Friday, August 7, 2020

City Newsletter - Aug. 7, 2020


Aug. 7, 2020



Rental Assistance Program reopening for second round of applications Aug. 10


As part of the city’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic impact on residents, we took applications earlier this summer from residents who were financially affected by COVID-19, such as experiencing a job loss, to help them with their rental payments. We are happy to announce that we are reopening the program to new applications on Monday, Aug. 10, with the help of county CARES Act funding.


If you have experienced financial hardship due to COVID-19, you can apply for up to two months of rental payments through the program. Payments are made directly to the landlord or property manager, and you must provide documentation of your financial hardship. Applicants must have household income at 100% or less of the area median income. The application window is subject to closure when the number of applications exceeds the available funding. Qualification guidelines and further information are available at



Vanessa Wilson Named Aurora Chief of Police

City Manager Jim Twombly announced that he is appointing Vanessa Wilson as Aurora's new Chief of Police. The Aurora Mayor and City Council voted 10-1 to approve the city manager’s selection at its regular meeting Aug. 3.

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Should the city retain or repeal its restricted breed ordinance?


image of public art outside the aurora animal shelter

The Aurora City Council will host a special meeting at 6:15 p.m. Monday, Aug. 10, to receive public input on the city’s Restricted Breed Ordinance, Section 14-75 of the Aurora Municipal Code. The City Council is considering whether to retain or repeal the ordinance, and whether a repeal should occur via City Council ordinance or public vote. We want to make sure you have a say in it.


Given COVID-19 limitations for public gatherings, the meeting will take place virtually, with two ways for the public to participate: by submitting comments via email and/or by providing live comments via telephone during the Aug. 10 meeting.


You can provide live comments during the City Council meeting via telephone and must be in the call queue no later than 6:15 p.m. The number to call for the meeting (855.695.3475, then press *3 to reach operator) will be open for 30 minutes prior to the meeting, from 5:45 to 6:15 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 10, for people to be placed in the queue for the meeting. All callers in the queue entered by 6:15 p.m. will have up to 2 minutes to share their opinion. Once the meeting starts at 6:15 p.m., no additional callers will be allowed into the queue.


To learn more about the ordinance, including background and the June 18 virtual Town Hall meeting, visit






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.


Special City Council Meeting (Virtual)

Monday, Aug. 10, 6:15 p.m.

The Aurora City Council will host a special meeting to receive public input on the city’s Restricted Breed Ordinance, Section 14-75 of the Aurora Municipal Code. The City Council is considering whether to retain or repeal the ordinance, and whether a repeal should occur via City Council ordinance or public vote. Visit for instructions to provide public input.

View this meeting online at and cable channels 8 and 880. You may also listen to the meeting by phone (see for details).

Streamed live at or cable channels 8 and 880 only


Mayor Mike Live

Friday, Aug. 7, 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 (Aug. 7), At-Large Council Angela Lawson will discuss the recent ordinance to increase sales tax on marijuana products to support youth programs, and city’s Budget Officer Greg Hays will provide an update on the city's budget outlook. Live streamed on on Facebook and


Global Fest Virtual Celebration

Saturday, Aug. 15, 11 a.m. to noon

Join us as this year’s Global Fest celebration of Aurora’s international cultures and traditions goes virtual. On the city’s Facebook page, watch a virtual Parade of Nations and International Fashion Show, and numerous performances reflecting the rich diversity of the Aurora community.


Trusted Voices: Census 2020 Series 

Through Sept. 1, 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

Wednesdays in August, 10 a.m. until food has been distributed

In partnership with Aurora Interfaith Community Services, the city of Aurora has distributed more than 290,000 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

Town Center at Aurora, 14200 E. Alameda Ave.


Virtual Storytime

Daily, 10 a.m. (Wednesdays is American Sign Language)

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.

City of Aurora Arts Education Facebook page


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.

Aurora History Museum’s Facebook page


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.

Aurora History Museum’s Facebook page






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