Neighborhood Contacts

May 2019 - Recent State Legislative measures that provide more opportunities for local regulation and jurisdiction. The City Council will look into all of these novel areas of involvement. 

Aurora wants to help spruce up neighborhoods and is offering Neighborhood Beautification Grants of up to $5,000 per neighborhood group in 2019.

 The grants promote projects that improve the physical condition of a neighborhood, enhance pride and identity, promote self-reliance and increase neighborhood communication. The city has allocated up to $60,000 for grants for 2019, with a maximum of $10,000 for each of the city’s six council wards.

Residents who are interested must attend one of three pre-application meetings in January to learn more about the application process and talk with various city departments about potential project considerations, such as permits, lane closures and any associated fees:

  • 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16 – Aurora Municipal Center City Council Chamber, 15151 E. Alameda Parkway
  • 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22 – Moorhead Recreation Center, 2390 Havana St.
  • 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23 – Tallyn’s Reach Library, 23911 E. Arapahoe Road

To attend any of the meetings, RSVP to 303.739.7280.

After the meeting, all application materials must be submitted by March 31. All projects selected to receive grant funding must be completed by Oct. 31.

Program details and examples of past grant recipients are available at

Eligible projects must be within Aurora city limits, not be intended for individual private residential property except for city right-of-way, provide an identifiable benefit to the neighborhood, have a specific timeline, and involve at least three households in the neighborhood.

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February 2019 - High Line Canal Cleanup Volunteers Needed.  Please direct questions to Lottia Villalba at

Aurora Water is looking for volunteers and segment leaders for the High Line Canal Cleanup, which will be held from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 16. In case of inclement weather, the event will be rescheduled for March 30.  The event will involve removing trash from the 11-mile stretch of the canal that runs through Aurora. Volunteer check-in will be at 8 a.m. on the day of the cleanup inside the Large Community Room at the Aurora Central Library, 14949 E. Alameda Parkway.

Segment leaders are assigned to one-mile segments and ensure the cleanup volunteers have everything they need. Segment leaders are expected to attend an orientation on March 7 at 2 p.m. in the Aurora Room at the Aurora Municipal Center.
Join us! For more details or to sign up, call 303.739.7372 or email
​August 2019 , Composting in Aurora - I am part of a group of Aurorans who would love to see the city follow Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins, Golden, Greeley and Windsor in offering a composting program for residents.  As you know, particularly in high-density neighborhoods like ours, it's not possible to set up a "backyard" compost system - I don't have a back yard.  I hate putting my vegetable and fruit waste in the garbage.
Our leader, Carolyn Pace, is the owner of a small private composting company, Wompost.  She's the brains behind this effort, and she has already been working with people in Aurora's public works department to arrange for a leaf drop-off pilot program this fall.  We've been fundraising and talking to people about it.  The idea is that if we have a successful pilot program, hopefully the city will see fit to take it on from that point forward.  I wanted to let you know about this project because while it may not even require City Council approval, we need all the support we can get.  If this eventually became a compost pick-up program within the city, that would be wonderful!  Thank you for your time.
Dena M.
Here are a couple of fliers that have been created to get the word out.
>Wompost Flyer
>Composting Flyer

Ready to Work Aurora - Block Party Event, Saturday, July 27th @ 10am-2pm at Bridge House.  3176 South Peoria, Aurora. >learn more

National Night Out - Tuesday, August 6th - National Night Out Flyer 

5th Annual Dinner - Farm to Table to support Bridge House
The Gatehouse @ Lionsgate Event Center
1055 S. 112th Street, Lafayette, CO 80026

Support Bridge House's work to end homelessness. Enjoy a delicious meal that features our very own Community Table Kitchen. Food is sourced from local farms and prepared by Chef John Trejo and the Ready to Work trainees in our culinary arts program and social enterprise!  >BridgeHouse 

June 3rd Council Meeting Oil and Gas Operator Agreement Conoco Phillips

From pit bulls to oil and gas drilling. Local government, at least in Aurora, is not boring. Whether you oppose or support O and G activity in the City or even in general I want to give my constituents a heads up. On June 3rd the City Council will decide whether to approve an Operator Agreement (OA) with Conoco Phillips. This first OA sets out the terms and conditions related to their well drilling and subsequent production activities. As I have previously said it will not take place physically in Ward 4 but generally in the north and east portions of the City. Just like pit bulls, folks hold very strong opinions. Either the OA is woefully inadequate or is a state of the art/best in Colorado. The reason for this message is that I am hearing that both sides of the debate intend to turn out in large numbers. The Council Chamber holds about 250 people with some standing room. I think additional chairs may be set out in the lobby but they are not as comfortable. If you or someone you know wants to come and observe and or testify you should come early. The meeting starts at 7:30. If you have Comcast it will be broadcast on Channel 8 or it can be watched on Aurora TV on line. With speakers each having up to 3 minutes I think it is reasonable to assume this matter could last several hours.
Charlie Richardson Aurora City Ward 4 map
city of aurora beautification grant
Charlie Richardson City Council

Ward IV 2019 Notes

“The first responsibility of local government is to provide its citizens a safe environment to live, work and raise a family. I will work every day to ensure our neighborhoods and streets are safe and secure.”
January 2019 - Spruce up your neighborhood with a Beautification Grant of up to $5,000


2019 Ward IV Town Meetings - *UPDATED as of 8/15/19* NEW LOCATION  - We will be holding our Ward meetings at Garden Plaza Senior Living Community, 14221 E. Evans Ave, Aurora, CO 80014