A Message from Mayor Coffman - Sept. 3, 2020

A Message from Mayor Coffman - Sept. 3, 2020
Posted on 09/03/2020

City Launches Commitment to Care Food Access Initiative

The city of Aurora, in partnership with local nonprofit organizations, has launched the Commitment to Care food access initiative, which will provide free food and resources to the community in response to the COVID-19 crisis.

Commitment to Care grows out of the city’s successful Aurora Mobile Food Pantry program this summer, which provided nearly 500,000 meals at weekly events throughout the city.

The $800,000 Commitment to Care initiative launches the first week of September and will continue through the end of the year in support of families, kids, seniors, immigrants, refugees and pets. The Commitment to Care initiative is composed of seven food access programs that welcome all Aurora community members.

For event dates, locations, agency contact information and volunteer opportunities, or to make a financial contribution, visit AuroraGov.org/CommitmentToCare.

Aurora Community Police Task Force Community Meeting

Share your opinion at the upcoming Community Police Task Force Community Meeting, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 8.

What solutions are needed to address the community’s concerns with the operations and practices of the Aurora Police Department? The Aurora Community Police Task Force will like to hear from you.

Share your comments by:

  • Joining the meeting on Zoom (Meeting ID: 917 4102 8253; Passcode: 09082020)

  • Calling 301.715.8592 at the time of the meeting

  • Emailing taskforce@auroragov.org prior to the meeting (comments will be read at the meeting)

The Aurora Community Police Task Force was created by the Aurora City Council to gather and provide community input, help review current police operations and procedures, and make recommendations about potential reforms.

Don’t Forget to Complete the 2020 Census

If you haven’t completed the 2020 Census yet, you can still respond online, by phone, or by mail. If a census taker comes to your home, please cooperate to ensure that everyone who is living in the household is counted.  

Your Aurora community needs your response.

Census takers are currently following up with households that have not yet responded - and it's making a difference. To stop the knock, you can respond on your own, whether online, over the phone or by mail — all without having to meet a census taker. Data collection is scheduled to end on Sept. 30.

Visit AuroraCensus2020.org or call 844.330.2020 and fill your census today.

City Services and Facilities to Close Sept. 4 Due to Furlough Day

The COVID-19 public health crisis has resulted in a significant financial impact to the city of Aurora, with an anticipated $25 million shortfall in 2020 and even more in 2021. The city has taken many steps to help offset these major shortfalls, such an implementing a hiring freeze, delaying capital expenditures and projects, reducing contracts and laying off seasonal, temporary and contingent employees who were not working due to COVID-19.

On Sept. 4, city employees will take a furlough day to further compensate for the shortfalls this year. Most city facilities will be closed, and city employees will not report to work or receive pay. This includes my weekly streaming of “Mayor Mike Live.” However, all public health and safety services will continue to be fully staffed and provide around-the-clock coverage. An additional furlough day is scheduled for Oct. 16.

Visit AuroraGov.orgfor a list of facilities closed on Sept. 4 for the furlough day and on Sept. 7 in observance of Labor Day.

Drive-up COVID-19 Testing Continues at Aurora Sports Park

The community-based COVID-19 testing site at the 250-acre Aurora Sports Park, 19300 E. Colfax Ave., remains open for free testing every day from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for any individual who wants to be tested, especially for those who have symptoms. Test results are available in two to four days.

Pre-registration at TCHD.org/AuroraTesting is suggested to expedite the testing process but is not required. A link to the test results website will be available at TCHD.org/AuroraTesting.

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State’s Face Covering Mandate Continues

Gov. Jared Polis extended and amended an executive order mandating facial coverings. It will remain in effect at least until Sept. 13. The amendment clarifies that individuals performing life rites are exempt from the face covering mandate while a life rite is being performed. “Life rites” include wedding ceremonies, graduations, funeral services, baptisms, bris ceremonies, and other religious ceremonies.

This order follows an earlier order issued by Tri-County Health Department that remains in effect through mid-October. The department also posted an additional clarificationon the order.

Residents who have concerns about the mandate not being followed may reach out to Tri-County Health Department’s call center at 303.220.9200. Concerns about business non-compliance may be sent to businesslic@auroragov.org or 303.739.7057.

City Updates on COVID-19

Stay connected with the city during this pandemic about local efforts, city response and other updates. Visit AuroraGov.org/COVID-19 and on social media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) at @AuroraGov. You can also follow me on Twitter and Facebook at @AuroraMayorMike.

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