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MARCH 2018







entennial’s new Mayor, Stephanie Piko, was sworn into office January 8 along with three new Council Members and one re-elected Council Member. Mayor Piko was elected in November and takes over as Mayor for Cathy Noon, who was term-limited. Kathy Turley was re-elected as Council Member for District 1; Tammy Maurer replaced Doris Truhlar as Council Member for District 2; Mike Sutherland replaced Mark Gotto as Council Member for District 3; and Marlo Alston replaced Charles “C.J.” Whelan as Council Member and Ron Weidmann replaced Stephanie Piko for District 4. Piko vacated her seat as District 4 Council Member January 8 when she was sworn in as Mayor. At that time, City Council decided to fill her vacant seat by appointment of a citizen residing in District 4. Nine District 4 residents submitted applications to fill the vacant seat. On Monday, January 22, City Council narrowed the selection to three for formal interviews:

Above: Former Mayor Cathy Noon (left) and current Mayor Stephanie Piko (right) at the Council Swearing In ceremony in January.

Ron Weidmann, John Miquel and Sarah Whitely. Interviews took place Wednesday, February 7 resulting in the appointment of Ron Weidmann. Visit to learn more about Centennial’s Mayor and City Council.

2018 BUDGET IN BRIEF The City’s budget document is the compilation of City Council’s goals, City-wide objectives, ordinances and resolutions that provide policy direction and respond to the needs and desires of the community. The budget process also includes long-range planning.

FINES & FEES $2,456,750 AUTOMOBILE USE TAX $5,193,500


The City’s budget is prepared on a calendar year basis as required by the City Charter. The budget must be balanced, which means planned expenditures cannot exceed the anticipated revenues and beginning fund balance. The City’s fiscal year is January 1 through December 31. Find the entire 2018 Annual Budget online at LEGISLATIVE COMMUNITY $1,828,370 DEVELOPMENT $1,030,838





$ 74.9 M

$ 60.9 M


SALES TAX $39,498,460

PUBLIC SAFETY $26,094,100

FINANCIAL $9,453,321

PUBLIC WORKS $16,120,577





MAJOR CITY PROJECTS INTELLIGENT TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM MASTER PLAN The Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) Master Plan will install travel time monitors, improve traffic signal detection, connect all traffic signals to the master system and implement upgrades to the existing master system software. The budget allotted for the ITS Master Plan is $1 million for 2018.

EAST WEST TRAIL The City’s Open Space fund has allocated $130,000 for the design of the East West Trail. This design will connect approximately 17 miles from the High Line Canal Trail to Piney Creek Trail (and a continuous connection between E470 and the South Platte River Trail). Currently there is no trail connecting the west and east sides of the City of Centennial. Design will take place in 2018. Construction is to be determined.


SIDEWALK PROGRAM In 2018, $525,000 is included in the Capital Improvement Fund for the construction of new or missing sidewalk segments throughout the City. Specific locations will be identified based upon prioritized need and other available funding sources.

The City has allocated $150,000 to develop a new comprehensive plan, Centennial NEXT, to help ensure the community’s values align with the City’s road map for development. This City-wide plan will promote quality of life, sense of community, economic vitality, supporting infrastructure and a responsible government that leaves a legacy for future generations.


The implementation of the City’s $5.7 million Fiber Master Plan is underway. City Council has created the Centennial Fiber Commission to oversee Centennial FiberWorks, the program administering the implementation of the City’s fiber backbone. This backbone will make fiber available to key City sites and other community anchor institutions.


CAREGIVING CHECKLIST AGING WELL IN CENTENNIAL Find the checklist online at Early planning is key to addressing quality of life issues as people age, so the Centennial Senior Commission created a Caregiving Checklist to help seniors and caregivers prepare for the future. The checklist is designed to address aging issues in six different categories: caregiving, documents, financial, housing, legal and medical. Each list has a series of topics users can check off once they have completed the task or discussion. Examples of topics include: when to stop driving, social media accounts, taxes, aging in place, guardianship and palliative care.


2018 NOX IOUS WEE D WORKSHO P Saturday , May 19 | 9 a.m. - N Centennia oon l’s Eagle S tr e e t F a c ility 7272 S. Ea gle Street

Learn how to identify noxious weeds and how to safely eliminate them from your property. After an hour in the classroom, attendees will take a short walk through a nearby field to further newly acquired weed identification skills. Let your yard be beautiful and weed-free this summer! Space is limited to 30 participants, so don’t wait to register! For more information and for reservations, contact Tamra Gregory at 303.325.8041 or 4

Download the Caregiving Checklist online at or visit the Senior Commission table at the Arapahoe Libraries Senior Fair at Koelbel Library (5955 South Holly Street, Centennial, CO 80121) on April 6, 2018 from 10 a.m. - Noon to pick up a copy of the checklist.

HIGH LINE CANAL 2ND PHASE OF PLANNING UNDERWAY The High Line Canal Conservancy has launched the second phase of planning for the High Line Canal, a 71-mile regional trail. Anticipated to be complete in Fall 2018, this next phase will ensure the Canal reaches its greatest potential as an environmental, recreational, social, historic and economic asset. Signage and wayfinding, as well as landscape guidelines for all 71 miles of the Canal will be included in the plan. The Conservancy is hosting two community open houses. Stop by and provide input on this second phase!

COMMUNITY OPEN HOUSES Tuesday, April 10; 4:30-7:30 p.m. Goodson Recreation Center 6315 S. University Boulevard Thursday, April 26; 4:30-7:30 p.m. Aurora Public Library 14949 E. Alameda Parkway



COMPREHENSIVE PLAN COMMUNITY INPUT EVENTS The third and final phase of the City’s Comprehensive Plan, Centennial NEXT is underway. Residents and businesses are invited to provide feedback on what they would like to see “next” in Centennial. Staff will be out and about throughout the City gathering feedback at Whole Foods, local coffee shops and breweries in March and April. Visit to see where we’ll be and learn how you can help shpae the future. We appreciate your feedback.

Take surveys and learn more information online at Pictured above: Centennial City Planners gather feedback at last month’s community input events.


The Rotary Club of Centennial is once again hosting the annual State of Our City Address and Luncheon with Centennial's new Mayor, Stephanie Piko!

Thursday, April 12, 2018 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Embassy Suites Denver Tech Center, 10250 E. Costilla Avenue, Centennial, CO Individual tickets are available for $45 and can be purchased online at, enter event code Rotary18.

Spring street sweeping begins in March and will continue through May until all public streets are swept. Summer sweeping is scheduled from July through August and the fall program is scheduled for mid-September through the end of November. The sweeping schedules are dependent upon the weather and may change slightly to adjust for weather delays. To view the sweeping schedule, visit You may receive notifications by subscribing at and on the private neighborhood social network,


2018 STREET REHABILITATION KEEPING ROADS IN SHAPE In order to keep the City’s pavement network in good condition, City Council authorized $6.75 million in funding for the 2018 Street Rehabilitation Program. Affected neighborhoods will be notified with a letter and door hanger in advance of any work on their street. You may also receive notifications by subscribing to the private neighborhood social network, To find out if your street is included in this year’s program, visit

2018 Street Rehabilitation Program Phases Concrete Replacement: Begins in March Streets receiving a mill and overlay treatment will also have concrete curbs, gutters and sidewalks evaluated to identify failing areas in need of replacement or upgrades to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards. Mill and Overlay Treatment: Begins in May Includes the removal of approximately two inches of existing asphalt surface and overlaying the milled surface with new asphalt. An estimated 12.9 miles will be completed. Surface Treatment: Crack Seal applied in May, Slurry Seal applied in September Surface treatments such as slurry seal and crack seal prolong the life of pavement. Slurry seal provides an extra 5-7 years of life to pavement when applied at the proper time. Approximately 3.5 miles will receive a slurry seal treatment and 60.3 miles will receive a crack seal treatment. All work is anticipated to be complete by the end of October. For questions regarding the Centennial Street Rehabilitation Program, please contact the City’s Citizen Response Center at 303.325.8000. 6

CONGRATULATIONS TO CUNNINGHAM & SOUTH METRO FIRE DISTRICTS As of January 1, 2018 South Metro Fire Rescue and Cunningham Fire Protection District merged operations into a new fire authority. Each District maintains their existing special district governing boards and election laws. Prior to the merger both Districts earned the ultimate ISO rating of 1. The Insurance Service Organization (ISO) gives a ranking of 1 through 10, with 1 being the best and 10 being no protection at all. The purpose of ISO is to give insurance companies a uniform system on which to base their insurance premiums. There are more than 44,600 fire districts in the U.S. and only 56 are both accredited and have an ISO rating of 1. What does this mean for you? Great protection in the case of fire and lower insurance rates!

SOUTH METRO FIRE TO MERGE WITH LITTLETON FIRE IN 2019 Starting January 1, 2019, South Metro Fire Rescue will provide fire protection services to Littleton Fire Protection District (LFPD) and Highlands Ranch Metro District (HRMD) as part of a fire authority agreement. The ultimate goal is to combine all the entities into a single fire district, which is why voters in HRMD and LFPD are being asked to “include” their properties into South Metro in an election slated for May 8. “We believe South Metro can best meet the needs of our community for many years to come by providing continued excellent emergency service at a long-term sustainable cost,” said Keith Gardner, Board President for Littleton Fire Protection District. “The firefighters fully support this unification,” said Joel Heinemann, president of the Littleton Firefighters Association. Please feel free to go to South Metro Fire Rescue’s website to get all the details on these elections, including polling places. Information can be found here:

Mayor Piko will have office hours every Tuesday starting March 20 from 10-11 a.m. at the Centennial Civic Center. Stop by to meet the Mayor, discuss projects, concerns, ideas or questions. The Centennial Civic Center is located at 13133 E. Arapahoe Road.

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10 a.m. - Noon Centennial Center Park 13050 E. Peakview Ave. Mark your calendars for Centennial Earth Day 2018! This year’s event will focus on appreciating the birds of Centennial with a variety of free bird-related activities for the entire family, including crafting upcycled birdhouses, learning about the birds in our community, facepainting, and more! Stay tuned for details and learn more at 7

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Monday, April 23 | 6 - 8 p.m. Southglenn Library | 6972 S. Vine Street

District 2

Thursday, April 26 | 6:30 - 8 p.m. Koelbel Library | 5955 S. Holly Street

District 3

Tuesday, March 20 | 6:30 - 8 p.m. Eagle Street Facility | 7272 S. Eagle Street

District 4

Invite District 4 Council Members to an HOA or neighborhood meeting. Email to extend an invitation.

BREW-N-QUE BBQ & Beer Tasting Festival July 14 3 - 7 p.m.

CENTENNIAL UNDER THE STARS Concert & Laser Light Show August 11 6 - 10 p.m.

CAR SHOW & CONCERT cohosted by the Centennial Senior Commission September 8 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

PICNIC IN PARK June 23 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Food trucks & live music!

PICNIC IN PARK "Dog Days"cohosted by the Centennial Youth Commission July 28 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

MOVIE NIGHT August 18 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.








CENTENNIAL CHALK ART FESTIVAL Sept. 22 - 23 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. both days

Summer will be here before we know it and the City will be hosting its award-winning events in Centennial Center Park located at 13050 E. Peakview Ave. If you are interested in providing entertainment, being a sponsor or a vendor contact Sheri Chadwick at 303.754.3320 or

Centennial Connection Q1 2018  
Centennial Connection Q1 2018