Archive for August, 2017

Proposed 2018 Budget focuses on public safety, infrastructure; open house set for Aug. 29

The Town’s Proposed 2018 Budget continues focusing on the key priorities of public safety and infrastructure.

Specifically, the budget includes $2 million to operate and add 12 staff for Fire Station 152, which will open next year in Crystal Valley, and adds five positions to the Police Department. It also includes road improvements at Founders Parkway and Allen Way and Founders Parkway and Crowfoot Valley Drive, and at Wolfensberger Road and Plum Creek Parkway/Coachline Road. Improvements to the Town’s water system also are built in, with no rate increases being recommended for existing customers. No tax increase nor new taxes are planned, either.

The public is invited to learn more about the proposed budget at an open house that’s scheduled from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 29, in Council Chambers at Town Hall, 100 N. Wilcox St.

The $241.2 million budget was introduced to Town Council and the community Aug. 15 and will be heard by Town Council on first and second readings on Sept. 5 and Sept. 19. Public comment is welcomed at those the hearings, which begin at 6 p.m. at Town Hall.

The budget includes $102.3 million for capital improvements, debt and transfers between funds and $125.2 million for operations. Proposed capital improvements include transportation initiatives totaling $20.53 million.

In addition to public safety and infrastructure, the budget emphasizes these priorities:

  • Maintain strong Parks and Recreation
  • Support economic development
  • Manage Town finances conservatively
  • Strengthen our unique community identity

The budget provides for property tax revenue growth of 5.5 percent, as allowed by the Town Charter. This means the Town’s property tax rate for 2018 will be equal to or less than the 2017 rate of 1.473 mills, which totals $39.61 in annual Town property tax on a home valued at $373,254, which was the median home value in Castle Rock as of May 2017. Adoption of the 2018 property tax mill levy is expected to occur in early December.

The entire budget, a four-page budget in brief and the Town Manager’s budget message all provide additional details and are posted online at CRgov.com/2018Budget.

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Rescheduled Raptors Rock Castle Rock at Wednesday night summer event

Rescheduled Raptors Rock Castle Rock at Wednesday night summer event

Living side-by-side with wildlife is part of what makes Colorado a great place to call home. Nature enthusiasts and bird watchers alike know the best places to go for a great view. But, instead of heading to the trails to catch a sneak peek at Castle Rock’s wild side, take the opportunity to see several birds of prey up close.

Join Nature’s Educators for Raptors Over the Rock from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, August 28 at the Amphitheater at Philip S. Miller Park.

Learn more about the characteristics that define raptors, and discover the various types that live all over the world. Plus, learn more about what these birds eat, how they hunt and where they live.

This free family friendly program will give participants an up-close and personal look at the lives of raptors. Meet four different birds that represent the raptors in our area. Hear their personal stories from their handlers. Ask questions, take pictures and learn more about these majestic birds. This program is possible through a partnership between the Town of Castle Rock and Douglas County Land Conservancy.

To kick off the event, the Critter Crate from Colorado Parks and Wildlife will be at the Amphitheater starting at 5 p.m. This interactive crate contains bird nests, eggs, puppets, talons, tracks, and more.

Registration is available, but not required. However, seating is limited to the first 500 people. Families, bring a picnic dinner to complete the night.

Donations for the Douglas Land Conservancy will be accepted during the event. The non-profit organization is dedicated to the protection and conservation of the natural character, habitat and open space of Colorado. Recommended donations are $10 per person or $20 per family.

More information, and registration, is available at CRgov.com/RockRaptors.

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Night work set to temporarily close Third and Perry streets intersection

As work continues on the Downtown roundabout, drivers can expect a temporary overnight closure Tuesday.

Crews will be removing existing asphalt located at the center of the intersection and installing the curb of the circle. For the safety of workers and the traveling public, the intersection will be closed from 10 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 15, to 6:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16. The detour will be Fourth Street to Wilcox Street to South Street. 

This phase was originally scheduled to be last, after work on all four corners of the intersection was completed. However, as is true with almost any construction project, some things change once work begins.

Crews encountered some unexpected electrical issues on the east side. In an effort to remain on schedule, crews will now work on the center island and the east side simultaneously.

In addition, having portions of the center island completed before the curbs are extended on the east side of the intersection will give motorists more room to maneuver through construction, minimizing congestion and confusion. Please drive safely and pay extra attention in construction zones.

Due to weather delays this project is now expected to wrap up in the first part of September, and more night work is to be expected. Get details and sign up for updates at CRgov.com/PerryRoundabout.

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Recreation Center closed Aug. 14-18 for annual maintenance

Gym-goers, fitness buffs and swimmers, mark your calendars. The Castle Rock Recreation Center will be closed Aug. 14-18 for routine maintenance and general cleaning.

The Recreation Center is closed for a week annually to help make sure the facility stays in tip-top shape.

In addition to generally cleaning, this year, crews will be:

• Refinishing wood floors

• Painting and  modernizing the weight room walls

• Painting the lobby

• Resurfacing the stairs from the lobby to the strength/conditioning area

• Detailing the fitness equipment and studios

• Draining and cleaning the leisure pool and aquatic area

Recreation Center pass and punch card holders can use their cards at the MAC at Philip S. Miller Park during the closure.

The Recreation Center will reopen at 7 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 19. However, please keep in mind the basketball courts, racquetball courts and Panorama Hall will be closed through the weekend; reopening Monday, Aug. 21. Additionally, fitness classes at the Recreation Center will resume on Monday, Aug. 21.

If you have any questions, please contact Recreation Center Front Desk at 303-660-1036.

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Serve the community by becoming a volunteer for CRPD; informational meeting Aug. 17

Castle Rock is a safe community, and you can help keep it that way. Castle Rock Police is looking for community safety and administrative volunteers. Help contribute to the success of the Police Department and become a Volunteer in Police Service.

Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) is a nationwide program focusing on enhancing police services with community volunteers. Castle Rock’s department is looking for volunteers to help with duties including: community events, neighborhood patrols, parking enforcement and administrative roles. Find out more at an informational meeting from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 17, at the Castle Rock Police Courtroom, 100 Perry St.

Volunteers must:

• Be at least 18 years old;

• Be able to work a minimum of 16 hours per month and complete the in-house training academy; and

• Be able to satisfactorily complete a background check, polygraph and interview.

The informational meeting will give potential volunteers more information about the program, responsibilities and training process. Additionally, a light dinner will be served. Stop by to chat with officers about how you can serve the Castle Rock community and contribute to the success of the Castle Rock Police Department.

Applications must be submitted by Thursday, Aug. 31. The training academy will be Thursdays and Saturdays begin Thursday, Oct. 5 through Saturday, Nov. 18.

More information and online applications will be available at CRgov.com/PDVolunteer. Questions? Contact Commander Jason Lyons at 720-733-6016 or JLyons@CRgov.com.

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New left-turn at U.S. 85 and Meadows nears completion; final phase rescheduled for Thursday

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 was to install the new signal pole and remove the existing one on the northeast corner of the intersection. The new pole has a longer mast arm to accommodate the new lane.

On Thursday, Aug. 3, work is scheduled to put the signal 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.

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Cool change comes to Castle Rock with Little River Band Aug. 26

Cool change comes to Castle Rock with Little River Band Aug. 26

Take it easy on a hot summer night. Listen to great music, enjoy food and drinks in your own backyard, and spend time reminiscing at the latest Summer Concert Series event at the Amphitheater at Philip S. Miller Park. Little River Band takes the stage Saturday, Aug. 26. Tickets are on sale now!

Little River Band is considered one of Australia’s most significant bands. They immediately claimed their place as one of the great vocal bands of the ‘70s…and the ‘80s. Between 1976 and 1983, chart success in America includes the following singles: It’s a Long Way There, Help Is on Its Way, Happy Anniversary, Reminiscing, Lady, Cool Change, Lonesome Loser, The Night Owls, Take It Easy On Me, Man On Your Mind, We Two, and The Other Guy.

This perfect summer night in Castle Rock will always call your name. The gates open at 6 p.m. With opening performer, John Ford Coley, starting a 7 p.m., Little River Band will take the stage around 8:30 p.m. Bring a low-profile lawn chair or blanket and tell the babysitter you’ll be home on Monday.

Head to CRgov.com/PSMConcerts for tickets. But, don’t wait! We’re playing to win and you won’t want to miss it. Tickets range from $20 to $40 for adults and $10 for kids in the lawn.

Little River Band is part of the Town’s Summer Concert Series. Back for the second year, the concert series brings amazing events to the Amphitheater at Philip S. Miller Park on select weekends May through September. Enjoy live music from nationally known bands, along with craft beer and cocktails under the stars.

Learn more about event details, artists and ticket information at CRgov.com/PSMConcerts.

Do you believe love is a bridge? We’re looking for sponsors! Be among the first to present this exciting series to our community. Plus, join the events staff or become a volunteer. Email specialevents@CRgov.com for more information.

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Deadline extended; grant funding available for local nonprofits

Do you know of a program that is helping make Castle Rock a better place to live? The Town may have a great funding option. Nonprofit organizations again have an opportunity to apply for grant money through the Philip S. Miller Resource Grant Program.

The deadline for applications has been extended to Aug. 15.

Up to $40,000 is available to five nonprofit organizations in 2018. Eligible organizations include those that administer projects or programs that are geared toward the support of social and human services for Castle Rock residents and the community. Specifically, the funding requests must include provisions for water, energy, food or shelter assistance.

Applications are available online, CRgov.com/grant, and are due by 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15. Please keep in mind this is the last year the Town will be extending the deadline past Aug. 1.

The Town’s Finance Department is coordinating the application process. The Public Safety Commission will evaluate all applications and make a recommendation to Town Council, which will choose the grantees.

Questions? Contact Sara Ruby in the Finance Department, 720-733-2227 or sruby@CRgov.com.  

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