Recently,Aurora911 initiated a change so callers whose call
is not immediately answered will hear a recorded message instead of only
hearing the line ring. The recorded message is meant to assure callers that
their attempt to connect their phone to 911 was successful and that call
takers are aware of their call and will answer as soon as possible.
This is a
nationally common practice in emergency communications centers, intended to
keep callers on the line when call volume exceeds available call takers.
The recorded message was introduced due to an increased call volume, as
well as the increased frequency of callers hanging up and calling again in
a short period regarding the same emergency.
Since 911 call
takers respond to every single call (including ones that hang up), repeat
calls move people farther back in line and delay the process to properly
address an emergency. The fastest way to reach assistance in an emergency
is to call 911 and stay on the line. Residents also need to be responsible
and not use 911 for non-emergency calls. It should only be used for
medical, fire, or police emergencies. Non-emergency public safety calls can
go to 303.627.3100.
For city services,
people can call 303.739.7000, use the Access Aurora app, or visitAuroraGov.org/ContactUs. Emergency call lines are staffed 24
hours, seven days a week. Aurora911 is here to respond to crises and will
continue to review all options to best serve our community.
Youth Days Offer Free Activities This Week
Youth ages 12 to 17 will have FREE daily access to Central and
Moorhead recreation centers from noon to 8 p.m. March 17-18.
Activities include sports competitions, animal interactions,
creative projects, peer tutoring and more!
At an upcoming
open house, the city of Aurora will share a draft concept for proposed
changes to a portion of 13th Avenue to make
walking, biking, driving, and rolling safer and more comfortable for people
of all ages on the corridor.
invited to show up anytime between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, April 16,
at Aurora West College Preparatory Academy, 10100 E. 13th Ave., to share
opinions on a draft concept that includes a new shared path next to the
road, changes to parking and improved lighting. The feedback gathered will
assist the city in finalizing the recommendations.
corridor connects residents, students and businesses to their neighborhood,
city and region and places like schools, parks, a light rail station,
trails, job centers, stores and restaurants.
Residents who need
language interpretation at the open house may email firstname.lastname@example.org by April 2
to make a request. Anyone who cannot attend the April 16 open house may
view the draft concept online starting April 18 at EngageAurora.org/13th
and provide feedback.
Committee on Housing and Community Development
Apply now to serve
on the Citizens Advisory Committee on Housing and Community Development.
Volunteer to assist the City Council in the development, implementation and
evaluation of the city's Community Development Block Grant Program and
housing assistance plan. Find out more and apply atAuroraGov.org/Boards.
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, and to find links for joining virtual meetings. If you don't
know your council ward, go to AuroraGov.org and click on "Property Info."
Ward I (Crystal
Murillo) - Thursday, March 24, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr.
Library, 9898 E Colfax Ave.
Ward II (Steve
Sundberg) - Thursday, May 19, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Central Recreation Center,
18150 E. Vassar Place
Ward III (Ruben
Medina) - Wednesday, April 6, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Aurora Center for Active
Adults, 30 Del Mar Circle
Ward IV (Juan
Marcano) - (Budget town meeting) Thursday, April 14, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Colorado
Early Colleges, 1400 S. Abilene St.
Ward V (Alison
Coombs) - Tuesday, April 19, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., Heather Gardens, 2888 S.
Heather Gardens Way
Ward VI (Françoise
Bergan) - Wednesday, March 23, 6 to 8 p.m., Heritage Eagle Bend Golf
Club, 23155 E. Heritage Parkway
Gardner, Danielle Jurinsky, Angela Lawson and Dustin Zvonek) – (Budget town
meeting) Thursday, May 5, 6 to 8 p.m., Heather Gardens, 2888 S. Heather
This show has moved
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. The topics for the March show include Aurora Water quality
standards and Comcast’s affordable internet services for residents.
The Aurora Municipal
Center is open for walk-in Water Billing and Cashier Services payments, and
for advance appointments. Enter through the east doors (facing Chambers
Road). Appointments can be made directly with city departments, but for
faster and more convenient assistance, most services are available online
at AuroraGov.org/OnlineServices. Contact Access Aurora at 303.739.7000 with
Center, 15151 E. Alameda Parkway
Red Tape Reduction
Committee Public Hearing
Thursday, March 17,
The Aurora City
Council’s Red Tape Reduction Committee wants to hear from businesses,
community groups and others about their experiences working through
development planning, permitting, review and other processes.
Visit EngageAurora.org/RedTape to sign up to speak or provide online
feedback. An additional public hearing is scheduled for 6 p.m. April 20.
Aurora Fox:"Hurricane Diane"
March 18 - April 10
The Aurora Fox
presents an Obie-winning comedy with a twist! Pulitzer Prize finalist
Madeleine George pens a hilarious evisceration of the blind eye we all turn
to climate change and the sloppily drunken catharsis that awaits us. Even
in our own suburban backyards.
Elected leaders of
neighborhood organizations and HOAs are invited to attend the next Aurora
Neighborhood Leader Network virtual meeting to share ideas, challenges and
solutions on various neighborhood topics. Registration is not required.
Email email@example.com by March 25 for language interpretation
invites residents to a virtual town hall about the approach to forming a
single-county health department. Learn about the process overview, work
completed to date and ways residents can provide input.
Noon to 7 p.m. seven
days a week (times are subject to change)
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
Colfax Art Jams
The first Saturday
of the month starting April 2 through October 1
noon to 4 p.m.
Join the Aurora
Culture Arts District for free concerts and performances surrounded by
local artisans and more.
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