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By Kate Mulcahy

We conducted a community survey and results are in. Here are the top five issues:

1. 20th & Depew

This was the number one issue we heard from citizens, and rightly so. I am happy to finally, finally, say that we have closed on 20th and Depew. The lovely people at Littleton Capital Partners have the title in hand. Soon that construction trailer that just popped up will be brimming with people working hard to develop the property into a unique mixture of restaurants, stores, breweries, and more. It’s for real this time!

2. Crime/safety

Whether it’s gun violence, car theft, or speeding, we don’t want it in our city. The community survey made it clear that safety is a high priority for our citizens, and it’s a high priority for council and staff as well. At the basic level, we will soon put in additional crosswalks to keep pedestrians safe and apply different techniques to slow traffic. For the more intense crimes, we are grateful to Chief Mackey and his force. We are trying to ensure we keep and recruit the best police force we can. We just received the most recent salary study of other local forces. We will review it and our budget to ensure we can competitively compensate our officers.

3. Schools

Before getting onto city council, one of my goals listed on my campaign flyer was “Support and strengthen our community schools.” I thought I would have a direct tie to the schools through a council position. I was wrong. The fact is the city has no jurisdiction over the schools. None. The school board, the district, and the principals have the power. Teachers and parents have power. The city? Not so much. That said, I am happy to say that council and staff have made great strides to have stronger ties with the local schools and the district as a whole. We invited local principals to present at council meetings, and we met with the school board and superintendent to discuss the ever-changing needs of our community. The best news is that there are exciting programs coming to our schools that many residents have been asking about for years. Want to know what they are? Ask your local principal.

4 & 5. Building codes: too strict...and lenient?

Is that confusing? It should be. Maintaining a small town feel was the number one thing people would keep the same about Edgewater, but allowing new development followed closely behind. Balancing progress with character is hard. We are struggling to fine tune our codes to avoid some of the problems Denver is experiencing, but we want to avoid negatively affecting our own citizens’ ability to update their homes. Some recent strides have included shrinking the bulk plane to prevent overly large builds, incentivizing sloped roofs, giving more allowances for porches and ground-level decks, and giving greater freedom for non-conforming homes. We are always looking for the next best idea to find that perfect balance between progress and preserving character, so please come to our council meetings with ideas.

Contact Edgewater City Councilwoman Kate Mulcahy at 303-870-8659 and kmulcahy@edgewaterco.com.