Our Town
A Publication for the Town of Bennett Vol. 7, No. 3 May/June 2003

BENNETT SURVEY RESULTS The Town of Bennett’s 2003 Citizen Surveys have been returned and the Town has processed the results. The most noteworthy responses for the Town to consider were related to the rate of new growth, water supply matters, and police services. School District facilities were also frequently noted. Relative to growth, the majority of those responding to the survey stated that Bennett should plan for a moderate rate of growth. The general consensus of those responding to the Survey stated that Bennett is an above average place to live. The average score on this question was 6.4 on a scale of 1-10. Over half of the respondents believe that Bennett's greatest strength is being a small town with friendly people, while the most significant weakness is a lack of shopping and law enforcement. The respondents stated that additional or improved recreational opportunities are needed. Such desired facilities include a recreation center, indoor swimming, and trails and/or bike paths. Fifty-four percent (54%) are in favor of preserving the original business section along Colfax and Palmer Ave. as an historic “Old Town” district. The profile of the average survey respondent is a 44 year old professional who travels 26 miles to work, has 2.80 people living in his/her home, has lived in Bennett 10 years and owns a home. More women responded to the survey than men, but it was very close. Results to questions regarding shopping habits conclude that seventy-one percent (71%) would like to shop more in Bennett, but cannot because of the lack of selection. Seventy-one percent (71%) of the respondents noted that they are adequately informed about the Town government and forty-five percent (45%) stated they understand what other citizens think about important public matters. A high eightyseven percent (87%) noted that they read the Town’s bimonthly newsletter, Our Town, while fourteen percent (14%) have visited the Town’s website. Many comments were received regarding the open-ended questions posed in the Survey. The Town Board of Trustees, the Planning Commission, and Town Staff are studying the results of the Survey in order to appropriately respond to the valuable information provided. The Town Board is discussing means to further address issues of vandalism, theft and a fulltime police force and other important public matters.

Opportunities may be available for citizens to help the Town Board with future planning through various committees. Please contact the Town Hall at (303) 644-3249 if you are interested in volunteering your time and talent as organizational meetings are being planned. Results of the survey are available for review at the Bennett Town Hall, Bennett Library, and Bennett School. It will soon be posted on the Town’s website at: YOU ASKED, WE ANSWERED According to the Town’s Annual Survey, law enforcement was stated to be the Town’s greatest weakness and considered to need the most improvement of Town services. The Town Board of Bennett does not take this concern lightly. They have already initiated conversations with the Adams County Sheriff’s Office regarding this issue. We are jointly concerned in this regard. We have begun to set priorities, seek solutions and have begun long range planning. There are several considerations being examined. The first is making public safety a priority; the Board has set this as a top priority. Second is forming a partnership and mutual support with the Sheriff’s Office. The Board has also affirmed their commitment in this endeavor. The third step will involve you, the residents of the Town of Bennett. We need your commitment and support. This will be discussed at public meetings where your involvement is not only welcome, but also critically needed. In previous discussions with the Sheriff’s Office, it was noted that the residents never hear the results of highly publicized crimes. In the past, the Sheriff’s Office has not been able to reveal arrests or resolutions to these crimes. Under Sheriff Darr’s command, a new system is in place for sharing information with the public. Watch in the I-70 Scout for the Sheriff’s monthly reports, which will now include more information regarding local crime cases. We also want to take this opportunity to advise you of previous felony arrests that have been submitted to Adams County. In 2002 the deputies caught the perpetrators involved in criminal activities. These include a break-in at the Bennett Swimming Pool and School. In this case the defendant was found guilty. The individual is responsible for paying restitution, and has been sentenced. In another case involving the theft of numerous flags within the Town, a defendant has been arrested and claims for restitution have been submitted to the Adams County Court.

The Sheriff’s Office and the residents of the Cordella Subdivision within the Town have established a Neighborhood Watch program. This project took time and commitment of the residents in that area. We are hopeful that a future article will be written in regard to this program so that other areas of the Town may get involved. These are very positive actions that are happening within the Town. But unfortunately, there are crimes that have been committed of which residents have personal knowledge but have refused to become involved. Without coming forward and sharing information with the deputies, their hands are tied and no action can be taken. An example of one such incident was the previous slashing of tires and breaking of automobile windows. This crime remains unsolved due to lack of community involvement. TREES FOR EASTERN COLORADO The following trees generally grow well in Eastern Colorado: honey locust or sunburst (gold), bur oak, catalpa, green ash, American linden, Kentucky coffee, American maple, crabapple, dwarf apricot, purple plum, red autumn ash, Canada red cherry, plus many different kinds of evergreens. Shady trees will cool your home and perhaps save you some money on your energy bills. Any nursery should be able to help you decide which kind of tree will fit best into your landscaping plans, or visit your local library. The Prairie Bookseller, 690 Colfax Avenue, Bennett, also has many books on trees and landscaping, including “Colorado Gardener’s Guide” by John Cretti and “Hillier Gardener’s Guide to Trees and Shrubs” by John Kelly. FROM THE WATER DEPARTMENT Colorado is still in the midst of the worst drought in our history. The Board of Trustees imposed mandatory water usage restrictions last July. In the interest of conserving our water supply, the Board is asking citizens to conserve water by adhering to the following guidelines:    Water ONLY every three days. Follow the circle, diamond, and square designations as are included with this newsletter. Water before 9 AM and after 6 PM when temperatures are cooler and the air is more humid. Push the blade of a shovel or other gardening tool into your lawn to measure how deep the roots of your grass extend under the surface of the ground. Water only to that depth. Leave the grass longer when you cut it. Experts recommend 3 inches. This will hold the moisture in the lawn and helps prevent the grass from drying out, as well as extending the amount of time it takes for the grass to dry out. When you adjust your sprinkler, make certain the water is going only onto the lawn or other plants, not onto sidewalks and streets. If water is running into the gutter, you are over-watering. Turn off the sprinkler when the ground is saturated. Don’t over-water. Too much water forces the grass to develop shallow roots which allow it to dry out more

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quickly, thus making it more “water dependent”; overwatering also weakens the lawn’s “immune system,” making it more susceptible to lawn diseases and “root rot.” Use a sprinkler that produces large water droplets rather than a mist or fan type sprinkler, which allows water to evaporate more easily. If you use an automatic sprinkler system, make sure the sprinkler heads are accurately aimed, not leaking, or in disrepair. Set short sprinkling times that keep the ground from becoming over-saturated. If you want to wash your car at home, you are allowed to do so on your watering day on your lawn, and only during watering hours. Hand watering of vegetable and flower gardens, trees and shrubs is allowed as long as lawns are not hand watered and waste does not occur. Hand watering means holding in the hand a hose with attached positive shut-off nozzle, and does not include operating a hose with a sprinkler or manually operating an irrigation controller.

Other common sense water conservation measures:

Run the washing machine or dishwasher only when you have gathered a full load.  Don’t allow water to run while shaving or brushing teeth. Turn the water on only to rinse the razor or toothbrush.  Take short showers.  Don’t allow water to run while waiting for warm or hot water; capture the water and use it in the coffee maker, for cooking, or for other uses where cooler water is required.  If possible, have your washer drain onto your lawn. The Town Board reminds its residents that code violations for the misuse of water are in place. Consumers shall prevent unnecessary waste of water and keep all water outlets closed when not in actual use. This includes yard water that travels off private premises, collects, and runs in the public streets and gutters. Ordinance No. 474 states that in the event of a first violation of wasting water, the person or entity will be given a written warning. Any subsequent violations of the ordinance shall be punishable by a fine of up to $300 for each violation. Here are some web sites that provide more water conservation information:     GARAGE SALE SIGNS The Town of Bennett has adopted new sign standards. Among those new standards are garage sale signs. Bennett residents are not required to obtain a permit to display signs for a yard sale or garage sale. However, residents are allowed only two (2) signs posted on private property. The date of posting of the sign shall be stated on the sign face and must be removed within five (5) days. The size and location of the signs must not create a hazard for automobile or pedestrian traffic or a public nuisance. Please be sure to get permission from the property owner before posting a sign on any property.


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BUILDING DEPARTMENT NEWS With the arrival of spring, many of us have started taking advantage of repairing, remodeling and adding to our homes. Others may be planning on building a deck or patio, putting in a driveway, re-roofing their house, or replacing or adding a fence. Whatever the project, not all of our residents are aware that the planned project may require a building permit. We’d like to take this opportunity to inform our residents of some of the most common projects that do require a building permit: The replacement/installation of furnaces, air conditioners, water heaters and gas logs, roof and window replacements, new siding or replacement siding, patios, patio covers, porches, decks that are built higher than 30” above ground level, fences, interior and basement remodeling, signs, sheds that exceed 10’ X 12’ or the floor area exceeds 120 square feet, room additions, enclosures, green houses, attached storage sheds, detached and attached garages, spas, hot tubs, swimming pools that hold 5,000 gallons of water or more, and lawn sprinkler systems. These are just some of the most common types of projects this office receives. If you do not see your planned project listed, that does not always mean that a permit is not required. Before starting any project, call the building department at (303) 644-4472. We will be glad to assist you in any way we can in providing you with the information and assistance you need to complete the permit process. Don’t fall victim to a Stop Work Order issuance and double permit fees. The Town Building Inspector is available in the office between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Inspections are conducted after 9:30 a.m. on those days. Also, be sure to call UNCC to locate your utility lines before starting any project at 1-800-922-1987. OFFICES MOVED The Town of Bennett Building Department and Code Enforcement offices have moved out of Town Hall. They are now located in our North Shop at 47300 CR 38. Simply follow 4th Street north all the way to the end, go through the gates and past the sewer lagoons to the white building. This building also houses our Planning and Engineering Department. The new telephone number for the Building Department and Code Enforcement is (303) 644-4472. CURFEW FOR YOUR CHILD
By Jill Certain 

10:00 p.m. on any Friday or Saturday until 5:00 a.m. the following day for people under the age of sixteen (16). 12:01 a.m. on any Saturday (Friday night) or Sunday (Saturday night) until 5:00 a.m. on the same day for minors between the ages of sixteen (16) and eighteen (18) years of age.

There are exceptions to the rules: 1. Involved in an emergency. 2. On the sidewalk abutting the minor’s residence or abutting the residence of a next door neighbor if the neighbor did not complain to the police department about the minor’s presence; or 3. Attending an official school, religious, or other recreational activity supervised by adults and sponsored by the city, a civic organization, religious organization, or another similar entity; or 4. Going to or returning home from, without any detour or stop, an official school, religious, or other recreational activity supervised by adults and sponsored by the city, a civic organization, religious organization, or another similar entity; or 5. On an errand at the direction, in writing and designating the purpose and destination, from his or her parent or legal guardian, without any detour or stop. PARENTAL RESPONSIBILITY It shall be unlawful for a parent or legal guardian of a minor to knowingly permit or allow, or by insufficient control permit or allow, the minor to be in or remain in any public place or on the premises of any establishment during curfew hours unless the minor is: 1. Accompanied by the minor’s parent or legal guardian; or 2. In the custody of and accompanied by a person who has reached 18 years of age, but only if the person possesses the written consent of the minor’s parent or legal guardian; or 3. In a motor vehicle currently being used in interstate or intrastate travel; or 4. Engaged in an employment activity, or going to or returning home from an employment activity, without any detour or stop. VIOLATION- PENALTY The first offense for “Curfew” with no other violations is a minimum of a $25.00 fine, $30.00 Court costs, and $10.00 will be added if the minor is fails to pay the night of Court. The second offense for “Curfew” holds a minimum of a $50.00 fine, plus $30.00 Court costs, and $10.00 will be added if the minor fails to pay the night of Court. The third offense for “Curfew” holds a minimum of a $100.00 fine, plus $30.00 Court costs, and $10.00 will be added if the minor fails to pay the night of Court. If a minor fails to appear on the Court date, a Bench Warrant and/or an Outstanding Judgment Warrant will be issued, which is automatically sent to the Department of Motor Vehicles. The minor’s driver’s license will be revoked. The

Bennett Municipal Court would like to take this opportunity to explain when curfew is and the meaning of curfew, times of curfew and the consequences to a minor if caught after curfew hours within the town limits of Bennett:

 10:00 p.m. on any Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday until 5:00 a.m. the following days; and

only way he/she will be able to get his/her drivers license reinstated is to complete what the Judge has ordered in the Bennett Municipal Court. A Show Cause Order will also be issued for the parents of the minor, which means the Judge has ordered the parents to appear in Court to explain why the minor did not show up on his/her court date. If the parent does not respond, a Bench Warrant will be issued for the parent’s arrest. Every time a minor is summoned to Bennett Municipal Court the penalty becomes more serious and more costly to the minor, parent and/ or legal guardian. If you would like more information regarding this article or other types of Court procedures, fines, penalties, etc., please contact Jill Certain, Deputy Court Clerk at (303) 644-3249. BENNETT FOOD BANK NEEDS The Town of Bennett Food Bank is now open every Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. at the Bennett Community Center, 1100 Colfax Avenue. Grace Mountain Baptist Church is operating the Food Bank. It is open to anyone in need of its services. Please call the church with any questions at (303) 644-4164. The Bennett Food Bank is especially in need of the following items: snacks, canned fruit, baby food, toilet paper, paper towels, shampoo, Kleenex, cereal, lotion, drinks (coffee, tea, Kool-Aid), pasta, tuna or other canned meats. Cash donations can be delivered or mailed to Bennett Town Hall, and nonperishable food donations can also be taken to Town Hall. If you would like to donate perishable foods, please call the church at the number above, or Bennett Town Hall at (303) 644-3249. We will make arrangements for the church to pick up your donation. Thank you for all of your help.

TRAP SHOOT The Bennett VFW is holding a Trap Shoot on May 3 rd and 4th from 10:00 a.m. to whenever. Just follow the signs from I-70 or State Highways 79 and 36. Food and drinks will be available. Also, Bingo will be held at the VFW, 115 Palmer Avenue, on Sunday, May 4th, at 1:00 p.m. Come on out and have some fun!

2nd & 4th Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. Planning & Zoning Last Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m. Municipal Court 4th Wednesday of the month unless otherwise posted at 7:00 p.m. All meetings are held at Town Hall, 355 4th St., unless otherwise posted. The public is always welcome. For further information please call (303) 644-3249. Town Board

This newsletter is a volunteer publication with the goal of addressing the public interest of Bennett residents. It welcomes club news, questions, announcements, and suggestions. Your feedback is important and useful for the development of future newsletters. Contact the Town Hall at (303) 644-3249. Many thanks for volunteer services from Pat Raborn, Irene Blacker, Ruby Johnson, Peg Mancuso, Eileen Church, Debra Martinez, and Beverly Betts.


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