the life of Town roads and helps get the most out of the Town’s investment in infrastructure.

Work planned for south areas of Town, Mikelson Boulevard

In 2017, work will focus on neighborhood streets on the south end of Town in areas such as Plum Creek, Crystal Valley, and Craig and Gould. Roadwork will include slurry seal and crack sealing, concrete restoration, and overlays. The pavement on Emerald Drive, Prestwick Way and October Place will be reconstructed this year.

An open house for residents in this area will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 5, at the Plum Creek Golf Club, 331 Players Club Drive.

Each year, main roads are also addressed. Downtown along the northern portion of Wilcox Street, crews will remove the brick crosswalks and repair the sidewalk. The concrete pavement will also be repaired. In Founders Village, Mikelson Boulevard, between Ridge Road and Sovereign Street, will get an asphalt overlay.  

In all, the Town will invest $7 million in street maintenance this year. The funding is primarily from the Town’s Transportation Fund, which includes revenues from sales tax, motor vehicle tax and building use tax.

Schedule, open house and more information

Work is expected to start in mid-April and wrap up by July. Of course, weather in Colorado is a factor, and schedules could change.

Residents and businesses directly impacted by the work will receive mailings detailing the projects, as well as notices on their doors shortly before the work begins. Tentative schedule and bid information is online at CRgov.com/PMP.

This is the sixth year for the Council-approved program. Next year, the Town plans to concentrate residential roadwork in the eastern region of Town, which includes Founders Village and Castlewood Ranch. Find out when your area is due for maintenance at CRgov.com/maps and click “Pavement Maintenance Map.”

Questions? Contact Public Works, 720-733-2465 or roads@CRgov.com.

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Minor issue at Meadows water treatment plant may impact smell for some water customers

Some residents near Butterfield Park in The Meadows could be waking up to an unusual smell in their water this morning. For a limited time, a glitch at the water treatment plant in the neighborhood caused the system to overfeed chlorine while treating water Wednesday. Ensuring customers have safe, quality drinking water is the No. 1 priority for Castle Rock Water. This morning, the department wants customers to know, your drinking water is safe.

The defect happened at about 9 p.m. Wednesday at the water treatment plant in The Meadows. The plant had been shut down for the season. However, crews were restarting the plant to accommodate water supply needs during maintenance at the Plum Creek Water Treatment Facility.

For about 15 minutes, the automatic measuring system overfed chlorine while treating the water. Crews testing The Meadows plant’s water quality identified the malfunction. The system was then flushed last night to remove the water with excess chlorine.

Chlorine is a disinfectant used during the water treatment process. These slightly increased levels do not pose any health risks to the general public. Residents near Butterfield Park may notice an unusual smell in their tap water this morning. Customers may also notice a slight skin and eye irrigation after showering. This is similar to a pool that has been treated with a higher than normal chlorine level. Crews are in the neighborhood flushing the system for a second time this morning.

This was an isolated incident and does not pose a danger to the public. Castle Rock Water is now evaluating procedures to make sure this minor issue with this treatment plant does not reoccur.

Customers who notice an unusual smell in their tap water should contact Castle Rock Water at 720-733-6000. Also, impacted residents should let their faucets run for a few minutes to flush their internal plumbing. Please contact Castle Rock Water if that does not resolve the issue.

It’s also important to note that customers requiring kidney dialysis should also contact Castle Rock Water about their water quality. While chlorine does not pose a risk to the general community, the disinfectant could impact kidney dialysis machines. Castle Rock Water has worked with medical facilities in the area to ensure they did not receive the impacted water.

Curious about how Castle Rock’s water is treated? Learn more at CRgov.com/watertreatment.

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Stewart Trail at Ridgeline Open Space

Rich hiked the West side yesterday and reports the trail is in great condition.

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All Trails

It’s a Top 10 Colorado day out there! All trails are in wonderful condition. Get out there and explore!

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Ongoing fire dangers prompt Town to increase restrictions

Several fires throughout Colorado and a lack of precipitation have urged Castle Rock Fire and Rescue to increase fire restrictions.

Fire restrictions are meant to protect public health, safety and welfare. Acting on authority granted by Town Council, Town Manager David L. Corliss and Fire and Rescue Chief Art Morales today implemented the Stage 2 restrictions.

Stage 2 Fire Restrictions prohibit the following:

•Open burning of any kind.

•Use of fireworks.

•Use of fires in chimineas, other portable fireplaces or patio fire pits.

•Campfires at developed campgrounds or picnic areas.

Some activities are still allowed:

•Fires within liquid-fueled or gas-fueled stoves, grills, fire pits or other gas or liquid fueled appliance.

•Residential use of charcoal grill fires when such use is supervised by a responsible party at least 18 years of age.

•Fires contained within fire places and wood burning stoves within buildings only

•Fire suppression or fire department training fires.

These decisions are based on current fuel models. Windy, dry weather means fires can start and spread more easily, and Castle Rock Fire and Rescue has measured fire danger at high or extreme for 10 days. Additionally, fires throughout the state have resulted in significant property loss.

People found to be in violation of the Town’s fire restrictions are subject to punishment of a $1,000 fine, 180 days in jail or both.

Inquiries regarding the current status of fire restrictions in Town should be directed to the Fire Chief’s Office, 303-660-1066.

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