Dorothy Hargrove, Englewood's director of library, parks and recreation, told officials at the June 29 tri-cities meeting that the project called River Run includes a trailhead and amenities including a wave generator so visitors can surf the South Platte River.
She said it has been a project involving a number of agencies including Englewood, Sheridan and Arapahoe County --; plus the agreement from the Army Corps of Engineers --; for all the work on the river channel.
"The project includes a pavilion, restrooms and easy ADA accessible from the parking lot to the river," she said. "River Run is just one part of the effort to revitalize the South Platte River through Littleton, Englewood and Sheridan."
The effort is being spearheaded by the South Platte River Working Group. The group is made up of representatives of Englewood Sheridan, Littleton, Arapahoe County, South Suburban Parks and Recreation District, the Colorado Water Conservation Board, Urban Drainage and Flood Control District and the Army Corps of Engineers.
Grants from Arapahoe County Open Space funds as well as money Englewood received from the open space fund and from lottery funds provided the roughly $800,000 needed to construct the trailhead.
Another trailhead amenity was funded when Greater Outdoors Colorado approved Sheridan's grant request for $350,000 to construct and equip the playground adjacent to the river.
Plans are for the money to be used to build a nature-themed playground, seating overlooking the river, pedestrian paths and to install landscaping around the playground.
Other river amenity projects are planned or under construction. For example, South Suburban Parks and Recreation District applied for a Great Outdoors Colorado grant to construct a walking and running trail along the east bank of the river from Union to Oxford avenues. The estimated cost of the east-side trail is about $3.3 million.
Hargrove and members of the South Platte Working Group talked about some of the other efforts, including the work at Reynolds Landing and Carson Nature Center in Littleton. There are plans for bank enhancements along much of the seven-mile stretch as well as creation of a whitewater tubing and boating channel between West Union and West Oxford avenues. Smaller trailheads are planned at Union and Belleview avenues.]]>
The ballot issue would ask voters to approve a property tax increase. The money from the property tax hike would provide finances to repay the debt created when the city sells about $25 million in general obligation bonds to finance the construction of the new police station.
The council discussed the possible bond issue at the June 27 study session and agreed the possibility should be explored. The majority of the council agreed to direct the staff to quickly move forward to explore the issue, which included giving Kathleen Rinkel, director of finance and administrative services, permission to hire a consultant.
"We will hire a consultant to help us measure resident support for the property tax increase," she told the council. "If we get the go-ahead and voters approve the bond issue, we would like construction to start in 2017 and be completed by the first quarter of 2018."
During the discussion, Englewood Police Chief John Collins told the city council conditions at the police station are "horrible."
He said there are a lot of problems with the building built in 1972. The building is constructed of uninsulated block, which isn't appropriate construction for this climate. The chief said other problems include a leaky roof, ventilation that doesn't exist in the locker rooms, lack of handicapped access to the second-floor offices and crowded conditions for operations as well as for the people who work there.
"I am concerned for the health and safety of our people," the chief said. "There is mold in the building and it just isn't a clean, safe work environment."
Mayor Joe Jefferson said the council established goals for the coming year and the No. 1 goal was finding a way to replace the police station.
Consultants conducted a feasibility study of the police station and on June 27 confirmed all the conditions Collins talked about plus a variety of other problems with the building. They also told the council that it would be very costly to try to rehabilitate the building and the best option was to build a new police station.
"We estimate a new 55,000-square-foot police station would cost about $25 million," said Kathleen Rinkel, finance and administrative services director. "The best probable option would be asking voters to improve a property tax increase to pay for sale of bonds to finance the project.
One issue facing the proposal is the fact the council must approve the ballot issue by early September.
Councilmember Laurett Barrentine said she didn't think there was time to complete the process. But Eric Keck, city manager, assured the council he felt the staff could meet the short timelines.
Jefferson said he supported moving ahead and asked that the possibility of a public-private partnership project to construct the police station be considered in detail.
He also said the agenda for the July 5 study session would be set up to allow sufficient time to continue the discussion of the possible bond issue for construction of a new police station.]]>
Tena Prange, school board president, told the audience it was an informational meeting and everything is still being discussed. She said no decision has been made on how to deal with the facilities issues or whether or not to place a bond issue question on the November ballot.
Consultant Donovon Nolan said the possibilities discussed are the preliminary options for the four elementary schools and the early childhood center.
"We visited the schools to see how the facilities can meet the educational needs today and in the future," Nolan, a project manager with CBRE, told the board. "Basically, there are two options for the schools, major rehabilitation or new construction. Of course, major construction would be the most expensive. The preliminary cost estimate would be $80 million to $100 million."
He said the consultants would continue to work on the options and the goal is to be ready to present the potential cost of each of the proposals at the Aug. 2 school board meeting.
About 40 people attended the meeting. Display boards were set up with the artist's concepts of each of the buildings, detailing both the rehabilitation option and the new construction option.
The next step of the discussion focused on the existing buildings. Adele Willson and Travis Bostic, architectural consultants, detailed some of the issues with the four schools and the early childhood center. They also talked about the current guiding principles for building schools to meet the present and future educational needs of students as teaching and learning methods change.
The consultants talked about some of the problems with the existing buildings. For example, Bostic talked about the safety issue since none of the buildings has the single "sally port" entry requiring all visitors to first check in at the office before being admitted to the building, and Willson talked about the use of a single area for a cafeteria and a gymnasium as well as the fact there is not enough natural light in the buildings.
Nolan said the new construction proposal would create Bishop and Cherrelyn as kindergarten through sixth-grade schools with space for about 300 students. The option indicated Clayton and Hay would also accommodate kindergarten through sixth grade but would be larger with space for about 500 students. The Early Childhood Education Center would be built to accommodate 16 classrooms.
The options considered the size of the existing sites, where on the sites new buildings would be constructed and how to provide as little disruption as possible to the ongoing classes.
Board members and the consultants agreed Clayton Elementary School was the No. 1 candidate for new construction.
"There are so many problems with that building that, while there could be major remodeling, the work probably wouldn't solve all the issues. It is a little like the saying about a pig wearing lipstick is still a pig," Nolan said. "We feel spending money for a major remodeling just isn't a wise decision."
There was also discussion about the bond election.
Wendy Rubin, school superintendent, said everything is still in the talking stage concerning the issue. But if the district puts the bond issue on the November ballot and if voters approved the proposal, the bonds would not be issued until late 2017.
"We want to make the tax impact as little as possible," she said. "With that in mind, we would wait to issue the bonds until late 2017 because we have a bond issue that will be paid off then."
She said the district would also apply for state grants to help pay for the projects.
Resident Lara Fahnestock said she appreciated the fact the board held the meeting so people could hear the pros and cons of a major issue facing the district.
Lauren Jones-Kaplin, an Englewood resident with a young daughter, said she was excited by the options discussed for the schools and the early childhood center.
"A lot of information has been presented and the school board will have to make the decision about the best course of action for the district," she said.]]>
The doorbell buzzes and fellow bank worker Brian Runnicles (Christian Mast) appears with a postal package he signed for on their account.
It supposedly contains some Scandinavian glassware Frances had ordered. Instead, it's a collection of pornographic pictures. In Britain at that time, owning pornography was a criminal offense, so since this is British farce, great alarm, physical comedy and tossing items around ensues, and the couple somehow convince the nimble and funny Runnicles to dispose of the pictures --; which he blunders, of course.
Mix in a visiting mother-in-law (Linda Button,) a stuffy bank president (Wade Wood) and eventually a pair of whip-cracking Ladies of the Night --; and a confused friend of the bank president (Randy Diamon), who just wants a quiet place to spend the night ...
Director Luke Allen Terry has carefully choreographed this quirky mix of characters so they avoid running each other over as they slam doors, hide pornography and at times turn flips (Runnicles).
What Terry needs to work on with his cast members is turning down the volume.
Many of them are shouting their lines --; a tendency of less experienced actors when they tackle these fast-moving British farces.
The John Hand Theater is small and cozy and the audience should be able to hear quite well if lines are just spoken --; and we'd catch the innuendos more clearly, I'd guess.
What was shocking and funny in the 1970s is not uniformly funny today when everyone has access to whatever they want to see and hear online. But this script is tightly written and certainly invites a limber cast to zip packages --; and themselves --; in and out of sight, while mother-in-law and bank president play their own coy games ...
Entertaining light summer fare --; if volume can be controlled.
If you go
"No Sex Please, We're British!" plays through Aug. 13 in repertory with the thriller "Night Watch," which includes Littleton's Linda Suttle and Margie Lamb in the cast as well as the versatile Haley Johnson. Performances of both alternate at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. One needs to look closely at what is playing when. The John Hand Theater is at 7653 E. First Place, Denver (Lowry). Tickets for both plays cost $12-$22, 720-530-4596, thisisspotlight.com]]>
This is when some might consider becoming a landlord or roommate. Their reasons might be financially motivated; a renter or roommate would help to cover housing costs. Another reason might be loneliness; the senior doesn't want to live alone. Yet another reason could be that the house is too much to maintain.
When making the decision to have a tenant or a roommate there are many things to consider.
Are you renting the whole house, or part of the house?
Will the room(s) be furnished?
Are you going to live there too?
Do you need to make any change to your home to make it suitable for a roommate or tenant (e.g., a separate entrance)?
Are you going to share common areas such as the kitchen, or will your tenant have a private space with a private entrance?
Are utilities included in the rent?
Three of the most common scenarios are:
1. Roommate only
2. Roommate in exchange for services and a reduced rent
Someone who is just a roommate has his or her own space, generally a private bedroom and bathroom, and shares common areas of the house, particularly the kitchen.
The second scenario is similar; however this roommate may also take care of the lawn maintenance, shovel the driveway and sidewalks in the winter, do general home care such as changing light bulbs and run errands in exchange for a reduced rent or rent credit.
In the last scenario, the tenant has "an apartment" within the house with a separate entrance, bedroom, bathroom, kitchenette and living room.
Regardless of the living arrangement, the "landlord" and tenant/roommate should have agreement regarding rent to be collected and due date. Kory J. Cook, an associate attorney with Tschetter Hamrick Sulzer P.C., recommends: "Any agreement reached should be down in writing and should cover all aspects of what the parties are agreeing to." Mr. Cook also states that "it would be best if these kinds of agreements were on a month-to-month basis that would automatically renew until one party gave their notice to terminate the lease."
How long should the agreement be and what should it include? Well, that depends. What is important to the landlord? Rent and due date have already been mentioned. Other items might include:
The space that is to be the renter's/roommate's "premises" (e.g., the basement apartment with private entrance or the upstairs bedroom with attached bath at the front of the house)
Pet policy and pet deposit
Prior to entering into a written agreement, be sure to check for possible local zoning regulations or HOA (homeowners' association) restrictions that might prohibit your proposed living arrangement.
Homeowners have a variety of reasons for wanting a roommate or a tenant. They need to decide for themselves if their reasons warrant action. Once the decision is made to become a landlord, the best protection is a month-to-month, written agreement between the parties. Potential landlords with questions or concerns about the process should seek legal counsel BEFORE entering into a lease.
Donna Foerster is a local Realtor who specializes in working with older adults in Douglas County. She can be reached via email at DonnaSellsHomesCO@gmail.com.
This week I would like to build upon that and add in the power of visualization, specifically the power of a vision board. One of the things that inspires me and encourages me personally is when I visit a client or friend and they have a visible vision board somewhere on display at their home or office.
A vision board is some kind of display that captures all of the things that you want to see happen or materialize in your future. It could be your immediate future, maybe it's something that can happen in the next few months or a year, and maybe even several years out. It's finding pictures, images, quotes or sayings that are part of your life plan, goals, and as stated, part of your vision for yourself.
These are so very powerful for individuals, families and companies as they keep those goals and dreams in a very visible place and where others can build upon the vision board as well as align the goals and dreams of the family or organization. And for individuals who use a vision board, it becomes an accountability partner as you pursue your own dreams and goals.
I have seen some of the most amazing pictures and images hanging on corkboards, whiteboards and modified picture frames, and as collages on the walls of offices, hallways and family rooms. New homes, property, new cars, family reunions, a business idea, words of encouragement, specific numbers associated with days or dollars, mountains, oceans, hotels, graduation images, retirement images, romantic pictures of couples, proud pictures of children and friends, and plenty of photos of accomplishments of every sort.
We become what we focus on. And just like in last week's column where we talked about focusing on the good and powerfully positive words of hope and encouragement, let's remember that as we focus on specific pictures or images of success that we can and do become that which we focus our attention upon.
Maybe you have heard this concept before, or maybe you have even used a vision board in the past and have gotten away from updating it or pursuing some of those dreams that at one time held a special place in your heart and mind. It's never too late to either revisit that vision board and update it or completely scrap it and start all over. As the world has changed, maybe your goals and dreams have shifted too. And with access to almost any image in the world, it's easy to find a photo, or painting, or picture, or image of what it is you wish to be, do, or have now and in your future.
So do you have a vision board displayed prominently somewhere within your home or office? If so, what occupies the spaces on your board? What are the images and quotes and sayings that inspire you? I would love to hear all about it at firstname.lastname@example.org, and when we can visualize what we want to be, do, and have, it really will be a better than good week.
Michael Norton is a resident of Castle Rock, the former president of the Zig Ziglar Corporation, a strategic consultant and a business and personal coach.
Visiting Aruba during spring break is not without its risks.
Visiting a Cincinnati zoo, an alligator-enlivened theme park, or a gay nightclub is not without its risks.
There's really no place you can go that is entirely risk-free. Not even a church.
Some of us put ourselves in harm's way intentionally.
"Four deaths in four days on Mount Everest," the headline said.
Did you really think that Steve Irwin was going to get out of here alive? What was wrong with Evel Knievel? He suffered more than 400 bone fractures. Kept at it. Jumping over things.
I trip over the dog and that's my excitement for the day.
Rest assured because your daughter is attending a university in Waco, Texas. In Palo Alto, California. In Nashville, Tennessee. Not really.
Movie houses, schools, box stores.
There are makeshift memorials everywhere.
I am not The Most Interesting Man in the World, or even close to it. When it comes to taking chances, daredevilry, or being an adventurer, I am a DeSoto on blocks.
Not walking out the front door can be dangerous too.
Jesse James in the next apartment might clean his gun unsafely.
Some people understandably have lived in fear, minute after minute. Those interned in Nazi concentration camps, for example.
Others are afraid of a long list of things that prevent them from fully experiencing life.
I am not in that category, but I am much more selective about when and where I go than I once was.
We are much more trusting when we are younger.
Children trust their parents, their teachers, their guardians and their clergy, but, unfortunately, that sometimes goes very awry.
Someone said that danger is real, but fear is a choice.
I used to be afraid of the dentist.
I had a good reason to be afraid of the dentist. I inherited some significant dental woes prior to the invention of novocaine (procaine).
In the past 18 months I have had a root canal, two extractions, an implant, and two crowns.
Thanks to a great dentist, there was very little procedural discomfort, and practically no pain afterwards.
Further, my dentist employs 19 women, all of them are very professional, and by gum, very attractive.
They laugh at my jokes.
So what was once a nightmare, is now the exact opposite.
However, it is not without its costs. Namely its costs.
There are parachutists, bungees jumpers, whitewater rafters, and extreme athletes in a wide variety of sports.
There are men and women who get in the ring and beat the stuffing out of each other. Beats me why they do it.
I have never been interested in speed. My own, or watching someone else go fast.
Roller coasters are lost on me.
Life seems to be enough of a roller coaster for me.
Try opening the morning paper without getting on a roller coaster.
There is a family that I have never comprehended.
The Flying Wallendas are a high-wire act that performs without a safety net. A number of them have been injured, and a number of them have fallen to their deaths.
On the other hand, I am extremely cautious when I walk across the street to the mailboxes.
Neighbors back out without looking. Meteors fall out of the sky. There are kamikaze squirrels out there, I am sure of it.
As Bela Lugosi said, "Bevare!"
Craig Marshall Smith is an artist, educator and Highlands Ranch resident. He can be reached at email@example.com.
The legislative district includes Englewood, Cherry Hills Village, Greenwood Village, Sheridan and a small portion of Littleton.
In the primary voting, members of the Democratic Party were asked to choose between Meg Froelich and Bridges.
Bridges became the party candidate as he received 3,173 votes, or 56.6 percent of the votes cast. Froelich received 2,429 votes, or 43.4 percent.
Bridges, of Greenwood Village, calls himself a homegrown Coloradan who wears cowboy boots. He thanked his supporters and his opponent.
"I believe politicians should talk less and listen more, and that's exactly what we did in thousands of personal, one-on-one conversations," he wrote in an emailed statement on June 29. "What we heard is that our neighbors are ready to rid Colorado of the partisanship that has infected our collaborative, frontier culture. We need fresh perspectives rooted in our shared Colorado values. And we look forward to having thousands more conversations between now and November."
Brown, of Cherry Hills Village, won the Republican primary in House District 3 as she received 3,428 votes, or 73.7 percent of the vote total. Her opponent, Rick Gillit, received 1,224 votes, or 26.3 percent.
"I am pleased and excited to represent the Republican party in the upcoming election, which will be my first experience in partisan politics," Brown said. "I talked to a lot of people during the campaign and I feel my message resonated with them."
She said the margin of victory indicates that people want to see a legislator who truly represents the people.
"I want to build on the momentum of the primary as I begin to work on my campaign," she said. "We will expand our outreach to voters in order to contact the independents and anyone who wants to elect someone who will represent the people."
Brown, 44, is a member of the Cherry Hills Village City Council. She was born and raised in Louisiana and earned bachelors and master's degrees in computer and media sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She owns a web development company specializing in the tourism industry.