The year 2020
highlighted the critical importance of adapting to rapidly changing
conditions, building resilience and bringing equity to the forefront of
community planning and decision making.
The city of Aurora
applied to Xcel Energy's Partners in Energy program
as part of the city's larger efforts to connect local businesses,
institutions, multi-family building owners and nonprofit organizations with
the resources they need to recover, adapt and thrive. An Energy Action Team
made up of representatives from these sectors, Xcel Energy and city staff
met over many months to build an Energy Action Plan from the ground up.
The Energy Action
Plan is focused on equitably supporting the economic recovery and
resilience of businesses, institutions, multifamily and nonprofit
organizations. These strategies include connecting Aurora's community
members with information and resources to help reduce energy use and drive
down operating costs.
If the plan's
goals are achieved, it will result in more participants in energy programs,
hundreds of thousands of dollars in energy cost savings, additional
electricity and natural gas savings, and reduction in greenhouse gas
Ready to do your
part? Sign up for an energy assessment today and see how you can save more
and help uplift your community through energy action.
City Council approved an ordinance this month that updates the city's
lobbyist reporting requirements, including the implementation of rules
for enforcement. Lobbyists must file a registration annually and file
financial reports quarterly. To find out more, visit the webpage.
Have a say in
RTD's vision for transit in the metro area
As part of the
ongoing Reimagine RTD process, RTD released this month a draft System
Optimization Plan (SOP) for public review. The SOP provides a
route-by-route guide for service growth between now and 2027. RTD developed
the draft SOP to:
trends of ridership loss
• Improve service
• Ensure fiscal
• Address changing
travel market demands
• Improve service
The Reimagine RTD
team is working with the RTD Board of Directors to finalize the SOP in
early 2022. RTD is planning to formally adopt the SOP in March, with the
understanding that full implementation may not be possible until 2027 due
to financial constraints and workforce limitations. Implementation of the
SOP will be integrated into RTD’s existing service change process, which
includes community notification, public hearings and board approval before
The boundaries for
the 15 RTD districts are being updated as part of a required redistricting
process. Two alternative maps have been drafted and will be presented at
public meetings for review before adoption.
meetings on Teams (call-in only option available) are scheduled at 5 p.m.
Jan. 20 and 6 p.m. Jan. 24. Virtual public hearings are scheduled at noon
Feb. 9, 5 p.m. Feb. 10 and Feb. 14 (time to be determined). To view the
maps, provide comments online and find out how to connect to the meetings
and hearings, visit the RTD webpage
Council members are
eager to hear from residents and committed to forums in which those
conversations can occur. Please visit AuroraGov.org/Council to confirm meeting dates and location
information. If you don't know your council ward, go to AuroraGov.org and click on "Property Info."
Ward I (Crystal Murillo) - Thursday, Jan.
27, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Library, 9898 E Colfax Ave.
Ward II (Steve
Sundberg) - Thursday, Jan. 20, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Beck Recreation Center,
800 Telluride St.
Ward III (Ruben
Medina) - Wednesday, Feb. 2, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Community College of
Aurora, 16000 E. CentreTech Parkway
Ward IV (Juan
Marcano) - Thursday, Feb. 10, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Stampede, 2430 S. Havana
Ward V (Alison
Coombs) - Tuesday, Feb. 15, 6 to 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, Feb. 19, 10:30
a.m. to noon, both virtual on WebEx
Ward VI (Françoise
Bergan) - Wednesday, March 23, 6 to 8 p.m., Heritage Eagle Bend Golf
Club, 23155 E. Heritage Parkway
At Large (Angela
Lawson, Curtis Gardner, Danielle Jurinsky, Dustin Zvonek) - Wednesday, Feb.
9, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Central Recreation Center, 18150 E. Vassar Place
This show is moving
to an hour-long format airing every last Thursday of the month, with
continued conversations led by Mayor Mike Coffman and Aurora City Council
members on various community-based topics. Live on Facebook and AuroraTV.org.
High Line Canal
Saturday, Jan. 22,
9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Walk and learn about
the rich history of the DeLaney Historic District, starting with the Gully
and DeLaney families who immigrated to the area in the 1860s. Find out
about the types of animals who live in the area, view the farm's buildings
Improvement Grant Information Sessions
Wednesday, Jan. 26,
Wednesday, Feb. 2,
Thursday, Feb. 3, 6
The city of Aurora
wants to help residents spruce up their neighborhoods with grants of up to
$5,000 for projects that improve a neighborhood's physical condition,
enhance pride and identity, and increase neighbors' communication. The
first step to applying is to attend a virtual information session to learn
more about the opportunity.
Dontrell Jones the Third believes it is his duty and destiny to venture
into the Atlantic Ocean in search of an ancestor lost during the Middle
Passage. But his family is not at all ready to abandon their beloved son to
the waters of a mysterious and haunting past.
drive-through clinic supported by Jogan Health and the city of Aurora. The
clinic offers Pfizer and Moderna, first, second and booster shots. Pfizer
pediatric shots for ages 5 to 11 require an appointment (see website for
Campus south parking lot, 15151 E. Alameda Parkway
Free testing for
COVID-19 is provided to anyone who wants to be tested, especially those who
have symptoms. No appointment is necessary. No doctor referral, no health
insurance, and no proof of identification are required. Online registration in advance is preferred but is not
Aurora Center for
Active Adults parking lot, 30 Del Mar Circle, at Del Mar Park
The Rise of the
Aurora Suburb during the Cold War
Open through April
Join the Aurora
History Museum & Historic Sites for an in-person exploration of
Aurora's economic prosperity and suburban expansion during the Cold War.
The exhibit includes local stories experienced by Aurora residents during
the Cold War to enrich the understanding of the period. Learn more at Aurora History Museum.Free admission. The
museum is open Tuesday to Sunday.
Museum, 15515 E. Alameda Parkway
Without a Home in
Open through May 29
is a key issue facing Aurora, and to build a wider understanding of people
who are often overlooked, misunderstood or unheard, staff at the Aurora
History Museum engaged in an oral history project on the streets of the
city. Learn more at Aurora History Museum. Free admission. The museum is open Tuesday