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Council to discuss budget

A budget workshop for the Castle Rock Town Council is planned for 6 p.m. July 30 at Town Hall, 100 N. Wilcox St.

The council is expected to review and discuss major financial planning, budget, priorities and policy issues in anticipation of heading into the 2014 budget hearings, according to a news release.

The proposed 2014 budget will make its first appearance on the Oct. 22 town council agenda.

The first public hearing on the topic will be at the Nov. 5 council meeting, and the second and final reading will be at the Dec. 3 council meeting.

The proposed budget will be posted online prior to the Oct. 22 council meeting at CRgov.com/2014budget

Public invited to track-horn tryout

Instead of trying to quiet the trains in downtown Castle Rock, there is an alternative — installing a horn at the track that would sound when a train approaches.

The public is invited to join Castle Rock Town Council members and others at a demonstration of what is called a “wayside horn,” which will take place at 6 p.m. July 25 at the Second Street railroad crossing.

The horn, because it would be located at the crossing, would impact a smaller area, according to a news release. And it would be less expensive than another alternative the city has been exploring — installing gates at the Second and Third streets railroad crossings, which would cost about $1 million. The town expects to receive a current estimate from Union Pacific Railroad by the end of July and at that point will notify the public and schedule a meeting.

The idea of establishing a quiet zone downtown was raised in 2008 and 2009, but was deferred because of the recession. Now, the project is being considered again.

The federal government allows communities to establish quiet zones, which means train horns aren’t required if the risks are mitigated. Generally, that involves installing more secure gates, but the town is exploring other options — such as the wayside horn.

Town council had planned to discuss moving forward with a quiet zone at its July 16 meeting, but because Union Pacific hadn’t provided an updated cost estimate, that has been delayed for a future council meeting.

Learn about emergency services

The public is invited to spend a few hours with Castle Rock police officers and firefighters and experience various demonstrations.

The event will run from 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 6 at the town’s Festival Park near Second and Perry streets and will include a K-9 demonstration; tours of the police department; a car seat safety demonstration by firefighters; and the chance to examine police and fire vehicles.

“Community partnerships are vital to the work we do,” said Castle Rock Police Chief Jack Cauley. “We’re excited to host this event, so we can help people understand our approach and so we can all find new ways we can work together.”

This year, the Castle Rock Police Department hired six new officers, including one hired to be a community policing officer who is to build proactive partnerships with residents and businesses and help coordinate events like this one.

This event is part of a national event started by The National Association of Town Watch, a nonprofit organization dedicated to crime-prevention programs. Learn more about the national event online at natw.org.

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