Littleton news in a hurry


City manager gets raise

City council granted City Manager Michael Penny a $5,000 raise Dec. 4, taking him to $155,000 a year. His severance pay was also revised to one month’s salary per year of employment, not to exceed 12 months, payable on separation for any reason other than misconduct. It previously was the balance of the month plus another month. Councilors Peggy Cole and Jerry Valdes voted against the changes.

Humane Society gets advance

City council on Dec. 4 approved advancing the Humane Society of the South Platte Valley $10,000 of its $50,000 contract payment for 2013. Leslie Maisonneuve, HSSPV’s facilities coordinator, said it was needed to start paying down significant outstanding balances to vendors. The board of the troubled organization fired its executive director in October and has been investigating all facets of its operation since then. Maisonneuve believes it will be financially healthy by the end of 2013.

Calendar winners recognized

City council honored the winners of the 2013 Littleton Calendar and Annual Report photography contest Dec. 4. Those receiving congratulations were Thomas Siekmeier, Stephen Johnson, Lindagrace Hickey, Mary O’Rourke, Doug Reed, Bruce Keegan, Jerry  Donovan, Marg Carlisle, Steve Harbula, Claudette Erek, Paul Bingham, Cary Cooprider and Paul Lindberg.

SSPR seeks art enthusiasts

South Suburban Park and Recreation’s Public Art Committee is accepting applications to fill vacated seats that expire in July. Selected applicants would join the SSPAC now, then assume the terms through July 2015. The SSPAC recommends to the South Suburban Board of Directors the selection, placement and installation of art in public parks, along trails and in recreation facility venues to encourage a legacy of art to be enjoyed by South Suburban residents. For more information, contact Vicki Willis at 303-483-7072 or

Tree recycling offered

South Suburban Parks and Recreation offers Christmas tree recycling at Willow Springs Service Center, 7100 S. Holly St. in Centennial, and at Cornerstone Park’s parking area, 5150 S. Windermere St. in Littleton, from Dec. 26 through Jan. 14.

All decorations need to be removed from the tree, including lights, ornaments, garland, tinsel and stands. Flocked or artificial trees and yard refuse will not be accepted. The trees are mulched and used in landscaping throughout the South Suburban district.

Residents can obtain free mulch beginning Dec. 26 at both sites, weekdays from 7 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Call South Suburban at 303-798-5131 for more information.

City OKs fiber-optic

The City of Littleton has approved EAGLE-Net Alliance’s plans to bury approximately five miles of fiber-optic. EAGLE‑Net is building a network to better connect educational institutions, libraries, government and health-care facilities statewide. Visit for additional information.

Food for Fines

Bemis Public Library, in cooperation with Inter-Faith Community Services, sponsors the annual Food for Fines program through Dec. 24. Take a nonperishable food item to the library, 6014 S. Datura St., and have a late fine removed from your Bemis library record. This offer does not apply to lost books.

Inter-Faith Community Services helps people living in western Arapahoe County and northern Douglas County as well as unincorporated areas of Arapahoe County. Call 303-795-3961 for more information.


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