Photos of Council presentations, awards and special recognitions made during Town Council meetings:
During the Town Council meeting on Feb. 4, 2020, Mayor Gray presented the Cornerstone Tribute Award to Dennis "The Rock" Carnahan. Dennis is a founding member of “Keepers of the Rock” dedicated to preserving and maintaining Rock Park. Over the past 16 years, Dennis has actively and physically led the volunteers that mainly consist of youth that are court ordered to provide community service. Through his leadership he has led this effort every month for 16 years, repairing retaining walls, closing and restoring social trails, removing trash and noxious weeds and performing erosion control for the 1.4 miles of trail and 62 acres of open space.
During the Town Council meeting on Nov. 5, Mayor Gray presented the Cornerstone Tribute Award to Gerald “Jerry” F. Potter. Jerry was a member of the Chamber of Commerce for 11 years from 1964-1975 and received the Outstanding Community Achievement Award. Jerry also served as Fire Chief of the Castle Rock Volunteer Fire Department for 22 years from 1964-1986, with countless hours spent protecting life and property, and educating children on fire prevention. A long list of his contributions to the community included donating his time to numerous community events such as the Starlighting Ceremony, his involvement in establishing Centennial Park, and fostering many young boys along with his wife in their home.
Town Council also recognized the 2019 graduating class of the Your Town Academy program. Each year, a class of about 30 residents and business owners complete an eight-week program aimed at increasing government transparency and community awareness about Town operations.
Seven projects whose outstanding design and construction meets the Town’s Vision 2030 Comprehensive Master Plan were recognized at the Oct. 1 Town Council meeting via the Town’s Design Awards program: Craig and Gould – Home at 21 South Lewis St.; Downtown Project – Wild Blue Yonder, 519 Wilcox St.; Large Commercial – Personal warehouse, 2278 Manatt Court; Mobility/Pedestrian Enhancement – Wolfensberger pedestrian bridge; Neighborhood Project/Enhancement – Taft House at 3570 Celestial Ave. in The Meadows; Public Facility – Fire Station No. 152 in Crystal Valley Ranch; Residential Design – Adamo Homes development, 4307 North Meadows Drive. Congratulations!
Town Council and staff made a special presentation to the Oakland OK's 4H club, local home improvement stores and several volunteers for making a difference in the life of a senior Castle Rock resident by making much needed improvements to her yard and walkway. Some volunteers even made personal contributions toward the project to ensure completion. Council also recognized several local businesses and organizations, and Boy Scout Troop 261 for helping make the 2019 Neighborhood Clean Up Day a huge success.
Castle Rock Water was awarded the Gold Tier in the Pursuing Excellence Program, for the third year in a row. The award is presented by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to recognize systems that go above and beyond regulatory compliance.
Town Council presented several proclamations at the Council meeting on April 2, 2019, including one recognizing Town staff for its efforts during the 2019 Bomb Cyclone Blizzard. Mayor Jason Gray also kicked off the Mayor’s Conservation Challenge by proclaiming April as Water Conservation Month. Additionally, Town Council proclaimed April 19, 2019, as Arbor Day.
At the Town Council meeting on Feb. 5, 2019, Dave Bennetts of the American Public Works Association presented two awards to the Town: the Public Outreach award, recognizing the Public Works Department for the 2018 Transportation Infrastructure Report Card, and the Sustainability Award, recognizing Castle Rock Water for the successful completion of the WISE project.
The Town Council Meeting on Dec. 4, 2018, marked the adjournment of the 2016-18 Council and recognized outgoing members Mayor Jennifer Green, Mayor Pro Tem Renee Valentine and Councilmember Brett Ford. Each outgoing member was given a proclamation of commendation to recognize their dedication and contributions to the community.
Three newly-elected members were sworn in and joined Town Council: Jason Gray as Mayor, Kevin Bracken as Councilmember to represent District 3, and Caryn Johnson as Councilmember to represent District 5. Town Council also appointed District 4 Councilman Jason Bower as the Mayor Pro Tem.
Welcome and congratulations, Mayor and Councilmembers!