Weekly Neighborhood News from MCGC Neighbors

MCGC Neighbors Weekly News Blast


There's a lot going on in the City!  Here are some recent updates.

Oil & Gas Committee

Council Member Renie Peterson (Ward II) presented her suggestions for the committee's membership that would provide a better cross section of representation, instead of the current membership, which is completely pro-fracking.  She mentioned that since one of the current citizen members is a representative of the pro-fracking organization, Arapahoe Responsible Energy Advocates, then it only seemed fair to have a representative from the anti-fracking organization, What the Frack?! Arapahoe.

Council Member Brad Pierce (At-Large) presented his suggestions for the committee's membership that might also provide a better cross section of representation. 

This issue will be sent back to an upcoming City Council Study Session for more review.  Read more here, beginning at the bottom of Page 3 for historical information or on Page 6 for current information.

East Aurora Annexation

Just the beginning part of the study for this potential project is costing all of us $531,000.  Even though the investors who requested the initial annexation offered to pay $70,000 for part of the study, after the city increased the scope of the project, it decided that you and I should pay for the entire study.  It should be noted that the study is proceeding even though the annexation area is outside the scope of the city's Comprehensive Plan, it goes against agreements with DRCOG, and Aurora would need to acquire additional water rights, supplies, and storage in order to support this development. 

For more information, read the City Council Study Sessions of November 17, 2014 and December 22. 2014.  The Aurora Sentinel had articles on November 18, 2014 and March 17, 2015.  You can also view more current information beginning on Page 14 of the Planning and Economic Development meeting agenda for June 8, 2015

Zoning Code Rewrite

The Neighbor-to-Neighbor roundtable on June 9, 2015, gave a very quick overview of the reasons for the zoning code rewrite, how the code got to where it is today, the major areas of importance to elected officials and city staff, and the process for how the new code will be written.  Even though this is supposed to be a total rewrite of the zoning code, any new changes that City Council has been making to the zoning code will NOT be included in the rewrite.  This means that recent changes to the code, such as the changes regarding marijuana testing facilities and the changes of conditional uses to permitted uses, will NOT be a part of the rewrite.

If you would like to make comments or be added to the committee for reviewing the code, please contact Karen Hancock.

Pet Safety

Pause for Paws

Keep your pets safe this summer.  Summer heat can be dangerous for our furry family members.  Here are a few tips to keep them safe from the heat:

  • NEVER leave your pet in your car – even if it’s in the shade, even if the windows are partially rolled down, even for 5 minutes.  Cars heat up fast, and heatstroke can be fatal.  Leave your pets at home if they can’t go with you into the store.
  • Don’t walk your dog on hot pavement.  Their paw pads are sensitive and can burn easily.  Pick a route where your dog can walk on grass while you walk along the sidewalk.
  • Walk your dog in the early morning or evening rather than at midday.  The heat can be hard on both of you!
  • Take care when hiking or running with your dog.  The time between having fun and heatstroke can be very short.
  • And ALWAYS be sure your pet has plenty of water to drink at all times.  Take water with you for your pet if you are going to be away from home for several hours.

(Our thanks to the Denver Dumb Friends League for this helpful information.)

Calendar at a Glance

Calendar at a Glance

Jun 13, Aug 15  – CPR & AED classes - 9AM-1PM - Aurora Fire Stations - details here

Jun 13-Oct 4 – Toys Exhibit - Colorado History Center - Details here or call 303-447-8679

Jun 18 (Thurs) – Dean Bushnell Orchestra (Aurora sponsored concert) - Bicentennial Park - 6:30-8PM

Jun 18 (Thurs) – Rocky Mountain Irish Festival - Estes Park - details here or call 970-305-3138

Jun 19-21 (Fri-Sun) - Evergreen Rodeo - details here or call 303-670-3928

Jun 20 (Sat) – Renie Peterson's Community Picnic - Generals Park, 1561 Quentin St - 2PM-4:30PM - details here

Jun 25 (Thurs) – Hazel Miller (Aurora sponsored concert) - Aurora Municipal Center - 6:30-8PM

Aug 22 – Emergency Preparedness Training - Aurora Fire Station No 11, 2291 S. Joliet St. - 8AM-4PM





Summer Fun in June

Summer Fun in June

Here are some near-by June events that will be great family fun:

  • Bands on the Bricks – Boulder sponsors free outdoor summer concerts with everything from oldies to alternative music each Wednesday evening in downtown Boulder. (303-449-3774)
  • Toys of the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s – See the toys from your past - Gumby, Barbie, Slinky, Spirograph, Hot Wheels, etc. etc. Enjoy the toys and maybe some nostalgia at Denver’s Colorado History Center , Jun 13 – Oct. 4. (303-447-8679)
  • Rocky Mountain Irish Gathering – You’ll find all things Irish in Estes Park from June 18-21.  There will be Irish storytelling, exhibits and lectures, Irish music and Dance Troupes. (970-305-3138)
  • Evergreen Rodeo – There will be horses, bulls, cowboys, roping, riding and much more in Evergreen, June 19-21.  The Rodeo Parade through downtown begins the fun of rodeo weekend. (303-670-3928.
Recycling Opportunities

Don’t Trash it – Be a Part of Recycling It

Take advantage of opportunities during June to be a part of helping our environment:

  • Old and broken appliances can be recycled free by taking them to Reliable Appliance at 988 Dayton St.  They will give the appliance a second life, use the parts or recycle the materials.  Drop off is 9AM-6pm Mon-Fri and 9am-Noon on Saturdays.  They also have driveway/garage pickup.  For pickup cost, call 303-344-4014.
  • Paper documents can be recycled during June by having them shredded at Curbside, 15686 E. Batavia Dr.  It’s free.  Drop off is 8am-4pm, Mon-Fri  and 8am-Noon, Saturdays.  To see your documents shredded, make an appointment for Wednesdays, 8am-4pm by calling 303-343-7096.  The cost is $25 for 10 boxes.
  • Mulch for your yard is available free from the city’s Forestry Dept. at 14201 E. Hampden Ave.  Mulch from the site is free at any time.  However, on June 27, July 25 and Aug 29, there will be city staff on hand to help you load the mulch.  You’ll have to provide the truck or trailer.
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