City Appoints McGrady as Interim Director of Utility
The Castle Pines North City Council approved the hiring of James McGrady, the recently retired General Manager of the Castle Pines North Metro District, as the City’s interim Utility Director to provide an analysis of and model for the eventual transition of the District to a City-managed enterprise.
The City Council unanimously approved McGrady’s appointment in a special meeting April 30.
“I am committed to a smooth integration of the District services into the City of Castle Pines North’s Utility Enterprise,” McGrady said. “It is my goal to make the transition of providing water, wastewater, and stormwater services along with parks and open space management to the City a totally seamless process.” Read the full press release online.
City Council appointed Tera Radloff to City Council, Ward 1 at the April 27 City Council Meeting, replacing Jennifer Havercroft. Havercroft submitted her letter of resignation to the City Council during the April 13 City Council Meeting. She noted that she was resigning with regret and said that her family is beginning a new chapter of their lives that has them moving out of the community.
City Appoints Radloff to Serve Ward 1
Radloff will represent Ward 1 residents with Maureen Shul. Shul commented, “I look forward to serving the residents of Ward I with Tera Radloff. Tera's past and present involvement in our community speaks highly of her commitment, and we are all very fortunate to have her continued participation as a member of City Council.”
Radloff will carry out the remainder of the two-year term until the next regular election, which will be held in November 2011.
Council Approves Formation of Urban Redevelopment Authority
During the April 27 Council meeting, City Council approved the creation of an Urban Renewal Authority (URA) to address the development or redevelopment within the City. The approval followed consultant Anne Ricker’s presentation of a conditions study of a proposed urban renewal area. In March, Council Members directed staff to identify study area boundaries for possible designation of an urban renewal area in conjunction with formation of a URA.
The only areas west of I-25 evaluated in the study were the commercial zones and tracts. No existing homes were included in the study area. The entire area of The Canyons was included due to a need to provide input on development challenges in the area. The ultimate boundaries of the URA will be determined by Council in late May.
As part of the public process and in anticipation of property owner questions, the City held an informational meeting April 14 at the CPN Community Center. A second session is scheduled for May 19. Ward meetings held during April and May are additional points for public input and discussion on the URA.
“This is not intended to become a windfall to a developer,” says Mayor Jeffery Huff. “If incentives were made, then the City would require that the money be reinvested in projects that would benefit the project.” During the April 27 public hearing on the URA, several City Council Members made it very clear that tax increment financing (“TIF”) using property tax is not seen as central to the URA. Instead, projects are planned to be funded with a public improvement fee, or PIF, similar to that charged at Park Meadows and Target in Lone Tree and by the entire Centerra Mall near Loveland.
As a part of the conditions study, tax impact analysis is performed for neighboring and overlapping tax jurisdictions such as Douglas County, Douglas County School District, South Metro Fire Rescue, and the Douglas County Libraries. The first of the tax impact studies, for Douglas County, was delivered to the Douglas County Commissioners in Castle Rock on April 26, in advance of the April 27 hearing. Impact studies must follow certain protocols to test for the impact of TIF, even if there are no plans to use TIF. Under the prescribed methodology, the impact analysis shows that Douglas County would gain $12.3 million in property tax and $20.9 million in new sales tax revenue during the life of the URA.
For more information, contact Planning and Zoning Director Sam Bishop at 303.705.0200 or see “Hot Topics in CPN” on the City website.
Public Works Update
Asphalt Crack Sealing
During the week of May 17, City crews are scheduled to perform asphalt crack sealing throughout the City. City staff has inventoried the worst areas and will be repairing these areas first. This process is anticipated to take three to four days. Another crack sealing effort will take place in the fall prior to the winter snow season.
With the warmer weather, City crews have been busy filling potholes, focusing on the most severe areas of Monarch Boulevard, Castle Pines Parkway and Buffalo Trail. Pothole patching began week of May 3 and will be performed on an ongoing basis throughout the year depending upon necessity.
Following an inventory review all of the curb and gutter, sidewalks and cross-pans, City crews are prioritizing replacement and repairs based upon safety concerns and severity of degradation. Repairs are scheduled to begin in late May.
Pavement Management Program
City Council recently approved the engagement of IMS, Infrastructure Management Services, a pavement management consulting company to assist the City with the development of a pavement management program. IMS will drive all of the public streets within the City, in a specialized van, to scan the pavement, collecting data regarding the pavement condition. After the completion of the data collection, IMS will need approximately two months prepare the report for the City to utilize in determining future pavement improvement projects.
Spring Has Sprung – Keep Safety in Mind
During the spring and summer months the threat of severe weather increases. Severe weather can move into the area very rapidly and can include tornadoes, hail, high winds and lightning. It is important to be aware and alert to the possibility of severe weather. To sign up for free weather alerts, visit the three local news web sites: Channel 4, Channel 7 and Channel 9. Additionally, the Douglas County Sheriff – Emergency Management offers additional details on their web site.
City Offices Closed May 31
The city offices will be closed Monday, May 31, in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. All holidays are noted on the online City Calendar, along with the dates of upcoming meetings.