A Message from Mayor Coffman - Sept. 25, 2020

A Message from Mayor Coffman - Sept. 25, 2020
Posted on 09/25/2020
A Message from Mayor Coffman - Sept. 25, 2020

Sign up for emergency alerts with CodeRED

The city of Aurora has a new emergency alert provider, CodeRED, and it’s a great time to add your contact information to the system in order to receive important, even life-saving, alerts sent directly to your phone and/or email.

In an emergency – whether it is a hazardous material spill, severe weather, evacuation order or other critical incident – receiving information in a timely manner is essential. But many people, such as those who no longer have landline phones, may not receive these notifications unless they opt in. To make sure you get the information you need, when you need it, go to AuroraGov.org/AlertAurora and follow the links to sign up for CodeRed. You can choose to receive notifications via landline, cellphone, email, text message, TTY, or a combination. These alerts can be specific to streets, neighborhoods or regions, so by providing an address, you will receive only those notifications that are most important to you.

CodeRED also offers a smartphone app through which you can customize which alerts you receive and where. Go to AuroraGov.org/AlertAurora to find a link to the app.

For residents who were signed up with the city’s previous provider, Everbridge, information has been carried over to CodeRED, but this marks a good time to review exactly what messages you want to receive and via which devices. The Everbridge app will no longer provide you with the relevant information for Aurora. Please download the CodeRED app to your phone instead.


Join the Oct. 1 Strategic Plan meeting

COVID-19 delayed the city's plans for public outreach regarding its new strategic planning initiative, but now is the time for residents to weigh in. The city is hosting a virtual public meeting at 6 p.m. Oct. 1 to provide an opportunity for feedback on Aurora’s first-ever citywide strategic plan, which will be designed to ensure the community's needs are aligned with the city's policies, procedures and services in the coming years.

This plan will serve as a detailed guide for how the city shapes the community's future and serve as a blueprint for city employees to follow when considering how to best provide services to residents.

The strategic plan will build on community input collected during the city's Aurora Places comprehensive planning process. Residents and local businesses helped drive the goals in Aurora Places, which focus on a strong economy, diversity and equity, housing for all, a healthy community, a thriving environment, an authentic Aurora, easy mobility and active transportation. These goals will guide city departments in creating action steps within the strategic plan.

Click here to register in advance for the Oct. 1 meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. 

City seeks input on expanding housing options

The city of Aurora recently conducted a study on the housing needs of the community and is seeking input from residents and other stakeholders on how to best expand housing options across the income spectrum throughout the city.

The draft housing study and public survey are available in English at AuroraGov.org/HousingStudy and in Spanish at AuroraGov.org/EstudioVivienda. The surveys are open now through Tuesday, Oct. 13.

The housing study was initiated by the city in 2019 to identify a broad range of potential policy, financial and regulatory tools to address housing affordability. While the city has provided housing and community development programs to support the development of housing and housing services in the past, additional options for funding and programs would expand the city’s effectiveness in ensuring that the current and future housing needs of workforce, families and residents across the age and income spectrum are met.

This Aurora Housing Study focuses on the most effective, efficient and outcome-proven methods to expand housing options in the city, with a focus on: increasing and leveraging existing resources to address housing needs; setting housing goals and managing housing investments to achieve those goals; preserving existing housing while increasing the supply of housing for households across the income spectrum; and improving regulatory processes as needed to reduce the cost of housing development.

Among the strategy recommendations in the study are the creation of a housing trust fund to support the preservation and production of affordable housing; the implementation of development fee waivers, reductions or reimbursements for affordable housing projects; the identification of publicly owned land for mixed-income housing; and the development of a recruitment strategy for executive ownership and high-end rental housing. The full recommendations can be found at AuroraGov.org/HousingStudy.

The purpose of the public survey is to understand the community’s support for the policy and strategy recommendations found in the Housing Study draft.


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 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.

Quincy Reservoir closure Sept. 28 to Oct. 9

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. 25) I’ll be joined by At Large Council Member Angela Lawson to talk about the Civic Engagement Academy, and by a representative from Southlands to talk about the grand opening of its newest amenities and community spaces. You can post your questions now on Facebook and my guests and I will answer as many as possible during the live streaming.

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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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