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Volume 2 Issue 21 October 18, 2002

Regional Government Council Relocates to Glendale
After 20 years at the Diamond Hill Office Complex just above downtown Denver, the Denver Regional Council of Governments has moved to a new home in Glendale. The Denver Regional Council of Governments, or DRCOG (pronounced Dr. Cog), is a voluntary association of 51 county and municipal governments in the greater Denver, Colorado, area. Through the organization, local governments work together to address issues of regional concern. Hot topics have included growth and development, transportation, the environment and analysis of economic and development trends. The organization also works to coordinate and provide services to the Front Range’s senior population. By promoting regional cooperation and coordination among local governments, the council of governments resolves common problems, performs regional planning and provides services to its members. The new DRCOG office are in the Cherry Creek Corporate Plaza I at 4500 Cherry Creek Drive South. The council’s main meeting room, where the board convenes and other large groups can expect to meet, will be conveniently located on the 1st floor of the new building. The council’s offices will be located on the 8th floor.

Glendale’s Beer Gets Orange..Workers and friends of Glendale's Bull & Bush Brewpub, in orange, amuse attendees at the 2002 Great American Beer Festival Oct. 3. The annual tradition became legal this year with its 21st festival. -Photo by JEFF FRANCIS

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Council gives initial approval given to Glendale city budget for ‘03
The Glendale City Council, at its October 15 meeting, approved on first reading a budget of $21.2 million to fund city services in the next calendar year. The same ordinance appropriates $21.6 million in 2004. A public hearing is set for November 19 on this ordinance, as well as one establishing the mill levy at 8.420 mills. A mill levy is the number of dollars a taxpayer owes for every $1,000 of assessed valuation on his or her property. A mill is one-tenth of $.01 or $.001 (one thousandth). Glendale has not raised the mill levy in several years, as the lion’s share of revenues come from sales tax collections rather than property taxes. The Council also gave initial approval to and set for public hearing on November 19 a proposal to adjust the City’s 2002 budget to take into account the purchase of park land over and above budget as originally set. That land is located on East Kentucky Avenue between Cedar Pointe and Cherry Creek Pediatrics. The community will be invited early next year to give input on the amenities they would like to see in the new park. In other action, Council approved a “bereavement leave” policy for City employees who currently must use sick leave or vacation to attend a funeral of a family or household member, and appointed Mike Dunafon, Chair of the City’s Planning Commission, as the voluntary Council parliamentarian. Council members extended a warm welcome to a new Glendale business, the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG). DRCOG, a voluntary association of 51 county and municipal governments working together to address issues of regional concern, recently relocated to the Cherry Creek Corporate Center from Denver’s Diamond Hill where they had been for more than a quarter of a century. The organization also provides information and tools to support local decision-making by elected officials. Glendale Mayor Joe Rice and Council Member Larry Harte attended the first meeting of the DRCOG Board of Directors in their new offices and presented a photo of one of Glendale’s famous fireworks displays illuminating the Cherry Creek Corporate Center. A brass plate on the reads: “DRCOG,

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