A Message from Mayor Coffman - Aug. 28, 2020

A Message from Mayor Coffman - Aug. 28, 2020
Posted on 08/27/2020

This Saturday, Electronic Recycling at Two Locations
COVID-19 limited our ability to offer our electronics recycling event earlier this year, but we are now able to host one this weekend with COVID-19 precautions in place.

You may bring out most electronics items for recycling from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29,
at two locations: the Central Facilities Recycling Station, 13646 E. Ellsworth Ave., and the Tallyn’s Reach Library, 23911 E. Arapahoe Road.

Most electronic items—desktop computers, laptops, cell phones, tablets, gaming equipment, consumer electronics and similar—are accepted. A fee of $5 will be charged per household dropping off. Due to rising costs associated with processing some electronics, additional fees will be charged for items like monitors and printers (go to the website below for a complete list). Cash will be accepted, but a credit/debit card is preferred as payment.

For a list of items that will not be accepted, visit AuroraGov.org/Recycle and go to Recycling Opportunities, then Electronics Recycling.

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. 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.org for 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.

The city of Aurora—in coordination with Gov. Polis and support from me and the Aurora City Council—is providing the host location for this testing site as well as logistical, communications and funding support via the state of Colorado, Arapahoe County CARES dollars, and the city.

Sign Up for City’s Weekly e-Newsletter
There is an easy and convenient way to stay on top of what’s happening in Aurora. Just sign up for the city’s email newsletter, This Is Aurora, which can be delivered weekly to your inbox filled with city news, events and stories. Go to AuroraGov.org/NewsletterSignup to opt in.

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, except holidays and other city closures, for updates on the city’s COVID-19 response, as well as information on various topics affecting our city. This week (Aug. 28) I’ll be joined by representatives from the Community College of Aurora to talk about adult skills programs, and by Ward V Council Member Alison Coombs to discuss a proposed ordinance on minimum wage. 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.

State’s Face Covering Mandate Extended into September
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 clarification on 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. 

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