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We Are One - Denver District 1, Councilwoman Amanda P. Sandoval

Councilwoman Amanda P. Sandoval headshot
 

To contact my office:
district1@denvergov.org
(720) 337 - 7701

Gina Volpe
Council Aide
Scheduling & Constituent Services

Melissa Horn
Council Aide
Land Use & Policy



 

September 2022 Newsletter

Budget season is here!


Dear District One,

As we embark on the budget season, I often think of Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous quote, “Budgets are moral documents.” I believe that a budget should be reflective of our City’s priorities and investments. 

The budget process is incredibly important, as it lays a road map for our city’s initiatives and programs. In late September, my colleagues and I will host budget hearings with City agencies to ask questions and understand their rationale for any expansions they are requesting for 2023. Earlier this year, we identified the most urgent needs of our constituents, and made the following recommendations: 
 
Expand community engagement in the city; Increase affordable housing and support programs for those experiencing homelessness; Supplement traditional badge-and-gun law enforcement by expanding public health programs that contribute to public safety; Prioritize and support the recovery, resilience, and innovation of our workforce, local businesses and community organizations; Increase efforts to combat climate change; and Increase multi-modal transportation options throughout the city.  

As your representative, I am working diligently to ensure the above outlined priorities are reflected in the budget. As budget hearings commence, the City Council will review the proposed budget and bring forward amendments for the Mayor’s consideration. By charter, City Council must pass the Mayor’s proposed budget by November 14th at the latest. I highly encourage you, the residents of Northwest Denver, to participate in the budget hearings and make your priorities known to me so I can continue to advocate to make our community a wonderful place to live and work. I look forward to hearing from you. Please reach out to my office with any questions on the upcoming budget hearings.  
 
Sincerely,


Amanda P. Sandoval Signature

Councilwoman, Amanda P. Sandoval

COMMUNITY OFFICE HOURS


Friday, September 9 (Virtual)
Via Zoom

Friday, September 16 (In-Person)
Council District 1 Office, 1810 Platte St. 

11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Come chat with me about District One issues important to you. I am here to listen and help with your concerns. Appointments are required for both virtual or in-person office hours. You can schedule using the link below. 
RESERVE YOUR SPOT

DENVER TO EXPAND WASTE COLLECTION SERVICES

In January of 2023, City and County Denver trash collection customers will begin receiving weekly recycling and compost collection services to reduce the amount of trash the city sends to the landfill and the production of harmful greenhouse gas emissions. To pay for the expanded services, customers will be charged a fee based on their trash cart size, ranging from $9 to $21 per month (the smaller the trash cart, the lower the fee). Weekly recycling and composting collection services will be included at no extra charge. 

What you need to know: 

  • Weekly recycling collection service will start in Jan. 2023. 

  • Billing will start the first quarter of 2023; current compost customers will transition from a compost bill to a trash bill. 

  • Weekly compost collection service will roll out citywide over the course of 2023. 

  • Customers will pay a reduced billing rate until their compost service starts and will have an opportunity to downsize their trash cart after their composting service starts. 

  • DOTI will provide customers information about compost service start dates and how to recycle and compost. 

  • A rebate application to offset the cost of trash collection services is now available online at www.denvergov.org/expandedcollection. Eligibility is based on income and family size. 
  • Any concerns can be directed to 311 or online. 

People can also visit the expanded collection website for more information about these upcoming service changes and to ask a question. 

 

ACT NOW TO AVOID DELAYS ON YOUR RESIDENTIAL RENTAL LICENSE

In less than 21 weeks, any property with more than one unit offered for rent for more than 30 days must have a residential rental license starting Jan. 1 2023, Single-unit rentals must have a license by Jan. 1 2024. 

It can take time to complete the licensing process because the property must pass an inspection by a qualified, third-party inspector. An inspection checklist and guidebook are available on the residential rental property webpage. It is recommended to begin the process of getting inspections and applying for a license now in case there are delays because of a failed inspection or there are needed repairs. Applications received before Jan. 1 qualify for a 50percent discount on the application fee. 

The licensing program is part of Denver’s drive to achieve minimum housing standards. Since March, less than one percent of the properties that must have a license by Jan. 1 have submitted applications, and we are anticipating the potential of thousands of last-minute applications later this year, which could slow the license processing times. We are also anticipating a backlog of properties trying to schedule inspections. We are advising stakeholders to schedule inspections as early as possible in order to submit applications on time. 

Stakeholders who are waiting to get the required inspection and apply for a license could experience delays. This can result in their rental property operating as an illegal residential rental. 

Illegally operating unlicensed properties after Jan. 1 are subject to potential enforcement action, including fines and citations. 

Sign up for the residential rental property informational bulletin to receive news and updates about the program as they become available. 

Our team is available if you have questions, email licenses@denvergov.org

TWO VACANCIES ON THE CITIZEN OVERSIGHT BOARD

The Nominating Committee for the Citizen Oversight Board is seeking applicants to replace two members who have resigned from the Board. Successful applicants will be appointed to serve the remainder of the preexisting term and will be eligible for re-appointment to four-year terms. The first vacancy will be filled via city council appointment to a term expiring Aug. 1, 2024. The second vacancy will be filled via mayoral appointment to a term expiring Jan. 1, 2023. 

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Must be a resident of the City and County of Denver 

  • Cannot be an officer or employee of the City & County of Denver 

  • Neither members nor their immediate family shall have ever been employed by the Denver Police, Sheriff, or Fire Departments 

  • Members shall reflect the diversity of Denver’s ethnic, racial and geographic constitution as well as diverse professional backgrounds, experience, and expertise 

To be considered for both vacancies, applications should be submitted by Sept. 7, 2022. For additional information about the Board’s meetings, work and reports, visit www.denvergov.org/COB. Please direct any questions about the Board or the application process to COB@denvergov.org.  

APPLY FOR THE CITIZEN OVERSIGHT BOARD

NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR MAYOR HANCOCK’S FINAL MAYOR’S DESIGN AWARDS

Mayor Michael B. Hancock and Denver Community Planning and Development Department are seeking nominations for the 2022 Mayor’s Design Awards. Since 2005, the Mayor’s Design Awards have honored projects throughout the city for excellence in architecture, exterior design and place-making. The awards are presented to Denver homeowners, business owners, nonprofits, and artists for their creative contributions to the public realm through innovative design. Many different types of projects are eligible. Previous award winners range from restaurants and galleries to private single-family homes to plazas and other shared public spaces. What each of the projects have in common is the imaginative and innovative way they enhance public spaces and create a sense of community. Help us recognize the building and placemaking projects that are elevating our community. Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony later this year.  

Nominations are due Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. To nominate a project, learn more about the Mayor’s Design Awards and see past winners, visit DenverGov.org/MDA

PARTICIPATE IN POST-JAMMING ON THE JETTY LAKE CLEAN UP


Saturday September 18
9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.  

North Side of Sloan's Lake

What better way to show your love and commitment to the lake than a post Jamming on the Jetty clean-up the day after the big event? Protect our Rivers will be hosting a special lake clean-up from 9:30-11AM followed by a free beer at Odell Brewing. To sign up: protectourrivers.org

THANK YOU TO SLOANS LAKE VOLUNTEERS!

Sarah Nelson, Director of Protect Our Rivers, stated “Since we started the lake clean-ups 483 volunteers have spent 774 hours  and removed 15,483 pounds of trash from Sloan’s Lake.” Members of SLPF and neighborhood RNOs like Sloan’s Lake Citizen Group plus countless other residents from Denver have started the simple step of making a difference. Nelson agrees, "We all care, but as individuals, we don't always know what we can do to make a difference or that the difference we make matters. We do make a difference, and the more people who join us, the bigger the impact we will make. Our Lake Love Cleanup Series with Odell is an example of that, we're proud of our partnership and love their team!" 

If you are interested in being part of the movement to #SaveSloansLake through volunteerism, support or donations contact www.sloanslakeparkfoundation.org or email info@sloanslakeparkfoundation.org

DENVER DISTRICT ATTORNEY SCAM SPOTTER

The Denver District Attorney’s Office issues scam alerts by email in both English and Spanish. View this month's newsletters using the links below: 

English Newsletter
Spanish Newsletter

If you would like to receive these email notices, send an email to amc@denverda.org and request to be added to the scam alert e-mails or visit the website at: https://www.denverda.org/fraud-alerts/

MONTHLY LAND USE UPDATES

View the monthly land use update for District One. This update includes Neighborhood topics, public hearings, land use resources and project updates.

Sign up for monthly updates directly from Community Planning and Development to hear the latest news about development, planning, and land use projects across the city. 
VIEW MONTHLY UPDATE

THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE (DOTI) ADVISORY BOARD

Transportation and Infrastructure Advisory Board Monthly Meeting


Monday, September 12
4:00 p.m. 

Attend virtually via Zoom by registering online.

The Transportation and Infrastructure Advisory Board was approved by the voters of Denver in 2020. The board will be comprised of 19 members (6 Mayoral appointees and 13 City Council appointees) and is charged with advising DOTI on transportation policy and operations of the department along with reviewing and commenting on the proposed annual department budget.

PARKS & RECREATION
ADVISORY BOARD (PRAB)


Do you have comments, questions, or concerns regarding Denver Parks or Recreation Centers?


Attend the PRAB meeting and share directly with them. 
The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board (PRAB) will hear public comments every second Wednesday of the month, at 5:30 p.m. at the Board’s regular meeting, currently being held online through Zoom. Register for the meeting at denvergov.org/PRAB or directly at this link

COMMANDER'S
CITIZEN ADVISORY GROUP (CAG)


Denver Police Department
District One


Monday, September 19
6:00 p.m. 

District 1 Police Station
1311 W 46th Ave.
or at
tend virtually by emailing Michele.Cooper@denvergov.org

Hear from the District One Police Commander, Layla Destaffany, and District One police officers about neighborhood safety and crime trends and share your concerns directly with the police. For the safety of our community, CAG will be meeting virtually. Please email Officer Cooper in advance of the meeting for an email invite. The link in the email invite changes every month.  

If you would like an ASL interpreter, please email 1.Dist@denvergov.org at least three business days before the meeting.

CITY COUNCIL MONDAY NIGHT MEETING INFORMATION

Schedule

3:30 p.m. | Council meeting begins
5:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. | General public comment session
5:30 p.m. | Council meeting continues

Ways to watch:  

Denver Channel 8 

Zoom 
Password: Denver 

Call-in: 
720-928-9299 
Enter 960 0657 7923 for the webinar ID.   

Physical Address: 
1437 Bannock Street, Council Chambers, Room 450, Denver, CO 80202

Sign up for general public comment session.

City Council committee meeting information 

Denver City Council members serve on several different committees, each concerned with various areas of city government. Committees meet regularly to discuss and prepare proposed laws. Learn more about specific committees, when they meet, and who serves as members. 

Council President Pro-Tem Sandoval serves as the chair of the Land Use, Transportation & Infrastructure committee and a voting member of the Safety, Housing, Education & Homelessness committee.

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