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City Newsletter - July 9, 2020

July 9, 2020

Tri-County Health Department approves face-covering mandate that includes Aurora

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On Wednesday, July 8, the Board of Directors for Tri-County Health Department approved a face-covering mandate in the three-county area that includes Aurora.

This mandate applies to all individuals while in public indoor spaces, as well as in outdoor spaces where social distancing of at least 6 feet is not possible. There is currently not an effective date for the policy as it is being drafted by Tri-County Health Department. Colorado may not yet be seeing the big spikes in COVID-19 cases that have been occurring elsewhere in the country, but numbers are trending upward, and residents can follow best practices—social distance, use a face covering and frequently wash their hands or use hand sanitizer—so we can continue on a path of economic recovery. Local municipalities can opt out of this mandate.

Discussion on details for Aurora are in its early stages at the City Council. To stay updated on this topic and more COVID-19 city efforts and response, as well as available resources for businesses and residents, visit

Oil and Gas regulations virtual public meeting July 16

The city is updating the Aurora Municipal Code with regulations and Best Management Practices related to oil and gas. Join the first of two virtual town hall meetings 6 p.m. July 16 to ask questions about the draft regulations. Review draft online.

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City Council discusses scope of independent investigation into Elijah McClain case

Prompted by the members of the city's Public Safety, Courts and Civil Service Policy Committee—Council Members Allison Hiltz, Curtis Gardner and Angela Lawson—the city manager is working with the mayor and members of the Aurora City Council to initiate a new independent, external investigation of the actions of our police, firefighters and paramedics in the Elijah McClain case.

Mayor Mike Coffman called for a discussion of the Aurora City Council on July 6 on the investigation, where council expressed its support for the anticipated scope of the investigation. The council will further discuss the investigation and who will conduct it at the Public Safety, Courts and Civil Service Policy Committee meeting on July 16, and at the City Council meeting July 20.

The external investigation is expected to include a team of experts who will thoroughly examine the actions of Aurora police, firefighters and paramedics in the case, with both local and national input from people with backgrounds including civil rights, the criminal justice system and emergency medical assistance. The report will evaluate all actions against applicable laws, best practices, national policing and emergency response standards, making any recommendations they deem fit.

“It is imperative that the city moves forward quickly and urgently with this investigation to provide answers to the community,” said Mayor Coffman. “Together we all want to achieve meaningful improvements, eliminate racial inequity and make lives better in our community. This review–and ultimately its findings—is a critical step toward these goals.”


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, July 20, 7:30 p.m.
View this meeting online at and cable channels 8 and 880. You may 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

Mayor Mike Live
Friday, July 10, 3 p.m.
Join Mayor Coffman on Facebook Live or every Friday for updates on the city’s COVID-19 response, as well as information on topics being discussed in our city. This week (July 10) on the show will be Council Member Allison Hiltz to talk about the city’s independent investigation in the Elijah McClain case and Town Center at Aurora General Manager Don Massey to discuss business recovery in our community. Live streamed on on Facebook and

Library's Summer of Imagination
Through Aug. 1
This year’s summer program is completely virtual. Register online and download your reading logs. When you reach your reading milestones, email us at to receive your prizes.

Trusted Voices: Census 2020 Series 
Through Aug. 18, Tuesdays, 10 a.m.
The city of Aurora will host the Trusted Voices: Census 2020 series on Facebook Live. Join us as we talk with trusted voices throughout our community about the benefits and opportunities of completing the 2020 census. 

Aurora Mobile Food Pantry
Thursdays in July, 10 a.m. until food has been distributed
In partnership with Aurora Interfaith Community Services, the city of Aurora has distributed more than 150,000 meals this summer as part of the Aurora Mobile Food Pantry. Photo ID or proof of Aurora residency is required. All Aurora households are eligible. Food for pets is also available, as well as emergency food kits for those experiencing homelessness. For questions, call 720.557.6444 or visit
Overland High School, 12400 E. Jewell Ave.

Virtual STEAM-Powered History Camp
July 13 to 17 (ages 11 to 13)
July 20 to 24 (ages 8 to 10)
Experience Aurora's history through the past and present of science and technology. Our virtual summer camp provides activities that can be completed on your own time, but also includes daily online instruction for everyone registered for camp. Cost: $15 per camper. Materials and fees included. Registration and more information at

Draft Oil and Gas Regulations Virtual Town Hall
Thursday, July 16, 6 to 8 p.m.
The city of Aurora is updating the Aurora Municipal Code with regulations and Best Management Practices related to oil and gas. All oil and gas regulations will be contained in a new document titled "Oil & Gas Manual." The Aurora Municipal Code will be updated to refer to the Oil & Gas Manual for regulations pertaining to oil and gas. Two virtual town hall meetings will take place for the public to ask questions about the draft regulations. Access the meeting online at or call 1.720.650.7664 (access code 146 898 3757) for audio only. To submit comments on the draft regulations by Aug. 23, email Oil&

Little Foxes Summer Theatre Program
July 20 to 31, 9 a.m. to noon
The Aurora Fox Arts Center is reopening its doors with the children's theater program, limited to 16 students, for a two-week theatrical experience like nothing the Little Foxes have ever done before. "Odyssey 3000!" will be a little bit “Twilight Zone,” a little bit “Megamind,” and a whole lot of fun when our young artists create an entirely original show based on a futuristic theme! Participants will work to devise and produce an original show, from the ground up. Register at
Aurora Fox Arts Center, 9900 E. Colfax Ave.

Virtual Storytime
Daily, 10 a.m. (Wednesdays is ASL)
Aurora Public Library has been offering virtual programming since mid-March. One of the most popular programs is the daily storytime. Other ongoing programs include Reader’s Corner, Mystery Read and Create & DYI. To learn more about all the virtual programming, visit or the Aurora Public Library Facebook page

Virtual Dance classes
Daily, time varies
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.

Super Old News (virtual)
Tuesdays, 11 a.m.
Every week, time-travelling news anchor Skip DeCade takes you back in time reporting on Facebook Live Aurora news from the first half of the 20th century. The stories presented are borrowed from the Aurora Democrat newspaper which reported Aurora's news from 1909 to 1955.

Mornings at the Museum (virtual)
Wednesdays, 11 a.m. (ages 2-5)
Join the Aurora History Museum staff on this special time designed for preschoolers. Each week, the Facebook Live experience includes a combination of activity, storytime and/or craft-making.

Have a comment, question or need our assistance? Contact Access Aurora online, at 303.739.7000, or via iOS or Android app.

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