The Smoky Hill Metropolitan District is a public governmental entity and political subdivision of the State of Colorado. Established in 1976 by vote of the property owners/developers, the District was formed to finance the installation of parks and recreation facilities, exterior fencing, landscaping, roadways and drainage facilities within the Smoky Hill 400 Subdivision, as well as provide for ongoing maintenance and operation of these parks and other facilities. All of the parks, most of the streets and other facilities, including the swimming pool, were financed through bond issues, which will be paid off by 2010.
The most visible operations of the District are: 1) its parks maintenance program, carried out by District employees; and 2) operation of the neighborhood swimming pool, managed by a pool management company. Aside from parks and the Clubhouse/swimming pool, the District’s other notable assets are the uniform exterior boundary fences.
The District is run by a five member Board of Directors, publicly-elected by registered voters, who either own property or reside in the District—whose boundaries coincide with the Smoky Hill 400 Subdivision. Directors are elected for staggered terms of four years, with elections held every two years, in even numbered years.
As a public entity, the District is required to conduct its affairs and carry out its business according to State statutes. For example, the Board is annually required to adopt a budget for expenditures which allows for imposition of property taxes to pay for District operations. The District’s financial operations are also subject to an annual audit by an independent auditor.
District meetings are held monthly on the fourth Monday of the month at the Clubhouse, located at 5405 South Telluride Street, Centennial, Colorado and are open to the public. With certain very limited exceptions, all District business is conducted in open meetings.
As a public entity, the District should not be confused with the private Smoky Hill Homeowners’ Association (HOA), which was created by protective covenants established by the developers of the Smoky Hill 400 Subdivision. It is the HOA, not the District, which is responsible for enforcing protective covenants in the neighborhood. The District is responsible for maintaining the parks and rights-of-way, as well as operating the swimming pool. While these two entities are separate, one being private (the HOA), the other being public (the District), they subscribe to the philosophy of "two boards, one goal." The governing bodies of these respective organizations cooperate and share a common goal of maintaining the appearance and livability of the neighborhood for the benefit of all residents and for the benefit of property values for all homeowners.
The perimeter fence replacement project has begun. The perimeter fences owned by the Smoky Hill Metropolitan District will be replaced beginning October 1, 2016. Due to the cost of the fencing, this project will be completed in stages over a number of years. The perimeter fence along Smoky Hill and Buckley roads has been completed.
The next phase of fence to be installed along Tower road began in June 2017. Homeowners with fences along Tower road should watch for a letter from Split Rail Fencing regarding information about it along with a timeline for fence replacement. Telluride will be completed after Tower road is complete.
Please remember that it is our responsibility to look after our neighborhoods. When you are out walking please pick up after your dog. If you happen to see trash please pick it up and throw it away. It takes a community to keep our neighborhood looking good.
Please remember that sign posting, either by planting in the ground on District property or posting on District fences, is strictly prohibited without prior written consent of the Board of Directors. It should be noted that the District spent thousands of taxpayer dollars in the spring of 2007 repairing the sprinkler system along the Smoky Hill Road corridor. A lot of this damage was caused by signage that was hammered into the ground. Furthermore, signs with wire bases, if not removed, can separate from the wires which can get tangled in and damage our mowing equipment. Parts of signs can become lethal projectiles if they are not seen by our mowing crew and are run over.
If a sign is determined to have damaged any part of the District's sprinkler system or mowing equipment, or can be determined to have caused injury, the persons responsible for posting such signage can be held legally liable. The District Board of Directors and the maintenance crew ask that you consider the well-being of all those who may possibly be affected and refrain from posting signs on District Property.
District Policy Regarding Research and Retrieval Fees for Responses to Colorado Open Records Act Requests:
In those cases where the location or existence of specific documents must be researched and the documents must be retrieved, sorted, or reviewed for applicability to the request, and such process requires more than one hour of staff time, the Official Custodian may charge a research and retrieval fee not to exceed thirty dollars ($30) per hour. The Official Custodian will not impose a charge for the first hour of time expended in connection with the research and retrieval of public records.
Listed below are important links to various agencies within the city of Centennial. Please note, these sites are not for reporting emergencies. In the event of an emergency, please call 911.
For maintenance issues in our parks and common areas, contact John Bofenkamp at (Office) 303-693-3414 or (Cell) 303-906-9815 (emergenices only please) or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org for non-emergenices.
The legal representation for the district is through Collins, Cockrell and Cole. Our attorney is Linda Alexander. Our paralegal is Micki Mills. Either can be contacted via our legal liaison, Carol Stitt.