Monday, June 29, 2020

CDPHE approves Arapahoe County variance request with amendments

Posted on: June 29, 2020

CDPHE approves Arapahoe County variance request with amendments

Decision should allow increased indoor capacity as local businesses reopen
On Monday, June 29, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) approved Arapahoe County’s recent request for a variance from Public Health Order 20-28, with certain conditions.
The County filed the variance request on June 10 and requested that allowances be made for area gyms, restaurants, houses of worship and indoor malls. The CDPHE granted these requests “based on the low disease prevalence” within the County, and the agency stipulated the following restrictions:
  • Gyms, restaurants and houses of worship: Each may allow for 50% of the posted occupancy code, not to exceed more than 175 people in a confined indoor space with a minimum of 6 feet distancing. Restaurants and houses of worship may work with their local authorities to determine how many people they may have in an outdoor space.
  • Indoor malls: The current requirements limit confined spaces for indoor events to 100 people. The CDPHE said that the County’s request of 30% building capacity “does not include a total person limit, other than what is calculated using a ratio of one person per 55 square feet. Based on the low-level variance approval, the total limit for an indoor mall for any confined indoor space is 175 people.” The CDPHE also stressed that “it is critical for the common spaces within the indoor mall to be well-managed, as described in the variance application, to mitigate gatherings above 10 people and keep traffic flow moving.”
The CDPHE response said that the variance is subject to adjustment should conditions worsen as described.
Arapahoe County Board Chair Nancy Sharpe welcomed the CDPHE’s decision. “The Board of County Commissioners appreciates the CDPHE’s flexibility on this matter,” she said. “We want to get our economy up and running again, but we realize that this will only happen successfully if all County residents and businesses do their part to help ensure that everyone is maintaining the health and safety practices that are crucial to slowing the spread of COVID.”
Officials at the Tri-County Health Department also expressed their satisfaction with the variance. “The request submitted by the Board meets the guidelines we’ve recommended,” said Jennifer Ludwig, deputy director of the Tri-County Health Department. “We will continue to work closely with County officials to monitor the conditions on the ground as this next phase begins, and we’ll issue updates about the situation as needed.”
Read the CDPHE’s full response on the County’s website.

Friday, June 26, 2020

City Newsletter - June 26, 2020

June 26, 2020

Community feedback welcome through June 30 for police chief finalists

The community may provide feedback on the four finalists for Aurora's Chief of Police through June 30 via a survey at

On June 23, the city hosted a virtual town hall for the finalists to answer questions from the Aurora community and address their plans for public safety, building community trust and managing outstanding issues in the community.  

During this week, the finalists also had meetings with Mayor Mike Coffman and the Aurora City Council, the Aurora Police Department and the Aurora community. The town hall meeting and several of the community conversations were live-streamed on and can be watched there anytime, including a Spanish interpretation of the virtual town hall. 

Draft Oil and Gas Regulations Virtual Town Hall Meetings

Join us to ask questions about the city's draft oil and gas regulations. Virtual town meetings will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. June 30 and July 16. Access information is available on the website.

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City Council to vote on independent investigation in Elijah McClain case

Mayor Mike Coffman has called for a vote of the Aurora City Council July 6 regarding an independent, external investigation into the Elijah McClain case.

The City Council Public Safety, Courts, and Civil Service Policy Committee—Council Members Allison Hiltz (Chair), Curtis Gardner and Angela Lawson—previously called for the independent investigation and will bring the proposal forward to the full council at the July 6 meeting.

The external investigation will include a team of experts who will thoroughly examine the actions of Aurora police, firefighters and paramedics in the case. Coffman feels it is imperative that the city moves forward quickly and urgently with this investigation to provide answers to the community.

Aurora Parks, Recreation and Open Space Department announces several re-openings

Several Aurora recreation locations are now open or opening soon:
• The Aurora Reservoir swim beach is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
• Beck, Central and Moorhead recreation centers will reopen to the public Monday, July 6. Details will be available by the end of this week at
• Central and Moorhead recreation center indoor pools will also be open with adjustments made for health and safety. Beck Recreation Center’s pool has been undergoing renovations and will not open at this time. 
• Del Mar Water Park and Meadow Hills outdoor pool will reopen Wednesday, July 8. Details will be posted by the end of this week at
• The Eldorado, Hampden Run and Pagosa Park playgrounds have all been recently renovated and are now open to the public. 
• Visit for continued updates on recreation programming and facilities in Aurora.  

For the latest on COVID-19 and the city's response, as well as available resources for businesses and residents, go to the city's information page at


Council Member Town Meetings
Council members are eager to hear from residents and committed to forums in which those conversations can occur, but the format and structure of town meetings may be affected by the COVID-19 crisis. Please visit to check the latest information on meeting dates.

Public Safety and Police Forum
Monday, June 29, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Council Members Juan Marcano, Alison Coombs and Crystal Murillo will host this virtual meeting. Use this link to access the meeting or view the calendar link for details.

City Council Regular Meeting (Virtual)
Monday, July 6, 7:30 p.m.
View this meeting online at and cable channels 8 and 880. You may also listen to the meeting by phone (see for details). In advance of the meeting, submit a comment for Public Invited To Be Heard or an individual agenda item to Please indicate in your email whether you want your comment read into the record at the meeting or simply forwarded to mayor and City Council. Staff will read the first three minutes of any comment into the record as requested. Comments will also be accepted in advance of the meeting by phone by calling the City Clerk’s Office at 303.739.7094. • Streamed live at or cable channels 8 and 880 only

Mayor Mike Live
Friday, June 26, 3 p.m. (no Mayor Mike Live show will air July 3 due to the holiday)
Join Aurora Mayor Mike Coffman on his weekly live stream of "Mayor Mike Live" on Facebook and Mayor Mike will be answering questions so get yours ready.

Draft Oil and Gas Regulations Virtual Town Hall
Tuesday, June 30, 6 to 8 p.m.
Thursday, July 16, 6 to 8 p.m.
The city of Aurora is updating the Aurora Municipal Code with regulations and Best Management Practices related to oil and gas. All oil and gas regulations will be contained in a new document titled "Oil & Gas Manual." The Aurora Municipal Code will be updated to refer to the Oil & Gas Manual for regulations pertaining to oil and gas. Two virtual town hall meetings will take place for the public to ask questions about the draft regulations. Access the meeting online at or call 1.720.650.7664 (access code 146 898 3757) for audio only. To submit comments on the draft regulations by July 26, email Oil&

Trusted Voices: Census 2020 Series 
June 30 to Aug. 18, Tuesdays, 10 a.m.
The city of Aurora will host the Trusted Voices: Census 2020 series on Facebook Live. Join us as we talk with trusted voices throughout our community about the benefits and opportunities of completing the 2020 census. 

Aurora Mobile Food Pantry (note new day and location)
Thursday, July 2, 10 a.m. to until food has been distributed
In partnership with Aurora Interfaith Community Services, the city of Aurora is distributing at least 9,000 meals every week at various locations throughout the city. Photo ID or proof of Aurora residency is required. All Aurora households are eligible. Food for pets is also available, as well as emergency food kits for those experiencing homelessness. For questions, call 720.557.6444 or visit
Overland High School, 12400 E. Jewell Ave.

Library's Summer of Imagination
Through Aug. 1
This year’s summer program is completely virtual. Register online and download your reading logs. When you reach your reading milestones, email us at to receive your prizes.

Explore the World While Staying at Home
Do you feel a little shut off from the rest of the world during the Stay-at-Home order? Some city programs have some great ways for you to stay connected.
·     Aurora Dance Arts: On its Facebook page, Aurora Dance Arts is providing live online dance classes, with some of their fabulous faculty teaching from home, dance tutorials and dance challenge videos, and various other online resources for dancers and families.
·     Aurora Fox Arts Center: The Aurora Fox has a weekly video interview, “Meet the Artists,” with artists connected to the Aurora Fox. Check it out on the Aurora Fox’s Facebook page or Instagram.
·     Aurora History Museum and Historic Sites: Explore online exhibits, archives and lesson plans from your home, including interactive maps, such as one of East Colfax Avenue, history videos, and more. You can also take a virtual tour of all the city’s historic sites.
·     Aurora Public Library: The library has daily storytime on Facebook, ebooks, audiobooks and other remote-access tools, Learn at Home activities, Do It Yourself projects, virtual field trips to museums, national parks, etc., and more. Aurora Public Schools students can access most library databases using their student ID number.
·     Art in Public Places: The city’s Art in Public Places program has a downloadable coloring book featuring some of the most popular public arts in Aurora. Visit its Facebook page to download your free copy.
·     The People’s Building: Aurora's newest cultural facility is creating a series of videos on its Facebook and Instagram titled “Six Feet Apart,” which profiles some of the artists and performers who will be showcased at the building once we return to healthier times.

Have a comment, question or need our assistance? Contact Access Aurora online, at 303.739.7000, or via iOS or Android app.

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