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Your Town Council representatives meet twice a month, and during those meetings Councilmembers make decisions that impact you, our residents and business owners. Now, stay connected with those decisions by signing up for periodic email updates.Visit CRgov.com/Council and click the “Get Email Notifications” graphic link. Enter your email and watch your email inbox for a confirmation from noreply@CivicPlus.com to confirm your subscription.Email updates are planned to include both summaries of top Council items as well as previews to Council meetings, so you know what your representatives will be discussing, giving you a chance to weigh-in on their decisions.Here are some highlights from this week’s meeting.Council approves fourth-quarter grantsFour local nonprofits will benefit from Council’s unanimous approval of their grant applications Tuesday night. The American Legion, Castle Rock Band, Clothes to Kids of Denver and Douglas County Living each received a $500 grant through the Council Community Grant Program.•The American Legion will use its grant to replace MIA/POW flags.•Castle Rock Band will use the funds for rehearsal space and music.•Clothes to Kids will use the money to buy new socks and underwear for low-income or in-crisis students in Castle Rock and the Denver Metro Area.•Douglas County Living will use the grant to offset costs for a Toys for Tots dinner that collects toys and raises money to buy toys for less fortunate children in the community. Each quarter, Council distributes funds to local nonprofit organizations through the Council Community Grant Program. The Town’s Finance Department receives the applications and reviews them for eligibility. The department then presents the applications to Council for consideration. The grants are funded by the Town Council Non-profit Grant Account in the General Fund.Watch the video.Jet/Vacuum Truck to help maintain water infrastructureMaintaining local infrastructure will become a little easier when Castle Rock Water purchases an additional combination jet/vacuum truck in 2018. Council unanimously approved the purchase Tuesday night.Castle Rock Water’s field services team uses these combination trucks for regular cleaning and maintenance of the Town’s utility systems. Additionally, the trucks are used during emergency situations like sanitary sewer backups and waterline breaks. This second truck – which will cost about $415,195 – will help the team maintain the community’s infrastructure more efficiently.Watch the video.
Council seeks more research before deciding on changes to liquor codeState Law currently dictates there must be a 500-foot distance between a liquor-licensed business and a school. However, as more mixed-use projects move to Castle Rock, some commercially zoned districts are now home to restaurants, tech companies, breweries, churches with schools and charter schools. The Economic Development Council is asking Town Council to evaluate this unintended business impact.Town Council directed staff to conduct more research on a possible liquor licensing ordinance. Staff will now gather additional information and may present a possible ordinance to amend Town Code to remove the Town’s distance restrictions in certain areas. That ordinance is expected to be considered in first quarter 2018.Watch the discussion.Get a full agenda at CRgov.com/Agendas, or watch any Council meeting online at CRgov.com/WatchCouncil. Questions? Email all Councilmembers at TownCouncil@CRgov.com, or find your Council representative at CRgov.com/Council.For a look at other email subscription lists the Town has, visit CRgov.com/NotifyMe.