Archive for January, 2018

Citizen Advisory Committee makes recommendations for at-large Mayor election

The Citizen Advisory Committee created by Town Council to help implement the at-large Mayor structure approved by voters, met Tuesday night to discuss their recommendations.

Town Council authorized the Committee in December 2017 to advise Council on certain necessary changes to the Town Charter and a transition plan for Castle Rock’s new Town Council structure.

Specifically, the Committee was asked to advise Council on: qualifications for Mayor, date the Mayor will first be elected, and the timing to complete the necessary re-districting to six Council districts.

Tuesday night, the Committee discussed and determined its recommendations:

Recommended qualifications for at-large Mayor
• Registered elector
• Castle Rock resident for one year
• Citizen of United States

Recommended at-large Mayor Election Date: Nov. 6, 2018

Recommended redistricting: The Town will move to complete redistricting from seven districts to six districts in 2018.

To become official, these proposed Mayor qualifications and redistricting changes would have to be reflected in the Town’s Charter. Because any changes to the Charter require voter approval, the Committee is also recommending Council set a special election to ask voters to consider these changes.

In addition to the Mayor’s qualifications, the Committee also discussed:

Recommended signature requirements: The Committee also recommended changing Town Code to require Mayoral candidates to gather 10 signatures from each of the six districts in order to get on the ballot. It’s important to note, these changes to Town Code do not require voter approval.

Council will consider all of the Committee’s recommendations during its next regular meeting Tuesday, Jan. 16.

Town Council meetings begin at 6 p.m. in Council Chambers at Town Hall, 100 N. Wilcox St. Meetings are open to the public, and there will be time for public comment on this and other agenda items. Agendas are posted the Thursday prior to the meeting at CRgov.com/Agendas.

Town Council welcomes questions about this and any other Town topic at TownCouncil@CRgov.com. Keep up with the process, or sign up for email updates, at CRgov.com/CitizenCommittee.

The Town Charter is the Town’s foundational document. It defined the organization, powers, functions and essential procedures of the Town. Any changes require voter approval. Council is expected to plan a special election in the spring to finalize these elected mayor details.

Learn more about the Citizen Advisory Committee at CRgov.com/CitizenCommittee.

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Citizen Advisory Committee members named; meeting scheduled for Jan. 9

Town Council is moving forward in the process to implement the will of voters and establish a process for Castle Rock’s elected at-large Mayor. While the 2017 Special Election changed the overall structure of Town Council, the original citizen-initiated petition did not identify a few critical elements. Now, a Citizen Advisory Committee has been established to advise Council on next steps.

The committee was authorized at Town Council’s Dec. 5 meeting. Since then, applications have been received and interviews were conducted. Seven community members have been selected to serve on the committee.

The members of the Citizen Advisory Committee are:

•John Lamb
•Siegfried Guentensberger
•Michael Hays
•Kathie Shandro
•Randy Reed
•Linda Baumann
•Michael Waggoner

Additionally, three alternates were appointed: Tim Arvidson, Max Brooks and John Berry.

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 changes to the Charter require voter approval, another election will be required. Before a special election is outlined, the committee will review and advice Council on:

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

The committee will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 9, at Town Council Chambers to discuss their recommendations. This will be a public meeting. Download the agenda at CRgov.com/agendas.

Due to community interest, there will be time for public comment. That public comment will be limited to 1 hour, and each speaker will be allowed 4 minutes to address the committee. Following it’s meeting, the committee will present a formal recommendation during the regular Town Council meeting Tuesday, Jan. 16.

Town Council welcomes questions about this and any other Town topic at TownCouncil@CRgov.com. Keep up with the process, or sign up for email updates, at CRgov.com/CitizenCommittee.

The Town Charter is the Town’s foundational document. It defined the organization, powers, functions and essential procedures of the Town. Any changes require voter approval. Council is expected to plan a special election in the spring to finalize these elected mayor details.

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Ooh La La! Tickets on sale NOW for Feb. 9 Daddy Daughter Ball

You’re the protector of her dreams, guardian of her heart and her unyielding supporter. Daddies, show your daughter what it’s like to spend a magical night in Paris at the 18th annual Daddy Daughter Ball.

This year’s event is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9 at the Douglas County Events Center, 500 Fairgrounds Drive. Purchase tickets online at CRgov.com/DDBall18, at the Recreation Center or Miller Activity Complex.

Advance tickets are $25 per couple ($30 for nonresidents). Admission at the door is $40 per couple (residents/nonresidents), cash only. Tickets for additional daughters are $8 each.

All ages are welcome to spend a night in Paris at this year’s ball! Join us for a night of dancing, music and fun. Grandfathers and granddaughters are also welcome. Refreshments and dessert will be served.

The ball is always filled with glitz and glamour, so daddies, wear your best, and ask your little girls to wear their prettiest dress. A professional photographer will be onsite to capture all the memorable moments.

Like in years past, the Parks and Recreation Department’s Teen Advisory Group will be hosting a raffle at the ball, with prizes for both dads and daughters. The Teen Advisory Group is a group of young residents who play an active role in planning and carrying out Parks and Recreation activities for the community’s youth.

More information and ticket details are available at CRgov.com/DDball18.

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Council approves fire vehicle replacements, grants construction contract for new water well during J

Your Town Council representatives meet twice a month, and during those meetings Councilmembers make decisions that impact residents and business owners. Stay up-to-date on those decisions with this meeting summary.

Here are some highlights from this week’s meeting.

Council approves fire vehicle replacements
Building a safe community means, in part, having public safety vehicles on which first responders can depend. Castle Rock Fire and Rescue is requesting a new brush truck and two new engines. Town Council approved the request unanimously Tuesday night.

The department has already saved $418,837 for the brush truck and $1,390,326 for the engines. The brush truck is coming in under budget at $299,650, and the engines are coming slightly over budget ($1,411,067) including contingency. It’s the department’s goal to avoid contingency and still come in at or under budget when the vehicles are delivered in 2018. These vehicles are part of the Town’s fleet replacement program and will replace in-service vehicles that are more than 15 years old.

Watch the presentation: http://castlerock-co.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=3&clip_id=567&meta_id=55075

Construction contract awarded for improvements along Hangman’s Gulch Trail
Making sure the community stays safe from flooding is a top priority for Castle Rock Water’s Stormwater Division. With that in mind, the department presented a construction contract Tuesday to Town Council for improvements along Hangman’s Gulch Trail. The improvements would be within the channel to help reduce erosion and sedimentation along the trail between I-25 and the confluence with East Plum Creek.

Council unanimously approved the $676,065 contract with Hudick Excavating, Inc. Construction is expected to begin in February 2018. Weather permitting, substantial completion is anticipated for June 2018.

Watch the discussion: http://castlerock-co.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=3&clip_id=567&meta_id=55085

Contract approved for new water well construction
As communities throughout Colorado continue to grow, Castle Rock Water is taking proactive actions to help meet increased water demands – especially during the dry summer months. In an effort to secure additional water supplies and keep pace with demand, Castle Rock Water is planning to drill a new water well.

The Founders Arapahoe Well CR-227 will be located near Matney Park, and in combination with a Denver well drilled this fall, is anticipated to produce about .85 million gallons of water per day. Town Council approved the contract with Hydro Resources – Rocky Mountain Inc. The total drilling cost is approximately $1.6 million and is part of a larger $5.3 million project to incorporate the wells into the water system.

Watch the presentation: http://castlerock-co.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=3&clip_id=567&meta_id=55093

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. Plus, sign up for email updates by clicking the “Get Email Notifications” graphic link. Updates are expected to include both summaries of top Council items as well as previews to Council meetings.

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