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July 2016 Edition
Thoughts from Your Councilman
By District 6 City Councilman, Paul Kashmann
 
As I write this month’s missive, City Council is in process of ironing out the details of Denver’s first permanent funding stream designed to increase the availability of affordable housing in Denver. Mayor Michael Hancock has asked us to authorize a slight increase to the property tax (about $1/mon. on the average homeowner’s bill) and to add an impact fee (well under $2 per square foot) on all development taking place in the City and County of Denver. The fund is designed to raise at least $150 million over 10 years, to facilitate the construction, retention and rehabilitation of 6,000 affordable units. This new program will provide affordable housing across the full breadth of housing-burdened families, not just those in the homeless community. While their need is great, we cannot ignore the needs of our lower- and middle-income families who are spending far too much of their monthly income on housing-related expenses.

The Denver Forestry Department urges you all to “Be A Smart Ash!” in response to the threat of an Emerald Ash Bore infestation that could decimate our urban tree canopy if not addressed pre-emptively and aggressively. There are nearly 1.5 million Ash trees in the metro area, including 330,000 in the City and County of Denver. That equates to 1 of every 6 trees that provide us shade, visual relief, and oxygen-producing greenery. Forester Rob Davis has begun a robust program treating trees on city property, including parks, and in an effort to head off an arboreal disaster, has taken the unprecedented step to begin treating streetside trees in the city right of way - normally the responsibility of the adjacent homeowner - at no cost to that homeowner. For information, visit beasmartash.org.

City Council recently approved an ordinance which, for the first time, legalizes some short-term rentals of less than 30 days. To the great dismay of those who had been renting investment properties on a short-term basis, Denver’s ordinance only allows such rentals in a person’s primary residence, defined as the “place of customary return.” To rent your property, you need to purchase a license at denvergov.org/str for $25, and pay lodger’s tax, income tax and Denver occupational privilege tax. You can rent a room or two while you’re in the home, or rent the entire home while you go on vacation, as long as you assign a local person as a manager in your absence. Enforcement has been a major concern for many of us on Council and in the community. The main tool to make enforcement possible is the requirement that hosts must include their business license number on all advertising. The presence or lack of a license number allows Denver’s Department of Excise and License to encourage compliance to all elements of our regulations. Failure to put your license number on your ad, or renting a property on a short-term basis without purchasing a license are crimes in and of themselves, subject to fines of up to $999/day. Should problems arise with an STR property, the director of Excise and License can not only issue fines, but can also suspend an individual’s license immediately pending investigation of complaints. For questions, visit denvergov.org/str.

At our last meeting, July 11, Council initiated the first pure public comment period in city history. Seven residents spoke to Council on a variety of issues. While we have long welcomed public comment on agenda items both at City Council committee meetings and our regular Monday night meetings, there has been no chance for the average citizens to address the Council body as a whole on city matters that concern them, but are not on the Council agenda. Public Comment is held from 5-5:30 p.m. on the first Monday of the month. Speakers get 3 minutes to speak. Sign up begins at noon on the Friday before public comment and runs until 4:30 p.m. on comment day. To sign up: call 720-337-2000, email dencc@denvergov.org or sign up in person in room 451 of the City and County Bldg.

The City Council Sidewalks Working Group, which I am pleased to serve as chairperson, has completed the information-gathering phase of its work, which focused on evaluating the condition of our sidewalk system, considering the process currently used to encourage repairs of existing walks or installation of new walks (the responsibility of the property owner) and hearing about what other cities are doing to improve their pedestrian infrastructure. Beginning on August 10, we will begin considering options for Denver, with the goal of coming up with recommendations sometime this fall or winter.

In his recent State of The City address, Mayor Hancock announced his intention to go to voters with a General Obligation bond package in November of 2017. The last such effort was a decade ago, when voters approved a $550 million Better Denver Bond Program that financed a myriad of capital and deferred maintenance projects across the city. The mayor has stated his intention that the process to determine the specific projects, a bond issue would be used to finance will include great opportunity for public participation. We intend to lend a hand to ensure that the public voice is well represented in that bond package.

I continue to hold in-district office hours at Pete’s Café, 2345 S. University Blvd. every Thursday morning, 8-10 a.m. Beginning in September, I will extend those hours to 8 a.m.-noon. If you need to see me at any other time, just call my office and I’ll arrange to meet you at a convenient time and place. For questions, call 720-337-6666 or 720-260-0638 or email paul.kashmann@denvergov.org.

Regards,

Paul
National Night Out!

The East Evans Business Association organizes the annual National Night Out. This year the event will be held on Tuesday August 2nd, 2016 at Cook Park.
Time 6:00 P.M. 

Contact Nancy Barlow at EastEvansBusinessAssociation@gmail.com

Thank you to our 2015 Sponsors:

ADDISON AUTO
BREAKFAST INN
COOK PARK NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION
CARPET ONE
EAST EVANS BUSINESS ASSOCIATION
EVANS AND CASE
TARGET
TOPPS PROPERTIES
VIRGINIA VILLAGE

The EEBA meets each month on the 4th Tuesday, 5:30 pm at The Panorama Building at 2055 S. Oneida St, Denver, CO 80224, lower level conference room. Click here for more info.
In District Office Hours

Every Thursday 8:00 A.M. - 10:00 A.M. (no appointment needed)

Pete's University Park Cafe -  2345 E. Evans Ave., Denver, CO
 

New extended hours start on September 1st!

New hours 8:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M.

Make your visitors pay attention to your landing page!!!
Trouble With City Services?

(Vehicle registration, trash collection, parking, potholes, animal control, ice build-up, graffiti removal, property information, street sweeping, nuisances, etc.)?

Call 3-1-1
Be sure to write down your case number

Still not getting the help you need?

Call Paul!
(720)337-6666
City Information Online
 
For information about anything from adopting a pet to when snow needs to be removed from your sidewalk, please refer to Denvergov.org.

The Denvergov.org website was recently updated and it is more user friendly than ever before.

Discover Denver:
Virginia Village Survey Next


The Virginia Village neighborhood in southeast Denver showcases our city's recent past through its postwar and mid-century modern buildings. 

Discover Denver -- a joint project between the City and County of Denver and Historic Denver to survey every building citywide -- is nearing the end of inventorying buildings in the Elyria-Swansea neighborhood, and moving on to Virginia Village next.

Discover Denver's goal is to document every one of Denver's buildings, and identify those that have architectural, historic or cultural significance. The survey is funded by a grant from the State Historical Fund and relies on the help of local volunteers. 

If you live in Virginia Village and have stories to share, please stop and say hello -- we would love to hear from you! For more information on Discover Denver, to share stories, or to learn about volunteer opportunities, visit DiscoverDenver.co or contact Beth Glandon at 303-534-5288 x3.
Affordable Housing Public Meeting
 
Tuesday July 21st, 2016 6:00pm-8:00pm
North High School
2960 Speer Blvd., Denver, CO 80211
 
In partnership with Mayor Michael B. Hancock, Councilwoman Robin Kniech, and Councilman Albus Brooks, join the City and County of Denver for a presentation and discussion on Denver’s affordable housing policy and funding proposals, resources, and services.

Denver Days!

Friday 7/15 is the last day to register

 
Denver Days 2016 - Registration now open_
Denver Days 2016
 
REGISTRATION FOR DENVER DAYS 2016 IS NOW OPEN!
Visit www.denvergov.org/denverdays to learn more or to register!
 

Neighborhood Watch Volunteers Needed

Community members have partnered with District 3 Police to create a well coordinated effort to revitalize Neighborhood Watch in our neighborhoods. At the core of this effort, we are building stronger communities so that we can drive crime out of our neighborhoods. Block Communicator responsibilities include

1.) Increasing communication among neighbors

2.) Providing their block with the latest safety and crime reduction tips and

3.) Emphasizing the critical need of having neighbors call 911 if there is any suspicious activity in their area.    

Meetings occur with our Community Officers, Block Communicators and neighbors every two months.  Security specialists educate attendees about how to proactively prevent crime from happening.  Everyone is welcome.  If you would like to become a Block Communicator or attend our meetings, please contact Darci Barlow at darcibarlow1@gmail.com

Get Involved
Registered Neighborhood                                                        Website
Organizations & HOAs

 
Belcaro Park Hownowners Association                              belcaropark.com
Bonnie Brae Neighborhood Association                             bonniebraeneighborhood.org
Cherry Hills Vista                                                                     http://www.cherryhillsvista.org/
Cook Park Neighborhood Association                                cookparkneighborhood.com
Cory-Merrill Neighborhood Association                              corymerrill.org
Friends and Neighbors of Washington Park (FANS)        fanswashingtonpark.org
Indian Creek Homeowner’s Association                             indiancreekhoa.net
Rosedale Harvard Gulch Neighborhood Association      rhgna.org
South Jackson Street Neighborhood Association            neighborhoodlink.com/S_Jackson_St/
University Neighbors                                                              universityneighbors.org
University Park Community Council                                    upcc.us
Virginia Vale Community Association                                 neighborhoodlink.com/Virginia_Vale
Virginia Village / Ellis Community Association                  virginiavillage.org
Washington Park East Neighborhood Association           wpenaonline.org
Winston Downs Homeowner’s Association                       wdhoa.org
Inter-Neighborhood Cooperation (INC)                              denverinc.org
 
Other Community Organizations                                            Website

East Evans Business Association                                        eastevansbusinessassociation.org
University of Denver Good Neighbors                                du.edu/communityvisitors/neighbors


To See RNO and HOA Boundaries                         Devergov.org             
Police District 3 Citizen Advisory Meetings
with Commander Magen Dodge

 
Where: District 3 Police Station - 1625 S. University

When: Sector 2 (blue on map) - 1st Monday of each month
Sector 1 (green on map) - 1st Tuesday of each month 

Time:  6 - 7 p.m.
Community Newspapers



Please click here for the Glendale Cherry Creek Chronicle.



Please click here for the Washington Park Profile.
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