Cities extend COVID-19 closures, cancellations

Officials look for remote solutions while Dearing trial continues jury selection

Staff Report
Posted 3/23/20

Saying that emergency services and City utilities would continue, City Councilors voted to extend a declaration of emergency due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Westminster Mayor Herb Atchison signed an …

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Cities extend COVID-19 closures, cancellations

Officials look for remote solutions while Dearing trial continues jury selection

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Saying that emergency services and City utilities would continue, City Councilors voted to extend a declaration of emergency due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Westminster Mayor Herb Atchison signed an emergency declaration March 12 that was due to expire March 19.

Westminster City Councilors met March 16, voting to extend that emergency declaration beyond a week, according to Westminster’s Communication Manager Ryan Hegreness.

Meanwhile, all city events and facilities in Northglenn remain closed. City Manager Heather Geyer extended the closure beyond early April, saying they would remain closed until further notice. City Councilors met on March 19 and ratified the declaration and the closures.

In Thornton, all city facilities remain closed to the public and all events are cancelled.

Remote meetings

Westminster Councilors are considering ways to have remote City Council meetings, allowing residents to phone in or log on via the the Internet. In a video the city posted to Youtube March 17, Atchison urged residents to be patient.

“We will ask you to think about where you are going in the public, reduce your risk and use common sense,” Atchison said. “We also ask you not to go into panic buying. Our stores will be replenishing store shelves and stock as quickly as possible on a nightly basis. Hoarding is not a good idea. Please use common sense on this adn get what you need but remember they are restocking shelves on a daily basis.”

City Recreation and other facilities are closed and City Hall was closed March 17 until further notice. Municipal court is closed as well, however people with questions about parking or traffic tickets or other issues can call the court staff Monday through Thursday between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. at 303 658-2250.

All programs activities and special events have been canceled as well.

City parks remain open to the public to visit, but outdoor venues, like park pavilions, cannot be rented for special gathering at least until April 15. All Westminster libraries are closed and the outdoor book drops are closed as well. Due dates for books or other materials have been extended indefinitely.

Dearing trial continues

Government offices throughout Adams County remain closed through April 19, although Humans Services offices in Westminster and Brighton will continue to provide essential services with limited staff, like adoption, child support, food assistance and veterans services.

Trials and legal proceedings at the Adams County Justice Center in Brighton have been suspended until April 3. All appearances, court trials and hearings set through April 3 have been vacated and continued and will be rescheduled. That includes all jury trials except for the Dreion Dearing trail. Sue Lindsay, public information officer for the District Attorney’s office, said jury selection for the death penalty trial is ongoing and expected to continue for several weeks.

Dearing faces four different counts of murder for allegedly shooting Adams County Deputy Heath Gumm on Jan. 24. He also faces a burglary charge, an assault charge and a charge of illegal weapons possession.

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