Here are some meeting highlights
You can watch the full meeting online, but here is a brief update on Council action.
Council approves fourth-quarter grants
Four local nonprofits will benefit from Council’s unanimous approval of their grant applications Tuesday night. Castle Rock Band, Clothes to Kids of Denver and Douglas County Living each received a $500 grant through the Council Community Grant Program.
- The American Legion will use its grant to replace MIA/POW flags.
- Castle Rock Band will use the funds for rehearsal space and music.
- Clothes to Kids will use the money to buy new socks and underwear for low-income or in-crisis students in Castle Rock and the Denver Metro Area.
- Douglas County Living will use the grant to offset costs for a Toys for Tots dinner that collects toys and raises money to buy toys for less fortunate children in the community.
Each quarter, Council distributes funds to local nonprofit organizations through the Council Community Grant Program. The Town’s Finance Department receives the applications and reviews them for eligibility. The department then presents the applications to Council for consideration. The grants are funded by the Town Council Non-profit Grants Account in the General Fund.
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Learn more about the Council Community Grant program on the Town’s official website.
Jet/Vacuum Truck to help maintain water infrastructure
Maintaining local infrastructure will become a little easier when Castle Rock Water purchases an additional combination jet/vacuum truck in 2018. Council unanimously approved the purchase Tuesday night.
Castle Rock Water’s field services team uses these combination trucks for regular cleaning and maintenance of the Town’s utility systems. Additionally, the trucks are used during emergency situations like sanitary sewer backups and waterline breaks. This second truck – which will cost about $425,195 – will help the team maintain the community’s infrastructure more efficiently.
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Council seeks more research before deciding on changes to liquor code
State Law currently dictates there must be a 500-foot distance between a liquor-licensed business and a school. However, as more mixed-use projects move to Castle Rock, some commercially zoned districts are now home to restaurants, tech companies, breweries, churches with schools and charter schools. The Economic Development Council is asking Town Council to evaluate this unintended business impact.
Town Council directed staff to conduct more research on a possible liquor licensing ordinance. Staff will now gather additional information and may present a possible ordinance to amend Town Code to remove the Town’s distance restrictions in certain areas. That ordinance is expected to be considered in first quarter 2018.
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