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November News

 

Upcoming Events


 
Meet with Mary Beth - District Office Hours:
10:00am -12:00pm

November 14 
Krameria Cafe 
14th & Krameria

November 21 
Einstein Bros Bagels  
2nd & Quebec

 
City Offices Closed

November 11th - Veterans Day
City Council will meet on Tuesday, November 12th

November 28th - Thanksgiving
 

Contact Us


1437 Bannock St., Room 451
Denver, CO 80202

Phone: 720.337.5555

Email: Council District 5

Website: DenverGov.org/marybethsusman

Council Aides

Genny Kline

William Porter

*For Newsletter submissions, please contact William Porter 

Stay Connected...  


The City & County of Denver provides streaming video of Denver 8 TV programming. You can view LIVE as it is scheduled, or watch on demand, including archived coverage of City Council meetings and City-produced local shows.  For direct access, visit www.denvergov.org/Denver8online.
 
Land Use, Transportation, & Infrastructure Committee
Meets and airs live on
Tuesdays at 10:30am.
Replays on Tuesday at 8:30pm, Friday at 3pm & Saturday at 3pm.
 
Health, Safety, Education, & Services Committee
Meets and airs live on
Tuesdays at 1:30pm.
Replays on Tuesday at 7pm, Friday at 9:30am & Sunday at 3pm.
 
Government Affairs & Finance Committee
Meets and airs live on
Wednesdays at 10:30am.
Replays on Wednesday at 7pm, Friday at 1:30pm & Saturday at 4:30pm.
 
Business, Workforce, & Sustainability Committee
Meets and airs live on
Wednesdays at 1:30pm.
Replays on Wednesday at 8:30 pm, Friday at 11am & Sunday at 4:30pm
 
Legislative Session of Denver City Council
Meets and airs live on
Mondays at 5:30pm.
Replays on Monday night at 8:30pm, Thursday at 12:30pm & Saturday at 10am. 

Upcoming SCFD Free Days


Denver Museum of Nature & Science
December 9

Denver Botanic Gardens     
November 2


Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield Reservoir
November 1

Denver Zoo
November 4, 15, 21

Denver Art Museum
November 2
December 7
 
Denver Center for the Performing Arts
Each Tuesday at 10am, the DCPA will release "10 for $10" - a limited number of $10 tickets for every Denver Center Theatre Company performance in the coming week (up to 25 shows per week). Occasionally, tickets to select Denver Center Attractions shows may be available. 


Related Links:


Denver City Council
Weekly Meeting Agendas, Minutes & Information:
www.denvergov.org/CityCouncil

Call 3-1-1 for your NON-EMERGENCY questions, problems and concerns with the City and County of Denver. 

Call 9-1-1 for emergencies.

The Denver Police Department’s non-emergency line is 720.913.2000.

November 2013


Dear District 5 Neighbors,


Dear District 5 Neighbors,
 
We are entering the holiday season and I expect it to be a busy one in District 5! 
 
9th and Colorado

The deadline for proposals to the former CU Health Sciences Center has passed and the selection process for a developer has begun.  The evaluation committee members are focused on selecting a buyer who is best able to close on the sale and whose proposal can best meet the needs of the University of Colorado and the City of Denver.  Representatives of CU have let us know that there are between 10 and 20 proposals. The committee hopes to announce the new developer by mid-November.
 
Trader Joe’s

Trader Joe's will open its Eighth Avenue and Colorado Boulevard store on Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 at 8 a.m.

To kick off the official opening, the Trader Joe's manager will gather at 8 a.m. for a ceremonial lei cutting to welcome new customers. They will be open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

Boulevard One (formerly Buckley Annex)

The Lowry Redevelopment Authority is working on the zoning application for Boulevard One and hopes to have it submitted to the City in mid-November.
 
Grading has begun!  Approximately 130,000 cubic yards of soil is being graded, stockpiled, and used to fill the hole left by the former Defense Finance and Accounting Services Center building. Five new streets will be graded that will connect to 1st Avenue; and the 1st Avenue berm will be removed to make way for the new streets. Many of the existing trees will be preserved or transplanted within the Boulevard One site.  The trees that were recently removed were diseased and not viable to be preserved or transplanted. 
 
Demolition of the Defense Finance and Accounting Service Center continues.  Unfortunately the webcam blew a fuse in early October so it has been out of commission.  However, they are hoping to repair it early next week – just in time for some great activity.  So tune into the webcam and see what is happening!
 
Amendment 64

Thanks to the voters for approving the request to add a 3.5% city sales tax to the sale of recreational marijuana.  This will be used to enforce regulations and to educate our citizens about marijuana.  Our special committee on regulations governing recreational marijuana will be meeting next Tuesday, November 11th at 3pm to discuss several issues still lingering regarding regulations for the use of recreational marijuana one being whether there should there be criminal penalties or civil penalties for infraction. 

We expect to ban its use and display in all parks and the 16th street mall, but are considering whether to expand that prohibition to the whole of the central business district.  We also continue to debate its use on private property particularly related to issues of neighborly behavior.  And finally, we are deferring the issue of odors (aromas?) to discuss in the broader context of our ordinance related to all odors.  I expect we will take that issue up in our regular committee process after the first of the year.

"We are taking a multipronged approach to this complex issue--and I am confident that we will come up with a good ordinance that addresses how Denver can consume marijuana as the voters of 64 intended" - Councilwoman Susman, Denver Post
 
                                                                                                           

~Mary Beth

Veterans Day


The United Launch Alliance, Denver Veterans Day Celebration is a great way to spend time with family and friends, while honoring those who have served. The event will take place on November 9th in Downtown Denver.

Who doesn’t love a parade? This year’s Veterans Day Celebration will include a parade along with a 5K, an honor roll reading, a festival and fireworks!

Get involved at www.denvergov.org/veterans

SHOUT OUT:  
Denver Forestry Division

Many thanks to our foresters for the wonderful new trees along our parkways in District 5!  

154 tress were planted on 6th avenue, 19 in Lindsley Park and 32 in Crestmoor--totaling 204!

Did you know that according to American Forests, Denver is known for having the best urban forest in the United States due to their plentifulness, health and variety, particularly given that our climate is very challenging to the health and longevity of trees.

Denver Arts Week:
November 1st - November 9th

The 7th Annual Denver Arts Week presents over 300 events at galleries, museums and cultural organizations throughout the metro area.

Know Your Arts First Friday Art Walks - Friday, November 1st
     Experience Denver's Art Districts, meet the artists, and take advantage of many galleries offering art on sale starting at $52.80

FREE Night at the Museums - Saturday, November 2nd - 5:00pm to 10:00pm
     Explore Denver's best museums for FREE!  Special, one-time only events.  FREE shuttle service provided to 14 museums.

Denver's On Stage - All Week
     Find performing arts deals & discounts, local art for sale and special programs in galleries, art districts, theaters and museums.

Restaurants and Hotels Get Creative Too - All Week
     Restaurants are offering deals, showcasing local art and serving up innovative menus during Arts Week.  And, you can "make a night of it" with hotels offering special rates.

Click here for a complete calendar of events!

Annual Cook Park Pottery Show and Sale - November 2nd

Denver Parks and Recreation is hosting their Annual Cook Park Pottery Show and Sale on Saturday, November 2, from 9:00 until 3:00 p.m.  

This show showcases the artistic pottery crafted by the students of Denver Parks and Recreation. Both Youth and Adult Potters come together to show and sell their work at this one day event. There will be pottery wheel and hand building demonstrations, a special table for youth artists, live music, refreshments and lots of pottery. 

Come pick out a special, affordable and beautiful pottery gift crafted by a local artist. Cook Park Recreation Center is located at 7100 Cherry Creek South Drive, Denver, 80224.

Fit for Fire 5K - November 3rd Run/Walk/Kid Siren Scamper Fun Run

Talk with Denver Firefighters, try on their gear, and get some exercise in Wash Park!

Friends of the Denver Fire Department, the Denver Fire Fighters Burn Foundation and the Denver Fire Department Wellness Program present the 4th annual Fit for Fire 5K walk/run/kids’ fun run on Sunday, November 3 at Wash Park, 1700 Louisiana Ave.


Registration opens at 8:00 a.m. and the race begins at 9:00 a.m. Sign up at www.FitForFire5k.com.

The Friends of the Denver Fire Department foundation supports Denver's Fire Department with direct resources and improves public safety by increasing public awareness of the Fire Department mission and services. The Denver Fire Fighters Burn Foundation is a firefighter-based non-profit organization that provides immediate assistance to citizens suffering after a fire and supports burn prevention and treatment and survivor support and recovery. The Denver Fire Department Wellness program strives to improve the physical fitness, health and wellness of firefighters through enhanced education, research and training, leading to minimized injuries, enhanced job performance and an overall healthy lifestyle.

Energy Saving Tips for Colder Weather

Summer is officially over and cooler temps are rapidly approaching. The Denver Energy Challenge has put together some energy saving tips (low-cost and no-cost) to help you prepare for winter.
 

1.       Contact a no-cost energy advisor through the City to help you put your energy plan together. 720-865-5520

Low-Cost
2.       Reducing air leaks with caulking and weather stripping will improve comfort and can help reduce energy use from your household's monthly energy bill. The most common places where air escapes homes are: floors, walls, ceilings, ducts, fireplaces, plumbing penetrations, doors, windows, fans, vents and electrical outlets. A home audit costs around $135 and will identify the exact locations so you put your money in the right place.
3.       Insulate or increase the amount of insulation in your attic, basement and outside walls. Also cover through-the-wall air conditioners to prevent cold air from leaking into your home.
4.       Purchase a water heater blanket and turn your water heater down to 120 degrees Fahrenheit to save money on your energy bill. If you have children in the house, this is also a safety measure
5.       Have your heating system serviced once a year and regularly replace furnace filters. During the heating season, change or clean furnace filters once a month.
6.       Fireplaces can waste a lot of energy, as they pull warm air out of the house through the chimney. Make sure the damper is closed when you’re not using your fireplace. You can also purchase a chimney balloon ($40+) to reduce drafts when it’s not in use.
 
No-Cost
7.       On sunny days, take advantage of the sun to bring in heat. Adjust blinds so they are open and tilted toward the ceiling—but be sure to close the blinds at sundown.
8.       Set your thermostat no higher than 68 degrees when you are home and lower the temperature when you go to bed or when you are not at home. This will ensure optimal home heating and save energy.
 
A no-cost energy advisor through the Denver Energy Challenge can help you with all of these tips and more! The program also offers low-cost energy loans for wanted and sometimes necessary upgrades. Contact an advisor before you get started at 720-865-5520 or visit www.DenverEnergy.org for more energy tips.

Bicycling Advisory Committee Member Vacancies

The Mayor’s Bicycling Advisory Committee oversees the implementation of the Denver Bicycle Master Plan, works with the city to develop engineering standards for street, roadways and trail designs to accommodate bicycles, and reviews roadway and trail projects.

This committee is currently looking to fill several vacancies.  If you are interested, please click here to find the application.  The only experience necessary is a passion for bicycling in Denver!

Denver Offers Free Leaf Composting at 2013 LeafDrop

This fall, Denver Public Works Denver Recycles has partnered with local Ace Hardware stores to encourage residents to compost fallen leaves. Beginning in October, Denver residents are invited to rake up and recycle their leaves through the free Denver LeafDrop program. 
 
Composting leaves not only saves space in the landfill but also creates a valuable commodity while helping the environment. By participating in the LeafDrop program you can reduce trash, keep our streets clean, and help to make compost for Denver Recycles’ Annual Mulch Giveaway & Compost Sale in May. Beginning October 7, Denver residents can bring their leaves to one of two convenient weekday drop sites. Weekend drop sites will be open for three consecutive weekends starting November 9. 
 
Break the plastic bag habit. Choose paper bags instead!  As an extra incentive for residents to compost leaves this year and to encourage the use of paper bags, Denver Public Works and Ace Hardware stores are partnering to give away 10,000 free leaf & yard paper bags.  Unlike plastic bags, paper bags can be composted along with the leaves, saving time and energy.

Starting October 14, Denver residents can pick up a FREE 5-pack of leaf & yard paper bags at participating Denver area Ace Hardware stores with a coupon. 

Visit DenverGov.org/LeafDrop for a list of participating Ace Hardware Stores and to print your free paper bag coupon.  Additional bags can be purchased for about $2.50 per 5-pack at any Ace Hardware store. No purchase necessary, while supplies last, limit one pack per household. 
 
LeafDrop Locations and Dates.  Please only bring leaves to drop sites during specified dates and times.  Dropping off leaves during other times is considered illegal dumping.
 
WEEKDAY drop sites are open October 7 through December 4 from 8 AM to 2 PM, Monday through Friday
All leaves brought to weekday sites must be in secured bags. Paper bags are preferred. 
  • Cherry Creek Transfer Station - 7301 E. Jewell Ave.  (Quebec St. & Cherry Creek Dr. South)
  • Havana Nursery - 10450 Smith Rd.  (Just south of I-70 on Havana St.)
SATURDAY drop sites will be open November 9, 16 & 23 from 11 AM to 3 PM.
  • Cherry Creek Transfer Station - 7301 E. Jewell Ave.  (Quebec St. & Cherry Creek Dr. South)
  • Cranmer Park - 3rd Ave. & Clermont St.
  • South High School - Louisiana Ave. & Franklin St.
SUNDAY drop sites will be open November 10, 17 & 24 from 11 AM to 3 PM.
  • Cherry Creek Transfer Station - 7301 E. Jewell Ave.  (Quebec St. & Cherry Creek Dr. South)
  • Cranmer Park - 3rd Ave. & Clermont St.
  • South High School - Louisiana Ave. & Franklin St.
  • JFK High School - Newland St. & Brown Pl.
  • Smiley Middle School - 26th Ave. & Holly St.
  • Sloan’s Lake Park - 17th Ave. & Sheridan Blvd.
Help us manage the LeafDrop program by following these guidelines:
  • Drop sites and free Ace Hardware paper bag offer are only available to Denver residents.
  • Jack-o-lanterns and pumpkins will be accepted for compost at drop sites after Halloween.
  • Please make sure leaves do not contain branches or other materials.
  • Never rake or blow leaves into the street as this clogs storm sewers and street sweepers.
For more information on this year’s LeafDrop program call 720-865-6810 or visit www.denvergov.org/LeafDrop

Colorado Health Insurance Update

Now is the time to shop for health insurance on the state’s marketplace, Connect for Health Colorado.  Most people are required to have health insurance in 2014 to avoid paying a fine.  In order to have coverage by the New Year, you need to enroll in a health insurance plan before December 15, 2013.


If you or a loved one has had trouble searching for a plan through the marketplace, you can go directly the websites of the health insurance companies.  Colorado HealthOP, for example, lists all of their plan information on their website along with a provider look-up tool.  When you research your options, you may find additional cost savings not reflected on the Connect for Health Colorado pages.  You can check for a provider network that includes tiered providers who offer services at a reduced price or tools for discounts on prescriptions. Colorado HealthOP goes even further with health insurance plans that offer financial incentives for completing specific, preventive health actions.  When you’re ready to purchase, a broker can provide your personal monthly cost based on a variety of factors, including your age, geographic location or other lifestyle choices.

Under the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid expanded in Colorado, and a tax credit was created for those not eligible for public health coverage. If you qualify for the tax credit, you can use it to reduce your monthly cost or receive a refund when you file your taxes. There are several resources available for you to estimate your personal tax credit, including free calculators on the Connect for Health Colorado and Colorado HealthOP websites. 

Visit the health insurance marketplace at www.connectforhealthco.com to shop, or learn about your health insurance options on the Colorado HealthOP website: www.COHealthOP.org.
  

What's in the Healthcare Law for Your Small Business


In partnership with the Small Business Majority, Denver Public Library is hosting a series of information sessions about what the Affordable Care Act mean to small businesses.


Topics covered include:
  • Small business tax credits - who's eligible and how to claim them
  • The Colorado Health Benefit Exchange (Connect for Health Colorado)
  • Individual requirement and market reform changes
  • Cost containment
  • Shared responsibility
  • Tools and resources available for small businesses interested in learning more about the law
Session Dates, Times, and Locations:
  • Tuesday, 11/5/13 - 8:30am to 10:00am - Central Library
  • Thursday, 11/14/13 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm - Ross-University Hills Library
  • Tuesday, 11/19/13 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm - Central Library
  • Thursday, 11/21/13 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm - Ross-University Hills Library

 

Save Our Sundial Campaign


Please join your neighbors in saving the Sundial Plaza at Cranmer Park.
 
For the past two years, the Cranmer Park /Hilltop Civic Association has been working with representatives of the City’s Parks and Recreation Department to discuss the much needed full restoration of the Sundial and the plaza area in Cranmer Park.  The city has set aside $550,000 for this project, which is estimated to cost $1,400,00 in its entirety. Plans are to correct structural deficiencies that have made earlier restoration work fail prematurely.  

Under the guidance of Councilwoman Mary Beth Susman, and with the assistance of The Denver Foundation, a new fundraising effort has launched – the Save Our Sundial campaign.  With limited government funding available, the goal is to raise the needed amount through the generosity of individuals, corporations and foundations. 
 
Denise Sanderson will be coordinating the efforts to help with the Save Our Sundial campaign.  If you would like to be involved, please contact her at DeniseSanderson105@gmail.com or at 303-320-1647. 

Heating Assistance
Now Available


DENVER â€“ Denver Human Services is now accepting Low-income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP) applications. This seasonal program helps households that qualify pay a portion of their home heating bill. 
 
“People often tell us they keep their thermostats low and use blankets to stay warm, but still they have a difficult time paying their heating bill,” Andrea Albo, Denver Human Services Division Director said. “LEAP is designed to provide a little bit of help to make sure precious children and adults stay warm during the winter months.”    
 
People who qualify typically receive the LEAP benefit one time each season. Depending on household size and income, qualifying households will receive anywhere from $200 - $800, which is paid directly to the heating provider or landlord if heat is included with rent. To qualify for LEAP, the applicant must be a U.S. citizen or legal resident, pay heat costs to an energy company or as part of rent, and meet income guidelines. Household income must be at or below 150 percent of the Federal Poverty Level, which for a household of one, monthly income before taxes must be less than or equal to $1,436.
 
To apply, call 1-866-HEAT-HELP (1-866-432-8435), request an application, fill it out and mail it back to a local county human services office.  People in Denver County can download an application from www.denvergov.org/leap or visit a Denver Human Services office to pick up or drop off an application.  
 
Applicants that qualify may also be eligible to receive weatherization services.  People can apply for LEAP through April 30.
 
For more information, call 1-866-HEAT-HELP (1-866-432-8435) or visit www.denvergov.org/leap
 

Sustainable Neighborhoods


Denver Environmental Health is soliciting applications from sustainably-minded residents and neighborhood organizations to launch Denver’s Sustainable Neighborhoods Program.
 
Modeled after the City of Lakewood’s Sustainable Neighborhoods Program, Denver’s pilot program is aimed at encouraging neighborhoods to design and lead community sustainability projects with the potential of achieving City Sustainable Neighborhood designation.
 
Two neighborhoods will be selected to participate in the initial 2014 pilot. Participating Sustainable Neighborhoods will earn credits for achieving sustainable goals, like offering workshops, initiatives and events such as energy audits, bicycle programs and community gardens.
 
Depending on the credits earned in a given year, neighborhoods can be designated as a Participating Sustainable Neighborhood or an Outstanding Sustainable Neighborhood. An additional Learning Community will be offered for those neighborhoods not selected to be in the initial pilot program. The Learning Community offer quarterly sustainability speakers, events with local non-profits about how to design and lead projects, and ongoing exchange of information and best practices.
 
Sustainable Neighborhood applications are due November 18th.
Please visit www.sustainableneighborhoodnetwork.org
or contact Elizabeth Babcock at 720-865-5385 for more information.
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