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Dear Neighbors,


I hope everyone is staying cool in this summer heat! Your Council office has been very busy over the past month advocating for the issues you care about! Most recently, I led an initiative to exempt diapers, including adult incontinence products, from local sales tax. It will take effect on October 1, 2022, and it will help keep more than a half a million dollars in the pockets of Denver residents! 


I have also been appointed the new Chair of the City Council Finance & Governance Committee. As you know, transparency and accountability are important and I look forward to continuing that work through this role.


In local news, our traffic studies have collected the needed data and our engineers are compiling recommendations to improve conditions on 6th and Dayton. Join us to discuss those recommendations on August 30th! 


The Near Southeast Area Plan draft recommendations are set to be released in July as well. For the South Hilltop, Winston Downs and Virginia Vale neighborhoods this plan will guide future growth and land use, so please be sure to view the draft and provide feedback.


Info on these projects and others are below! As always, feel free to reach out to us if there is anything we can do to assist you.


Gratefully,


Councilwoman, Amanda Sawyer

District 5

GENERAL INQUIRIES

DenverCouncil5@denvergov.org

720-337-5555

Visit our website for useful information and helpful links!


LOCATION

City and County Building

1437 Bannock St., Room 451

Denver, CO 80202

OFFICE HOURS

Our Office Hours remain mostly virtual. Here is the list of our Office Hours this month:


  • Thursday, July 21st, 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
  • Thursday, July 28th, Noon to 2:00 PM
  • Thursday, August 4th, 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
  • Thursday, August 11th, 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM


Contact our office to schedule a 20 minute appointment if another time works better for you!

District News

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6th Ave & S Dayton St Traffic Studies Update


Our traffic studies of 6th Ave and S Dayton St are in full swing. Fehr and Peers, our traffic engineers, have collected data on both roadways and we just held the public meetings to discuss the data that was collected.


In case you missed it you can watch the 6th Ave Meeting here. And you can watch the S Dayton St Meeting here.


We will hold two more meetings to discuss the Recommendations that Fehr and Peers suggested, and how the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure plans to implement those changes. The recommendations meetings will be held on Tuesday, August 30th. The 6th Ave Recommendations meeting will be from 6 to 7 PM and the S Dayton St meeting will be from 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM.


We hope everyone can attend these meetings and weigh in on the improvements, but we will post each of them to our Facebook page for viewing later as well Sign up to attend our traffic study meetings by clicking the links below.!

6th Ave Recommendations, August 30, 6:00 - 7:00 PM
S Dayton St Recommendations, August 30, 7:30 - 8:30 PM

Draft Recommendations for the Near Southeast Area Plan are Here!


Draft recommendations for The Near Southeast Area Plan are going to be coming out this week! If you haven't gotten involved yet, now is your chance! Opportunities to review those potential recommendations are coming in July. Save the date for two upcoming events to get an update on the planning process and to share your thoughts.


Many of you took the time to participate in The Near Southeast Area Plan this spring to help develop strategies to implement the community's vision for the area. City planners are reviewing and analyzing comments from those who joined virtual and in-person discussions and took the online surveys, and working on draft recommendations based on your input. Please save the following dates if you would like to participate in reviewing those potential recommendations that they will be putting forward:


  • In-person Community Workshop on Thursday, July 21, from 5-6:30 p.m. at Four Mile Historic Park, 715 S. Forest Street, where attendees will get an overview of the planning process and participate in a live polling exercise on potential alternatives for the plan. There will also be an open house during which community members can view boards with recommendations, talk to staff and complete a comment form.  


Along with these workshops, there will be more surveys to take and there will also be community office hours with the steering committee

Click Here to Sign-up for the Virtual Community Workshop Meeting
Click Here to Sign-up for the In-person Community Workshop Meeting

East Colfax BRT Community Open House 


The East Colfax BRT team has refined the BRT station design, developed initial streetscape plans and completed the traffic and parking analyses for the project. They will be sharing this at their next community open house:



To learn more about the project, please visit the project website or check out the Virtual Engagement Hub

Montclair Rec Center Fall Activity Registration - July 26th at Noon!


Fall activities will open for registration at noon, Tuesday, July 26th and will be

available for viewing and to save in your cart by noon, Tuesday, July 14th.


To view activities at all centers and save them in your cart, please select “View Fall Programs at Recreation Centers” on the Recreation Home Page

 

Montclair will host Youth Volleyball, Soccer, and Flag Football, Arts & Culture, and more Fall Activities. Contact andrew.latson@denvergov.org if interested in volunteering to coach.

We also have a well-attended drop-in My Denver after-school program with enrichments including: FREE Snacks, Billiards, Karate, Science, Ukulele, Cooking, and MORE.

Kearney/Krameria Neighborhood Bikeway: 60% Designed Now Open for Comment


Our office has received a lot of feedback about the proposed Kearney/Krameria Bikeway. Our office is doing everything we can to advocate for the changes and ideas that you all have brought to our attention. We hope you'll continue to send us and the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure project team your thoughts. Below we've included some resources for more information and how to get involved.


Quebec Sidewalks Update


Thanks to everyone who participated and weighed in during the public meeting back in March for the Quebec Street sidewalks program. The program is currently finalizing design. The design will include filling ALL sidewalk gaps between 12th Ave and Montview Blvd.


Construction is planned to begin in the first quarter of 2023. You can learn more, send your comments and feedback, and stay up to date on the latest developments here.

High Line Canal Informational Meeting


Please join Denver Parks & Recreation and the High Line Canal Conservancy at a public meeting to discuss upcoming improvements to the High Line Canal Trail between Parker Road and Havana Street. The project intends to upgrade the existing 8’ asphalt trail to a 10’ concrete trail with an adjacent 6’ crusher fines trail that will meet ADA standards. Please join to hear more and participate in the Q&A.


WHEN: Tuesday, July 19, 2022 | 5:30 - 6:30 PM

WHERE: Register for the Zoom Meeting here. After registering, you will receive details on how to join.

Our Gun Buy Back Program Continues!


In late November, Councilwoman 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. Please check out the promotional piece put together by Denver Marketing Services and Denver Channel 8! 


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:


  • 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 four events brought in more than 360 firearms! Email our office at DenverCouncil5@denvergov.org if you would like to volunteer!

South Hilltop Undergrounding Work Continues


Xcel's installation of new power poles in the alleys between S. Hudson and S. Holly Streets and S. Holly and S. Ivy Streets (from E. Dakota Avenue to E. Virginia Avenue) continues. As well as new underground conduits will house the existing overhead electric lines on E. Dakota Avenue when they are moved underground, along with the new street lighting electric lines.


Xcel will work to schedule service disruptions during non-peak hours and restore service as quickly as possible

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 email us denvercouncil5@denvergov.org or stay tuned for our next sign distribution event.

Zoning & Hearing Information

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If you are interested in commenting during a hearing, please review the guidelines and FAQs, and sign up to speak hereSign-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. 



Upcoming public hearings *dates are subject to change.


July 18

  • Rezoning of Regis neighborhood to allow ADUs
  • 1170 Holly St
  • 225 E Bayaud Ave

July 25

  • 5101 Leetsdale Dr
  • 4710 Stuart St
  • Denver Preschool Program code changes

August 1

  • 4722 Clay St
  • 4334 Lincoln St
  • 610 Vine St

August 8

  • Officially changing name of Parks Tax to Legacy Fund
  • Officially changing College Affordability Fun to Prosperity Denver Fund
  • Creation of the Kerrigan General Improvement District

August 15

  • 1001 S Pearl St
  • Opt-out of State Paid Family Leave
  • Historic Designation of 1090 Cherokee 

Citywide News

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Parking Rates to Increase at DEN


Beginning July 15, some parking rates at Denver International Airport (DEN) will increase by $1 to $2. Rates in the economical Mt. Elbert and Pikes Peak shuttle lots will remain at $8 per day with no hourly rate.

 

DEN regularly conducts parking rate market studies to ensure DEN parking prices are competitive with local parking rates, are in line with other similarly sized airports across the country and cover the airport’s operating costs. Rates were last increased in September 2019.

 

Through the recent study, it was determined that DEN should slightly increase parking rates in select lots based on demand and the increased costs to maintain and operate the lots.

 

“The cost of doing business and operating our lots has significantly increased over the last several years,” said DEN Chief Operating Officer Steve Jaquith. “This slight rate increase will ensure DEN can continue to provide a variety of parking options to our passengers at different price points.”

 

For more information on DEN parking options, visit their website. 

New Rates Effective July 15, 2022

Parking Lot

Current Rate

New Rate

Garage

$5 per hour

$28 per day

$7 per hour

$30 per day

Economy

$5 per hour

Days 1-3 $17 per day

4 days $15 per day

$6 per hour

Days 1-3 $18 per day

4+ days $16 per day

Short-Term

$6 per hour

$144 per day

$7 per hour

$168 per day

61st & Peña

$3 per 12 hour

$6 per day

$5 per 12 hours

$7 per day

Free RTD Service to all in August


During the entire month of August, RTD will offer zero fares across its system as part of the Zero Fare for Better Air initiative. The goal of the program is to reduce ground-level ozone by increasing use of public transit.


The Zero Fare for Better Air initiative was made possible by Colorado Senate Bill 22-180, in partnership with the Colorado Energy Office.

DPD Community Academy


The Denver Police Department Community Academy is a multi-session program conducted multiple times a year, with an average of 25-35 attendees. It is designed to familiarize community members with the “how/what/why” of police procedures and to provide an opportunity for the community to interact with officers and ask questions.

The Community Academy will do its best to reflect current trends, themes, and topics, and will encourage thoughtful discussion in regard to how police operate within the community. 

Participants will attend lectures and discussions on subjects such as:


  • Officer safety
  • The history of policing
  • Constitutional laws
  • Arrest/search/seizure
  • Internal Affairs process
  • Less-lethal weapons options
  • Traffic stops
  • Denver 911 Center


Officers and other experts assist with lectures and demonstrations. Upon completion of the program, participants will receive a certificate and then are able to participate in two (2) “ride-alongs” on patrol shifts and are invited to consider joining the Volunteers in Police Services (VIPS) unit.


Participants must be over 18 years of age, or 15 years of age with parental consent, and must pass a basic background check

Apply to attend the Community Academy!

Caring For Denver Board


Denver City Council is seeking candidates for consideration to serve on the Caring for Denver Board. This board is charged with overseeing the distribution of the voter approved sales tax to increase resources to increase mental health and substance use disorder prevention, treatment, recovery, and harm reduction services available in Denver. The Council specifically seeks a person with experience addressing the mental and/or substance use needs of underserved populations. This position will fill the remainder of a term for a vacated seat and will be eligible to seek additional terms in 2023. Term lengths are three years. 

 

Interested candidates must submit a completed application and resume online no later than July 15. For any questions, please contact Luke Palmisano at lucas.palmisano@denvergov.org

DEN CEO Likely to Become FAA Administrator 


Please see the following statement from DEN regarding CEO Phil Washington's appointment:


"You may have seen or heard the White House announcement that DEN CEO Phil Washington is being nominated to serve as the next FAA administrator. This is undoubtedly a great honor, and we’re so excited about this opportunity for him.

Many of you are asking what this means for DEN. It’s important to know that Phil does not yet have the job. There is still much that needs to occur, including U.S. Senate confirmation hearings, and we don’t know how long that will take.


If Phil is fortunate enough to be confirmed as the new FAA administrator, he will work closely with Mayor Hancock on a transition plan that best supports the great work going on at DEN. But for now, it’s business as usual. If that changes, we’ll share that information with you as this process continues." 

Denver Moves Everyone


Thank you for the thousands of comments received on Denver Moves Everyone 2050, our citywide transportation plan. Don’t miss this last opportunity to tell us how Denver should spend transportation dollars! Our online engagement tool will be closing at the end of the month. Let us know how you think we should spend transportation dollars!

CLICK HERE

Your continued participation is key to the success of Denver Moves Everyone 2050. Your feedback will be used to inform how we fund transportation improvements across the city.

Let's Budget Denver


The idea collection phase for Denver’s first participatory budgeting program has begun! Over the next three weeks, residents to submit infrastructure ideas and sign up to develop project proposals. Attached, you’ll find a variety of outreach materials, including a flyer, newsletter/social media text, graphics, etc.


Over the next few weeks, we’ll be hosting a variety of events to brainstorm ideas with residents. We’re working closely with the Program’s mini-grant recipients who are leading outreach and engagement, particularly in historically underserved areas, and we’d be happy to join any meeting that you’ll be hosting or that you know of in your districts. 

United Airlines Career Opportunities


United Airlines is hosting a job fair at the Empower Field United Club at Mile High Stadium on August 9th from 10 AM to 3 PM. There are many great careers available!

Community Events & Meetings

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Lowry Food Truck Tuesday

The Lowry Food Truck Summer is here! Visit food trucks in Lowry's Parks, enjoy the outdoors, and support local small business. The next two events are:

July 26, Sunset Park, 4:30-8 pm, Colorado Pig Rig

August 9, Tailwind Park, 4:30-8 pm, Mile High Cheesesteaks.

Hilltop Family Movie Night

Join the Hilltop Neighborhood Association for family movie night on Tuesday, July 21st at Robinson Park! They'll be showing Trolls. The fun starts at 6:30 PM, there will be food trucks, including: Roll It Up Sushi, Denver Taco Truck, Wheels on Fire and Hip Pops, as well as other entertainment. Bring your blankets and have a great time!

Free Day at Denver Art Museum

Denver Art Museum has FREE general admission on Sunday, July 31 (also the opening day of Who tells a tell adds a tail: Latin America and contemporary art)!

 

Enjoy the artistry of armor throughout history in Age of Armor, explore the career of Mexican fashion designer Carla Fernández in Carla Fernández Casa de Moda: A Mexican Fashion Manifesto, see through the lens of women photographers in two photography exhibitions, and more! Every exhibition currently on view at the DAM is included in general admission and accessible for free during Free Days. Reserve tickets in advance, here.

Hops in the Hanger

Hops in the Hanger is happening! Come to Wings Over The Rockies on August 6th from 6 to 9 PM. Twenty-one breweries will be there as well as the WOTR House Band, The Shadow Ridge Rockers!


The cost of admission also includes a meal from the food truck on site, and you can use the code LowHops22 to save on the ticket price!Visit their website for tickets and more information.

Pride and Prejudice at the John Hand Theater

An adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, for a new era, is now playing at the John Hand Theater.


Showings are Fridays and Saturdays from July 8 to August 6. Visit the Firehouse Theater Company's website for more information and to book your tickets!

Registered Neighborhood Organizations

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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.


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