Inter-governmental cooperation was among the subjects discussed by elected and city officials from Englewood, Littleton, Sheridan and Arapahoe County …
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Inter-governmental cooperation was among the subjects discussed
by elected and city officials from Englewood, Littleton, Sheridan
and Arapahoe County at the quarterly Tri-Cities Meeting on Feb.
Several city officials pointed to successfully supporting the
start-up of the Humane Society of the South Platte Valley as an
example of a cooperative effort to solve the issue of how to
provide care for lost and stray animals.
Englewood, Littleton, Sheridan, Centennial and Arapahoe County
all faced the problem that arose when it became evident the
long-time contractor Colorado Humane Society probably wouldn’t
continue to provide the service much longer.
“We appreciate the way Littleton took the lead working with the
founder of the new shelter,” said Jim Woodward, Englewood mayor.
“The new facility has been open a short time and is doing a great
Phil Cortez, Littleton assistant city manager, said Englewood
was a partner in the effort that has created a new, improved
facility that reportedly arranged adoptions for 76 animals in the
last 30 days.
The goal of society founder Nick Fisher was to make it a
regional facility. Currently the facility serves the two
communities but Sheridan Mayor Dallas Hall said that city is on the
verge of contracting for the society’s services. Centennial also is
considering contracting with the society.
Susan Beckman, Arapahoe County Commissioner, said unfortunately
the majority of the commissioners didn’t want to contract to use
the society’s services but she hopes that would change.
Continuing the discussion about cooperation, the Sheridan mayor
said he would like Englewood and Littleton to at least consider the
possibility of forming a joint fire district as a way of reducing
costs for all three cities.
He said he feels a fire district would reduce fire protection
costs for all three communities, something important in the current
However, he quickly pointed out both communities provided
assistance to Sheridan when both the city’s fire trucks broke down
at the same time.
“Both fire departments were available to answer calls in our
city while we were trying to solve the problem,” Hall said. “Also,
we were able to borrow a fire truck from Littleton and Englewood
stepped up to put a rush on the effort and got our other fire truck
repaired very quickly.”
There also was a discussion about the cooperative history of the
Tri-Cities group. Cliff Mueller, a member of the Sheridan City
Council when the group was established in 1994, said the reason
Tri-Cities was formed was to battle the Colorado Department of
Transportation’s plan to redo South Santa Fe Drive as just a ribbon
of concrete roadway through the three communities.
“The state wouldn’t talk to any of the communities individually
so we joined forces to present a united voice. They really took
notice when the business community and Arapahoe County joined us,”
he said. “The result is we were able to get many of the amenities
like special lighting fixtures and the concrete picture panels that
enhance the appearance of the roadway.”
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