Ruby Hill-Godsman September 2016 Meeting Notes

Ruby Hill-Godsman September 2016 Meeting Notes

Present

Officers: Sharona Thompson, Ruby Hill President; Scott Bolt, Godsman President

Members: ~30 neighbors and guests

Officer Nathan Beiriger, District 4’s new Community Resource Officer spoke about crime stats and provided information on where to look up crime stats for the neighborhood. Theft from motor vehicles is on the rise in District 4; take steps to prevent theft from your vehicle.

Commander Fleecs spoke about the policing in the Gen X parking lot this past weekend, including use of the police helicopter and confiscating vehicles through the enforcement of the public nuisance abatement ordinance. He also talked about vehicle theft, which is prevalent in District 4, and cautioned owners of pre-2000 Honda Civics and Honda Accords, along with owners of Ford F-250s and F-350s to take appropriate actions to secure their vehicles.

Anita Bañuelos, aide to District 7 City Councilman Jolon Clark spoke about several things Councilman Clark’s office is working on right now, including the Sidewalk Working Group, the budget for next year, and the emerald ash borer campaign. Councilman Clark’s office is also partnering with Public Works on finding solutions for side streets dealing with speeders, and with the fire and police departments on community outreach efforts for the fireworks issue.

Ashlee Grace, a water quality planner with Denver Public Works, and a park planner from Denver Parks and Recreation spoke about a public meeting to be held on October 8 regarding the unnamed Asbury and Tejon park. A new project to make this park usable while still serving water drainage needs is starting up, and public ideas and input for how to accomplish that are being solicited. They also mentioned the Denveright Community Visioning Workshop taking place in our neighborhood on October 5. Finally, a neighbor mentioned needing a solution for the Sanderson Gulch trail in an area where it crosses the gulch and is washed out. The two representatives said that a design is in the works.

Colorado Public Radio’s Jenny Gentry gave a brief recap on the plans and process so far (which you can read about here, here, and here) and requested volunteers to support the zoning when it goes before the planning board on Wednesday, October 19 at 3pm at the City and County building on Bannock.

A shout-out for Don, on of the leaders of the Ruby Hill Community Garden, who along with Brandy, has done a lot for the garden this year and has helped plan many exciting events.

Sarah Davis, program manager for the Office of the City Forester, gave a presentation on the emerald ash borer. Learn more about the emerald ash borer and how you can take advantage of the City’s program to preserve our urban canopy at http://beasmartash.org/. You can also learn if you have an affected ash tree on your property using the tree locator.

Mara Fielding-Purdy, an arboreal inspector with Denver Parks and Recreation’s Forestry Division, spoke about utilizing properly licensed contractors for tree removal or treatment.

Jolon Clark made an appearance at the end. Councilman Clark said that funds had been appropriated for upgrading the E. Iowa Ave. underpass from Broadway to Sante Fe and that they would remove the stairs and have a regular path to the west side of Sante Fe. Also, plans are being discussed about set-backs for pedestrians from Sante Fe for crosswalks and pushing the buttons on stop lights. There also is a plan being put forth to upgrade the sidewalk along Sante Fe going south with a buffer zone from the street to make it safer. [Ed. note: Thank you, Scott!]

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  • Jolon said that funds had been appropriated for upgrading the Iowa St underpass from Broadway to Sante Fe and that they would remove the stairs and have a regular path to the west side of Sante Fe. Also, plans were being discussed about set backs for pedestrians from Sante Fe for crosswalks and pushing the buttons on stop lights. There also is a plan being put forth to take the sidewalk along Sante Fe going south that would have a buffer zone from the street to make it safer.

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