Joint Council meeting builds bridges; gains perspective
Elected officials from the City of Castle Pines North and the Town of Castle Rock gathered to discuss sharing resources and expertise.
Article and photo by Terri Wiebold
Elected officials from the City of Castle Pines North joined elected officials from the Town of Castle Rock in June for an evening of casual conversation and getting to know each other, combined with official government business. The two councils met at Siena at the Courtyard in Castle Rock for dinner, followed by open discussion.
“Anytime that elected officials from different municipalities can come together to share their resources and expertise, the entire region benefits,” said Castle Pines North Mayor Maureen Shul. “There are too many issues that impact both our communities not to work together, and we look forward to many more of these joint discussions,” she continued.
Incorporated more than two centuries ago in 1881, the Town of Castle Rock is no stranger to the challenges of building a municipality from the ground up. Castle Rock mayor, Randy Reed, said that Castle Rock’s Town Council tries to meet with surrounding municipalities periodically to share knowledge about the issues facing each community and strategies for handling the challenges they each encounter.
“In today’s economic environment, regional cooperation and partnerships with surrounding communities, including the county [Douglas County], create better quality of services, benefits and savings for all taxpayers involved,” said Reed.
Regional issues that have a direct impact on both the City of Castle Pines North and the Town of Castle Rock include the North Meadows Extension Project, the potential annexation of The Canyons into the City of Castle Pines North, and transportation, among others.
To learn more about the City of Castle Pines North, go to www.cpngov.com, and to learn more about the Town of Castle Rock, go to www.crgov.com.