March 17 Council update: Town Council and Town Manager declare a disaster; resolution approving special procedures for Council meetings finalized; motion approved to light The Star; watering schedules for 2020 irrigation season approved
Maintaining the health and safety of the community is a priority. With that in mind, Town Council and the Town Manager officially declared a disaster Tuesday amid the COVID-19 outbreak. A resolution approving special procedures for meetings during declared disasters, a special motion to light The Star during the pandemic and a resolution approving the watering schedules for the 2020 irrigation season were also topics on Town Council’s March 17 meeting agenda.
Here’s a more in-depth look at those agenda items:
- Resolution declaring a disaster – Town Council approved a resolution that provides the authority for the Town Manager and Council to declare a disaster. A state of emergency has already been declared at both the federal and state levels due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This resolution allows the Town to mobilize Town efforts to maintain public health, welfare and safety via the Town’s Emergency Operations Plan.
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- Resolution approving special procedures for Town Council meetings – A resolution was approved establishing Town Council meeting special procedures during a declared disaster. The resolution ensures the public maintains the ability to participate in meetings while Council conducts business, and allows Council to vote on legislative matters remotely.
Learn more about how to participate in Council meetings at CRgov.com/CouncilComments. Before each meeting, the public will have the opportunity to submit comments on the agenda online. Comments received will be forwarded to Council and included as part of the public record for the meeting.
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- Town Council makes special motion to light The Star – the 40-foot star atop The Rock was originally constructed in 1936, during the Great Depression, as a symbol of hope that could be seen for miles around. Council approved a special motion to light The Star as a symbol of hope during the pandemic and as a reminder that Castle Rock is a strong and united community that will persevere. The Star will be lit in the coming days by Castle Rock Fire and Rescue firefighters and a long-time volunteer, also known as The Keepers of the Star. Watch CRgov.com and Town social media @CRgov for specifics on when The Star will light up – anticipated to be by Monday.
- Resolution approving the 2020 Water Use Management Plan finalized – Town Council approved the 2020 Water Use Management Plan. The Town has used a mandatory every-third-day watering schedule for landscape irrigation since 1985. This watering schedule will remain in place for the 2020 irrigation season – May through September. Residential watering hours will be before 8 a.m. and after 8 p.m. on the designated watering day. Nonresidential watering hours will begin at 10 p.m. on the designated day and must be complete by 6 a.m. the following morning. Except for hand watering, no watering during the daytime hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. will be allowed.
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Also on the agenda, the Plum Creek Convenience Site Development Plan was continued to April 21. Town Council also presented a proclamation recognizing Development Services Director Bill Detweiler. After nearly 14 years of service with the Town, Detweiler has announced his retirement. Assistant Director Tara Vargish will be named interim director.