Tuesday, December 29, 2015

X-mas Tree's

Hello Morning Mesa Community!

Tis the season to give your Christmas tree a second life and recycle it through the Aurora Recycle program!  The program begins January 4 and runs for two weeks. Recycling your tree reduces waste and greenhouse gas emissions. It also creates mulch, which is made available to Aurora residents for FREE at the city’s annual Mulch Giveaway in the spring!

From Dec. 26 through Jan. 13, the city of Aurora will receive trees at the following locations:
  • Olympic Park, 15501 E. Yale Ave.
  • Saddle Rock Golf Course, 21705 E. Arapahoe Road

Before bringing trees for recycling, you are asked to remove all nails, decorations and stands.

Christmas tree recycling is offered for real trees only. No artificial trees will be accepted.

In addition, the city of Aurora will offer free mulch at the same locations, while supplies last, between Dec. 30 and Jan. 13.

To take advantage of free mulch, simply bring a truck, bags, containers and shovels for self-loading.

For more information about tree recycling in the city of Aurora, contact the Forestry Division at (303) 739-7177 or visit AuroraGov.org/recycle. Check the Aurora Parks, Recreation & Open Space Department's Facebook page for updates on the tree recycle program.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Happy Holidays !

Happy Holidays!

I have attached three activities that may be of interest to you and your neighbors.  First is about visiting Santa at the Stanley Marketplace at Montview and Dallas.  If you haven’t been to the Stanley Marketplace, you are missing an exciting new venue in Aurora. 

Also, to relieve the stress of the season, try the free mindful life yoga at the Resilience Center.  And to get you all on tract financially, see the Financial Fitness Flyer.

All of the Liaisons:  Margee Cannon, Liaison Coordinator and Meg Allen, Immigrant and Refugee Liaison and myself wish you a peaceful and joyous Holiday!

Marsha W. Osborn
Neighborhood Liaison | City of Aurora
office 303.739.7402 | fax 303.739.7191

And from everyone at Cherry Creek HOA Professionals, we wish you all a safe Holiday and New Year!

Shane Lussier | Property & Community Manager | CMCA®
Cherry Creek HOA Professionals
14901 E Hampden Ave #320 | Aurora, CO 80114
hoa.cchoapros.com | shane@cchoapros.com
T 303.693.2118 | F 303.693.8803

Monday, December 14, 2015

Colorado Water Plan

Hi All,
                You may not be aware but Colorado has just implemented its first state wide water plan. This plan is intended to secure the necessary water supplies for future growth and it is showing a gap of 560,000 Acre feet of water by 2050. This plan hopes to eliminate the gap through conservation, better water laws that promotes water reuse, and improved infrastructure. I have attached a small summary of the plan for your information however the plan is available to the public for review at coloradowaterplan.com.

From a landscape perspective the goal is to reduce outdoor watering by up to 33%.

This is a doable goal with the current advances in technologies, along with future land development plans. Cherry Creek HOA Professionals has been partnering with Landscape Professionals implementing water conservation technologies with communities that have been achieving a 25-30% reduction including Smart ET based controllers, master valves, rain sensors, flow sensors, and xericscape projects.  Enjoy the read.

Colorado Water Policy Review

Shane Lussier | Property & Community Manager | CMCA®
Cherry Creek HOA Professionals

14901 E Hampden Ave #320 | Aurora, CO 80114
T 303.693.2118 | F 303.693.8803

Thursday, November 19, 2015

City of Aurora News

Looking ahead to 2016:
What the R Line Crossing will be like at Alameda/Sable
FasTracks — The intersection of Alameda Avenue and Sable Boulevard in Aurora opened to traffic Nov. 6, more than two weeks ahead of schedule. The reconstructed intersection was widened to accommodate six lanes of traffic in each direction on Alameda and five lanes in each direction on Sable. In addition to the expanded roadway, crews laid tracks for an at-grade – or road level – light rail crossing, which will carry light rail trains on the future R line. Beginning in late 2016, trains will start running through this intersection, along the east side of Sable Boulevard.
“Now that the Alameda/Sable intersection is open and the light rail tracks are set in place, motorists can start getting used to the look and feel of the new intersections and crossings – and how to safely navigate around them before we actually start running the trains,” Regional Transportation District (RTD) Traffic Signal Engineer Bret Higgins said. “Plus, we can educate people about the important safety features that are part of this crossing.”
Higgins said a total of 20 at-grade track crossings are planned for the Aurora Line/I-225 Rail project which runs between the Nine Mile and Peoria stations. In many locations, trains will travel next to or cross vehicle traffic. Some of the crossings will have warning gates adjacent to traffic signals; others will operate with a traffic signal only. Crossings might also include bells and “blank out” signs, which are illuminated regulatory and warning signs for vehicles and pedestrians. Signage at each crossing is defined by federal and state regulations and is dependent on several factors, including traffic volume and configuration of the crossing.
Alameda/Sable Crossing
The Alameda/Sable intersection has an average daily traffic volume of 62,000 vehicles. A key route for accessing Aurora Municipal Center, Town Center of Aurora and the Arapahoe County Centrepoint Plaza, this intersection is the largest at-grade crossing for the Aurora Line/I-225 Rail Line.
The following safety features will warn motorists and pedestrians when a light rail train is approaching:
  • About 25 seconds before a train arrives at the crossing, it  will trip a track circuit, triggering the warning signals
  • A red light pair for each lane of traffic will start flashing
  • Bells located on every gate mast and atop each pedestrian blank-out sign mast between the tracks will ring to warn drivers and pedestrians
  • About 3-5 seconds after the flashing lights start, automatic vehicle gates will begin to lower, prohibiting through movement for vehicles arriving at the crossing
  • Blank-out signs, located between the tracks, will flash a “No Pedestrians” symbol and a “Train” symbol
  • Illuminated blank-out signs for the northbound right turn lane will flash “No Right Turn” and “Train” symbols; and blank-out signs for the southbound left turn lane will flash “No Left Turn” and “Train” symbols.
  • About 15-20 seconds before the train reaches the crossing, a train horn will sound a “long, long, short, long” horn blast
  • Prior to, and during the activation of the railroad warning devices (flashing lights, bells, gates and blank-out signs), the westbound traffic signal will provide a track clearance “green” interval to clear any potential vehicles off of the tracks. The track clearance green will turn yellow, then red, when the gates are horizontal across all traffic lanes
All pedestrian crossings comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act by providing raised tactile features on the ground, spring-loaded swing gates that pedestrians must manually open in order to cross the tracks, and fencing to help people safely navigate across the intersection.
Additional warning signs, in advance of the light rail tracks, include yellow and black “R X R” warning signs and “R X R” symbol pavement markings.  Regulatory signs including “cross buck” railroad crossing signs on the gate masts, “STOP HERE ON RED” signs adjacent to a painted stop line on the pavement, “NO TURN ON RED” signs on the westbound traffic signal mast arms and “DO NOT STOP ON THE TRACKS” signs that are placed in advance of the crossing. Motorists are cautioned to stop behind the stop line while waiting for a passing train.
Higgins also added this reminder to motorists regarding safety around trains: “Do not cross the tracks unless it is safe to do so. Do not stop on the tracks -- it’s against the law. If you have already started across the tracks and the railroad warning lights have started flashing, and the gates have started to descend, keep going to clear the tracks.”
For additional light rail safety crossing tips, click here.
Decorative arch installed over Colfax Station 
Construction crews working on the 10.5-mile R Line through Aurora installed a decorative arch at the Colfax Station near I-225 during the overnight hours of Sunday, Oct. 25 and Monday, Oct. 26.
Colfax Bridge Photo

The 252-foot-long arch was fabricated by Schuff Steel Company, Midwest Division --the same company that fabricated steel for the open-air train hall canopy at Denver’s Union Station. At 15 feet wide, the iconic bridge rises more than 28 feet above the Colfax Station platform.
The arch is made of seven pieces that were shipped from Ottawa, Kansas and assembled on each side of East Colfax Avenue.
The arch weighs more than 57,000 pounds and supports the center canopy for the elevated light rail station.

At-Grade Crossings in Aurora

One of the unique features of the new R Line through Aurora is that the train tracks curve away from I-225 and travel through the Aurora City Center on approximately 20 at-grade, or street-level, crossings. Installing track that runs directly through an intersection or roadway, while leaving the surface smooth for automotive and pedestrian traffic, involves much more than meets the eye.
When reconstructing an intersection to include an at-grade crossing, crews work around the clock to relocate utilities, excavate and remove dirt, and change the elevation of the intersection to match the elevation of the tracks. Next, complex layers of systems are installed underneath the track including:
  • An “under-drain” system of pipes which provides drainage
  • A conduit and wire system, called a “duct bank,” generates power for train signals and communication
  • A layer of rock, or “sub-ballast,” rests on the ground and provides the foundation of the track
  • On top of the sub-ballast is the “ballast,” an additional layer of rock that supports the track and concrete ties
This intricate substructure, which supports the track, plays a vital role in providing a safe and cTrack Paving Photoomfortable ride for light rail passengers.
Track that crosses an intersection is either “paved track” or “panelized track.” Paved track has concrete poured around it to fix it in place. Panelized track has 10-foot-long concrete panels that are installed between the ties and welded together to provide a smooth surface for both the rail passengers and motorists.
The last step involved in building an at-grade crossing is to install signage. The signs, traffic signals and striping remind drivers to be aware of trains and track while they navigate the intersection.
Construction crews have made significant progress in upgrading the key at-grade crossings along the I-225 Rail Line. As remaining intersections are completed along the future “R” Line, more street closures will be necessary. However, the finished line will feature sophisticated systems that will help guide trains safely and smoothly through the crossings.  

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Please support all local businesses affected by road closures and detours. Throughout the project, construction crews will close streets and establish detours to ensure worker and public safety. We ask that travelers continue to watch for these signs and exercise caution while driving through work zones.

The businesses in the Aurora City Center area and all along the project corridor will remain open during construction of the Aurora Line/I-225 Rail project. Our merchants know the improved mobility we are creating will benefit their businesses, which is why they are so supportive. Let’s all show our appreciation as customers. 

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 The Aurora Line/I-225 Rail team and its partners plan to host a Community Open House during the first quarter of 2016.  Please stay tuned for details.

Construction Information Line: 720.863.8505