Archive for July, 2017

New report enhances financial transparency

The Town of Castle Rock prides itself on conservative financial management, and also on transparency.

Both of these values are spotlighted by the Town’s new Financial Report to the Community – Year Ended December 31, 2016, available at CRgov.com/FinancialReports.

The eight-page report provides an overview of the Town’s financial position as fully reported in the Town’s 200-page Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR).

The smaller report is formally known as the Popular Annual Financial Report (PAFR). The format of both reports is stipulated by the Government Finance Officers Association, which promotes excellence in local government financial management.

The reports feature 2016 financial highlights, including a water bond refinancing that saved the Town’s water customers $22.7 million in 2016. The reports also detail the Town’s $62 million increase in net worth in 2016 and provide information regarding the Town’s capital assets, debt and investments.

Additionally, the smaller report contains some 2016 performance information, as previously shared with the community in the Town’s Report to the Community – Year-end 2016, available at CRgov.com/MajorProjects.

The Town strives to keep its residents informed regarding Town happenings. Community members are encouraged to review this report and to contact the Finance Department with any questions, 720-733-2227 or finance@CRgov.com.

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New left-turn at U.S. 85 and Meadows nears completion. Watch for officers directing traffic Tuesday

Construction crews have nearly completed their work to add a second left-turn lane at U.S. Highway 85 and Meadows Parkway. But before traffic gets better as a result of this improvement, the Town is asking for drivers’ patience.

Since earlier this month, crews have been working to install an additional left-turn lane from northbound U.S. 85 to westbound Meadows Parkway. Drivers may have noticed less activity this past week. Crews had laid the concrete foundation for a new signal there and were waiting for the concrete to cure, which takes seven days.

The final phase of the project is to install the new signal pole and remove the existing one on the northeast corner of the intersection. The new pole will have a longer mast arm to accommodate the new lane.  

Today (Monday, July 31), crews will install the new signal pole. Then, on Tuesday, Aug. 1, the signal will be in “flash mode,” so the new pole can be properly wired into the signal control box. For the safety of the traveling public, uniformed officers will direct traffic while that work is being done.

Delays are expected. Please drive safely through this and all construction areas. An alternate route is to continue on U.S. 85 north to North Meadows Drive. It’s worth noting alternate routes of Coachline Road and Prairie Hawk Drive are under construction.

The project is expected to help relieve congestion for drivers headed into The Meadows from the south end of Town. It should be completed before school starts the week of Aug. 7.

Please drive safely and stay tuned to message boards in the area. View a map of all Town lane and road closures at CRgov.com/roadwork.

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Have breakfast with the future. Learn about the Town’s Comprehensive Master Plan Aug. 15

A distinct identity, responsible growth, community services and a thriving economy. That’s what residents said they wanted the Town’s future to be built upon. Thus, these are the Four Cornerstones that also make up the Town’s draft Comprehensive Master Plan.

You’re invited to view that plan. Visit CRgov.com/CompPlan, or join the Town for a breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 15, in Council Chambers at Town Hall, 100 N. Wilcox St. During the breakfast, there will be a brief presentation and an opportunity to see the draft plan.  

Have a question about the plan? Ask it at the breakfast, or submit it online at CRgov.com/CompPlan. The Town will make sure to answer it!

The Comprehensive Master Plan is a guiding document that defines the community’s broad and long-term direction. The Comprehensive Master Plan was last updated in 2002, and, of course, a lot has changed. This updated document looks ahead to 2030.

The community confirmed the importance of the Four Cornerstones during various outreach efforts related to the update. The draft includes information from 2013 and 2015 community surveys, open houses held throughout 2015 for this project, and last year’s open houses related to growth.

For the plan to be finalized, Planning Commission and Town Council will review the draft and determine if it’s adopted. This is expected this fall.  

Learn more and sign up for updates at CRgov.com/CompPlan.

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Give us your feedback! Draft Transportation Master Plan online for review.

As Castle Rock grows,  your local government knows transportation is top of mind. That’s why the Town has a draft plan for improving its transportation networks – including not just road infrastructure, but also bicycle routes, pedestrian links, and more.

You’re invited to view it and provide comments. Visit CRgov.com/TMP to access the draft plan and provide feedback using an online form.

As part of the Town’s overall planning efforts, the Transportation Master Plan specifically visualizes all aspects of transportation for the Town. As growth occurs – and the market demands change – plan updates are important. The plan was last updated in 2011, and a lot has changed.

Now, the Town is looking ahead two decades to 2040. In fall 2016, the Town gathered feedback regarding our transportation system. That feedback – along with research and analysis – resulted in a proposed list of roadway, pedestrian and bicycle projects, along with ideas for managing demand on the road for the next five, 10, or 20 years. The Town also gathered feedback on that list. The result is the draft plan now online at CRgov.com/TMP.

In addition to some projects that were already planned, research completed during this process identified other needs, which were incorporated in to the plan. In sum, there are more than $246 million in transportation needs estimated over the next two decades, depending on the pace of economic growth in Castle Rock. That burden is shared by the Town, the Colorado Department of Transportation and area developers.

The plan is one of many the Town utilizes to anticipate the future. There are also strategic plans for water and parks and recreation as well as an overall Comprehensive Master Plan. In particular, transportation needs defined in the Transportation Master Plan are based upon commercial and residential building projections envisioned in the Comprehensive Master Plan.

It’s important to know this is a plan, which is based on projections, analysis and public feedback. The plan prioritizes the projects, but funding would have to follow. Timing would be determined by the actual pace of development.

Using your comments, the Town will update the draft plan, which will be presented to Town Council for adoption consideration in the fall. To keep up on the progress, sign up for updates at CRgov.com/notifyme.

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Giddy up! Here’s the road info you’ll need for a weekend of Western traditions

The Douglas County Fair and Rodeo is a cornerstone of late summer in Castle Rock. The Town will be buzzing with activity as this 99-year tradition kicks off the weekend of July 28.

For the safety of event participants, there will be various road closures for each event:

Western Heritage Welcome: The Town’s Western heritage is alive and well. Western Heritage Welcome kicks off the Douglas County Fair and Rodeo. Watch as cowhands drive a herd of longhorn steer and cattle through Downtown. Starting at Rock Park, the herd will continue along Perry Street, before completing its journey at the dirt lot just south of Briccy’s Coffee, where a Chuck Wagon Cook off will begin shortly after the drive.

Details: 6-9 p.m. Friday, July 28, Downtown

Road closures: Front Street from Canyon Drive to Fifth Street; Perry Street from Fifth Street to Plum Creek Parkway; Seventh Street between Wilcox and Front Streets and Sixth Street from Wilcox to Front. Road closures run from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

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Douglas County Fair Parade: Celebrate the charm of an old-fashioned Fair Parade in Downtown Castle Rock, brought to you by the Castle Rock Chamber in partnership with the Town of Castle Rock. Parade starts on the south end of Town.

Details: 9-10:30 a.m., Saturday, July 29, Downtown

Road closures: Westbound Plum Creek Parkway between Gilbert and Wilcox streets (eastbound side re-arranged for one lane in each direction); Wilcox Street from Plum Creek Parkway to Fifth Street; Perry Street between Second and Fifth streets; Fourth Street between Perry and Jerry streets; Third Street between Perry and Jerry streets. Streets will be closed from 4 a.m. to noon.

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Boots and Brews: Join the Downtown Alliance for an old-fashioned fair and festival in the park. Event includes food trucks, beer, live music.

Details: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Wilcox Square, Downtown

Road closures: Wilcox Street between Third and Fourth streets.

Construction at Third and Perry streets, along Plum Creek Parkway

As we celebrate our past, the Town is also preparing for the future. As we do, your local government is making investments in infrastructure, and these projects can have varying impacts on commutes, events, and more.

At Third and Perry streets Downtown, the Town is constructing a new roundabout. Once completed, the roundabout will help improve access through that intersection. Construction is expected to last through August.

In preparation for these events, crews will take a break and secure the construction site. While crews will not be working, the site will still be under construction. Please pay extra attention if you take in these events near this intersection.

Along Plum Creek Parkway, crews are working on the bridge over the railroad. To accommodate Fair and Rodeo activity, they will also take a break between July 29 and Aug. 6. Work is expected to wrap up in mid-August.

Learn more about roundabout construction at CRgov.com/PerryRoundabout. Learn about the Plum Creek Parkway work at CRgov.com/PCroadwork.

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Looking to lend a hand? Victims Assistance program accepting applications through Aug. 31

Looking for something rewarding and of great service to the community? Consider becoming a Volunteer Advocate with the Castle Rock Police Department’s Victims Assistance Program. The program is currently looking for volunteers.

Great listeners and compassionate neighbors are needed to lend emotional support and crisis intervention for victims of crimes and other tragic events. The volunteers provide victims with information on the criminal justice system and other helpful resources.

At least one victim advocate is on call for weekends and during weekday evening hours. Potential volunteers must go through an application process and more than 40 hours of training before they are certified. Training classes for new volunteers will begin in October.

Volunteers must be:

• at least 21 years old

• be able to work on call at least four 12-hour shifts per month

• have an open and nonjudgement attitude

• be able to cope with emotional and stressful situations

• be able to communicate and most important of all, listen effectively.

Applications must be submitted before 5 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 31.

More information and online applications are available at CRgov.com/VA. Questions? Contact Debbie Lewis at 303-663-6110 or dlewis@crgov.com.

All applications must be submitted by either mail, email or in person to the Castle Rock Police Department, 100 Perry St.

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CRFD is on the scene of a brush fire near Founders Parkway and Saddleback Drive

Castle Rock Fire and Rescue is currently working a brush fire near the Terrain neighborhood in northeast Castle Rock. No homes are threatened at this time. A lightning strike is believed to be the cause.

The call came in around 3 p.m. Friday. The fire has burned approximately 3 acres on the Scott/Walker property near Founders Parkway and Saddleback Drive. Crews are currently on scene. Portions of Founders Parkway are temporarily closed. A detour is in place from Crimson Sky to Rising Sun drives.

The fire is about one-half mile from any structures. However, a CodeRED has been issued to keep residents in the area informed.

It’s important to note, drones are not allowed in the area. A helicopter is dropping water overhead to help fight the fire.

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Get your groove on for a good cause at Philip S. Miller Park – Aug. 3, Paizley Park

Great music, spending time outdoors and family friendly entertainment – all help create the perfect summer night in Castle Rock. Enjoy the seasonal fun while helping a great cause at Philip S. Miller Park this summer. Don’t miss the Town’s next Tunes for Trails, Perks for Parks free concert. Paizley Park takes the stage Thursday, Aug. 3.

Donate, dance and dine on select Thursdays this summer with the free concert series at the Amphitheater at Philip S. Miller Park. These concerts will feature Colorado bands and will be great for the entire family.

Don’t miss Paizley Park, Thursday, Aug. 3 – a tribute to Prince, Paizley Park’s Phillip Lamar Jordan emanates Prince in vocal similarity, look and performance. Along with the band, Paizley Park will dazzle you with Synchronized dance movements and music performance of songs from the late great, Prince (Prince Rogers Nelson).

The concert runs from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Open seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. So, come early and enjoy yard games, bouncy houses and fun for the entire family. Food trucks and beverage sales will be available. Or, pack a picnic. Please keep in mind outside alcoholic beverages will not be permitted.

At the concert, donations will be accepted for the Castle Rock Parks and Trails Foundation. The Foundation is an organization independent from the Town that works to enhance Castle Rock’s parks, trails and recreational spaces.

Find out more about the Tunes for Trails, Perks for Parks concert lineup at CRgov.com/TrailTunes.

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American Heart Association recognizes Castle Rock Fire and Rescue response

When every moment matters, you can count on Castle Rock Fire and Rescue and Castle Rock Adventist Hospital, which were recently recognized by the American Heart Association.

The Castle Rock Fire and Rescue Department this month received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline 2017 EMS Silver Recognition Award, which honors Emergency Medical Services (EMS) agencies for the care they provide for patients who experience severe heart attacks.

Every year, more than 250,000 people experience an ST elevation myocardial infarction – the deadliest type of heart attack. It’s caused by a blockage of blood flow to the heart, and timely treatment is vital. To prevent death, it’s critical to restore blood flow as quickly as possible, either by mechanically opening the blocked vessel or by providing clot-busting medication.

Mission: Lifeline seeks to save lives by closing the gaps that separate these patients from timely access to treatment. Mission:Lifeline’s EMS recognition program recognizes emergency medical services for their efforts in improving systems of care and improving the quality of life for these patients.

EMS agencies, such as Castle Rock Fire and Rescue, perform 12-lead ECGs, which measure the electrical activity of the heart and can help determine if a heart attack has occurred. They also follow protocols derived from American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology guidelines. These correct tools, training, and practices allow EMS providers to rapidly identify suspected heart attack patients, promptly notify the medical center – in this case Castle Rock Adventist Hospital – and trigger an early response from the awaiting hospital personnel.

Agencies earn this award for achieving 75 percent or higher adherence for 12 months on all Mission: Lifeline EMS quality measures.

“Our vision is to be the best at providing emergency and prevention services, because we care about our community and the patients we serve,” said Castle Rock Fire Chief Art Morales. “The American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program helps us reach that vision by implementing processes for improving our systems of care. It’s truly an honor to be recognized.”

Castle Rock Fire and Rescue partners with Castle Rock Adventist Hospital to continually improve care for patients with severe heart attacks. This collaboration allows for sharing of data on every severe heart attack patient transported to the hospital along with the opportunity to review each case to determine if evidence-based guidelines, like those from the American Heart Association, were followed, and – most importantly – if prehospital care can be improved.

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National Night Out shines light on community involvement Aug. 1 at Philip S. Miller Park

Castle Rock Police Department’s fifth annual event is an invaluable opportunity to meet those who serve and protect our community. For the past five years, Castle Rock officers have looked forward to this event as an opportunity to interact with the community and build trust.

Officers would like to invite you to a very special evening of fun, food and friendship during the National Night Out event, from 5-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 1, at Philip S. Miller Park.

The event will include the very popular K-9 demonstration, a chance to learn about the various police divisions like SWAT and investigations, tours of police and Castle Rock Fire and Rescue vehicles, free hamburgers and hotdogs, and much more. Plus, don’t miss the free outdoor screening of “Zootopia.” The movie will begin at dusk – approximately 8:30 p.m. Bring a blanket or chair to watch the movie on the field. Police will be providing popcorn.

“The event is a great way for our community to come meet us and talk with our officers. People can learn about the men and women who work for Castle Rock Police. These officers take great pride in the efforts they embrace to protect our community. We are also appreciative that this event has become so popular we’re moving it to this larger venue at the Philip S. Miller Park,” said Police Chief Jack Cauley. “It’s a great opportunity to get to know us.”

The National Association of Town Watch, a nonprofit organization dedicated to crime-prevention programs like Neighborhood Watch, started National Night Out in 1984 as an effort to promote involvement in crime-prevention activities. Police departments across the country host the event annually on the first Tuesday in August.

While the event began with its traditional “lights on” campaign, it has turned into a celebration that includes block parties, cookouts, parades, rallies, exhibits, safety demonstrations and more. Each year, more than 38 million people in 16,000 communities across the U.S., Canada and U.S. military bases participate. Castle Rock is proud to be a part of this tradition.

To learn more about National Night Out, visit natw.org. If you have questions about Castle Rock’s event, please contact the Castle Rock Police Department at police@CRgov.com or 303-663-6100, or visit CRgov.com/nightout.

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