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April 2016 Edition
Thoughts from Your Councilman
By District 6 City Councilman, Paul Kashmann
 
Happy Springtime –

While Denver residents are anxiously awaiting (on April 15) a spring storm that is predicted to dump somewhere from 5 inches to 3 feet of snow on the city, District 6 is getting greener by the day. Spring garden chores and renewed workout regimens are bringing neighbors out of hibernation and back into the community.

City infrastructure is getting a lot of attention from City Council. Right now the construction and maintenance of sidewalks is the responsibility of the adjacent property owner – YOU! Even small-scale repairs can run into the high hundreds of dollars with larger jobs well into the thousands. As Chairman of the City Council Sidewalks Working Group, I am joining my colleagues in an effort to develop a system that results in a better maintained, more complete sidewalk system that will enhance mobility while lessening the financial impact on residents.

Unlike some U.S. cities, Denver has a very incomplete storm water drainage system. City staff has estimated the cost to build out an efficient drainage and flood control system for Denver communities in the neighborhood of $1.5 billion.  In addition to studies just beginning to look at possible improvements to Harvard Gulch, Weir Gulch and the South Platte River, the controversial Platte to Park Hill project – estimated at some $300 million – is moving forward to address flooding in the Park Hill and Montclair Basins. The Montclair Basin is Denver’s largest drainage basin with no gulch or other channel to control storm water. The project is slated to: sculpt a large section of City Park Golf Course to accommodate a detention pond to slow flood waters in major storms; and build an open channel along 39th Avenue through the Cole neighborhood to gather and carry storm flows to the South Platte River. There has been vigorous debate as to whether the prime goal of this project is to provide flood relief for neighborhoods, or to facilitate the reconstruction of I-70 from Brighton Boulevard to Colorado Boulevard (and eventually to Tower Road) It does appear to me that the project will provide flood relief for the proposed I-70 rebuild and other north Denver construction efforts well before it gives similar relief to neighborhoods in the more distant reaches of the basins. While CDOT is planning its own drainage system to control water in the reconstruction area, current plans call for that system to tie into the Platte to Park Hill system as it drains into the river.

The District 6 office continues to be in ongoing discussion with the traffic engineering staff at Denver Public Works to bring safer street crosswalks and increased bike trails to our neighborhoods. There are locations throughout the District that demand increased safe crossings and added traffic enforcement. We are working with District 3 Police to provide speed control signage to continue addressing these concerns.

City Council is nearing agreement on a new proposal for how we will license marijuana businesses in the future. It seems to be the opinion of a majority of Council that we have arrived at, or are very near, a condition in which our retail landscape is more than adequately served by the amount of marijuana outlets as well as the product they are bringing to market. We are looking at proposals that will cap the number of locations that we allow in our city, and protect neighborhoods from additional, unwanted intrusion. One of the sticking points centers on whether we allow several dozen pending licenses to proceed toward issuance. The argument in favor is that these are business people who have followed the instructions they were given to earn their license – some spending in the millions of dollars – and it is unfair to stop the process in mid-stream. The argument against allowing these new licenses is that many of them are for properties in areas that already have more than their share of marijuana businesses. I feel it is essential that we show good faith and allow these licenses to proceed, but we continue to look for ways to facilitate a reduction of the impact on areas with undue concentration.

City Council is also considering an ordinance legalizing rentals of residential properties for periods of less than 30 days – short term rentals – as an accessory use in all residential zones of the city. Current Denver law forbids rentals of terms less than 30 days, unless licensed as a hotel, bed and breakfast, etc. There are at least 1,500 property owners, listing with companies like Air BnB, VRBO, HomeAway, etc., that have been violating this law through online and print ads. Denver is not currently equipped to enforce our existing law. Cities around the country have been experimenting with licensing short-term rentals as a way to control the industry and collect lodging taxes to set a fair playing field with the legal short-term lodging industry. The sticking point here is whether or not we allow a homeowner to rent an investment property on a short-term basis, or insist that the only property that may be rented is the homeowner’s residence of “customary return.”

If you have particular concerns about issues in your community, please give my office a call at 720-337-6666, or call my cell phone at 720-260-0638. I also continue my weekly office hours on Thursday mornings, 8 to 10a.m., at Pete’s University Park Café, at Evans Avenue and University Boulevard. Drop by, or call us in advance to reserve a time. Have a great start to Spring!

Regards,

Paul
In District Office Hours

Every Thursday 8 - 10 a.m. (no appointment needed)

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

(More office hours coming soon)
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.
Affordable Housing Public Meeting
 
Tuesday April 26, 2016 6:00pm-8:00pm
East High School
1600 City Park Esplanade, Denver, CO 80206
 
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!

 
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

 Colorado Senior Lobby Survey

 
Colorado Senior Lobby

The Colorado Senior Lobby is conducting a survey to obtain information on what seniors consider are the most important issues. We would also like responses from caretaker and anyone else who would like to respond.

Please click here for more information and please click here for the online survey.
 
If anyone requests it, we will also mail a copy to be completed manually. Please email contactus@ColoradoSeniorLobby.org or call 720-355-2933.
 
There is no questioning the impact of the aging population on budgets at all levels of government. That makes the information we expect to obtain from this survey important to decision makers who are, and will continue to effectively managing future budgets and provide cost effective appropriate services.
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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Social Media and Website
 
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