Denver District 5 | September 2021
720-337-5555 |  DenverCouncil5@denvergov.org
Senior Aide: Logan Fry | Aide: Jenn Gross | Aide: Felicia Rodriguez | Aide: Sara Visser
Dear Neighbors, 

Fall is here, although with the continued heat recently, it still feels like summertime! Cooler days are surely around the corner.

Earlier this month, you should have received in your mailbox the District 5 Annual Mailer, which includes highlights of our accomplishments, upcoming goals and useful links to City resources, as well as our Annual Resident Survey. If you have not received the Annual Mailer, click here to view it on the D5 website. Importantly, I hope you'll take a few minutes to complete the Survey to help the D5 Team understand what issues are important to you. The information we gather from the Survey is invaluable as we plan and prioritize with your concerns in mind.

We've got two great community events coming up and I hope you can make it to one or both! Saturday, September 25 is District 5 Neighborhood Night with the Colorado Rapids - BBQ, soccer and post-match fireworks! Click here for tickets. And Sunday, October 10 is the Fall 2021 D5 Parks Clean-Up Day! Click here to see the list of parks and sign up to volunteer. See below for more information on both events and I look forward to seeing you! Be sure to scroll to the end of this newsletter for more local events happening in the next few weeks.

Lastly, check your mailbox around October 8 for your November 2021 Coordinated Election ballot for school board and ballot initiatives. Click here to read the update our office sent last month about the RISE GO Bond.

As always, feel free to reach out if the D5 Team can be of assistance.

Gratefully,
Amanda
Speak with CW Sawyer about the issues on your mind! With the Delta variant on the rise, face-to-face meetings are on hold. Office Hours will be held virtually by private phone or Zoom appointment. Please email our office or call 720-337-5555 to reserve a virtual meeting time. If you're unavailable for these dates, please contact our office to schedule an appointment at another time. Dates and times are subject to change. 
 
Due to annual City Council Budget Hearings, Office Hours are cancelled during the last two weeks of September. Thank you for understanding, 
 
  • Thursday, September 16, 9:00-10:00
  • Thursday, October 7 10:30-12:30 
  • Friday, October 15, 12:00-2:00
Holly South of Leetsdale to be Temporarily Closed for One Day This Week
Century Link/Lumen will close the south-bound lane of Holly Street at Leetsdale sometime between September 15 & 17. The closure will last one day only and will allow crews to complete a horizontal bore under Holly Street for the phone service to the new Hilltop Reserve Senior Living project.
Get Your Tickets for D5 Neighborhood Night With The Rapids on Saturday, September 25 - Click on the Graphic Below!
Safety on East Colfax: Join Us for a Virtual Town Hall on Tuesday, October 7, 7:00pm
We hope you'll take part in a Town Hall meeting with CW Sawyer and District 8 CM Christopher Herndon to hear about upcoming crime and safety improvements along East Colfax. Planned topics include the Justice Assistance Grant (JAG), East Colfax businesses using Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) principles, the expansion of the Support Team Assisted Response (STAR) van, and community-led efforts to create a safer neighborhood. Click here to register for the meeting. Spanish, Amaric, Burmese, and S'gaw Karen interpretation will be available. ASL is available upon request. For interpretation assistance, please click here to send an email to Jenn by October 6.
Volunteer Opportunity: D5 2021 Fall Parks Clean-Up Day is Sunday, October 10, 8:30am - 11:00am
Our parks and open spaces are true treasures, providing spaces for exercise, socializing, reflection and so much more. Let's again join together to spruce them up this fall! We've added Lowry Sports Park to the Fall D5 Clean-Up Day, and Lindsley Park has been moved to the Spring 2022 Clean-Up Day, planned for May 15. We hope you'll join us!

Please note that effective October 1, volunteers 12 and older must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The August 2, 2021 DDPHE Public Health Order requires volunteers to be fully vaccinated and the PHO defines “Fully vaccinated” as “two weeks after a person’s second dose in a two-dose series and two weeks after a single-dose vaccine”. Please bring your proof of vaccination on the day of the Clean-Up.

Click the button below to see the list of parks and sign up to volunteer. Thank you and see you in the parks!
8th Ave. Traffic Study Follow-Up: Virtual Meetings on October 19 & November 16
As you may know, our office is partnering with local RNOs and engineering firm Fehr & Peers to conduct a traffic study of 8th Avenue from Colorado Blvd. to Quebec St. to enhance safety and quality of life for those who live and work here. Please join us and Denver's Department of Transportation and Infrastructure (DOTI) for these meetings as we analyze the data collected earlier this month and determine best next steps.

Tuesday, October 19, 6:00pm
Join the D5 Team and staff from DOTI to learn about walking, biking, and driving activity on 8th Ave. and how it will affect the corridor’s design in the future.
 
Tuesday, November 16, 6:00pm
Join the D5 Team and staff from DOTI to see proposed improvements to 8th Ave. to slow drivers and make it safer to walk along and across the street.
Student Health and Wellness Center Under Construction at GWHS: Donations Needed and Appreciated!
This fall, D5's George Washington High School will begin construction on the Pulse Health and Wellness Center, a school-based health center. Due to the effects of the last year, there is incredible need around health and wellness services within our community. An onsite clinic means students can walk down the hall for sports physicals, wellness care, vaccinations, and mental health support. This clinic will go a long way in closing the medical care gaps because patients are seen regardless of if they have insurance or not.

Pulse will be operated by Denver Health employees. While a large portion of the funding will be provided by Denver Health and Denver Public Schools, our community has committed to raising $50,000 to complete the space with furniture and other needs. The D5 office is proud and honored to make a donation of $1,000 toward this vital community resource. Please join us in this effort and thank you!

Updates from DPD: Safe Trade Zones; Crime Prevention Tips; Reporting Reminders
Safe Trade Zones
If you or someone you know buys or sells goods using Craigslist, Nextdoor or other online marketplace websites, please remember that Denver Police Stations have designated parking spaces that are Safe Trade Zones. In Station parking lots, park in the space with the black and green sign (shown here) that reads, “This area is video monitored and is a designated Safe Trade Zone for residents conducting online marketplace transactions.”

Crime Prevention Tip
To be proactive about your mail service, it is helpful know what letters and packages you should expect each day so you know if something is missing. The US Postal Service offers Informed Delivery - a free service that send you a daily email detailing what items should be in your mailbox that day. Click here for more information and to sign up.

Emergency and Non-Emergency Reporting
Trailer and RV Parking on City Streets: Rules to Follow and Ways to Report
Our office has recently received an uptick in complaints about trailers and RVs that are parked on D5 streets for extended periods of time. In general, the City allows trailers to be parked on the street for 2 - 24 hours, depending on the size. To clarify and provide additional guidance, please click here and scroll down to Sec. 54-464: "Large Vehicle Parking." to read more.

The City and our office rely on citizens reporting these issues versus proactive enforcement. In cases we have assisted with, the best results come from residents calling Right-of-Way Dispatch at 720-913-1600 and requesting that an agent come out. You can also call 311 to report an issue - be sure to get a case number to assist with follow-up.
Did You Know?
Have you ever wondered what the colored markings mean that street/sidewalk crews spray paint as part of their work?
Current City of Denver Public Comment Opportunities
If you are interested in commenting during a hearing, please review the guidelines and FAQs, and sign up to speak here. Sign-up begins 45 minutes prior to the Committee’s scheduled start time and ends 15 minutes before the meeting begins.

There are currently three open rezoning requests and one Legislative rezoning proposal in District 5:
  • Rezoning application at 5350 Leetsdale Drive was filed on April 19, 2021.
  • Public Hearing scheduled for September 27. Click here for updates.
  • Rezoning application at 1090 Dayton St. was filed on June 29, 2021.
  • Land Use, Transportation and Infrastructure Committee public meeting is scheduled for September 14. Click here for updates.
  • Rezoning application at 1200 Eudora was filed August 24, 2021. No additional information is currently available. Click here for updates.
  • Legislative Rezoning of East Colfax for ADUs, proposal led by CW Sawyer and CM Herndon. Click here to learn more and see updates.

Upcoming hearings on re-zoning requests in other Districts are listed below - dates are subject to change. For more information on proposed re-zonings around the City and their public hearings visit the Denver Community Planning and Development website. If you don't have internet access, you can still attend Council meetings by phone. Call 720-928-9299 and enter the Meeting ID of the meeting you wish to listen to. Click here to learn more and to see a Meeting Calendar.

September 20
  • 1544 South Emerson St.
  • 3625 W. 46th Avenue
  • 3655, 3565, 3675, 3685, 3695, 3701, 3739, 3745, 3801, 3811, 3815 W. 46th Ave.

September 27
  • 5330 Leetsdale Dr.
  • 4545 W 35th Ave

October 4 - No Public Hearings are currently scheduled.

October 11
  • 3428 W. Moncrieff Place
  • 1901 Wazee St., 1600 20th St., 1601 19th St. McGregor Sq.
Denver Police Explorer Program Helps Prepare Young People for Careers In Public Safety
The Denver Police Explorer Program is for young men and women ages 15 - 20 within the Denver metro area who want to learn about a career in law enforcement. Explorer posts allow young people to "explore” career fields that interest them and make educated decisions about a possible career in law enforcement and public safety. Every meeting includes training taught by Denver Police Officers and volunteers.

Click here to learn more and download the application. If you have questions or would like to be added to the recruiting mailing list, click here to send an email to Sgt. Raymond Sheridan
Bike to Work Day is Wednesday, September 22
June is Bike to Work Month here in Colorado, however due to COVID-19 safety concerns, the Bike to Work Day is rescheduled for Wednesday, September 22, While there were events around the state this past June, the highlight of the activities is Bike to Work Day when employees leave their cars at home and enjoy cycling to work. The number of Bike to Work Day participants has risen steadily since 1995, and due to the popularity of bicycling in Colorado that trend is expected to continue this year. Click here for more information, including tips and promotional materials.
Denver Moves Everyone Update: Second Phase Underway
Denver Moves Everyone, the citywide transportation plan, has progressed into the second phase of the project development. Over the last several months, the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure (DOTI) has asked Denver residents what they value when it comes to transportation. This feedback, combined with input from stakeholders, partner departments and agencies, and results of previous planning studies were used to develop our draft goals. Click here to learn more and share your ideas.

On August 25, DOTI hosted a live virtual event, to provide a project overview, discuss work completed to-date, how feedback was used to develop draft goals, and how DOTI is seeking feedback on draft goals and review next steps. Click here to see a video replay of the meeting.
JFS Offers Services for Job Seekers and Employers
Whether you are unemployed or looking for a career change, an employer seeking new talent or an employed parent needing child care services, Jewish Family Service (JFS) has programs to help, regardless of your faith practice.

Join the Conversation! DPR's Outdoor Alternative Sports Master Plan Public Meeting #1 is Thursday, September 30, 5:30pm
The Outdoor Adventure and Alternative Sports Master Plan builds upon the vision in Game Plan for a Healthy City to create diverse and innovative spaces where Denverites can recreate outdoors. What programs and activities do you imagine for outdoor adventure and alternative sports in Denver and the mountain parks? Join Denver Parks & Recreation (DPR) for the first public meeting to learn about outdoor adventure and alternative sports in Denver.

Thursday, September 30, 5:30pm - 7:00pm
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information about joining the webinar. Spanish language interpretation services will be provided.

Updates from CASR: Getting to Net Zero and Green Workforce Development
The Office of Climate Action, Sustainability, and Resiliency (CASR) shares news on their work with our office monthly. Here's some of the latest, click here to learn more!

Getting to Net Zero
The Energize Denver Task Force has finalized its recommendations to the City to reduce Denver’s greenhouse gas emissions by 49%. By transitioning to cleaner, more efficient and renewable energy, Denver will be well on its way to net-zero energy by 2040. Stakeholders across multiple industries came to consensus on these recommendations, which lay the foundation for an equitable path to healthier, safer, and more efficient commercial and multifamily buildings.
 
Green Workforce Development
The Workforce Development for Good Green Jobs Request for Proposal (RFP) is now open! As we transition to a healthier, cleaner and more equitable future, we must support diverse and inclusive growth of Denver's green economy. This RFP will create training pathways for clean energy and construction jobs. Click here to see current and past project solicitations, register to bid and be notified of bid opportunities.
Events Around Denver and D5
Taste of Mayfair
Saturday, September 18, noon to 8:00pm
Jersey Shopette at 9th Ave. & Jersey St.
Music, art, and food vendors. 
Neighborhood Watch Action & Awareness Training
September 22, 6:00pm
Everyone is welcome to this in-person event at the DPD District 3 Station at 1625 S. University Blvd.
The Pumpkin Harvest Festival
Friday, October 1 - Sunday, October 3
Lowry United Neighborhoods Quarterly Meeting
Tuesday, October 5, 7:00pm  
Planned topics: the security of the November 2, 2021 Election, Bond issues on the ballot, and the Park Hill Golf Course property.
Mayfair Neighbors, Inc. Virtual Annual General Meeting
Tuesday, October. 5, 7:00pm. 
Discussion will generally focus on the Group Living Proposal on the November 2 ballot.
Save These Dates!

Mayfair Neighbors, Inc, Fall Shred-a-Thon
Saturday, October 23, 9:00am-noon
In the shopping center parking lot on the northeast corner of 14th & Krameria
Halloween Picnic & Parade in Cranmer Park
Sunday, October 31
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 and entering your address or selecting a location on the map.