News

Last updated 06/04/2017

This page has articles concerning Cobblestone Village residents as well as selected articles from the City of Westminster's Weekly Edition email newsletter. Please click on the title to see the article.
Currently, there are still (older) newsletter articles are on the Neighborhood Link web site. Please click on the following link to see them: Cobblestone Village News

Fireworks are restricted are within Westminster.
Nextdoor Social Network (09-01-2013)
Cobblestone Village Sign (11-09-2013)
Retaining Walls (03-22-2013)
Snow Removal in Cobblestone Village (02-24-2012)
(Auto) Lockdown Initiative (08-07-2011)
New Insurance Company for Cobblestone Village (10-13-2010)
Cobblestone Village Survey (ongoing)
Home Break ins (2008)

from the City of Westminster City Editions: (dates listed with article)
Puffers - Unattended Running Vehicles

from the City of Westminster Weekly Editions: (dates listed with article)
Smart 911
Be safe with outdoor cooking and fires     04-24-2011
Pothole reporting information
Hard to Recycle Guide now on website
Warning out for faulty smoke alarms
Text anonymously to Crime Stoppers
New Reverse 911 Additions
Fire Department offers CPR/first aid classes
Dog Licenses

Fireworks are restricted within Westminster.(06-04-17) Most fireworks (like firecrackers, cherry bombs and bottle rockets) are prohibited in Westminster. Any device that explodes or leaves the ground on its own power is illegal. Violators that use, possess or sell prohibited fireworks face a minimum fine of $100 up to $1000, plus court costs and restitution to any victims with bodily injury or property damage. Fire and police will again promptly respond to fireworks calls, so use caution and follow City of Westminster and State of Colorado laws. Permissible fireworks (like fountains and sparklers) are those approved for sale in the State of Colorado, are non-explosive and do not leave the ground or create a loud noise. Permissible fireworks are only authorized from midnight on July 3 to noon on July 5. Of course, all fireworks are dangerous; please use extreme caution if you choose to use permissible fireworks. To report illegal fireworks call the police/fire non-emergency number, 303-658-4360. See Westminster Fire Department FAQ page for more information. To report fires, call 911.
From the link above:
Q: What is the law regarding fireworks? A: The City of Westminster permits the use of fireworks only from 12 a.m. on July 3 through 12 p.m. on July 5. The City of Westminster permits only those fireworks that do not explode and do not leave the ground. For further inquiries please contact Fire Administration at 303-658-4500.

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Nextdoor Social Network (09-01-2013) Please join us on a new social networking - created specifically for neighborhood groups, especially like ours. This new web site is a private online network with our area called Nextdoor Cobblestone Village. On our Nextdoor site, neighbors will be able to share community events, recommendations, items for sale, crime reports, ideas about how to improve our neighborhood and more. I think our neighborhood could benefit too. This site is for residents of Cobblestone Village only and your address will be verified. Click here for the Nextdoor Cobblestone Village.
If you would prefer, send me an email and I will send you an invitation.

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Cobblestone Village Sign (11-09-2013) The sign for Cobblestone Village was badly tagged late last year. As a result of this tagging, the sign was taken down. The board is currently working towards a decision on what to do with the sign. Currently, the options are to either replace the sign or repaint it. I will update this article when something changes.
Update -11-19-2013 at this time the board is looking into possible sign replacements.
Update -01-13-2016 the board is still looking into possibilities for replacement.
Update -07-10-2016 the board is working with a company to make a completely new one. We should have more details soon and possibly a new sign by the annual meeting.
Update -09-23-2016 our new sign has been installed!
Update - 10-01-2016 - An additional sign was installed this week and bricks were added to make the posts look similar to the original ones.
More information concerning this and pictures are at Cobblestone Village Sign page. Thanks to Chuck Bowers.

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Retaining Walls (03-22-2013) The project to replace several of the retaining walls here in Cobblestone Village is complete. Please see our Retaining Wall Renovation Page for more information concerning their renovation. For those who have noticed the white patches on some of the retaining walls, we have asked the contractor and were told that this ia normal and should go away in time. (Possibly a long time.)

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Snow Removal in Cobblestone Village (02-24-2012) There has been a lot of discussion concerning snow removal here in Cobblestone Village, both when and by whom. This article is to help clear up any confusion.
      The removal of snow here in Cobblestone Village is accomplished in two ways. The first is by a contractor paid for by your dues. The second way that snow is removed here is by the homeowners themselves.
      Our contractor is paid to shovel the snow off of the sidewalks, front porches and steps as well as to plow the center of the parking lot, between the rows of cars. This contractor is not paid to clear the snow off of the cars or to shovel between the cars. Our contract states that the walks will be shoveled when and if we receive 2 inches of snow or more and the parking lot will be plowed if it receives 6 inches or more. Both of these actions are required to be started after the snow fall has stopped. (This is common wording in snow removal contracts.) Normally, the contractors will start while the snow is still falling so as to keep ahead of the accumulation, but they are not required to do so. Lots of times, our contractor will start early in the morning, but probably not before some of us leave. Recently, our contractor has been asked to try to not block in the parked cars by leaving a pile behind them. How well this is done remains to be seen. The priority of the snow removal crew is to make a relatively clear path on all of the sidewalks and through the parking lot. They are not expected to clear parking places or the entire parking lot of snow. Please remember that our parking lot was not designed with any extra space and the snow has to go somewhere.
      The second way that snow is removed here is by the homeowners themselves. Most of us have our own snow shovels and clear our own steps and porches, or at least a path to our cars. Many of our residents leave early in the morning and some even before the snow removal crew arrives and so should not be surprised if the snow has not been cleared before they leave. Many of our homeowners find that beginning to shovel around their cars before the plow arrives makes it easier to get that snow out into the street where the plow can take it away. If the snow from between the cars and behind them is shoveled to the middle of the street the plow can clear it away with the snow there.
      Some of our residents like to clear their own parking place entirely of snow so they don't have to walk in the snow to their car. Please remember, if you want the snow cleared from your own parking place, it is up to you to do so and not the snow removal crew.
      When parking your vehicles, please do not park with your tires against the curb as this slows down the water flow from the melting snow and can cause icy spots next to the curb.
      Concerning ice - There are many areas in our complex that ice is unavoidable. We try to keep the ice on the sidewalks at a minimum, so please let us know if you find icy spots.
      Conclusion: While the HOA contracts for the snow removal, we encourage all residents to get out early and begin clearing their cars and parking spaces early as this may help minimize the ice below the snow. Thanks for your help!
If you have any questions or comments, please send an email to board.mgr@cobblestonevillagehoa.org

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(Auto) Lockdown Initiative (08-07-2011) - The Lockdown Initiative is brought to you by Coloradans Against Auto Theft (CAAT). It was created to help you keep from having your car stolen, something that happens in the United States about every 40 seconds. See the Lockdown Initiative for more information and tips to stop auto theft and what you can do to help keep your car from being stolen.

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New Insurance Company for Cobblestone Village (10-13-10) Cobblestone Village has a new insurance company. The contact information for the new company is:
Peliton Insurance
4600 S Ulster St #1400
Denver, CO 80237
303-771-1800 - Ask for Amber Collins
Fax 303-290-0884
Peliton.net

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Cobblestone Village Survey (ongoing) - Our board has been conducting an ongoing survey of the residents of Cobblestone Village. Some people have already completed and turned in a survey while others have not. If you have not filled out a survey and would like to do so, click on Survey for a copy of the survey to print out and complete. Please add the date you completed the survey on it. When you have completed the survey, please bring it to a board meeting, or put it into one of the Board boxes at either mail box. (If you would like to complete another survey, please do so but please make sure your unit number and the date are on it.)

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Home Break ins (2008) - Several homes were broken into in our area in 2008. If you see anything suspicious, please call the police. If your home has been broken into, please send the board an email with any details of how they got in and when it was - daytime, evening and so on. Update: We have been told that at least one of the break ins occurred during the daytime and that a large van was used. The crooks knocked on the door or rang the bell and when there was no answer, went around back and broke in through the sliding glass door. Please keep a watch out for your neighbors. Especially check sliding glass doors when you lock up. Doors with pet doors can be more vulnerable.
One possibility is that the crooks are disguised as moving crews with a truck that they back up to the unit, break in and then start loading up. If you see a moving truck in front of a neighbor's home that you know is not moving, please call the police.

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from the City of Westminster City Editions: (dates listed)

The City of Westminster City Edition is mailed to all Westminster residents several times a year.
If you would like to receive your own City of Westminster Weekly Edition, please register at: Westminster Weekly Edition Registration. This page also has the electronic editions of earlier issues.

Feb/Mar 2010 Puffers - Unattended Running Vehicles. When the weather turns cold, it is tempting to leave your car running while it warms up, leaving you free to enjoy one more cup of coffee inside. But that simple act can leave you a quick crime victim, warns the Westminster Police Department. Whether parked in front of your home, at the local convenience store or stopped at the gas station, auto thieves look for the telltale "puffs" of smoke coming from the exhaust pipes of unattended vehicles. "Puffers" can be unlocked and driven off in a matter of seconds, leaving the driver as a victim of a matter of seconds, leaving the driver as a victim of a crime of convenience.
To discourage this practice, many municipalities, including the City of Westminster, have deemed it illegal to leave vehicles unattended and running. Officers will first try to warn citizens, reminding them of the potential dangers, although offenders could be issued a summons and fines. To read the entire article, it is on page 3 of February/March 2010 issue of the Westminster City Edition Other articles on "puffers" can be found at The Denver Channel and The Rocky Mountain News

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06-21-12 Smart 911. Smart911 enhances your emergency service. The City of Westminster Emergency Communications Center has rolled out a new program that can enhance your 911 emergency response. Citizens can visit www.Smart911.com and enter information that would be helpful to police, fire and medical responders in an emergency. This is a great way to tie your various phone numbers to your home address, list who lives in your home, describe any health conditions, indicate if you have pets and more. Enrolling in Smart911 is free. You control your own profile which is only available to 911 centers and first responders if you call 911. Information is kept private and secure. All citizens who live, work or visit here are encouraged to create a safety profile for their household. Actual 911 emergencies are often accompanied by chaos. The more information a caller provides in advance can save precious minutes, their life or the life of someone they love. Participation in Smart911 is completely voluntary; however Westminster police and fire departments encourage all citizens to take advantage of this service by visiting www.Smart911.com

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05-09-11 Be safe with outdoor cooking and fires   Westminster Fire Department responded to a large apartment fire on April 17 caused by an outdoor grill. The department has also received a number of calls regarding fire pits, recreational fires and barbecue grills. Here are some tips to keep safe:
Open-flame cooking (on grills, hibachis, etc.) is not permitted on balconies of apartments/condominiums unless there is a sprinkler system.
Open burning (like burning trash or vegetation) is not allowed.
Recreational fires (such as a campfire) must be smaller than 3 feet wide and 2 feet high and 25 feet away from combustibles.
Portable outdoor fireplaces must be operated at least 15 feet from combustibles.
Open-flame cooking devices (gas and charcoal grills) should be used well away from structure walls, furniture and other combustibles.
You need to have a fire extinguisher, garden hose or bucket of sand near any permissible fire. Permissible fires must be under constant supervision.
If you have questions please call the Westminster Fire Department, 303-658-4500, or see the fire codes on the city website.
You can also see the Westminster Fire Department Barbecue Grill Policy.

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01-15-10 Pothole reporting information. The ongoing freeze and thaw cycle over the past several weeks has led to numerous potholes on local roads. Westminster Street Operations Division is responsible for addressing potholes on city streets, and the Colorado Department of Transportation is responsible for potholes on state highways within the city limits, including Sheridan and Federal Boulevards and U.S. 36. To report potholes on city streets - call 303-658-2501 or e-mail streets@cityofwestminster.us. Westminster takes pride in a 24-hour response to pothole reports. To report potholes on state highways - e-mail CDOT at info@dot.state.co.us. State-maintained roads include: 120th Avenue, Wadsworth Parkway, Federal Boulevard, U.S. 36 and Sheridan Boulevard from 69th Avenue north to 88th Place (Westminster maintains Sheridan Boulevard from the north side of the U.S. 36 bridge at 88th Place north to 120th Avenue). More information on city street maintenance.

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09-18-09 Hard to Recycle Guide now on website. The third issue of the Hard to Recycle Guide is now available on the city website. This year's version follows recommendations from the city's Green Team to digitize the guide in a searchable format that is similar to reading a magazine online. This new digitized version will allow staff to revise information quickly and increase the availability of current information. Paper copies were made available in limited quantities at this summer's events. In the future, the guide will only be made available in a digital format. Questions on the Hard to Recycle Guide can be answered by Carey Rangel at 303-658-2183 or Rachel Harlow-Schalk at 303-658-2189.

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July 17, 2009 Warning out for faulty smoke alarms Did you get a new smoke alarm in the last year? You need to check it! Westminster Fire Department encourages anyone who has bought a new smoke alarm in the last year to check to be sure it is not the Kidde Model PI2000 Dual Sensor Smoke Alarm (date codes 2008 Aug.01 through 2009 May 04), which has been recalled by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Smoke alarms save lives, but only if they work! If you purchased this model Kidde will provide a free replacement smoke alarm. Call 877-524-2086 or go to www.kidde.com for additional information.

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03-27-09 Text anonymously to Crime Stoppers. Crime Stoppers is currently rolling out a new capability to accept anonymous tips in addition to the phone system currently in place. Before, individuals would have to call 720-913-STOP to provide information anonymously about a crime that they had information about. Now they can text that same information to *274637 (CRIMES). The text will require an agency ID so the information is sent to the proper agency, so people should use DMCS (for Denver Metro Crime Stoppers). Crime Stoppers believes that many individuals with information about unsolved crimes are in the age group prevalently texting and will use this as a means to provide law enforcement with information. The same $2,000 reward, offered for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of criminals, applies to tips received via text.

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03-06-09 City Safety - New emergency service for cell, internet phone users. Cell phone users and VoIP (voice over IP) customers can now register their phone numbers to receive emergency notifications from Westminster police and fire. The system works in a similar manner to what is commonly referred to as Reverse 911. When a need exists to notify citizens in a certain area of the city, you can receive the notification on your cell phone or computer. The service, which is being managed by the Jefferson County E911 Authority, is available to all city residents, whether they live in Adams County of Jefferson County. If you are served by the Westminster Police and Fire departments, you can register your cell phone or internet phone number. To register your cell phone or internet phone number visit www.your911.net. If you do not have internet access or need assistance, please contact the Westminster Communications Center at 303-658-4360. More information is on the city web site.

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02-27-09 Fire Department offers CPR/first aid classes - The No. 1 cause of death in America is cardiovascular disease leading to heart attack and cardiac arrest. Research says that 80 percent of these incidents happen in the home, and victims of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest have a 4-times-greater chance of survival if CPR is performed prior to the arrival of emergency medical personnel. You can be CPR certified! Take a class from experienced responders and get your questions answered by paramedics and firefighters who make emergency medical calls every day. The Westminster Fire Department offers community CPR and first aid classes, a quality training in basic life support. Call the Westminster Fire Department, 303-658-4500, to sign up.

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02-20-09 Westminster is selling dog licenses Tuesdays, and Wednesdays. City dog licenses will be available for purchase at the Westminster Public Safety Center, each Tuesday and Wednesday, from 8 a.m. to noon. The Public Safety Center is located at 9110 Yates St. (92nd and Sheridan). Licenses are required for all dogs in the city. To obtain a license, pet owners need to provide a current rabies and spay/neuter certificate along with payment (cash or credit/debit cards only; no checks). Licensing fees are $15 for spayed/neutered or $30 for unaltered dogs. Licenses are renewable annually. You do not need to bring your pet. (repeated on 05-30-2009) Westminster Dog Licensing

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