Archive for December, 2017

From Castle Rock Police.

The Castle Rock Police Department is deeply saddened regarding the loss of Deputy Zackari Parrish. Deputy Parrish was formerly with the Castle Rock Police Department for 2 years and 5 months prior to joining the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.  

Zackari served the Town of Castle Rock with honor and dignity.  He truly loved being a police officer and embodied everything it is to be one.  He was an excellent officer, a good friend and a committed husband and father.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Parrish family.  We ask that you keep them in your thoughts and prayers as well as the officers and civilians recovering from their injuries.”  

Donations can be made to the Douglas County Sherriff’s Office Fallen Officer Fund, http://www.dcsheriff.net/fallen-officer-fund/.

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Flags lowered for fallen Douglas County Deputy

Gov. John Hickenlooper today ordered flags be lowered to half-staff statewide on all public buildings immediately until sunset Tuesday, Jan. 02, 2018, in honor of Douglas County Sheriff’s Deputy Zackari Parrish.  

Parrish, 29, died in the line of duty on Dec. 31, 2017, of injuries sustained while responding to an incident in Highlands Ranch.

Parrish has been with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office for seven months. Before joining the Sheriff’s Office, he worked for the Castle Rock Police Department.

He is survived by his wife and two daughters.

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Subject sustains non-life threatening injuries during an officer involved shooting

A subject sustained non-life threatening injuries during an officer involved shooting Sunday afternoon.

Around 2:52 p.m., Castle Rock Police were called to a home on South Sierra Drive regarding a possible suicidal subject. Once inside the home, Police say the subject pointed a weapon at the officers. An officer was then forced to fire shots.

The 18th Judicial District’s Critical Response Team is now conducting an investigation. The Castle Rock Police Officers have been placed on paid administrative leave. The suspect was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

No additional information is available at this time.

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Council distributes grants, fosters water infrastructure maintenance during Dec. 19 meeting

Your Town Council representatives meet twice a month, and during those meetings Councilmembers make decisions that impact you, our residents and business owners. Now, stay connected with those decisions by signing up for periodic email updates.

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Here are some highlights from this week’s meeting.

Council approves fourth-quarter grants
Four local nonprofits will benefit from Council’s unanimous approval of their grant applications Tuesday night. The American Legion, Castle Rock Band, Clothes to Kids of Denver and Douglas County Living each received a $500 grant through the Council Community Grant Program.

•The American Legion will use its grant to replace MIA/POW flags.

•Castle Rock Band will use the funds for rehearsal space and music.

•Clothes to Kids will use the money to buy new socks and underwear for low-income or in-crisis students in Castle Rock and the Denver Metro Area.

•Douglas County Living will use the grant to offset costs for a Toys for Tots dinner that collects toys and raises money to buy toys for less fortunate children in the community.  

Each quarter, Council distributes funds to local nonprofit organizations through the Council Community Grant Program. The Town’s Finance Department receives the applications and reviews them for eligibility. The department then presents the applications to Council for consideration. The grants are funded by the Town Council Non-profit Grant Account in the General Fund.

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Jet/Vacuum Truck to help maintain water infrastructure
Maintaining local infrastructure will become a little easier when Castle Rock Water purchases an additional combination jet/vacuum truck in 2018. Council unanimously approved the purchase Tuesday night.

Castle Rock Water’s field services team uses these combination trucks for regular cleaning and maintenance of the Town’s utility systems. Additionally, the trucks are used during emergency situations like sanitary sewer backups and waterline breaks. This second truck – which will cost about $425,195 – will help the team maintain the community’s infrastructure more efficiently.

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Council seeks more research before deciding on changes to liquor code
State Law currently dictates there must be a 500-foot distance between a liquor-licensed business and a school. However, as more mixed-use projects move to Castle Rock, some commercially zoned districts are now home to restaurants, tech companies, breweries, churches with schools and charter schools. The Economic Development Council is asking Town Council to evaluate this unintended business impact.

Town Council directed staff to conduct more research on a possible liquor licensing ordinance. Staff will now gather additional information and may present a possible ordinance to amend Town Code to remove the Town’s distance restrictions in certain areas. That ordinance is expected to be considered in first quarter 2018.

Watch the discussion.

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Town Council moves forward with accessory dwelling unit ordinance

As Town Council implements community priorities, it’s important for the Town to keep residents updated. At its Dec. 5 meeting, Town Council took initial steps to allow accessory dwelling units for some Castle Rock residents.

Accessory dwelling units by definition are second small dwellings on the same grounds as a single-family home. This could include an apartment over the garage or in the basement, a tiny house in the backyard, or a mother-in-law dwelling. It’s important to note, because of homeowner association rules, physical limitations or other restrictions, an accessory dwelling unit may not be allowed in certain neighborhoods or locations.

While Council asked staff to conduct additional research, Councilmembers approved the ordinance (6-0) on first reading to update Town Code allowing accessory dwelling units in some neighborhoods. However, two amendments to the ordinance were discussed.

Council asked staff to research possible regulations for increasing the maximum square footage of an accessory dwelling unit. Additionally, staff was asked to explore options for a possible time limit on the owner occupancy requirement. The amended ordinance will be presented for a second reading at a future Town Council meeting.

If approved, the ordinance would amend Town Code to allow for accessory dwelling units as a use-by-right in residential areas. That means homeowners would be permitted to use accessory dwelling units as long as they abide by zoning regulations. However, some limitations would apply.

• Only one accessory dwelling unit would be allowed per single-family home property.
• The owner must occupy either the single-family home or the accessory dwelling unit. Both properties should not be used as rentals at the same time.
• No separate water or sewer taps will be allowed and the billing will be to the primary dwelling account holder.
• HOA rules and regulations must still be followed.
• The accessory dwelling unit should be similar in character, architectural design, style and appearance as the existing dwelling.
• Mobile homes, recreational vehicles and travel trailers will not be permitted.

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Castle Rock Fire and Rescue sends team to help fight California wildfires

Residents know Castle Rock is a tight-knit community. And, sometimes those community boundaries extend beyond Colorado. That’s why Castle Rock Fire and Rescue has sent a team of firefighters to help support the crews fighting the wildfire in California.

Three members of the fire department left Wednesday for Chino, California. The team will serve a 14-day assignment and help those fighting the wildfire near Los Angeles. The department also sent one of its Type 6 4×4 brush trucks – which is specifically designed for wildfires.

Typically, Castle Rock Fire and Rescue members volunteer for these deployment assignments. The main goal is to help other departments with natural disasters such as hurricanes, floods and wildfires. However, these deployments also serve as a training opportunity. The firefighters gain a significant amount of experience while working on these natural disasters. This experience is then brought back and shared with the entire department. That makes Castle Rock Fire and Rescue even more prepared should something similar happen closer to home.

Once this team returns home, additional members may be asked to go support the wildfire efforts. Learn more about everything happening with the Castle Rock Fire and Rescue Department at CRgov.com/fire.

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Connect with Town Council, sign up for new email notifications

Your Town Council representatives meet twice a month, and during those meetings Councilmembers make decisions that impact you, our residents and business owners. Now, stay connected with those decisions by signing up for periodic email updates.

Visit CRgov.com/Council and click the “Get Email Notifications” graphic link. Enter your email and watch your email inbox for a confirmation from noreply@CivicPlus.com to confirm your subscription.

Email updates are expected to include both summaries of top Council items as well as previews to Council meetings, so you know what your representatives will be discussing, giving you a chance to weigh-in on their decisions.

Here’s a look at this week’s meeting.

Citizen Advisory Committee formed
Voters on Nov. 7 approved a citizen-initiated measure to change language in the Town Charter regarding how the Town’s Mayor is elected. Now, the Mayor will be elected at-large and there will be six Councilmembers elected within six districts.

While the election changed language in the Town Charter regarding the overall structure of Town Council, the original citizen-initiated petition that provided for the election did not identify critical elements such as qualifications for Mayor and a timeline for the transition. These items must be reflected in the Town Charter, which will require another election. Council anticipates a special election in spring 2018.

To gather public input for those necessary Charter amendments, Town Council formed a new Citizen Advisory Committee. The Committee’s purpose will be to advise Council on additional necessary changes to the Town Charter and a transition plan for Castle Rock’s new representative structure.

Next steps: Applications are available at CRgov.com/CitizenCommittee and are due by noon on Friday, Dec. 22. Then, Council will choose seven members. Sign up for email updates from the committee at CRgov.com/CitizenCommittee. Watch the Council discussion: http://castlerock-co.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=3&clip_id=564&meta_id=54559

Castle Rock Collaborative Campus approved
Council voted 6-0 in favor of an agreement that will help bring a new college campus to Castle Rock. The Castle Rock Collaborative Campus is a partnership among Arapahoe Community College, Douglas County Schools, Castle Rock Economic Development, the Town and Colorado State University. Arapahoe Community College will build a $40 million campus on 14 acres near The Meadows. Town Council Tuesday night approved an agreement in which the Town will reimburse up to $3 million in building fees, permits and site improvements.

Next steps: The estimated opening of phase one is fall 2019. View the Council discussion: http://castlerock-co.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=3&clip_id=564&meta_id=54552

Accessory Dwelling Units
Town Council is discussing possibility of allowing accessory dwelling units. Accessory dwelling units by definition are second small dwellings on the same grounds as a single-family home – apartments over garages or in basements, tiny houses in the backyard, etc. Town Council approved the ordinance (6-0) on first reading.

Next steps: Amendments to the ordinance were discussed Tuesday night – maximum square footage of an accessory dwelling unit and time limits on residency. The amended ordinance will be presented for a second reading at a future Town Council meeting. Watch the Council discussion at: http://castlerock-co.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=3&clip_id=564&meta_id=54576

Downtown Development Authority update
The Downtown Development Authority was established in 2008 as a way for Downtown business owners to tax themselves and use that money to invest in Downtown improvements. One recent example is the reimagined Festival Park, which opened during Starlighting and was partially funded by the DDA. On Tuesday, Council approved (6-0) both minor updates to the DDA’s development plan and to extend a line of credit that will help the DDA implement the plan.

Next steps: View the DDA development plan online at downtowncastlerock.com/development_authority. Watch the Council discussions: http://castlerock-co.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=3&clip_id=564

Renewable Water update
Council voted 6-0 to award an agreement to Burns & McDonnell Engineering Company, Inc. for improvement designs at the Plum Creek Water Purification Facility. This advanced treatment project is necessary for renewable surface water collected from Plum Creek to help maintain Castle Rock Water’s rigorous water treatment standards.

Next steps: Castle Rock Water will move forward with design of the project. Burns & McDonnell will also be assisting the Town in contractor selection to help ensure the project is completed on time and within the Town’s estimated budget. Watch Castle Rock Water’s presentation at: http://castlerock-co.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=3&clip_id=564&meta_id=54592

Get a full agenda at CRgov.com/Agendas, or watch any Council meeting online at CRgov.com/WatchCouncil. Questions? Email all Councilmembers at TownCouncil@CRgov.com, or find your Council representative at CRgov.com/Council.

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Flags lowered to half staff on National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

DENVER – Office of Gov. John Hickenlooper — Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017 — Flags will be lowered to half-staff tomorrow, Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, in recognition of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. Flags should be at half-staff for the entire day on Thursday. The President is expected to sign a proclamation tomorrow.

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Council begins implementation of voter-approved Charter changes, forms citizen committee

Voters on Nov. 7 approved a citizen-initiated measure to change language in the Town Charter regarding how the Town’s Mayor is elected. Now, the Mayor will be elected at-large, and there will be six Councilmembers elected within six districts.

While the election changed language in the Charter regarding the overall structure of Town Council, the original citizen-initiated petition that provided for the election did not identify critical elements such as qualifications for Mayor (age, residency, voter status, etc.) and a timeline for the transition to the new structure. These items must be identified in the Town Charter, and only the voters have the ability to make these needed changes. Council is expected to plan for a special election in spring 2018.

To implement the will of voters quickly, efficiently and with public input, Town Council is seeking applications for a new Citizen Advisory Committee. The Committee’s purpose will be to advise Council on certain necessary changes to the Town Charter and a transition plan for Castle Rock’s new Town Council structure.

Because any change to the Charter requires voter approval, another election will be required. Council is planning for a special election in spring 2018. Council wants community input before asking voters to consider another series of Charter amendments, and on Tuesday established a Citizen Advisory Committee. Specifically, the seven-member Committee will review and advise on:

  • Qualifications for Mayor, such as age, voting status, and duration of residency in Castle Rock
  • Election date the Mayor will first be elected
  • The timing and procedure to complete the necessary re-districting to six Council districts

Those interested in serving on this committee are asked to submit an application, which is available at www.CRgov.com/CitizenCommittee, or by visiting Town Hall, 100 N. Wilcox St. Applicants must be registered to vote in Castle Rock. Applications are due by noon Friday, Dec. 22.

The committee is expected to meet before making recommendations and suggestions during a regular Town Council meeting Tuesday, Jan. 16. The timeframe is compressed so as not to delay implementation of the voter-approved Charter changes.

Town Council welcomes questions about this and any other Town topic to TownCouncil@CRgov.com. Those interested in keeping up with the progress of the committee can sign up for emails at CRgov.com/CitizenCommittee.

The Town Charter is the Town’s foundational document. It defines the organization, powers, functions and essential procedures of the Town as well as the rights of citizens. Any changes require voter approval.

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Castle Rock one of the safest places in Colorado, according to recent report

When choosing where to live or work, there are many factors to consider. For many, the most important factor is safety, and Castle Rock was once again ranked as one of the safest places in the state.

Security system company Safe Home recently ranked the top 25 safest communities in Colorado. Castle Rock came in at No. 5. Nationally, Castle Rock ranked in the top 25th percentile.

Safe Home used a variety of factors to determine the ratings, including: the FBI’s latest report on types and frequency of crimes, crime trends, and the ratio of law enforcement officers to residents. These factors result in an overall safety score on a 100-point scale. Castle Rock’s score was 84.97.

Learn more about this and other Town rankings at CRgov.com/recognition.

Public safety is a priority in Castle Rock. This year, the public safety focus has been on constructing a new fire station and adding police officers. Construction of the new fire station is underway, and two new officers have been added. Get details on these and other Town priorities at CRgov.com/MajorProjects.  

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