Lone Tree Paves the Way for Smoother Commutes

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There’s no getting around it: where there are roads, there will be roadwork. And while virtually no one looks forward to the work-in-progress phase, virtually everyone looks forward to the finished product!

Here’s a look at the capital projects the City of Lone Tree has on tap for 2018:

Asphalt Overlay

Asphalt roads require resurfacing on a regular basis, with an average pavement overlay lasting 8-15 years. This year, the City will resurface Yosemite Street from Fairview Drive to County Line Road, and Timberline Road from Lone Tree Parkway to the City limits. Work is scheduled to begin this month and be completed by the end of July.

Concrete Replacement

Prior to mill and overlay projects, the concrete curbs, gutters and sidewalks are assessed for damage. This year’s concrete replacement project will include parts of Yosemite Street from Fairview Drive to County Line Road, Timberline Road from Lone Tree Parkway to the City limits, and various parts of RidgeGate West. Work on Yosemite Street began in March; entire project is scheduled for completion by the end of June.

Lincoln Avenue Concrete Replacement

Several degraded concrete panels on Lincoln Avenue east of I-25 were replaced in April. Within a 48-hour time frame, nearly 4,000 square yards of concrete were removed and replaced using several crews and all available equipment to reduce traffic impact from eight weekends down to one! Project completed April 2018. 

County Line Road Improvements—Phase 2A

Last year, the City completed work on the project’s first phase (Phase 1A), which included adding a traffic signal at the north entrance to Park Meadows Retail Resort; adding another lane exiting out of Park Meadows Retail Resort; and adding dedicated right-turn lanes into both Park Meadows and Park Meadows Center Drive.

This year, Phase 2A will include:

  • Adding another westbound (left) turn lane from County Line into the PF Chang’s (north) entrance of Park Meadows.
  • Adding another northbound lane on Park Meadows Center Drive, with three signalized lanes for access to I-25 North, I-25 South and County Line Road east.
  • Removing the median at the I-25 southbound exit onto westbound County Line Road and adding another southbound lane to the I-25 southbound exit.
  • Milling and overlaying County Line Road from Chester Street to Park Meadows Center Drive.

Work is expected to start in June and be completed by the end of October. 

Chester-County Line Road Traffic Signal Replacement

The City will replace the existing span wire signal poles with mast arms to match the other signals within Lone Tree, which will reduce maintenance and repair costs. Work is scheduled to start this summer and be completed by fall. 

RidgeGate Parkway Widening

RidgeGate Parkway from Havana Street to the City of Lone Tree limits will be widened from two to six lanes (although it will initially be striped for four). Construction will include raised medians, left-turn lanes at signalized intersections, a separated cycle track and an 8-foot-wide sidewalk. Work is scheduled to start late 2018 and be completed by late 2019.


Transportation projects currently underway by other agencies include:

  • Yosemite Street Medians. Park Meadows Metropolitan District is funding/managing the construction of raised concrete medians with landscaping in place of the existing striped medians on Yosemite Street between C-470 and Park Meadows Drive.
  • Southeast Light Rail Extension. RTD’s construction of a 2.3-mile light rail extension from Lincoln Avenue to the end-of-the-line station south of RidgeGate Parkway—including three new stations and a 1,300-space parking garage— will continue through 2019. 
  • C-470 Widening Project. The Colorado Department of Transportation’s C-470 widening project has an expected completion date of 2019. 
  • East-West Trail Extension. Douglas County is extending the existing East-West Regional Trail approximately eight miles. The trail extension will start at the top of the trail behind Cabela’s and run under I-25 toward Parker. Construction will start in 2018.

Michael Anderson Elected to City Council

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Michael T. Anderson has unofficially been elected to serve on the Lone Tree City Council representing District 2. Results will be verified and made official on May 17.

2018 District 2 Council Member Unofficial Election Results:

Kevin W. Spencer: 222 (36%)
Michael T. Anderson: 393 (64%)

Michael Anderson's Bio: 

Occupation: Retired from 32 years in business and project management in the energy industry.  Currently a Board Member for South Suburban Parks and Recreation.
Length of time living in Lone Tree: 15 years
What do you value most about Lone Tree:  I love the open spaces, parks, trails, and recreational amenities in Lone tree. We like our neighbors and value the safety in our community, the easy access to highway transportation and light rail, the convenience of shopping, and the Lone Tree Arts Center.
Issues of Concern:  Lone Tree is a relatively young city and is growing very rapidly. Growth needs to be managed in a way that the concerns of all residents are heard and addresses as the City continues to grow into RidgeGate East. Demographics and the needs of the senior population are also a concern.
Reason for seeking Office: I believe I can be helpful in managing the growth of Lone Tree, and at the same time balancing the quality of services throughout the City as we grow.  The City of Lone Tree has demonstrated a commitment to excellence as it has grown and I would strive to continue that goal.
If elected, what do you hope to contribute to Lone Tree:  As an experienced elected official I believe I can help with policy and direction, leadership, partnerships, and accountability.  I have the time available to serve and to listen to the concerns of our residents.

Michael and his wife, Cheryl, have 3 adult children, 5 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild.  In his spare time Michael enjoys golf, walking, hiking, biking, swimming, and skiing.

Game Night to Benefit Tall Tales Ranch

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The Lone Tree Youth Commission will host this family-friendly event with ambassadors from Tall Tales Ranch. The event includes games, crafts, food and fun for all ages. All donations benefit Tall Tales Ranch, a nonprofit organization serving the needs of adults living with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Event Details:

Saturday, June 9, 6–8:30 p.m.
The Lone Tree Hub
Suggested Donation: $5 at the door

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More about Tall Tales Ranch:

Tall Tales Ranch mission is to provide an alternative living experience, designed to enhance the lives of adults living with developmental and intellectual disabilities, and to give their loved ones comfort knowing that they are always well cared for, challenged, productive and appreciated for who they are. By sharing life and work with people who are not living with disabilities, and by connecting with the community, Tall Tales Ranch will be an open place where all will come to be in nature, work with the earth, express their creativity and experience true diversity in action.

For more information visit talltalesranch.com

More about the Lone Tree Youth Commission: 

The City Council established the Youth Commission in 2009. The Commission is comprised of residents of Lone Tree who are currently enrolled in 8th -12th grade. Members are appointed by the City Council for two-year staggered terms. 

The Youth Commission’s purpose is to provide Youth in the City an opportunity to gain leadership experience through community volunteer work and act in an advisory capacity to the City of Lone Tree’s City Council.

More information can be found at cityoflonetree.com/youthcommission

Police Week in Lone Tree (May 13-19)

Every year communities across the United States come together to recognize National Police Week — May 13-19 — to honor and remember law enforcement officers who made the ultimate sacrifice, as well as the family members, friends and fellow officers they left behind. 

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week. Currently, tens of thousands of law enforcement officers from around the world converge on Washington, DC to participate in a number of planned events which honor those lost officers.

This year, the names of 360 officers killed in the line of duty are being added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC. These 360 officers include 129 officers who were killed during 2017, plus 231 officers who died in previous years but whose stories of sacrifice had been lost to history until now.

The fallen officers include one member of the law enforcement community in Douglas County:

Deputy Sheriff Zackari Parrish
Douglas County (CO) Sheriff's Office
End of Watch: December 31, 2017

Deputy Sheriff Zackari Parrish was shot and killed as he and several officers responded to a domestic disturbance call. The officers were speaking to the occupants of the apartment when a suspect opened fire with a rifle. Three officers were wounded and Deputy Parrish succumbed to his injuries. Deputy Parrish is the 45th law enforcement officer to be shot and killed in 2017 and the first officer fatality from the state of Colorado.

In recognition of Police Week the Lone Tree Police Department will host the following events:

Monday, May 14

  • Keeping Our Children Safe: Classroom Safety Visits @ Eagle Ridge Elementary

Tuesday, May 15

  • Keeping Our Children Safe: Classroom Safety Visits @ Lone Tree Elementary
  • Keeping Our Seniors Safe: Safety Visit at Morningstar Senior Living
  • Coffee With a Cop: 2:30pm-3:30pm @ Vibe Foods
  • Blood Drive: 9am-2:30pm @ the Lone Tree Municipal Building
    • Contact Chris Cooper at Chris.Cooper@cityoflonetree.com to schedule a donation appointment. 

Wednesday, May 18

  • Citizens’ Police Academy Graduation

Friday, May 18

  • Refuse to Be a Victim: Class for College Students
    • RSVP by emailing Officer Ted Bathauer at ted.bathauer@cityoflonetree.com 

Saturday, May 19

  • Lone Tree Police Department Open House: 11am-2pm @ the Lone Tree Municipal Building
    • There will be K-9 Demo, 911 emergency education, SWAT, face painting and food. There will also be a Touch a Truck event hosted by the Lone Tree Public Works Department as they kick off Public Works Week.

Happy Arbor Day from Tree City USA!

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April 27th is Arbor Day! The City of Lone Tree is proud to have achieved recognition as a Tree City USA for the past 15 years. Tree City USA was created by the Arbor Day Foundation  to encourage better care of the nation’s community forests by recognizing cities that take steps to develop and protect their urban tree canopies. Tree City USA Cities recognize that trees help improve the visual appeal of neighborhoods, increase property values, reduce home cooling costs, remove air pollutants and provide wildlife habitat among many other benefits.

Tree City USA is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters. Tree City USA’s national impact comes through a tree stewardship program and educational efforts.  The City of Lone Tree is one of 93 communities in Colorado that have earned Tree City USA recognition.

Tree City USA Standards

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TO QUALIFY AS A TREE CITY USA COMMUNITY, a town or city must meet four standards established by The Arbor Day Foundation and the National Association of State Foresters.

1. A Tree Board or Department
2. A Tree Care Ordinance
3. A Community Forestry program with an annual budget of at least $2 per capita
4. An Arbor Day observation and proclamation

About the Arbor Day Foundation: The Arbor Day Foundation is a million member nonprofit conservation and education organization with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees. More information is available at www.arborday.org .

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

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National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is this Saturday, April 28. The Lone Tree Police Department is hosting a collection site in the lobby of our Municipal Office Building at 9220 Kimmer Dr. from 10a to 2p. Take advantage of this opportunity to safely and conveniently dispose of prescription drugs.

For more information or to find other collection sites visit https://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/

All the Elections Happening in Lone Tree this May

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It's local election season! Not only is the City of Lone Tree holding a City Council election (check out that information here), but there are several other special district elections happening in the area that you may be eligible to vote for. 

For a complete list of the special districts you are a part of, go to govotecolorado.com. From there, select "Find My Registration" (or "Register to Vote" if you aren't already!), log in using your name, zip code, and birthday, and then select the "County and District Information" tab. 

 

The following districts in Lone Tree are holding elections this May:

South Suburban Park and Recreation District

The next regular election of the South Suburban Park and Recreation District is on Tuesday, May 8, 2018. It will be a polling place election, with the option of obtaining an absentee ballot. Three board positions will be filled.

All Lone Tree residents are a part of South Suburban. The polling place in Lone Tree will be at the Lone Tree Hub (8827 Lone Tree Parkway). Other polling locations include the South Suburban Golf Course Club House, the Goodson Recreation Center, and the Buck Recreation Center. South Suburban will offer drop boxes for permanent mail ballots or absentee mail ballots at each polling site.

For more information go to ssprd.org/Election

Park Meadows Metropolitan District

Park Meadows Metropolitan District will conduct an election on May 8 by mail ballot to fill three seats on their board. An election will take place only if there are more than three candidates for these board positions.

For more information go to parkmeadowsmetrodistrict.org/board.htm

South Metro Fire Rescue Authority

South Metro Fire Rescue Authority will be having a polling place election for its board of directors.  All districts will get to vote, even if there is not a contested election. 

There will be 7 polling locations, all located at fire stations.  There will not be a polling place within Lone Tree. The closest polling places for Lone Tree residents will be located at Station 33 (7281 East Dry Creek Road in Centennial), Station 36 (421 East Castle Pines Parkway in Castle Rock), or Station 45 (16801 Northgate Drive in Parker).

For more information go to https://co-smfara.civicplus.com/509/SMFRFPD-Election-2018

 

The Following Districts In Lone Tree Have Confirmed They Are Not Holding Elections

  • Heritage Hills Metro District

  • Southgate Water and Sanitation Districts

Temporary Sign Regulations

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Help keep Lone Tree safe and beautiful. Temporary signs such as garage sale, open house, for sale, political, and directional signs are an important way of communicating, advertising, and directing people to events. The City has standards for temporary signs and their placement to protect public safety and reduce visual clutter.

  • Where and when temporary signs may be placed: On private property with permission from the property owner, and be maintained, clean and in good repair – may remain up for the duration of an event.
  • Where temporary signs may not be placed: On public property including within streets, medians, sidewalks, interstate ramps, parks, open spaces, and on utility poles.
  • Prohibited signs: Balloons, inflatable devices, advertising flags, flutter flags, pennants or spinners, inflatable signs, banners, and sail banners. Ground signs are prohibited in commercial areas.
  • Temporary signs in nonresidential areas: Please see Temporary Signs on Nonresidential Property brochure and permit for details about window signs, portable signs and banners.
  • Improperly placed signs: Are a zoning violation and can be confiscated and a penalty enforced.

For Apartments & Condos:

  • Each tenant in a multi-tenant building may use up to 50% of the window surface area per street frontage to display signs.
  • Building owners may erect one temporary sign per street frontage sized up to 32 square feet if single sided; 16 square feet if double-sided, limited to 6 feet in height.

For Single Family Residences:

  • May have up to 9 square feet of cumulative sign area per street frontage, limited to 6 feet in height.
  • Be sure to check with your homeowner’s association. They may have other requirements.
  • Although ground penetrating signs are prohibited on commercial property, they are allowed on single-family residential property.

May 8, 2018 City Council Election

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Local election season is upon us! There will be a mail-in-ballot municipal election to elect members to the Lone Tree City Council. There are two candidates running for the District 2 City Council vacancy, Kevin W. Spencer and Michael T. Anderson. Jay Carpenter is the only candidate for the District 1 seat and therefore that election has been cancelled. Only active eligible voters in District 2 will receive a ballot. Ballots will be mailed out the week of April 16th with all ballots being due by 7:00pm on Election Day, May 8, 2018.

Voting Requirements

You must meet the following requirements to be eligible to vote in City of Lone Tree’s elections:

  • Any person who is at least eighteen (18) years of age
  • A citizen of the United States
  • Reside within the city limits
  • Registered as a voter as defined by the Colorado Municipal Election Code
  • Be registered at your current address

How can I confirm That I am registered to vote?

Log onto www.govotecolorado.com to register to vote or to confirm your registration status.

Need more information?

Check out cityoflonetree.com/election or call the City Clerk’s office at 303-708-1818.


The Candidates

District 1:

Jay Carpenter
Phone:
 720-840-4286
Email: jay.carpenter@cityoflonetree.com
Occupation: Financial Advisor
Length of time living in Lone Tree: 18 years
What do you value most about Lone Tree:  Lone Tree is an amazing place to raise a family, live, and work. A lot of thought and hard work has gone into building the successful brand of the City.
Issues of Concern:  Increased traffic as a result of our growth is an ongoing concern. We need to continue exploring creative solutions to mobility efficiency within the City and throughout the region.
Reason for seeking Office: I would like to continue working aside my fellow City Council members and dedicated city staff in guiding Lone Tree forward in its bright future.
If elected, what do you hope to contribute to Lone Tree: I hope to provide a voice for the residents of District 1 and represent their interests as Lone Tree continues to grow an evolve.  I truly believe that "smart" growth is the solution as we continue to move forward with expansion and development in RidgeGate East.

Jay and his wife, Melissa, live in Lone Tree with their four children and family dog.  In his spare time Jay enjoys hiking, biking, golf, one wheeling, travel, and live music.

 

District 2

Kevin W. Spencer
Phone: 720-484-0299
Email: kspencerplus@gmail.com 
Occupation: Executive and I currently serve the City as Vice Chair of the Planning Commission.
Length of time living in Lone Tree: 5 years
What do you value most about Lone Tree:  Living in a City with the connectivity of neighborhoods and business such as Lone Tree creates a community ideal for raising a family.
Issues of Concern:  Carefully growing the City. Maintaining the tradition of the first two decades of growth while thoughtfully positioning the community's relevancy for future generations.
Reason for seeking Office: I want to give back to the community and ensure the City continues to be one of the most desirable places to live, work, and play.
If elected, what do you hope to contribute to Lone Tree: Contribute my years of experience in business strategy and growth to the City. As well, I want to mentor our younger generations to be the future leaders of our City.

Kevin and his wife, Leann, live in Lone Tree with their son.  In his spare time Kevin enjoys golf, skiing, hiking, music, and coaching his son in sports and recreational activities.
 

Michael T. Anderson
Phone: 303-378-8463
Email:  mymikea3@gmail.com
Occupation: Retired from 32 years in business and project management in the energy industry.  Currently a Board Member for South Suburban Parks and Recreation.
Length of time living in Lone Tree: 15 years
What do you value most about Lone Tree:  I love the open spaces, parks, trails, and recreational amenities in Lone tree. We like our neighbors and value the safety in our community, the easy access to highway transportation and light rail, the convenience of shopping, and the Lone Tree Arts Center.
Issues of Concern:  Lone Tree is a relatively young city and is growing very rapidly. Growth needs to be managed in a way that the concerns of all residents are heard and addresses as the City continues to grow into RidgeGate East. Demographics and the needs of the senior population are also a concern.
Reason for seeking Office: I believe I can be helpful in managing the growth of Lone Tree, and at the same time balancing the quality of services throughout the City as we grow.  The City of Lone Tree has demonstrated a commitment to excellence as it has grown and I would strive to continue that goal.
If elected, what do you hope to contribute to Lone Tree:  As an experienced elected official I believe I can help with policy and direction, leadership, partnerships, and accountability.  I have the time available to serve and to listen to the concerns of our residents.

Michael and his wife, Cheryl, have 3 adult children, 5 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild.  In his spare time Michael enjoys golf, walking, hiking, biking, swimming, and skiing.