Message From Mayor Coffman - Week of Feb. 16, 2021

Message From Mayor Coffman - Week of Feb. 16, 2021
Posted on 02/19/2021

City of Aurora launches online public engagement platform, Engage Aurora
At a time when in-person meetings are still limited due to COVID-19, the city of Aurora is launching an online tool, Engage Aurora, as an additional way for members of the community to participate and offer feedback on city projects and programs.

The new platform, available at, will include city projects, studies, construction updates and other programs or activities that include a public-input process. The tool is easy to use, and it offers different ways for conversations among participants and with city staff.

Engage Aurora will be used by all city departments for a host of projects and programs, from emergency preparedness, water construction and recreation projects to mobility studies such as the Havana Street Corridor Study and visioning projects like the City Center study. The last two along with the city’s Hazard Mitigation Plan are already available for the public to review and provide opinion.

Engage Aurora will not replace traditional outreach and public engagement but rather add opportunities for public participation.

Council Members Marsha Berzins, Angela Lawson, Curtis Gardner named to National League of Cities advocacy committees
Aurora Council Members Marsha Berzins, Angela Lawson and Curtis Gardner have received appointments to National League of Cities (NLC) federal advocacy committees for 2021.

Berzins, who represents Aurora’s Ward III, has been reappointed to the NLC Public Safety and Crime Prevention Committee. Berzins has also been named to the NLC’s Large Cities Council and Military Communities Council.

Gardner, who is an at-large council member, has been appointed to the NLC Finance, Administration and Intergovernmental Relations Committee.

Lawson, who is an at-large council member, has been reappointed to the NLC’s Transportation and Infrastructure Services Committee.

As committee members, Berzins, Gardner and Lawson provide a voice for Aurora’s priorities at a national level and help NLC advocate on behalf of America’s cities and towns before Congress, with the administration and at home.

The National League of Cities, based in Washington, D.C., serves as a resource and advocate for U.S. cities, towns and villages. For more information on NLC’s committees, go to

Join Northwest Aurora Mobility Study meeting Feb. 23
Find out more about the planned design and construction of a 10-foot pedestrian boulevard on 25th Avenue in northwest Aurora at a virtual meeting from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23, on WebEx. This project, designed to improve off-street mobility for pedestrians and bicyclists, will fulfill a recommendation from the NW Aurora Mobility Study completed in late-2018. Visit for the link to connect.

Mayor Mike Live this Friday
On “Mayor Mike Live” this Friday (3 p.m. Feb. 19), I welcome Mayor Pro Tem Françoise Bergan to talk about the anticipated groundbreaking of a new recreation center in southeast Aurora. As always, I’ll be also answering questions from our residents. Hope you can join the conversation with your questions. Live streaming on or the city’s Facebook page.

Resources available on the COVID-19 vaccine
Vaccine distribution is occurring in phases. To ask questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, call the state's hotline at 1.877.268.2926. Information is updated regularly at and Tri-County Health Department's website at

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