City Council Meeting Shows Denver’s Dedication to Human Welfare

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Posted Thu, Aug 4, 2016

Wenk Associates’ plan for the improvement of Confluence Park includes making the water cleaner for public enjoyment. [Photo: Wenk Associates]

Wenk Associates’ plan for the improvement of Confluence Park includes making the water cleaner for public enjoyment. [Photo: Wenk Associates]

DENVER- On July 25, the Denver City Council convened for a productive weekly legislative meeting at which the council came to 13 resolutions.

Among the resolutions was one approving a proposed amendatory agreement between the City and County of Denver and The Colorado Coalition for the Homeless to provide rental assistance to Denver’s homeless population.

Councilman Paul Kashmann proposed and Councilman Kevin Flynn seconded, the motion to approve the agreement to add $2,074,360 to the already existing fund of $387, 490 to support rental assistance for disabled homeless individuals living through the Continuum of Care Housing First program. The motion, which the council anonymously approved, will subject 240 housing units to rental assistance.

Also at the meeting, the council approved the Mayoral appointment of Tammy Mulligan to the Welfare Reform Board through Denver Human Services. According to the City and County of Denver, The Welfare Reform Board is tasked specifically with adopting policies, rules, and regulations regarding Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) and the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP).  It is comprised of members selected by the mayor, members of city council, and workforce development and human services personnel.

A homeless man photographed in a hospital funded by The Colorado Coalition for the Homeless. [Photo from The Colorado Coalition for the Homeless]

A homeless man photographed in a hospital funded by The Colorado Coalition for the Homeless. [Photo from The Colorado Coalition for the Homeless]

In addition to approving proposals related to human welfare, The Committee discussed issues regarding wastewater capital projects. In 2008, the City and County of Denver issued a Six-Year Capital Improvement Plan that includes wastewater management.

At the City Council Meeting, The Committee approved agreements between the City and County of Denver and AECOM Technical Services, Inc.; CH2M Hill Engineers, Inc.; Enginuity Engineering Solutions, LLC; ICON ENGINEERING, INC.; Merrick & Co.; Muller Engineering Co.; Parsons Transportation Group, Inc.; and Wilson and Co., Inc., Engineers & Architects, each for 3-year, $4 million contracts to support wastewater capital projects.

Councilwoman Deborah Ortega called upon James Potter, the engineering supervisor for Capital Projects Department of Public Works, to explain whether or not $32 million was too much money to accomplish the necessary tasks,and if the wastewater could instead be managed by the City and County of Denver’s wastewater staff.

Potter justified the contracts by emphasizing that the externally contracted companies perform duties greater than simply wastewater management.

“Our internal forces within wastewater capital, specifically, do perform levels of all the design, the planning, the feasibility, the construction, [and] management services in house,” Potter said. Ultimately, Potter’s argument did succeed, and the council agreed to outsource the work to external companies.

Adding to the previous city improvement initiatives, the council also approved an agreement between the City and County of Denver and Wenk Associates, Inc. to redesign Confluence Park Shoemaker Plaza after environmental issues were discovered. The approval added $86,940 to the contract for a new total of $962,374 to address the issue.

By the time Council President Pro-Tem Jolon Clark adjourned the meeting at 9:37 p.m., the council had not only resolved the issues above, but they heard proclamations, introduced bills, and reconsidered old proposals. Most importantly, the council resolved all issues pertaining to human and environmental welfare.

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