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Seven factors are considered when determining whether the Town should be placed under fire restrictions. These are: 1 & 2) two different evaluations of the moisture content of plant materials; 3) the current fire danger rating from the National Weather Service; 4 & 5) the resources available to fight fires and recent incidences of fires; 6) whether adverse fire conditions are predicted to continue; and 7) the local fire preparedness level as set by the National Multi-Agency Coordination Group.
If specified criteria are met related to at least three of these factors, Stage 1 restrictions are considered. Once a fourth condition is met, Stage 2 restrictions are considered. Conditions are evaluated for the Town as a whole and not for certain areas, although moisture levels may vary throughout Town given how rainfall tends to occur here.
It’s important to note that while the rapid downpours that are typical in summer in Castle Rock generally help increase the moisture level of grasses, they typically do not provide great amounts of moisture for larger, more flammable plant materials like scrub oak and trees. Additional factors including heat, relative humidity and wind also come into play when recommending fire restrictions.
CRPD officers worked 12-hour shifts to provide for double coverage on July 4. They and CRFD members working on the holiday responded to over 100 fireworks complaints.
Both Police and Fire staff faced competing demands while addressing fireworks complaints, including two serious/violent felony incidents for Police, and a dumpster fire and unauthorized burn calls and smoke investigations resulting from fireworks for Fire.
Our efforts were unable to deter every fireworks user, of course, but we were fortunate that we did not see significant fire damage in the community. Enforcing fireworks bans is difficult every year in Castle Rock – and throughout the state and country – as residents desire to celebrate Independence Day with family and friends.
To report neighborhood speeding, visit CRgov.com/Concern. When prompted to select an issue type, choose “Speeding Traffic”. The Castle Rock Police Department will be notified of your concern.
Monitoring entrance and exit traffic allows larger local businesses to accurately count and regulate the number of people in the store for the safety of the occupants. CRFD reviews and approves the modifications being developed by local businesses to ensure that all required exits are still usable.
The modifications are the store’s response to the Public Health Order and TCHD’s current social distancing best practices measures for protecting the community. These modifications have been verified to not violate the Fire and Life Safety Codes and are continually evaluated by CRFD.
Castle Rock Police Department will not issue a ticket during the one month grace period.
For signs on Town streets, the Castle Rock Police Department would be the enforcing agency. Violations can be reported to the nonemergency Police line at 303-663-6100.
Both are illegal. Vehicles must park with the flow of traffic and cannot park on the sidewalk.
Dirt bikes that are registered with the State are legal to drive on streets. As to the open space, if someone has permission from the property owner - the Meadows HOA, in this case - to use the property in that way, they may. If they do not have permission from an HOA representative, then riding in that area could be considered trespassing and/or damaging property.
With the passage of the Colorado Medical Use of Marijuana, Initiative 20 (in 2000), and the Colorado Marijuana Legalization Initiative, Amendment 64 (in 2012), marijuana use (subject to certain restrictions) was legalized in the State. Article XVIII of the Colorado Constitution, Section 16 (3)(d), titled “Personal Use and Regulation of Marijuana” states: Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the following acts are not unlawful and shall not be an offense under Colorado law or the law of any locality within Colorado or be a basis for seizure, or forfeiture of assets under Colorado law for persons twenty-one years of age or older: (d) Consumption of marijuana, provided that nothing in this section shall permit consumption that is conducted openly and publicly or in a manner that endangers others. A number of Colorado statutes also govern various aspects of marijuana use. Generally, property owners are permitted to make their own choices about marijuana use on their property. However, there are a number of considerations that need to be taken into account when making determinations surrounding the “legality” of marijuana use, on private property, which are driven by particularized factual circumstances. Accordingly, we are not in a position to make global statements about any specific situation. The Castle Rock Police Department is sworn to enforce the laws and it is committed to doing so.
Although no community is immune from crime, Castle Rock is a very safe community. Our crimes against persons crime rate has actually decreased since 2012.
The population of Castle Rock has grown from 51,573 in 2012 to 62,036 in 2016. During this time, the crime rate for crimes against persons, which includes crimes such as aggravated assaults and robberies, actually decreased from 1.2 crimes per thousand in 2012 to 0.79 crimes per thousand in 2016. For example, there were 7 robberies reported in 2012 versus 4 robberies reported in 2016. Aggravated assaults have stayed consistent with 29 in 2012 and 29 in 2016.
The crime rate for crimes against property has increased from 16.3 crimes per thousand in 2012 to 18.55 crimes per thousand in 2016. This increase can be attributed to retail theft, fraud and ID theft.
The Castle Rock Police Department has grown appropriately to keep up with population growth as we strive to continue to provide a high level of public safety service to the community. In 2012, Castle Rock Police had 54 officers (or 1.05 officers per thousand population) and in 2016, our department had grown to 71 officers (or 1.14 officers per thousand population.)
It is worth noting Castle Rock received recognition in May as being among the safest places in all of Colorado from LendEDU. Crime stats are published each year in CRPD’s annual report. Visit CRgov.com/police.
Here is a link to LendEDU's Safest Cities blog, with further pertinent information:
A group called the Federal Protection Agency (follow them on Facebook) provides escorts of fallen military personnel to and from Denver International Airport. Usually, they are taking the fallen member from Colorado Springs to DIA to be flown home.
Whenever this occurs, they notify all public safety agencies along the route of their estimated travel times. When possible, CRFD stands at to the overpasses to render honors as the fallen member passes through Castle Rock. Castle Rock police officers and Douglas County sheriff’s deputies also join when available, and most public safety agencies pay their respects along the entire route.
As a home rule municipality, the Town of Castle Rock has its own set of local laws and codes. It's prudent for a local government to take a look at its laws to ensure they are up to par with current legal best practices and local culture. That's why Town staff started a review of Town Code related to animals in 2017.
After conducting research and gathering public feedback, Town staff has recommendations for the Castle Rock community and Town Council to consider. One of those recommendations is to replace the current ban on Pit Bulls with a two-tired, behavior-based potentially dangerous/dangerous provision.
Town staff conducted extensive research throughout the review process and found most Colorado communities do not have breed-specific bans. Research shows breed-specific bans present a number of challenges and are difficult to enforce. That's why the team is making the recommendation to move away from a breed-specific ban to a two-tiered, behavior-based potentially dangerous and dangerous animal system. The proposed system would allow authorities to focus on the particular behavior of a dog and not it's appearance or genetic make-up.
It's important to note, the proposed system also outlines definitions for both potentially dangerous and dangerous animals. These definitions are designed to proactively manage a potentially dangerous dog, and would not necessarily require a dog to injure/bite another animal or person before being classified as potentially dangerous. Additionally, dangerous dogs would be clearly defined, and steps to remove the animal from Town limits would be outlined.
Staff has also proposed revisions to other areas of Town Code related to a variety of animals, including chickens, bees, dogs, cats, wildlife and more. It's important to note, Town Council has not made a decision. Learn more about the proposals and next steps, and provide your feedback.