Denver District 5 | April 2022
720-337-5555 |  DenverCouncil5@denvergov.org
Senior Aide: Logan Fry | Aide: Jenn Gross | Aide: Felicia Rodriguez
Dear Neighbors, 

As the days get longer and the weather improves, there are many parts of the City that are starting to get moving again! I hope you will take an opportunity to visit one of our local businesses, look for signs of spring in one of our lovely parks, and enjoy some of the things that make D5 special!

Some exciting news, our District will be getting some new sidewalks and fresh paving on our roads this summer, as well as upgrades to some of our beloved parks. We will also be getting out to help clean our local parks on May 15th. Please sign up to volunteer on Spring Park Cleanup Day below!

At City Council, we are working on a number of issues you care about, including community safety, housing affordability, traffic safety, and more. If there is a particular topic of interest that you'd like to discuss, please contact my office to set up an appointment! As always, feel free to reach out if the D5 Team can be of assistance!

Gratefully,

Councilwoman Amanda Sawyer
District 5
Speak with CW Sawyer about the issues on your mind! Office Hours will be held virtually by private phone or Zoom appointment. In-person Office Hours are by appointment only. Please email our office or call 720-337-5555 to reserve a time. If you're unavailable for these dates, please contact our office to schedule an appointment at another time that works for you. 
  • Thursday, April 21, 11 AM - 1 PM
  • Thursday, April 28, 1 PM - 3 PM
  • Friday, May 6, 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Thursday, May 12, 11 AM - 1 PM
Spring Parks Clean Up Day Is Coming!
District 5 2022 Spring Parks & Open Space Clean-Up Day is Sunday, May 15th at 8:30 am. Parks and open spaces in D5 are true treasures, providing spaces for exercise, socializing, reflection and much more. Join us to spruce up half of the D5 City-managed parks this spring. Click the button below to learn more and to sign up to volunteer!
Street Sweeping Began April 1st!
Denver’s annual street sweeping program removes dirt and debris off city streets, keeping it out of our air and water and making our environment cleaner and healthier.
 
In addition to checking the red and white signs on their block, residents can look up street sweeping schedules and sign up for email/text reminders at www.pocketgov.com. The posted street season runs April through November.
Gun Buyback Program Updates
In late November, CW Sawyer and City of Aurora At-Large Councilmember Curtis Gardner announced a Joint Community Gun Buyback Program to help reduce the incidence of gun violence in both cities. RAWtools, a Colorado Springs-based non-profit organization that works with municipalities and faith-based community partners, will host drive-through gun buyback events on the following dates:

  • May 21, 9 AM to 1 PM
  • June 11, 9 AM to 1 PM
  • July 16, 9 AM to 1 PM
  • August 20, 9 AM to 1 PM
  • September 17, 9 AM to 1 PM
  • October 15, 9 AM to 1 PM

Residents can anonymously turn in firearms for destruction at these voluntary events. Trained volunteers then destroy recovered firearms to ATF standards and convert them into garden tools and jewelry. While we know that individuals participating in criminal activity will not typically turn in their firearms at a buyback event, working to reduce the number of available guns in our communities is part of an overall strategy to address gun violence. Our first two events brought in more than 300 firearms! Email our office at DenverCouncil5@denvergov.org if you would like to volunteer!
District 5 and Citywide Paving Plan
You may have seen Holly Street receiving some much needed treatment this month, but there are many other areas of D5 that will be getting fresh paving this year! We've included several useful documents below so that you can see where the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure is planning to repave the roads:

Hilltop Sidewalk Program
Council District 5 is getting some essential sidewalk gaps filled this summer. Denver’s sidewalk network is critical to achieve the City goal of providing a walkable environment that is safe and comfortable for all users and treats all users with dignity. New sidewalk will be installed at the following locations:

Hilltop
  • E. 6th Avenue Parkway from Colorado Boulevard to Albion Street and Ash Street to Bellaire Street
  • North side of E. 6th Avenue Parkway at Clermont Street
  • West side of Albion Street from E. 5th Avenue to E. 6th Avenue Parkway
  • West side of Bellaire Street from E. 5th Avenue to E. 6th Avenue Parkway
  • West side of Clermont Street from E. 5th Avenue to north side of E. 6th Avenue Parkway, extending north for one property 

Crestmoor
  • West side of Monaco Parkway from E. 6th Avenue Parkway to E. 1st Avenue, as well as northeast corner of E. 4th Avenue and Monaco Parkway

 Montclair/Mayfair:
  • Monaco Parkway at E. 10th Avenue
  • Monaco Parkway at E. 12th Avenue
  • South side of E. 11th Avenue from Magnolia Street to Niagara Street   
                                                  
Denver’s Sidewalk Construction Program is focused on constructing sidewalks where there are gaps in the sidewalk network. With over 300 miles of sidewalk gaps in the city to fill, Denver’s Program focuses on filling in high priority gaps. Upcoming work in Council District 5 will be funded through Elevate Denver Bond funds which and will allow better access to transit, schools, grocery stores and parks. Project information about this citywide program can be found at: denvergov.org/sidewalkconstruction.
Proposal to Expand Housing Affordability Moves Forward
The Expanding Housing Affordability project team read the comments on the most recent proposal released February 2, and CPD has made some changes in response to community feedback received during this public comment period, including:

  • The linkage fee is increased, bringing it closer to feasibility in most categories.
  • The vehicle parking exemption is only applied to development within ¼ mile of fixed rail transit stops.
  • The applicability of high-impact developments is increased.
  • Transparency and reporting on Linkage Fee and Mandatory Housing outcomes is improved.
To see all the ways the proposal has changed, and community feedback summaries, check out the Project Archive. You can also find more information on the project webpage.
Solid Waste Expansion Proposal
The City and County of Denver is exploring an expansion of residential waste services that would provide weekly recycling and composting for all customers, increase the amount of waste diverted away from the landfill, and reduce the amount of harmful methane emissions in Denver. To cover the costs of these services, including labor and regular equipment replacement, Denver is proposing a new volume-based fee based on the trash cart size that residents would select, with weekly recycling and composting included at no additional cost. Please visit Solid Waste's website for a complete explanation of the proposal and Frequently Asked Questions. You can also take the Inter-Neighborhood Cooperation survey on this topic here.
When Should You Call 911?
Only call 911 for the following reasons:
  • To stop an in-progress crime
  • To report a fire
  • To save a life
You can also text “911” and communicate with a 9-1-1 call-taker. Call if you can, text if you can’t.

For all other public safety needs, dial our non-emergency line: 720-913-2000
Call this number to report non-emergencies such as:
  • Any crime to a person that is not in progress
  • Burglary to a home that is not in progress
  • Auto theft that is not in progress
  • Parking complaints
  • Loud music complaints

What to expect when you call 911.
  • Even if you hear our hold recording, don’t hang up! Hanging up will put you at the back of the queue and cause longer delays.
  • Know your location and be prepared to provide it. Even with the use of technology, we don’t always know exactly where you are.
  • State your emergency and the number of people involved as best you can.
  • Are there any weapons?
  • Are there any injuries?
  • When did the incident occur?
  • Do you have any information about a suspect?
  • Follow instructions from the emergency dispatcher.
  • First responders are being sent while you give additional information to the operator.
  • You may be instructed to administer first aid to those in need.
  • Stay on the line until instructed to hang up.

Apply for Open Seats on the Short-Term Rental Advisory Committee (STRAC)
The Denver Department of Excise and Licenses is soliciting applications for several open seats on the Short-Term Rental Advisory Committee (STRAC). All seats are for two-year terms.
STRAC meets quarterly to provide guidance and recommendations to Excise and Licenses on administration, enforcement, and other policies pertaining to STR licensing. Members of the STRAC consist of short-term rental hosts, non-hosts/community members, industry representatives, Denver elected officials, and other key stakeholders. Applications for representatives from all categories will be accepted during this recruitment, however final selections will be based on the needs of the committee for representational balance. 
Individuals interested in serving on the STRAC can download the application here. All applications must be completed and submitted to licenses@denvergov.org with the subject line "STRAC Recruitment" by 8:00 a.m. on Monday, April 25, 2022 to be considered. To learn more about the committee and the 2022 meeting schedule, please visit the STRAC website. If you have any other questions, you can email licenses@denvergov.org. 
East Colfax Small Business Legal Clinic
The East Colfax Community Collective is hosting the 2nd East Colfax Small Business Pro Bono Legal Clinic. The legal clinic will be on Monday, May 16th from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at the EC3 Office (1195 Newport St. Denver, CO 80220). Small Businesses will receive one-on-one consultation by one of EC3’s volunteer lawyers, there will be know your rights training on business property taxes from the perspective of tenants and business owners. If you are a small business on the East Colfax Corridor or know a business in the East Colfax Corridor that will benefit from the legal clinic, please register here. 
If you are interested in commenting during a hearing, please review the guidelines and FAQs, and sign up to speak here. Sign-up for public comment at a hearing begins 45 minutes prior to the Committee’s scheduled start time and ends 15 minutes before the meeting begins. Click here for information about how to participate virtually.

There are currently three open rezoning requests in District 5. Click here for more information and updates.  

Upcoming public hearings *dates are subject to change.
April 18
  • 2841 Kearney St
  • 4116 Decatur St
April 25
  • 2154 S Lafayette St
  • 4151-4155 Jason St
  • 2039 S Williams St
May 9
  • Rezoning of Villa Park, Barnum, and Barnum West to allow for ADUs
East Park Lowry Neighborhood Watch
Are you looking for a way to help keep East Park Lowry safe for all while getting to know your neighbors? Join the East Park Neighborhood Watch to learn more from Denver Police about proven ways to keep your family, home, belongings and neighborhood protected. Contact East Park Neighborhood Watch Captain Cat Holmes.
Upcoming Public Meetings For Solar Carports at the Lowry Tennis Courts
The city plans to install solar carports with electric vehicle charging stations at the Lowry Tennis Courts. The installation of these solar carports will advance renewable energy sources, reduce emissions and support green job training. On average, each carport helps to avoid as much carbon as planting 62,000 trees.
​To help finalize these plans, Denver’s Office of Climate Action, Sustainability and Resilience and the Department of Parks and Recreation would like to hear from you! Join us for one (or both) of the upcoming public meetings.
  • Saturday, May 14, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Near Southeast Area Plan Surveys Open
Big thanks to everyone who attended the virtual workshops and helped kick off the next phase of community engagement for the Near Southeast Area Plan.

If you couldn't attend--or even if you did--you can offer feedback on neighborhood topics that are important you through a series of online surveys now available. Each survey takes about 20 minutes and offers another way to share your thoughts on priorities and potential trade-offs in four topic areas. Those who share their input through the surveys or virtual workshops may opt in for a chance to win $20 gift cards to Target or local restaurants!

Upcoming pop-up events:
  • Saturday, April 16: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • University Hills Spring Market, 2500 S. Colorado Blvd.
  • Tuesday, April 26: 4-6 p.m.
  • Schlessman YMCA, 3901 E. Yale Ave.
  • Saturday, May 7: 9 a.m.-noon
  • Cook Park Soccer Fields, 7100 Cherry Creek Drive South
  • Saturday, May 14: 10 a.m.-noon
  • Bible Park Playground, 6802 E. Yale Ave.

Take a look at the latest newsletter from Community Planning and Development. Keep an eye on your inbox for additional information coming in the next few weeks or visit the plan webpage.
Denver Water Lead Reduction & Online Account Updates
Some D5 residents may be receiving new Brita filters from Denver Water. This is because Denver Water's supplier was notified that one of their batches of filters was not certified to remove lead.

About 15% of customers in the Lead Reduction Program may have received the wrong filter. If you were affected you should have received a call, email, and postcard from Denver Water. If you have any questions you can visit their updated website or reach their Lead Reduction Team directly at lead@denverwater.org. You can also call 303-893-2444.

Starting April 7, when customers log on to Denver Water Online, they will need to take steps to verify their user email and set up a phone number for a second verification method. This process should only take a few minutes. The site will also look different and will include an enhanced water consumption dashboard. Customers will be able to do everything that they currently do to manage their account:
  • Pay monthly water bills.
  • Review water use.
  • Change billing addresses.
  • Sign up for autopay or e-bills.

Personal information will remain the same and continue to be secure. To access Denver Water Online, go to denverwater.org and click on Manage My Account to register. All you need is your customer ID and account number (both located at the top right corner of the bill).
SLOW DOWN Signs are Back!
You might have seen them around. By popular demand our neighborhood SLOW DOWN Signs are back! If you would like a sign or signs please keep an eye out for upcoming distribution days or email us denvercouncil5@denvergov.org.
Apply for a Free Tree!
Become one of 10,000+ Denver properties to receive a free right-of-way tree, planted by Denver’s Office of the City Forester! Applying online is easy, and an arborist will carefully evaluate your site and determine the appropriate tree for the public right-of-way adjacent to your property. Should you qualify, the new tree will be delivered and planted for you along with specific instructions on how to immediately provide the best care for your tree to ensure it has a healthy future. This program is open to property owners, including businesses and condominium associations, across the City of Denver. Learn more and submit your tree request.
Office of Children's Affairs Updates
The Office of Children's Affairs has many resources for families, below are a just a few of their most popular:

Families can Search Online for Afterschool & Summer Programs
  • The 'Youth Program Locator' makes it easy to find affordable afterschool and summer programs that keep your children safe, engaged and learning when they aren’t in school.

Free Preschool Available through the Head Start Program
Events Around Denver and D5
The D5 Team brings you just a few of the events going on in our city. To stay up-to-date on more happenings, you can sign up to receive Denver's Office of Special Events' monthly newsletter.
420 Festival
April 20 starting at Noon
The Mile High 420 Festival will create significant challenges throughout downtown during a work-week. The event is expected to draw 30,000 attendees to the Civic Center Park on Wed, April 20, starting at noon. In addition to parking, traffic, noise and other impacts on the day of the event, festival set-up will occur on Mon, April 18 and Tues, April 19 and tear-down will take place on Thurs, April 21. Many details for this adult-centric event are still developing - check out the event website for the most up-to-date information. The following road closures are scheduled beginning at 6 am on Mon, April 18 and extending through 10 pm on Thurs, April 21:
  • 14th Ave. between Cherokee St. and Broadway will be closed and meter parking unavailable.
  • Bannock St. between 13th Ave. and 14th Ave. will be closed and meter parking unavailable. Limited access to parking lots will be maintained.
Cherry Creek Sneak
April 24 @ 7 AM - Noon
The 40th Annual Cherry Creek Sneak returns to Denver streets on Sunday, April 24, 7 am to noon. The run includes 10-mile, 5-mile, and 3.1-mile (5k) routes that close several streets around the Cherry Creek Shopping Center area and in and around Cheesman Park. After the running and walking is done, there’s an after-party expo on 1st Ave between Steele St and Monroe St and features food, drinks, music and vendors.
View the event schedule, the route map as well as a list of street closures online. 
Lowry Speaker Series - A Mother-Daughter Conversation
April 28 @ 7 - 8:30 PM
Eisenhower Chapel - 293 Roslyn St
This presentation discusses the emotional journey of a mother and daughter as they talk about aging, dying and what matters most in the later chapters of life. Libby Bortz, LCSW, BCD, and Patty Bortz, J.D., CSA (mother and daughter) will share the reasons why this conversation is so important and provide approaches to start the conversation where family members are reluctant or avoidant. They will also provide additional resources to help families learn, plan, and communicate with each other about aging and dying. This is a discussion appropriate for any loving family member – sons, daughters, fathers, mothers, and partners. Come and share in the conversation of a lifetime.
STRIDE Storybook 5k
May 7 @ 12:30 PM
The STRIDE Community Health Center Storybook 5k will be held on Saturday, May 7 at Great Lawn Park. For more information visit their website or peruse their flyer. Stride encourage you to dress up as your favorite storybook character as you walk or run to raise much needed funds to provide integrated health care to those that need it most. Participate for the love of STRIDE's mission, the love of competition, or the love of being outdoors.
CELEBRATING WOMEN: Traitor, Survivor, Icon: The Legacy of La Malinche
On view thru May 8
Traitor, Survivor, Icon: The Legacy of La Malinche at the Denver Art Museum examines the historical and cultural legacy of La Malinche. Both reviled as a traitor and hailed as the mother of Mexico, Malinche has been the subject of controversy and adulation for centuries. Her legacy remains relevant to conversations around female empowerment, Indigeneity and national identity throughout the Americas.
Traitor, Survivor, Icon is included in general museum admission, free for youth 18 and under every day and members, and free for all visitors to enjoy during the April 24, Free Day at DAM (advance ticket reservations encouraged).
Cook Park's Shakespeare in the Spring
May 7 11 AM - 3 PM
Come enjoy the works of one of the world’s most prolific playwrights, William Shakespeare, in Cook Park. World-class performances of Romeo & Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be presented by The Denver Center for the Performing Arts, set in one of Denver’s finest parks alongside festival games and activities. This event is free for all ages. Please bring chairs or blankets to sit on during the show, shade or sun protection is also recommended. View the event flier, or contact Denver Parks and Recreation for more information.
Denver District 5 Neighborhood Organizations
Denver is a unique city in promoting greater citizen involvement through organized neighborhood associations. Currently, there are 78 statistical neighborhoods represented by more than 200 registered neighborhood organizations (RNOs), Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) and Homeowner Associations (HOAs).

In its defined geographic area, an RNO will normally address neighborhood quality of life issues - such as traffic, development and zoning, crime, communication and licensing, and promote social activities to enhance residential spirit, developing a sense of community, and encourage resident participation. RNOs meet regularly and many send out newsletters to keep residents informed on neighborhood issues and events.

Get more involved in your community by joining your Registered Neighborhood Organization (RNO). Below is a list of Council District 5 community organizations. You can also find out which RNO you belong to by entering your address or selecting a location on the map.