Archive for July, 2017

Signatures verified in mayoral election effort, special election to be called

The acting Town Clerk today announced there are a sufficient number of valid signatures in a citizen-initiated effort seeking to change language in the Town Charter regarding how the mayor is elected. Now, State Statute requires Town Council to set the ballot question and call a special election.

The Town on July 10 received a petition to change language in Castle Rock’s Charter regarding how the mayor is elected. The change would amend the Charter to allow for the at-large, town-wide election of the office of mayor. The mayor is currently appointed by Town Council.

In addition, it will include district changes. Town Council currently consists of seven members elected from the district they live in. The proposed amendment would reduce the number from seven to six districts.

Setting the ballot question and calling the special election is done by ordinance, which requires two readings. First reading is scheduled for Aug. 1 and second reading is scheduled for Aug. 15. Election Day is Nov. 7, 2017.

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Fire restrictions lifted, Castle Rock Fire and Rescue to continue monitoring conditions

Recent rain has improved fire risk conditions in Castle Rock, leading the Town to lift fire restrictions.

Acting on authority granted by Town Council, Town Manager David L. Corliss and Fire and Rescue Chief Art Morales lifted those restrictions.

Activities that are allowed include:

•Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, coal or wood-burning stove, any type of charcoal fueled broiler or open fire of any type in undeveloped areas.

•Smoking in open space areas and undeveloped areas.

•Using explosive material with appropriate permits.

•Welding, or operating acetylene or other similar torch with open flame in wildland areas.

•Fires in constructed, permanent fire pits or fire grates within developed recreation sites, or charcoal barbecues, fire pits, smokers, and chimineas operated on private property away from combustible materials.

•Any Federal, State, or local officer or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of an official duty.

The Town will continue to monitor conditions and implement restrictions again as necessary. Stay tuned to CRgov.com/FireBans for current information. 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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Governor orders flags lowered for South Metro Firefighter Mike Freeman

DENVER — Tuesday, July 18, 2017 — Gov. Hickenlooper today ordered flags lowered to half-staff on Friday, July 21, 2017, on all public buildings statewide in memory of South Metro Firefighter Engineer Mike Freeman. Flags should be lowered from sunrise to sunset.

Freeman passed away peacefully at his home on Sunday, July 16, 2017, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor in late May of 2017. Freeman served with the South Metro Fire Rescue for more than 40 years, beginning his career with the Cherry Hills Village Fire Department in 1974.

South Metro will be honoring Freeman with a memorial service on Friday, July 21 at 11:00 a.m. at Denver First Church, 3800 E. Hampden Ave., Cherry Hills Village, CO 80113.

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Castle Rock firefighters will be your grill masters July 20. Join them for an open house

Come for the food, but stay for the information. Castle Rock Fire and Rescue will be serving up dinner and safety tips during their next open house.  

Join firefighters at Station No. 155 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 20, for a Summer Safety Open House and Cookout. The station is located at 3833 Crowfoot Valley Road.

The theme is summer safety. Grab a hotdog or hamburger, chips, cookies and beverages. Then, learn summer safety tips from firefighters, police officers and wildlife experts.

Learn about disaster preparedness from CRFD and practice home evacuation. Get bike safety tips from Castle Rock Police’s Bike Unit. Kids can bring their bikes and helmets to try CRPD’s bicycle obstacle course. In addition, Castle Rock Parks and Recreation will be there to talk about wildlife you might see this time of year. Castle Rock Water will also discuss conservation and provide water.

“Summer is a fun time in Castle Rock, and we want to make sure our community enjoys it safely,” said Castle Rock Fire Chief Art Morales. “We hope you’ll join us for some great food and life-saving information.”

Learn more about Castle Rock Fire and Rescue at CRgov.com/fire.

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Tune in for a good cause at PSM Park this summer – July 20, FACE

School’s out and the sun is shining. It definitely feels something like summertime. Enjoy the seasonal fun of delicious food and family friendly entertainment at Philip S. Miller Park this summer. And, it’s all for a good cause. Don’t miss the Town’s next Tunes for Trails, Perks for Parks free concert. FACE takes the stage Thursday, July 20.

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 FACE, Thursday, July 20 – an internationally acclaimed all-vocal rock band from Boulder, Colorado who have been captivating audiences for more than a decade with their infectious energy punctuated by an endearing love of performance.

The concert runs from 6 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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New location! Same full moon and full-family fun at annual Pedal the Moon bike event

Where the fun is as full as the moon! Grab your bike, helmet and a few decorations to light up the night with your family at the Town’s annual Pedal the Moon bike ride. This year’s event will be Saturday, Aug. 5, at a new location – Founders Park Pavilion.

Due to construction along Plum Creek Trail and in Festival Park, this year’s event course will be a little different than previous years. Meet at 7 p.m. at the Founders Park pavilion, 4671 Enderud Blvd. Under the light of the moon, riders will begin their journey along the looped course at 8 p.m. The course will follow the paved portion of Mitchel Creek Trail, tour through some of the neighborhood connection trails and end back at Founders Park.

Please keep in mind this is an approximately 6-mile bike ride. However, the course is mostly-flat terrain and suitable for riders of all ages.

Cyclists are encouraged to participate in the festive spirit by decorating their bikes with lights and other decorations. Glow necklaces will be available on a first come, first serve basis at the park and registered participants receive a glow in the dark T-shirt. Additionally, all participants must wear a helmet and have a front headlamp and blinking rear light.

Following the ride, there will be prizes, post ride snacks and plenty of treats for the whole family. Prizes include three new cruiser bikes from Country Pedaler, massage certificates from Elements and Epic Sky Trek passes from Castle Rock Zip Line Tours and more. But don’t forget, only registered riders are eligible and you must be present to win.

Before the event, registration is $10 for adults and $7 for children under 12. On race day, the fee increases to $15 for adults and $10 for children. The registration fee includes a T-shirt, post ride snacks and, of course, a sparkling good time.

More information and preregistration is available at CRgov.com/pedal.

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Challenge, overcome, persevere and succeed at annual COPS Camp Aug. 1-4

Challenge, overcome, persevere and succeed at annual COPS Camp Aug. 1-4

Summer is often a time for teens to hang out at the pool and get some much-needed downtime following the school year. But, it can also be a great time for growth and learning.

Castle Rock Police is gearing up for its annual COPS Camp Aug. 1-4, and applications are still being accepted. Youth ages 13-17 are invited to attend the camp, which will help them build teamwork and leadership skills they can use in any future career.

C.O.P.S stands for challenge, overcome, persevere and succeed. Activities will include climbing, harness construction, rappelling and rock climbing. Participants will also spend a day learning land navigation at an area course.

“As officers, we’ve all had mentors in our lives. We want to pay that forward by helping our community’s kids set their sights on a bright future, whether in law enforcement or another career,” said Sgt. Sam Varela, who is leading the camp.

Registration is now open online at CRgov.com/CopsCamp. The cost is $100. Spots fill up quickly, so don’t wait to register.

Castle Rock Police Officers and members of the regional SWAT team will instruct the camp, which is aimed at building leadership skills in teens and building positive relationships between Castle Rock Police Officers and young adults in the community.

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Petition related to mayoral elections returned, signature verification begins

The Town on July 10 received a petition to change language in Castle Rock’s Charter regarding how the mayor is elected. The change would amend the Castle Rock Town Charter to allow for the at-large, town-wide election of the office of Mayor. In addition, it will include district changes. Town Council currently consists of seven members elected from the district they live in. The proposed amendment would reduce the number from seven to six districts. Now, the acting Town Clerk will work to verify those signatures to determine if there will be a question on the November ballot.

In April, the Town Clerk verified the forms of three petitions for circulation. The petitioners returned one of those with signatures. The text of all three petitions are online at CRgov.com/petitions. The petitioners returned version B.

For the petition to be referred to an election, State Statute requires signatures from at least 10 percent of registered voters in Castle Rock as of the date the petitioners filed their statement of intent. In this case, petitioners will need signatures from 4,288 registered voters.  

The acting Town Clerk has 15 business days (until July 31, 2017) to complete the verification. The next Town update will be issued when that process is completed.

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Castle Rock’s western heritage honored with a steer drive July 28

While Castle Rock may be a thriving community, the Town’s western heritage is alive and well. Don’t miss a weekend full of activities to celebrate Douglas County’s history and honor a longstanding tradition – the 99th year of the Douglas County Fair and Rodeo.

The Western Heritage Welcome kicks off the celebration and is a tribute to the historical Douglas County Fair and Rodeo and honors a time when large herds of cattle were driven through Downtown Castle Rock. Cowboys and city folk alike are invited to join the celebration from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 28 in Downtown Castle Rock.

The Old West will truly come to life. 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.

Residents are invited to grab a seat along Perry Street for the best views. The cattle drive will officially begin around 6 p.m. Please keep in mind, construction on the Third and Perry roundabout will have started. Crews will secure the site before the event, but participants should still be mindful of equipment.

Following the cattle drive, don’t miss the authentic Chuck Wagon Cook-Off in the dirt lot just south of Briccy’s Coffee. Cowboy cooks will be preparing a taste of the Old West using slow-cooked, wood-fire methods. Plus, don’t miss cowboy cocktails and all things from the American frontier.

Celebrate the roots of our community and give the Douglas County Fair and Rodeo the welcome it deserves by attending the Western Heritage Welcome! More information is available at CRgov.com/WesternHeritage.

The Douglas County Fair and Rodeo tradition starts July 29 and runs through Aug. 6. Get your tickets at douglascountyfairandrodeo.com.

The Saturday celebration begins with the Douglas County Fair and Rodeo Parade at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 29. The old-fashioned parade starts on the south end of Town and continues through Downtown. More at castlerock.org

And, following the parade, join an old-fashioned themed fair at Boots and Brews. The festival will have food trucks, beer and live music in the Douglas County building lawn, 301 Wilcox St. Get all the details at downtowncastlerock.com.

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We need your help! Castle Rock Water wants residents and HOAs to cut back on outdoor water use

The sun is shining and temperatures are soaring! Summer is in full swing. With the excessive heat, and no rain to provide relief, Castle Rock is using water at record levels. While barbeques and spending time outdoors are priorities this time of year, conservation should also be top of mind. Castle Rock Water needs your help. Please cut back on outdoor watering.

The recent hot, dry weather and lack of rain locally has resulted in East Plum Creek in Castle Rock dropping to record low levels. Castle Rock Water is now restricting when HOAs can water public spaces to help conserve water and take stress off the community’s renewable water supply. Starting Sunday, HOAs will only be allowed to water public spaces – including neighborhood parks, common areas, medians and other right-of-way spaces – Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. the following morning.

Also, the department plans to prohibit public space watering tonight and tomorrow so the system’s water storage tanks have time to replenish. Crews will be going around to public spaces to help shut off the water for HOAs and parks tonight and Saturday. The Town is also asking HOAs to cut back on issuing violations for distressed lawns in their communities to help residents reduce outdoor watering.

This three-day-a-week watering schedule is similar to what residents already are required to follow for single-family homes. Typical water usage over the summer is about 12.4 million gallons per day. Lately, our community has been using closer to 16.5 million gallons. That deficit causes stress on the system. And, with such low levels in the creek, the community has less renewable water supply than normal.

Town departments will also be doing their part. Parks and Recreation will be abiding by the Sunday, Wednesday, Friday public space watering schedule. Public Works has suspended street sweeping which uses significant water. Also, Police and Fire will not be washing their vehicles or bay floors.

Residents should also be helping out. Cutting back 20 percent will save millions of gallons of water each day. That’s just two minutes in a watering cycle. If each cycle is set to 10 minutes, please cut back to 8 minutes. Also remember, watering restrictions are in place through August. That means watering is only allowed between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m. on a resident’s assigned watering day.

Castle Rock is transitioning to a renewable water supply, and that makes it even more important to adjust outdoor watering in response to weather conditions. Being mindful of conservation will help keep the community’s water supply reliable and protect the supplies in East Plum Creek.

Looking for more conservation tips? Check out Castle Rock Water’s new conservation website – CRconserve.com. Or, sign up to get email updates at CRgov.com/Water.

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