Thursday, May 14, 2020

Aurora - City Newsletter - May 14, 2020

May 14, 2020

Ask your questions of Mayor Coffman with new weekly live stream on Facebook,

Mayor Mike Live at 3pm Fridays on Facebook
Starting this Friday, May 15, at 3 p.m., join Mayor Mike Coffman every week for a live stream of "Mayor Mike Live" on Facebook and

The mayor will provide an update on the city's response to COVID-19 as well as other issues affecting the city, its residents and its businesses. Get your questions ready as the mayor will answer live as many as possible.

More information about Aurora's response and local resources of all kinds is available at

City gathering input for Mississippi widening project
A map of the Mississippi Avenue widening project area near Buckley Air Force Base

The city of Aurora is hosting a virtual open house through May 26 for the Mississippi Avenue Widening Project happening near Buckley Air Force Base.

In 2018, the Aurora City Council approved funding for more than 25 transportation priority projects, which includes this project that will widen the stretch of road from Aspen Street (the southern Air Force Base entrance) to Louisiana Avenue.

Given the current COVID-19 circumstances, the project team will not be able to hold an in-person open house. However, public input is important to the city of Aurora and the entire project team. To ensure the community has an opportunity to learn about the project, provide feedback and ask questions, the city has posted a short summary video, project materials and an online feedback form. Please visit by May 26 to review project information and provide the team with feedback.

Weekly mobile food pantry begins May 20

Aurora Mobile Food Pantry flyer
In partnership with Aurora Interfaith Community Services, the city of Aurora is distributing 1,000 free boxes of food (enough for about 9,000 meals) every week starting May 20 at various locations throughout the city. Photo ID or proof of Aurora residency is required. All Aurora households are eligible, and emergency food kits are also available for those experiencing homelessness.

The first event will be Wednesday, May 20, at Aurora Central High School, 11700 E. 11th Ave., with the next occurring Wednesday, May 27, at Hinkley High School, 1250 Chambers Road. Distribution will begin at 10 a.m. each day and last until 1 p.m., or until all food has been distributed. Please remember to practice social distancing while waiting your turn.

Additional dates for the mobile food pantry will continue through the summer. Location details will be announced soon.

For more information, call 720.557.6444.

Aurora Key Community Response Team Update - May 2020
Video update from Aurora Key Community Response Team
Created in 1992, the Aurora Key Community Response Team is made up of volunteers who work alongside the city of Aurora to engage with community members and partner organizations. In lieu of an in-person meeting in May, AKCRT has produced a video with updates from Mayor Mike Coffman, Interim Police Chief Vanessa Wilson, Aurora Fire Rescue Chief Fernando Gray and others.

Join in moment of silence at 7 p.m. May 15

Image of Colorado flag inside a heart shape with the words Every Number Has a Name - Colorado Remembers COVID-19 Victims
Aurora will be joining the state and more than 35 other Colorado cities in a coordinated effort Friday, May 15, at 7 p.m. to honor those who have been lost in the COVID-19 pandemic with a moment of silence.

The day also marks Peace Officers Memorial Day, and flags will be lowered to half-staff.

Please join us in standing together with the families of victims in our fight against this deadly virus. You can join by wearing a mask as a symbol that we will all do our part and observing a moment of silence. We stand united as Coloradans with the families who have lost loved ones to COVID-19.


Council Member Town Meetings
Council members are eager to hear from residents and committed to forums in which those conversations can occur, but the format and structure of town meetings may be affected by the COVID-19 crisis. Please visit to check the latest information on meeting dates.

City Council Regular Meeting (Virtual)
Monday, May 18, 7:30 p.m.
View this meeting online at and cable channels 8 and 880. You can also listen to the meeting by phone (see for details). In advance of the meeting, submit a comment for Public Invited To Be Heard or an individual agenda item to Please indicate in your email whether you want your comment read into the record at the meeting or simply forwarded to mayor and City Council. Staff will read the first three minutes of any comment into the record as requested. Comments will also be accepted in advance of the meeting by phone by calling the City Clerk’s Office at 303.739.7094. • Streamed live at or cable channels 8 and 880 only

E-cycling event postponed
The city of Aurora's May 16 e-cycling event that was rescheduled from March due to the previous Stay-at-Home order has been postponed again under Safer at Home until a plan can be developed that adequately addresses COVID-19 prevention such as social distancing, hygiene and masking for the event. The event will be rescheduled at a later date.

Aurora Mobile Food Pantry
Wednesday, May 20, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (open until food has been distributed)
In partnership with Aurora Interfaith Community Services, the city of Aurora is distributing 1,000 boxes of food every week starting May 20 at various locations throughout the city. Photo ID or proof of Aurora residency is required. All Aurora households are eligible, and emergency food kits are also available for those experiencing homelessness.
Aurora Central High School, 11700 E. 11th Ave.
For questions, call 720.557.6444

Upcoming Rec Center Virtual Open House
Wednesday, May 20, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Join the virtual open house discussing the new recreation center in southeast Aurora along with the Aurora Reservoir master plan amendment. Project and master plan updates to be discussed include site plans and renderings. The presentation will be online beginning May 11 at For question email You must call in on May 20 at 5:30 p.m. to participate. Access number: 1.877.820.7831; participant passcode: 254610#

Mattress recycling event
Saturday, May 23, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Dispose of old mattresses and box springs safely in this event in partnership with Spring Back Colorado Mattress Recycling. The cost is $20 per mattress or box spring. The event will include clear signage regarding the drop-off process. Personal protective equipment will be in place, and residents should remain in their vehicles at all times. Cars also will be redirected to an overflow lot if more than eight people get in line at a time.
Central Facilities Recycling Center, 13646 E. Ellsworth Ave.

Explore the World While Staying at Home
Do you feel a little shut off from the rest of the world during the Stay-at-Home order? Some city programs have some great ways for you to stay connected.
·     Aurora Dance Arts: On its Facebook page, Aurora Dance Arts is providing live online dance classes, with some of their fabulous faculty teaching from home, dance tutorials and dance challenge videos, and various other online resources for dancers and families.
·     Aurora Fox Arts Center: The Aurora Fox has a weekly video interview, “Meet the Artists,” with artists connected to the Aurora Fox. Check it out on the Aurora Fox’s Facebook page or Instagram.
·     Aurora History Museum and Historic Sites: Explore online exhibits, archives and lesson plans from your home, including interactive maps, such as one of East Colfax Avenue, history videos, and more. You can also take a virtual tour of all the city’s historic sites.
·     Aurora Public Library: The library has daily storytime on Facebook, ebooks, audiobooks and other remote-access tools, Learn at Home activities, Do It Yourself projects, virtual field trips to museums, national parks, etc., and more. Aurora Public Schools students can access most library databases using their student ID number.
·     Art in Public Places: The city’s Art in Public Places program has a downloadable coloring book featuring some of the most popular public arts in Aurora. Visit its Facebook page to download your free copy.
·     The People’s Building: Aurora's newest cultural facility is creating a series of videos on its Facebook and Instagram titled “Six Feet Apart,” which profiles some of the artists and performers who will be showcased at the building once we return to healthier times.

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