Department approves face-covering mandate that includes Aurora
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.
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.
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 AuroraGov.org/COVID-19.
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.
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.
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 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 AuroraGov.org/Council to check the latest information on meeting
City Council Regular
Monday, July 20,
View this meeting
online at AuroraTV.org and cable channels 8 and 880. You may also
listen to the meeting by phone (see AuroraGov.org for details). In advance of the meeting,
submit a comment for Public Invited To Be Heard or an individual agenda item
to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
Join Mayor Coffman
on Facebook Live or AuroraTV.org 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 AuroraTV.org.
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
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 AuroraGov.org/MobileFoodPantry.
School, 12400 E. Jewell Ave.
STEAM-Powered History Camp
July 13 to 17 (ages
11 to 13)
July 20 to 24 (ages
8 to 10)
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 AuroraMuseum.org
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 AuroraGov.org/OilandGas 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&Gas@auroragov.org.
Little Foxes Summer
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 AuroraFox.org.
Aurora Fox Arts
Center, 9900 E. Colfax Ave.
Daily, 10 a.m.
(Wednesdays is ASL)
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 AuroraLibrary.org or the Aurora Public Library Facebook
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.
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.