Council Member Peggy Cole

www.peggycole.org

What residents prize most about Littleton is the “small-town feeling.”

Things you can do to help preserve that small-town feeling:

  • Meet your neighbors. You don’t have to become “buddy-buddy,” but recognizing each other is key to making your neighborhood friendly & safe.
  • Participate in community events, such as
    • 4th of July celebration,
    • Get Wild on Littleton block party (downtown),
    • National Night Out block party (1st Tuesday in August),
    • Western Welcome Week (in August),
    • Candlelight Walk (Friday after Thanksgiving, downtown),
    • Special events at the museum, throughout the year.
  • Volunteer.
    • At Bemis Library (Inquire at the library.)
    • At the Littleton Museum (Inquire at the Museum.)
    • At the Carson Nature Center (South Suburban Parks & Recreation facility).
    • In the Handyman program (volunteers make minor house repairs for the elderly & disabled).
    • On the Snow Squad (volunteers shovel for people who cannot shovel their walks).
    • As a mentor in the Littleton Immigration Integration Initiative (Ask for information at the Library.)
    • On Arbor Day to help plant trees (Watch for announcements in the Littleton Report & the Littleton Independent.)
  • Participate in civic groups.
  • Participate in City government.
    • Vote in City elections (City Council elections are November in odd years).
    • Express your views on City issues.
      • Contact your District representative or the At Large Council members (by e-mail, phone or letter).
      • At a regular City Council meeting, speak up to 4 minutes during “unscheduled public appearances” on any City-related issue (a complaint, a compliment,…)
      • At a regular City Council meeting, speak up to 4 minutes during a “Public Hearing” on a specific issue (or email your views before noon on that day for inclusion in the public record).
    • Serve on a board or commission whose members are appointed by the City Council.  (Most terms are 3 years.  See the City website, or contact a member of the City Council for more information.)
  • Shovel your sidewalk when it snows. Clear walks make it safe for children to walk to school & adults to walk to the bus or Light Rail. They say, “I care about my neighbors & my neighborhood.”
    • Hint: If several inches of snow are predicted & you have time, shovel when 3 – 4 inches of snow has accumulated – it is easier to shovel a few inches at a time than 6” or 8” (let alone 2 – 3 feet).  But if it is windy, just put your feet up & wait for the storm to stop – because the wind will just cover the walk up with snow again.
    • If one of your neighbors is sick or out of town, shovel his/her walk if you have time.
  • Obey City Codes / Report Code violations  (303-795-3751). Code enforcement is key to preserving the quality of your neighborhood & the value of your property. (60% of Code violations that the Code Enforcement officers handle are reported by citizens.)
  • Discourage burglars & robbers.
    • Keep your doors locked when you are home. Some robbers actually open the door & snatch a purse or another item – in full view of people in the room – & dash out, leaving the people dumbstruck.
    • Don’t leave your keys in an unattended car.
    • Don’t leave valuables in your car.
    • Keep the door from your house to your garage locked, & don’t leave your garage door open unattended, even for a minute. It takes just a few seconds for someone to run in & grab something – or hide in the garage & then slip into your house when you aren’t home.
    • When you go on vacation or away for the holidays,
      • ask at least one neighbor to keep an eye on your house,
      • put some lights in your house on timers,
      • put the newspaper & mail on hold (or ask a neighbor to bring them in for you).
    • Install motion-detector lights on the garage & front porch, or leave an outside light on at night.
    • Get a burglar alarm system.
  • Form a Neighborhood Watch Group.  (Contact the Police Department for information.)
    • Immediately report (303-794-1551) suspicious people or activities in your neighborhood or anywhere else in the City.
    • Immediately report (303-794-1551) any “tagging” you see in your neighborhood or anywhere else in the City. Do not remove the tag/s until a police officer has photographed it. The photos (1) help the Police identify patterns of gang activity & (2) serve as evidence & thus increase the number of “counts” against the taggers when they are caught.
      • Traditionally taggers have “painted” their “tags” on doors, fences, street signs, etc.  But it is becoming increasingly common to write tags on Priority Mail stickers & then walk along fast & slap the tags on garage doors, garbage cans, street signs, cars & trucks, etc.
      • If the tag is on City property, the City is responsible for cleaning up.  If it is on your property, you are responsible.
  • Attend the Littleton Police Citizens Academy – 1 night a week for 11 weeks – & learn more about what the Police do, & why & how they do it.  It’s free & dinner is provided. (Contact the Police Department for information – 303-795-3892.)