A Message from Mayor Coffman - Sept. 17, 2020

A Message from Mayor Coffman - Sept. 17, 2020
Posted on 09/17/2020

Aurora Day of Giving continues access to food for those affected by COVID-19 in Aurora

After a successful summer of providing more than 434,000 pounds of food through the Aurora Mobile Food Pantry, the city of Aurora's Community Relations Division has launched the Commitment to Care program in partnership with several community organizations.

A major part of the Commitment to Care program is the monthly Aurora Day of Giving. On Sept. 26, the Aurora Day of Giving will provide food and resources for 1,500 families. In addition to food, items include baby supplies (diapers and formula) and pet supplies (food and hygiene items).

The drive-through giveaway will take place at Gateway High School, 1300 Sable Blvd., at 10 a.m. Food and resources will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis until all supplies have been distributed. For more information, please call 303.739.7281 or visit AuroraGov.org/CommitmentToCare.

The Aurora Day of Giving also provides an opportunity to volunteer with the city if you'd like to give back. For volunteer information, call 303.739.7281 or email communityrel@auroragov.org.

City Council unanimously approve a moratorium on the use of ketamine.

On Monday, the City Council voted unanimously on a proposal sponsored by Council Member Curtis Gardner to enact a moratorium on the use of ketamine by Aurora Fire Rescue and the ambulance transport provider Falck Rocky Mountain. The moratorium will continue at a minimum until 30 days after the city receives the results of an independent investigation into the August 2019 death of Elijah McClain. Aurora Fire Rescue has removed ketamine from service units and paramedics will continue to contact medical control for guidance if they encounter a situation that is unique or challenging while treating a patient. The department follows the Denver Metro Prehospital Protocols that are written and evaluated by physicians with emergency medical expertise. The protocols can be found on the AFR department website at AuroraGov.org/Fire.

Your input needed for the Havana Street Corridor Study

Havana Street is one our most vital roadways in Aurora, and the public is invited to attend a virtual meeting from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 30 to find out more information about the city of Aurora's Havana Street Corridor Study underway and provide input.

The city is studying the Havana Street corridor from Montview Boulevard to Dartmouth Avenue with an eye toward improved safety and mobility for all users along the busy corridors.

The intent is to create a future Havana Street corridor that is pedestrian and bicycle friendly, but also efficient for other travel modes; safe for all travelers; a diverse cultural hub; represents and promotes the needs of existing and future economic development and the community; maintains distinct characteristics of corridor subareas; and is activated by arts and entertainment elements.

The study will create a corridor vision, goals, brand enhancements, land use framework and recommended transportation improvements that recognizes the diverse needs of Aurora's residents, business owners, visitors and traveling public. In addition to the meeting, residents may take this survey regarding the study.

To register for and access the virtual meeting, visit AuroraGov.org/HavanaStreetCorridorStudy. For questions, contact Huiliang Liu at 303.739.7265 or hliu@auroragov.org or Tom Worker-Braddock at 303.739.7340 or tworker@auroragov.org.

Learn How to Navigate the City’s First Separated Bike Lanes
On the east side of town, you may have seen Aurora’s new and very first separated bike lanes. Now you can learn all about how to navigate them safely by bike, foot or car through this new video that the city launched this week. The separated bike lanes opened this year to connect bicycle riders safely between the Westerly Creek and Toll Gate Creek trails to the Florida Station on the R Line. Please visit https://bit.ly/35FteO0 to view the video and share widely. This is a pilot project, and we will continue to make adjustments based on resident and user feedback. Email us anytime at trailconnectorproject@auroragov.org to share your thoughts or ask questions.

Quincy Reservoir closure

Hot and dry summers, such as what we have experienced this year in Aurora, can lead to potential algae overgrowth, including harmful blue-green algae. To get ahead of this, Aurora Water will close Quincy Reservoir starting Sept. 28 and apply hydrogen peroxide and aluminum sulfate (alum) to the reservoir. Alum is commonly used in drinking water purification facilities. These treatments are safe water-management tools commonly used throughout the country to control algae growth. Once applied, the reservoir will have cleaner and clearer water, a healthier ecosystem and be an overall better recreational amenity.

The reservoir will reopen to the public on Oct. 10. For information, visit AuroraGov.org/Water.

Mayor Mike Live – 3 p.m. Fridays on Facebook and AuroraTV.org

Join me on Facebook Live or AuroraTV.org at 3 p.m. Fridays for updates on the city’s COVID-19 response, as well as information on various topics affecting our city. This week (Sept. 18) I’ll be joined by representatives from Aurora Mental Health Center and by Council Member Curtis Gardner. As always, be part of the conversation with your questions.

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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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