Most City and County of Denver offices will close Friday, May 22, due to a previously announced, budget-required furlough day for City employees. In addition, all City offices will be closed Monday, May 25, in observance of the Memorial Day holiday.
The Friday furlough day is the second of four planned furlough days this year. The furlough days were suggested by many employees as a way to save approximately $1 million per day to help maintain City services as the economy continues to struggle. Two more furlough days are scheduled for Oct. 23 and Nov. 27.
“We are aware of the financial hardship that furlough days have on City employees and the inconvenience they may have on citizens,” said Mayor John Hickenlooper. “This is a significant sacrifice we need to help balance the budget while maintaining our ability to deliver vital services. We will continue to engage City employees and the community at large about funding priorities as the budget process advances in the coming months.”
As a result of the budget-required furlough, the Mayor’s Office, City Council offices, the Auditor’s Office, the Denver Public Library, recreation centers and most city agencies will be closed Friday. Partner entities such as Denver Health, Denver Zoo and – on a limited basis – the Denver District Attorney’s Office – will remain open Friday, as will agencies that operate 24 hours a day, seven days per week such as Denver International Airport. Sworn members of the Denver Sheriff Department, Police Department and Fire Department will report for duty Friday as well.
Please see below for specific information on how the furlough day and Memorial Day will or will not affect the following City functions:
Trash will be collected Friday, May 22, but not Monday, May 25. Service next week will be delayed one day.
The following three Denver Workforce Centers will remain open for business Friday, May 22:
Denver Workforce Center at Speer, 1391 N. Speer Blvd., Suite 500;
Denver Workforce Center at Stapleton Plaza, 3401 Quebec St., Suite 7700;
Denver Workforce Center at DIA, located in the main terminal of Denver International Airport.
The Denver Workforce Center at Westside, located at 1200 Federal Blvd., will be closed May 22.
All workforce centers are closed Monday, May 25.
To further educate the community about job search services and techniques available through the public workforce system, the Denver Workforce Centers will offer “The Skills Clinic,” a job search skill-building resource fair from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. May 22, The clinic will be held at the Community College of Denver, South Classroom, 1111 W. Colfax Ave., and at the Colorado Community College System Lowry Campus, Lowry Conference Center, 1061 Akron Way.
The Skills Clinic will offer one-on-one resume evaluations with workforce development professionals, as well as a series of workshops on interviewing skills, green jobs and sector-transferable skills, layoff survival and networking, local labor market information navigation, business culture customer service, financial education and community re-entry services.
3-1-1 INFORMATION LINE , DENVERGOV.ORG & DENVER 8 TV
3-1-1, the City’s information line for nonemergency services, will be fully staffed from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, May 22, but will be closed on Monday, May 25, for the Memorial Day holiday. Updates are available continuously on www.DenverGov.org
. Regular programming will continue on Denver 8 TV, including the week’s city news review, Denver Update.
PARKING METERS, PARKING CASHIERS AND PARKING MAGISTRATE
All parking rules and parking meters will be enforced Friday, May 22 – but will be free on Monday, May 25, for the Memorial Day holiday. The Parking Cashier counter and the Parking Magistrate’s office in the Wellington E. Webb Building, 201 W. Colfax Ave., will be closed Friday, May 22 and Monday, May 25. Parking violations may be paid using Public Works’ pay-by-phone system with your MASTERCARD or VISA. Dial 1-866-280-9988 and follow the recorded steps, or online at www.denverpvb.com
. Please remember that you will need the citation number printed on the ticket when using the pay-by-phone system or making an online payment.
ANIMAL SHELTER & ANIMAL CONTROL
The Denver Animal Shelter will be closed Friday, May 22, Sunday, May 24 (as always) and Monday, May 25, but will be open Saturday, May 23. Animal Control Officers will be available Friday, Monday and throughout the weekend to respond to emergencies and enforce City regulations.
CITY-OWNED GOLF COURSES
Golf Courses will be open for regular business hours throughout the entire weekend, including both Friday, May 22, and Monday, May 25.
Recreation centers will be closed Friday, May 22, for the budget-required furlough day and on Monday, May 25, for the Memorial Day holiday. They will, however, be open on Saturday, May 23, and on Sunday, May 24, for regularly scheduled hours, which vary by recreation center. Please visit www.denvergov.org/parksandrec
for center hours and locations.
DENVER COUNTY MOTOR VEHICLE OFFICES
The five Denver County Motor Vehicle (vehicle registration) offices will be closed Friday, May 22, for the budget-required furlough day and Monday, May 25, for the Memorial Day holiday.
Denver Human Services will staff its emergency response teams and child abuse and adult protection telephone hotlines.
The Marriage License counter will be closed Friday, May 22, for the budget-required furlough day and Monday, May 25, for the Memorial Day holiday.
EXCISE & LICENSES
Excise and Licenses customer service counters and offices will be closed Friday, May 22, for the budget-required furlough day and Monday, May 25, for the Memorial Day holiday.
PUBLIC WORKS PERMIT COUNTERS
Public Works permit counters will be closed Friday, May 22, for the budget-required furlough day and Monday, May 25, for the Memorial Day holiday. The Right of Way Enforcement Office (ROWE) also will be closed both days, however, Right-of-Way inspections will take place Friday if they have been scheduled and confirmed for that day.
BUILDING PERMITS, ZONING PERMITS, BUILDING/ZONING/NEIGHBORHOOD INSPECTION SERVICES
Building and Zoning permit counters will be closed Friday, May 22, for the budget-required furlough day and Monday, May 25, for the Memorial Day holiday. No building/zoning/neighborhood inspections will be scheduled during this time.
The Wastewater Management Building, 2000 W. Third Ave., will be closed Friday, May 22, and Monday, May 25.
THEATRES & ARENAS VENUES
All venues managed by the Division of Theatres & Arenas – including the Denver Performing Arts Complex, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Colorado Convention Center and the Denver Coliseum – will be operational May 22–25 to support events and performances scheduled on those dates. Red Rocks Amphitheatre will remain open to visitors during regular business hours when events are not being held in the venue. For event information, visit www.artscomplex.com
Denver County Court will be open Friday, May 22, on a limited basis to adjudicate cases scheduled before the announcement of the furlough day. Courtrooms 105A, 100K, 316R, 12T, 472W, and night traffic courtrooms 105A, 104B and 122C will hear scheduled cases Friday, May 22. All other areas of the county court will be closed Friday. Denver County Court will then be closed Monday, May 25, for the Memorial Day holiday.
The Denver District Court, Juvenile Court and Probate Court are located within the City and County Building, but are operated by the state of Colorado, not the City and County of Denver. They are not affected by the furlough day or the holiday, and will be open as usual Friday, May 22, but closed on Monday, May 25, for Memorial Day.
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