Thursday, October 10, 2019

City of Aurora Newsletter

How we plow. Be WinterWise. Things to do this week

Oct. 10, 2019

snow trucks

How the city plows our streets

Here we go—snow is here. The good news is that the city of Aurora is ready. Aurora has more than 90 pieces of snow removal equipment ready to plow 1,500 miles of roadway depending on a winter storm’s severity. 

In an average year, the city spends a little over $2 million on plowing operations—roughly $7.50 per resident.

During a storm, roads are cleared in this order:
·     Priority One routes—the major arterial and collector streets that provide access to emergency services (police/fire stations, hospitals, etc.)—are treated first. All efforts will be made to keep them open and maintained, which often means running the routes repeatedly to ensure they remain passable.
·     Priority Two routes—minor collector streets that allow access to schools, businesses, grocery stores and service stations—are plowed second. Based on a storm’s severity, these routes will be kept open and maintained if possible during a snow storm. 
·     Priority Three and Four routes—including a portion of the neighborhood streets and rural roads—are lower priority routes that are plowed as resources allow but only after the Priority One and Two routes are clear. Once Priority Three and Four routes are complete, a plow has come within a few blocks of every Aurora home.

Crews from several city departments band together to work the plows—often around the clock. They need plenty of room to operate because plows travel slowly to maximize plowing capabilities and have difficulty seeing motorists due to blind spots. When a storm becomes so large that life safety is compromised and safety personnel cannot access an area, the city’s Public Works Department director may decide that all neighborhood streets will be plowed. That’s another 675 miles of roadway.

Generally, the most significant storms happen in the spring or fall when sunny days allow road conditions to improve rapidly—well before plows could reach many smaller residential streets. In addition, most residents would have cleared their driveways and vehicles parked on the street. Plowing would block those drives and plow in those street-parked cars.

Residents with a medical condition or who need special access during or after a snow storm may call the police non-emergency line at 303.627.3100. They will coordinate with Public Works to make sure the caller’s address is accessible.

For life-threatening emergencies, call 9-1-1. For information on city closures due to severe weather conditions, call Access Aurora at 303.739.7000, visit, or follow us on social media at @AuroraGov. To review the snow plan and snow removal maps, visit

20th Annual Festival of Wreaths

This festive annual fundraiser features wreaths generosity sponsored and decorated by businesses, organizations and individuals. Sponsorship forms are available through October. Funds support programs at the Aurora History Museum.

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Are you ready for cold weather?

Be prepared. Be proactive. Reduce the risk of weather-related problems by preparing your home, car and family in advance for emergencies and by observing safety precautions. 

The city of Aurora's Office of Emergency Management has prepared a WinterWise guide to help your household prepare for and respond to winter weather conditions. WinterWise provides details on what to include in an emergency kit, how to prepare your home and vehicle for the winter, how to keep your family and pets safe in extreme cold-weather conditions, and where to seek additional resources.

Click here to download your WinterWise guide, which is also available in Spanish.


City Council Town Meetings
• Ward I (Crystal Murillo) - Thursday, Oct. 24, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Martin Luther King Jr. Library, 9898 E. Colfax Ave.
• Ward II (Nicole Johnston) - Thursday, Oct. 24, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Central Recreation Center, 18150 E. Vassar Place
• Ward III (Marsha Berzins) - Wednesday, Nov. 13, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
City Cafe, 15151 E. Alameda Parkway, Second Floor
Thursday, Oct. 17, 7:15 to 8:30 a.m. (Mornings with Marsha)
Tin Cup Cafe, 50 S. Peoria St.
• Ward IV (Charlie Richardson) - Thursday, Oct. 17, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Garden Plaza of Aurora, 14221 E. Evans Ave.
• Ward V (Bob Roth) - No November meeting scheduled.
• Ward VI (Fran├žoise Bergan) - Wednesday, Nov. 20, 6 to 8 p.m.
City of Aurora Public Safety Training Center, 25950 E. Quincy Ave.

City Council Special Study Session
Monday, Oct. 14, 4 p.m.
Aurora Municipal Center, 15151 E. Alameda Parkway, Aurora Room • Streamed live at

Aurora Senior Forum
Friday, Oct. 11, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Caregivers can find tools and support from exhibitors and presentations. The event is a partnership between the Aurora Center for Active Adults and the Aurora Commission for Seniors.
Aurora Center for Active Adults, 30 Del Mar Circle

"Miss You Like Hell"
Through Oct. 13
This folk-rock musical kicks off the Aurora Fox Arts Center's new season with the story of an undocumented immigrant woman who joins her estranged daughter on a cross-country road trip to California, meeting a mosaic of characters along the way who are as diverse and interesting as America itself.
Aurora Fox Arts Center, 9900 E. Colfax Ave.

Lunch & Learn Panel: Historic Preservation
Wednesday, Oct. 16, noon to 12:45 p.m.
Learn about historic preservation and landmarking historic sites in Colorado with experts from History Colorado, Aurora Historic Sites and Historic Denver. Bring your own lunch. Cost: $4 ($3 for Aurora residents)
Aurora History Museum, 15051 E. Alameda Parkway

Harry Potter Trivia at Launch Pad Brewery
Wednesday, Oct. 16, 7 p.m.
Calling all witches and wizards – grab a pint of Butterbeer and put your history of magic knowledge to the test to win prizes. Teams of up to four people.
Organized by Aurora Public Library
Launch Pad Brewery, 884 S. Buckley Road

Southeast Area Recreation Center Public Meeting
Thursday, Oct. 17, 5 to 7 p.m.
View the near-final plans for the new recreation center in southeast Aurora. Also, vote on the exterior concepts for the building's look. Stop by anytime between 5 and 7 p.m. Light refreshments will be served and activities offered for children.
Arapahoe County Fairgrounds Main Hall, 25690 E. Quincy Ave. or call 303.739.7392

Halloween Fun @ Aurora Public Library
Join the Halloween fun at the library with spooktacular events for all ages. Visit website for events starting Oct. 25.
Various locations

Short Film Festival
Saturday, Oct. 26, 2 to 5 p.m.
Celebrate the autumn film festival circuit with Aurora Public Library at our own short film festival. We’ll be showing a variety of short films for you to enjoy–or critique–through the streaming film service Kanopy. Stay for a few or stay for them all.
Aurora Central Library, 14949 E. Alameda Parkway

Katharina Kang Fine Art Studio Group Exhibition
Through 31 (Open during Aurora Municipal Center business hours)
Come see the artworks of first-generation immigrant woman at this 15th annual exhibition.
Aurora Municipal Center Mezzanine Gallery, Second Floor, 15151 E. Alameda Parkway

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