What to do when it snows

from Chris Hinds

As you may all remember, last November there was a large snow storm. My office heard many of you voice concerns about snow clearance and enforcement, sidewalk and curb ramp access, and pedestrian safety. The maintenance of safe sidewalks is one of my highest priorities, so I am keeping you all updated about how Denver is responding to the current storm and what you can do help keep our sidewalks safe and accessible for all.

First, Denver’s Department of Transportation and Infrastructure (DOTI) publishes their current snow removal plan HERE.

As of now, Denver’s Department of Transportation and Infrastructure has the full fleet of heavy snow plows working on clearing the main streets. This morning, Denver deployed its 36 residential plows. Use the tracker above for frequent updates. You can even take a peek at the live plow tracker posted there. (I have it on good authority that this is similar technology that was used to track Santa!)

The snow plan site offers some tips about traveling during snow storms – we’d like to add to their suggestions that in addition to cyclists being aware they might have to share the road with cars that drivers of cars should also be aware that cyclists will be using the public road infrastructure if DOTI has not been able to clear bike paths. We all deserve the freedom to get from A to B safely, and people choosing economics, physical health, or our planet – even in these weather conditions – should be given the opportunity to get to their destination safely, too. Remember, they don’t have a few tons of metal and glass protecting them like drivers of vehicles do.

Snow Shoveling Tips:

Denver requires that property owners clear snow and ice from their sidewalks, including adjacent ADA ramps, so that EVERYONE has safe access throughout the city!

Timing: After snow has stopped falling, businesses have 4 hours and residents have 24 hours to shovel snow off sidewalks “through the accessible path of travel” (in other words, through curb ramps).
Inspections: Inspectors leave a time-stamped notice at properties with un-shoveled sidewalks. After receiving a notice, businesses have four hours and residences have 24 hours before the inspectors re-check (and potentially issue a $150 fine).
Report A Problem: Please report addresses of unshoveled sidewalks, curb ramps, and bike lanes to Denver 311 or pocketgov.org. If you’re up for it, send your receipt or confirmation to District10@denvergov.org so we can keep track of how well the City is responding to your concerns.

I was in the news A LOT recently regarding the City’s enforcement for keeping the Right-Of-Way clear of snow. Read up on my thoughts on Denver and snow removal with a partial list of news articles:

Lack of enforcement creates obstacles during snowy week for disabled community
Plows Hit Denver’s Residential Streets With De-Icer To Clear Roads
When it comes to clearing snowy and icy sidewalks, snitches prevent stitches
Denver to treat icy residential streets following complaints
After big storm, Denver residents reported 1,439 unshoveled sidewalks. Only 36 tickets have been issued.

TREEcycle

Recycle Your Christmas Tree with Denver’s Treecycle Program

This year Treecycle collections will occur on normal trash collection days between January 6-17.

Recycling your Christmas tree is as easy as 1, 2, 3 with Denver Recycles/Solid Waste Management’s annual Treecycle program. By recycling your tree through Denver’s Treecycle program, you can help keep trees out of the landfill, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and help create mulch that is available to Denver residents for free at the Annual Treecycle Mulch Giveaway Compost Sale in the spring.

Here’s how easy it is to recycle your Christmas tree:
Remove all decorations, lights and tree stands. Only natural (real) trees are collected for recycling during Treecycle. No artificial or flocked trees are accepted.
Set your tree out for collection no later than 7 a.m. on one of your scheduled trash collection days between January 6 and 17.
Reclaim free mulch made from your tree at the annual Mulch Giveaway & Compost Sale in May!

Remember:
Do NOT place trees inside bags, carts or dumpsters.
Be sure to set trees at least 2 feet away from trash or recycling carts, and all other obstacles.
This program suspends Extra Trash Collection by two weeks. If your scheduled Extra Trash Collection occurs during January 6-17, it will be pushed back.
After January 17th, trees can be dropped off for recycling at the Cherry Creek Recycling Drop-off.
Last year, Denver residents recycled nearly 21,500 trees. Participate in this year’s Treecycle program and help us recycle even more!

For more information about Treecycle, Recycle Your Holiday Lights, or other Denver Recycles programs, visit DenverGov.org/DenverRecycles call 311 (720-913-1311).

Letter From District 10 Councilman Chris Hinds

Happy Fall!
It’s been three months since I took office in Denver’s Perfect District 10. We’ve been busy getting oriented and meeting with a lot of you. I organized our office with three Aides helping to cover three distinct District 10 areas to cover a lot of District 10 territory. Our response time has been getting faster and faster. To date, our office has handled just shy of 200 constituent cases!
Here are just a handful of items you could find on the District 10 calendar:
• City Agency Speed Dating: We got a 10-minute intro to 35 different Denver departments and agencies where we met leadership, learned about organizational structure, were told about funding needs and issues, and who to reach out to when our constituents need help.
• 5280 Trail: This is a project I’m proud to champion. It’s great for District 10. More coming soon.
• City Contracts 101: Though City Council has a strong bully pulpit, the real authority of Council is over two areas of the City – approving contracts and passing legislation. While Mayor Hancock has our ear, City operations fall under the Mayor’s purview.
• Lobbyists: Whaaa? We met with several paid and unpaid lobbyists on various issues such the implementation of 5G cell towers and scooter safety, enforcement, and rules and regulations respectively. Both cell towers and scooters proved to be two of our first incredibly contentious issues.
• Developers: Whooo? It’s no news to you all that there is a lot of development happening across Denver, and quite a bit is in the Cherry Creek area. These meetings are important because we can help the community stay up to date on the latest information, and can reiterate issues around development that are important to all of you. Two priorities I make sure developers know that I’ll be looking out for are 1) the important relationship between land use and transit infrastructure and how development will address it, and 2) that development shouldn’t happen TO neighborhoods, it should happen FOR Perfect 10 neighborhoods.
• Transit Demand Management systems will be vital in helping Denver address the potential for hundreds of thousands of cars arriving with the new Denverites over the next 20 years. I’m supportive of alternatives that make it easy to forgo the automobile.
• Staff meetings: Each week we have two staff meetings that are an hour and a half long. It takes at least one hour to go over all our scheduling requests and event invitations. The rest of staff time is to talk through District office projects and trickier constituent issues….like those that might require mediation.
• Mediation: Sometimes constituents can be so passionate about multiple sides of an issue that we call in Denver’s mediator to help facilitate a productive conversation.
There is so much more I’d love to share with you and I look forward to doing that during your annual meeting. Teresa St Peter in our office has just started working with CCHN on several traffic calming concerns in Country Club so we’ll have an update on those when we see you next. In the meantime, please drive safe and watch out for our kids, who are back in school and going to be out and about on Halloween.
Sincerely, Chris

City Issues Statement on Ips Engraver Beetle

Denver Parks & Recreation Office of the City Forestry has identified conifer trees in the Denver area infected with the Ips engraver beetle. The bark beetle is always present in Denver’s urban forest and flares up every 9 to 10 years. The beetle rarely attacks healthy trees and mostly occurs in newly transplanted or stressed trees. In 2002, we lost over 300 spruce throughout the city; in 2012, we lost over 200. Currently, we have documented about 74 this year throughout the city and the park system.
Denver Forestry’s strategy for the park and parkway system is to remove infested trees quickly, inspect existing trees, and apply a preventative treatment to trees that are in proximity but not infested. All removed trees will be replaced.
The Ips engraver beetle is 1/8 to 3/8-inch-long, reddish-brown to black in color and lives under the bark of conifer trees, producing girdling tunnels that cause foliage discoloration, crown dieback, eventually killing the tree.
To aid in the prevention of beetle infestation, practice proper tree maintenance including adequate watering, pruning out deadwood, protecting the tree from injury from construction activities, mechanical damage and soil compaction.
Preventative treatments may be helpful for other trees but once infected, no chemical treatment exists, and swift removal is the only option to keep the beetle from spreading.
To identify if your tree may be infected, look for fading needle color at the very top of your conifer or signs that the top of the tree is dead. If you suspect your tree is infected, contact a licensed and insured tree company for inspection. Colorado State University Extension also provides information on this pest and others. https://extension.colostate.edu/

Update on Parkways and Beautification

When the founders of the Denver Country Club (formerly Overland Park Club) purchased the 120 acres for the Club in 1902, they also formed the 4th Avenue Realty Company and acquired additional land to the north for housing development. William E. Fisher was hired to establish the layout of the project. His design incorporated a series of landscaped parkways from 1st to 4th Avenues along Franklin, Gilpin and High Streets, expanding green spaces within the City of Denver.
Today these parkways are managed by Denver Parks and Recreation as part of Denver’s urban park system. Because they are an important asset for our neighborhood, representatives of the CCHN Board work closely with the Operations Supervisor of Parks & Recreation to protect and maintain these historic parkways.
Concerns about the condition of the parkways were raised this year by several CCHN residents. CCHN President Diane Woodworth-Jordon and I met with the Parks Supervisor to establish a plan to rejuvenate this aging landscape, which incorporates lawn, shrubs and trees. Acting quickly on the plan, Parks & Rec has already redefined the tree rings and shrub beds and will mulch these areas in the spring, when they will plant replacement shrubs.
The lawns have been aerated and over seeded. This winter, Denver Forestry will prune trees. Tree replacement is on a rotating schedule by zones throughout the City. This part of Denver isn’t up for replacement for a few more years. We are working with Forestry to maintain a list of trees to replace. Also on the winter schedule is resetting of the remaining concrete “Dragon’s Teeth” placed at the north and south ends of each parkway so that they stand upright.
Parks and Rec has asked all residents to call 311 if they see sprinkler issues or fallen trees in the parkways. They also request that residents not put their own broken branches or trees in the parkways for cleanup. There aren’t enough funds or personnel to handle park debris after a major storm, so removal of residential trees and branches needs to be the responsibility of the homeowner.
When Spring 2020 arrives, the parkways of Franklin, Gilpin and High Street should be bursting with new growth and again beautify the neighborhood.
If you have interest in being part of our neighborhood beautification effort, please contact our neighborhood president for more information about how you can become involved.

Secret Rooms Can Be Treasures Found

We are fortunate to have beautiful and unique architecture and design throughout our neighborhood. Perhaps one of the more intriguing elements is the secret or hidden room. These rooms can be found most anywhere in the house and are fun to discover. One such room is in the home of Anne and Matt Quallick. When they renovated and redesigned their lovely historic Tudor on Vine Street several years ago, Anne, an architect by trade, decided to incorporate this surprise feature for their two young boys. A whimsical “secret” room, accessed via false-front doorways, joins their bedrooms. “The boys never tire of showing friends the hidden doorways,” Quallick says, “They always react with delight as if it’s the first time they’ve discovered it.”

Break Ins / Be Aware

Sadly, there was a break-in on Vine Street yesterday early evening (5 PM). Someone walked through a gate and busted through a back door of one of our neighbors.

Please be aware of any strange vehicles or behavior in our neighborhood and promptly call police. Alternatively, you can call our security company who – if on patrol – will swing by. Their number is ‭(303) 603-3090‬. Please use your home alarms at ALL times.

Potential Flooding

Potential flooding of Cherry Creek Trail on Wed. May 22, 2019: Annual reservoir sediment flush

WEDNESDAY, MAY 22: the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will conduct their annual sediment flush of the Cherry Creek Reservoir & Dam. As always, the released water is not expected to reach the Cherry Creek Channel until Wednesday evening, at which point the trail could experience flooding.

This year is a low-flow year, so any flooding should be minimal—operations crews anticipate that the Cherry Creek Trail will remain open but remind everyone to use extra caution if water is on the trail, and to consider using an alternate route if possible. If necessary, please use the sidewalk along Speer Blvd. Crews will be out early on Thursday morning to address any needed cleanup. Thanks for your patience!

Find full details from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers HERE

Run-Off Election

Press Release – For immediate release.

Press Contact: Marcia Verba, League of Women Voters Denver at mverba1@msn.com 303-629-0614

Denver Municipal Run-Off Election Forums

7 Candidate and 1 Ballot Issue Forums

Denver Decides, a consortium composed of the League of Women Voters of Denver, Inter-Neighborhood

Cooperation, Historic Denver, and Denver 8 TV, will once again hold candidate and ballot issue forums, this

time for the Municipal Run-Off election on June 4. The forums will be held in the Sharp Auditorium at the

Denver Art Museum on Tuesday, May 21 and Thursday, May 23. They will also be taped for later viewing on

Denver 8 TV and available to be streamed through the Denver Decides website.

Election Day Tuesday, June 4

Ballots will be mailed on May 20

Tuesday, May 21

6:00 p.m. Clerk and Recorder – Paul Lopez and Peg Perl

6:45 p.m. Council District 1 – Amanda Sandoval and Mike Somma

7:30 p.m. Council District 3 – Veronica Barela and Jamie Torres

8:15 p.m. Council District 5 – Amanda Sawyer and Mary Beth Susman

Thursday, May 23

5:00 p.m. Mayor – Jamie Giellis and Michael Hancock

6:00 p.m. Council District 9 – Albus Brooks and Candi CdeBaca

7:30 p.m. Council District 10 – Chris Hinds and Wayne New

8:15 p.m. Initiative Ordinance 302 – Let Denver Vote (Olympics)

This has proven to be an exciting election season. Join us for these two informative evenings before you vote.

Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Parking is available on the street or in Cultural Center Garage – access 12th Ave.

between Broadway and Bannock. Enter building and proceed to Lower Level via stairs or elevator to Sharp Auditorium

DenverDecides.org

Denver Decides: A Community Partnership for Accessible, Transparent Elections

Reminder: VOTE!

Tuesday is city-wide election day and ballots cannot be mailed at this point.  Vote by hand delivering to a ballot collection box or vote in person. 24 hour ballot boxes reside at the Denver Botanic Gardens and on the east side of the Cherry Creek Ross library. Every vote counts!!!