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Transformation of Fairfax Park continues with art pick

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Council resolution supports installation of a series of sport-themed sculptures

COMMERCE CITY — Police Chief Troy Smith’s newly appointed deputy chiefs of police were introduced during City Council’s Oct. 7 meeting in Council Chambers.
    Deputy Chief for Support Services Lowell Richardson and Deputy Chief for Operations Frances Gomez were welcomed to the Commerce City Police Department after Chief Smith announced their appointments in late August.

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    Both officially began their new roles with the department on Sept. 17.
    Gomez joined the Commerce City Police Department after working with the Aurora Police Department since 1990, working her way through the ranks as a patrol officer, sergeant, lieutenant and captain in various disciplines. She was the highest-ranking female command officer in the department’s history.
    Prior to joining on with Commerce City, Richardson served as chief of police for Estes Park and, since 2008, also had been the assistant administrator for that city.

“Determination”
slated for Fairfax Park

    City Council heard from the city’s Cultural Council after artist Joshua Wiener’s “Determination” was the unanimous choice of the selection committee charged with selecting an artist for a public art installation.
    A total of eight artists submitted applications for the project, with sculptor Wiener receiving Cultural Council’s support for the “Determination” project on Sept. 24.
    The installation will consist of three groupings of two sculptures made of aluminum and stainless steel, representing baseball, basketball and futsal players, in keeping with the project’s theme of “Active Play and Parks.”
    The anticipated completion date for the project is spring 2014, and the total cost is projected at $33,000.

In other business

    • City Council passed on first reading an amendment to its 2014 budget to officially accept more than $42,000 in Divison of Criminal Justice grant funds awarded by the Colorado Department of Public Safety.
    • Council also passed on first reading an ordinance to amend the 2013 budget to officially accept $14,225 in grant funds from the federal JAG Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance program to help purchase nine Tasers and Leads Online software, a web-based reporting service and investigation system.
    • On first reading, council passed an amendment the 2013 budget to officially accept $125,000 in grant funding from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Community Oriented Policing Services for three years of wages for a School Resource Officer. The city matched $116,549 of the grant, which is to be reimbursed by Adams 14 School District.