Council Wrap-up from July 11
Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 4:33pm
Traffic Calming Discussion
In response to resident concerns related to road safety and speeding, City Council directed staff to develop a plan and obtain cost estimates for significant modifications to Castle Pines Pkwy. from Forest Park Dr. west to the roundabout at Buffalo Trail.
The proposed changes would include:
- Reducing the number of lanes in each direction from two lanes to one
- Adding protected bike lanes in each direction
- Improving crosswalks
- Reducing the speed limit from 40 MPH to 35 MPH
Knowing that speed and safety are also a problem on the north side of the City, staff was directed to evaluate similar improvements along Griggs Road and Daniel's Gate Road, including review of existing crosswalks in the area.
Vacant Retail Space Discussion
City Council directed the City Attorney's office to explore all available courses of action available to assist new businesses interested in occupying vacant retail space currently held by "legacy" or long-term leases, the ability to do so unimpeded.
Public Works, Parks and Open Space Update
Parks staff added an additional day, per week, of maintenance to make improvements to Elk Ridge Park, including replacing sod, adding mulch, repairing drip irrigation and adding crusher fines material to pathways. They have also worked to repair damage caused by vandalism to the bathroom, baseball field backstop and pavilions.
Public works contractors have been busy with concrete panel replacement along Castle Pines Parkway and pavement repairs to residential streets.
Declaration Approval to Participate in the Douglas County November 2017 Coordinated Election
Per Colorado state statute, the City of Castle Pines must notify Douglas County's Clerk and Recording office by July 28 that the City intends to participate in the 2017 coordinated election. Council passed a motion declaring their intent to participate in the election and appointed the City Clerk as the City's Designate Election Official (DEO).