Weekly Neighborhood News from MCGC Neighbors

MCGC Neighbors Weekly News Blast

Development News

MCGC Neighbors has received notice of some proposed developments nearby.  These developments are open for review and comment, so please take a little time to see what is in our future and to provide your input.

The 6th Avenue Parkway Extension Project, between State Highway 30 and E-470, is to find a transportation solution that will enhance east-west mobility and address the increased travel demand in the area.

The public is invited to review the preliminary plans, including 6 alternative routes and the pros and cons of each.  You are invited to select your favorite route, suggest an alternative route, leave comments, and identify what is most important to you, such as preservation of trails, convenience, speed, etc..

Visit the website to review all the materials and leave your comments by December 23.  You may also call the project hotline at 720-200-8929.  When it is time, this project may be approved without a public hearing, so please take every opportunity to provide your input while the project is in the early stages.

The Sandy Creek FDP Amendment, at 1st Avenue and Powhaton, is open for public comment until December 20.  Any comments after the deadline can be emailed to Elizabeth Tart at the City of Aurora.  You can find the details of this development on the City's website.  Then click on the Files tab to review site plans, narratives, etc., and then click on the Comments tab to send your comments directly to the City. 

You might want to review the Master Plan - Plan Narrative, as it highlights view corridors, connections to the regional trails, and mitigation for oil and gas operations.

WISE Project Water Towers  - this was a heartbreaking loss for the residents of Tallyn's Reach.  They researched and presented an excellent case, but they lost.  Although this project has been in the works for a few years, the construction of two 20-foot tall water storage tanks just off Smoky Hill Road near Southlands wasn't common knowledge until recently.  You know that transparency and the public notification process is really broken when a Council member doesn't even know the whole scope of the project.  You can view this part of the Council meeting at 19 minutes, 13 seconds

Oil and Gas Zoning Code Update - true to form, the City voted to amend the zoning codes to incorporate the unnecessary waivers (fencing, landscaping, and height) that were routinely being granted to oil and gas developments, thereby removing the public's ability to object.  You can view the Council meeting on YouTube at 2 hours, 2 minutes.

Our Ward II Council Member, Renie Peterson, proposed that a Board be established to review and approve/reject oil and gas waivers.  The PEDR committee will review this proposal and other options before a decision is made.  Some Council members thought the City already had an oil and gas Board, but it doesn't.  It has an oil and gas committee that has no authority, no minutes, no public review, etc.  We'll keep you updated.

Council Members Markert (Ward IV) and Peterson (Ward II) have been very diligent about trying to respect and address the concerns of citizens, without impeding oil and gas operations, and we applaud them very loudly for this!

Holiday Party

Holiday Party Update

The Neighborhood Holiday party, co-sponsored by the Plains Conservation Center, MCGC Neighbors, Thunderbird Estates, and Sterling Hills, this past Sunday was an educational and entertaining event!

The kids had fun looking at the snakes and kept busy making ornaments from tin, and the adults were quite interested in Dr. Jeffrey Su’s informative talk.

The food tables were full of holiday cookies, pies, flavored popcorn, and more.  Numerous prizes were given away, and two of the people who entered MCGC Neighbors’ drawing won gift certificates, which were very generously donated by the Murphy Creek Tavern.  Our winners were Susie Ecklund and Kerry Garcia!

During the cleanup after the event, we knew the rattlesnake didn’t approve of the noise, as we could hear his rattle through his enclosure!   Our sincere thanks to all who donated to the event; all who came out to enjoy the day; and all who learned a little bit more about conservation.

Aurora Animal Shelter

Pause for Paws

The Aurora Animal Shelter will be closed to the public the week of Dec. 7 through 14 for extensive building maintenance and repairs. Normal operations are expected to resume on Monday, Dec. 15.  To ensure the safety and health of all animals at the shelter, they will be transferred out of the building to either the Dumb Friends League or the Denver Animal Shelter, partners through the Metro Denver Shelter Alliance (MDSA).

The Aurora shelter will temporarily be unable to accept incoming animals beginning Dec. 5.  If you find a stray animal, you should take it to the Denver Animal Shelter at 1241W. Bayaud Ave., Denver, 720-913-1311. (Or consider keeping the animal and giving it a forever home.)

If you need to surrender a pet, please wait until Dec. 15 when the Aurora shelter is again accepting pets.  Or, the Dumb Friends League at 2080 S Quebec St, Denver, 303-751-5772 is always available to accept and re-home a pet.

If you are trying to locate a lost pet, you will be referred to the Denver Animal Shelter website or you may go to the shelter. (See above)  If you wish to adopt an animal, you will be referred to the Dumb Friends League’s website and shelter. (See above)  The Aurora shelter will be open again and operating normally on Dec. 15.

Calendar at a Glance

Calendar at a Glance

Dec 13 (Sat) - Social Committee's Santa Breakfast - 9AM - 10:30AM - Tavern

Dec 15 & 17 (Mon & Wed) – Poker - the Tavern - Register by 6:00PM - plays begins at 7:00PM

Dec 19 (Fri) - Deadline to vote for Holiday Lights Contest - email Social Committee

Dec 31 (Wed) - Social Committee's New Year's Eve Party - 8:30PM - Midnight - Tavern

Jan 31 (Sat) - Last day to take advantage of Sam's Club gift card offer

Holiday Safety Tips
Holiday Safety Tips
Our Ward II City Council member, Renee Peterson, has provided some very timely tips for staying safe during the holiday season:
  • Shop during daylight hours whenever possible. If you must shop at night, go with a friend or family member and park in a well lit area.
  • Even though you are rushed and thinking about a thousand things, stay alert to your surroundings.
  • Keep all car doors locked and windows closed while in or out of your car.
  • Avoid parking next to vans, trucks with camper shells, cars with dark tinted windows.
  • Park close to your destination and take notice of where you parked.
  • Pay for purchases with a credit/debit card when possible rather than carrying large amounts of cash.
  • Keep a record of all of your credit card numbers in a safe place at home.
  • Do not leave packages or valuables on the seat of your car. Lock them in the trunk or put out of sight.
  • Be sure to locate your keys prior to going to your car.
  • Avoid overloading yourself with packages. It is important to have clear visibility and freedom of motion if needed.
  • Be very cautious about putting down your packages and placing your purse on top of the car in order to open your car door.
  • Do not approach your car alone if there are suspicious people in the area. Walk away.
  • Consider asking mall or store security for an escort before leaving your shopping location if it is dark, you are alone or you are carrying a number of bags.
  • With all the gifts wrapped, be sure the gifts are not visible through a window or door at your home.
  • If you are expecting a delivery and not at home, ask a friend or neighbor to pick up the package rather than leaving it on the porch.

    Take just a few precautions concerning safety, so your holidays can be merry and bright!
Social Committee's Santa Breakfast

New Year's Eve Party

The Social Committee's New Year's Eve party last year was a sellout, so be sure to make your reservations early!  Space is limited and is first come, first served, so call the Tavern at 303-361-7310 or stop by to reserve your place at the party. 

The cost is $20 for residents and $25 for non-residents and must be paid when the reservation is made.  No reservations after December 23, and no walk-ins. 

Get a group of your neighbors together to enjoy dancing, great hors d'oeuvres, drink specials, hats, noisemakers, and a champagne toast at midnight.  The party starts a 8:30PM and ends at midnight.  Adults only, please!

Holiday Lights Contest

Holiday Lights Contest!

It's that time of year again!  Cruise through the neighborhood to find your top four holiday displays.  Send your vote to the Social Committee with your address and the addresses of your four favorite houses.

Voting ends on December 19.  Prizes of $100, $75, $50, and $25 will be awarded - just in time for some last minute shopping! 

Jennifer Oldham - Your Neighborhood Realtor
Rhonda Schriner - Residential Real Estate
St. Pius X
Annette Martorano - Travel Leaders

MCGC Membership Partner - discounts for MCGC members!
Sam's Club Membership Partner
MCGC Membership Partner - discounts for MCGC members!
Dave Sullivan - Your Community Realtor
MCGC Membership Partner - discounts for MCGC members!
Murphy Creek Tavern
MCGC Membership Partner - discounts for MCGC members!
Plains Conservation Center
MCGC Membership Partner - discounts for MCGC members!
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