Town Administrator's Weekly Update
Star Award

Town Administrator          December 16, 2019

Police Recognized
Detectives were recognized at Tuesday's Board of Trustee meeting with the STAR Award for Safety. The prestigious award was given for their professional response, thorough investigation and prompt arrests in September's home invasion robbery and kidnapping incident. The following evening, I attended the Police Department's annual awards ceremony. Chief Stewart presented the detectives with the Department Merit Award commending their expertise and diligence in arresting the suspects 72 hours after the incident.

2019 was an incredibly busy year for the Police Department. All of the 34 officers, 1 code enforcement officer and seven non-commissioned members are worthy of recognition. Some highlights from the ceremony include:
  • School Resource Officer Crow was recognized for her exemplary efforts to build relationships with faculty, staff and students at Erie Middle School. Officer Crow worked a myriad of complex investigations ranging from school threats and narcotics violations to domestic violence and sexual assault cases.
  • Code Enforcement Officer Patterson was recognized as an outstanding representative for the department and awarded the Community Service Award. Throughout 2019 she received numerous compliments from community members and the Board for her work and her exceptional community outreach.
  • Detective Petek was presented with the Merit Award for his timely investigation of a suspicious message, identification of the sender, and coordination with Texas police resulting in an arrest and charge of Terroristic Threats. Thanks to Petek's investigation lives may have been saved.
  • Officer Gittins responded to a bank alarm and identified the suspect in the vicinity and arrested the bank robbery suspect in less than 10 minutes.
  • School Resource Officer Cara Thoen was selected to receive Employee of the Year for her contribution to Erie High School and community. She has been lauded by school officials, parents and students for her caring nature and willingness to help any time, day or night.
Thank you to all members of the Police Department for your stellar work in 2019!

Town Center Next Steps
As you know, the Board of Trustees approved “in principle” the Erie Town Center Charrette Work Product and the Erie Town Center Code Principles. These are framework documents that Town staff, working with DPZ Co Design, will use to prepare proposed amendments to the Town’s Unified Development Code (UDC), which governs land use and development in Erie. DPZ is also preparing a Draft Master Plan Report to guide this effort. We expect to receive that Draft Report from DPZ this week.
Staff will review the Draft Report and work with DPZ to prepare a Final Report, including proposed amendments to the UDC, for publication no later than February 12th. That will allow time to satisfy all notice requirements for the Planning Commission to conduct a Public Hearing on the proposal March 4th, and for the Board of Trustees to take final action on the proposal March 24th.   
While this schedule may seem slow to some, the amount of work involved is significant. We want to make sure implementing regulations are sufficiently clear, and yet also not so burdensome as to crate barriers to achieving the vision contained in the Town Center Illustrative Master Plan. We also want to make sure all interested parties—especially the Planning Commission and Board of Trustees—have adequate time to review the proposed UDC amendments.  
I want to extending my sincere thanks to the many staff who are involved in this effort and juggling work and holiday obligations during this busy and festive time of year! Thank you for your help in making the Town Center vision a reality!
Clayton Park Rendering

Parks and Recreation

The Board of Trustees approved the construction agreement to build our next neighborhood park located in the Erie Highlands neighborhood during their meeting on December 10. The park will be called Clayton Park and includes two baseball fields with dirt infields, a multi-use turf field, loop trail, playground with zip line and hill slide, basketball half court, shade shelter and associated site furnishings.  Construction is scheduled to begin in January. See what the park will look like here



Officers are participating in a statewide Tip-A-Cop fundraiser for Special Olympics this Friday evening at the local Rusty Melon restaurant. The fundraiser will be held from 5 to 9 p.m., Friday, December 20, at 615 Mitchell Way, #100B. 

Officers and local Special Olympics athletes will raise awareness for Special Olympics Colorado. All tips benefit Special Olympics Colorado.

Mental Health Partners

EDGE Program

The Town is pleased to announce participation with Mental Health Partner's 'Early Diversion, Get Engaged' (EDGE) program. EDGE clinicians will begin working with Erie Police beginning in 2020. The Edge program provides a mental health professional to respond to calls involving individuals dealing with a mental health crisis. Clinicians are shared with Boulder County communities, but will be on-site in Erie two days a week.

Quilter's Corner

Business Outreach

The Economic Development team periodically visits local businesses to encourage relationship-building and explore ways the Town can help support these businesses. Tour alongside the team as they visit this Erie gem:

At the corner of Erie Pkwy and Briggs, lies a quaint but bustling business called A Quilter’s Corner. The establishment was opened three years ago by Marci Schnabel, an Erie resident.  She wanted to pursue her passion of quilting and her entrepreneurial spirit led her to open her store. When asked why she chose Erie she responded with, “I thought it would be a quiet place to start a business. Little did I know it would grow to be this successful.” A Quilter’s Corner sells a variety of quilting fabrics and notions, Brother and Handiquilter sewing machines, and offers classes to expand quilting and sewing knowledge. Marci and her staff pride themselves on their customer service, while providing a space for community members to come together, learn from one another, sew for charities, and have fun doing it. Visit A Quilter's Corner online for upcoming classes, events and available products for purchase.

Interested in connecting? Please send an email to Lucas Workman at or call 303-926-2767.

Small Business Development Center Network

Small Business Development

The Town is pleased to communicate the success of our partner, the Small Business Development Center (SBDC). The SBDC is dedicated to helping existing and new businesses grow and prosper in Colorado by providing free and confidential consulting, and no or low-cost training. In 2019, SBDC provided ten seminars to the Erie community. The seminars covered startup orientation, web design and grants. For more information contact Jesse Esparza at

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