A good landscape and garden begins with a good design. To learn how Xeriscaping can enhance your home and save you money on your water bill, read The 7 Principles of Xeriscape. You will also find information on water saving Bluegrass alternatives in this document.
Although the Front Range presents a special set of challenges for growing trees, the desire to have a large shade tree in your yard can be a reality. Learn more about caring for your trees in Castle Pines North.
Want to know the proper way to plant trees and shrubs? Our Tree and Shrub Planting Guidelines can get your plants off to the right start.
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Five elected representatives serve on the Board of Directors, which govern the Metro District. The board, working with the district manager and staff, establishes policy and provides direction for the District. Board member meetings are held monthly and are open to the public. You can find more information on our Board Meetings. Learn How to become a board member.
Kathy Rosenkrans is an IT professional, a mother of two and a 26-year Castle Pines resident. Kathy and her husband, Don, live and raised their children in the KnightsBridge neighborhood. Kathy says the day she and her husband drove into the community for the first time, they knew it was where they wanted to put down roots. “It was one of those beautiful winter days. Kids were sledding, and the area had a unique feel to it.”
Like her fellow Directors, Kathy believes the District must be proactive in acquiring water assets that make a viable renewable water plan possible. Kathy feels it's that commitment that helps secure the community's future, property values, and quality of life. In addition, she feels the pre-payment of the existing debt shows forward-thinking by previous Boards and the current Board, and keeps the District in excellent financial health.
Kathy is proud that the District maintains its prized Standard & Poor's AA and Moody's A1 bond ratings. And she says the reason she moved here more than two decades ago, is the same reason she’s stayed. “This is a great community to live in. I want to continue to build a water future, not just for current residents, but those yet to come.”
Eric has lived in Castle Pines with his wife, Debbie, since 2006. Born and raised in Oslo, Norway, to a Norwegian father and American mother, he came to the U.S. to attend the University of Wyoming. A 33-year veteran of the banking industry, Eric currently works for Wells Fargo Private Banking. Eric is fluent in Norwegian and tries to visit family and friends in Norway at least once a year.
Eric has been a homeowner association president and, as a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), has been active in the CFA Society of Colorado. When asked why he originally chose to run for the Board, Eric said, “I joined the Metro District Board with a desire to contribute to the well-being of our community. We need to prudently manage our resources so that our community continues to be a place that we love to call home for generations to come. The activities and responsibilities of the District are an integral part of such a goal.”
Stephen Allen has lived in the City of Castle Pines KnightsBridge neighborhood since 2003. He and his wife of 13 years, Jill, have an eleven-year-old daughter who finished Buffalo Ridge Elementary School in May, 2015. Stephen works as a commercial litigation and creditor's rights attorney. His area of expertise focuses on sophisticated regulatory issues, including compliance with HIPAA, FDCPA, and FCC regulation; he has extensive experience at the appellate level as well.
Stephen says Castle Pines North Metropolitan District’s greatest challenge is mitigating the rising cost of water. "Recognizing that year-to-year, many Colorado communities are faced with drought concerns, regional population and water consumption trajectories on a collision course with shrinking ground water supplies in the Denver Basin Aquifer System. I believe the District must complete Phase 2 of the InterConnect Pipeline Project and secure more renewable water as quickly and efficiently as possible.”
Stephen earned his Juris Doctorate Degree and a Certificate of Governmental Affairs from the McGeorge School of Law in 1998. He graduated from San Jose State University with a B.A. in Political Science. He is active in the Douglas County Republican Party and is a member of Cherry Hills Community Church.
Dave and his family moved from Virginia to Castle Pines in 1989. He’s witnessed the economic ups and downs and has watched Castle Pines grow and struggle to keep up with its infrastructure. That’s what brought him to CPNMD. “I have confidence in the Metro District and I want to see it succeed.”
Armed with decades of expertise in complex project management, network design, implementation and ongoing maintenance in the telecommunication industry, and a passion for developing strong relationships, Dave is well-poised to help ensure CPNMD continues to meet its obligations to the community.
Currently, Dave works for Level 3 Communications and oversees a team of sales engineers. He has over 30 years of experience leading, managing and demonstrating results. He holds a degree in accounting and has a strong financial background. It’s this expertise and leadership that earned Dave a seat on the Board.
David has owned property in Castle Pines since 1999 and he and his wife Anne have lived in the community since 2003. He is committed to public service and wants to see increased collaboration and meaningful dialogue among the organizations in Castle Pines that provide public amenities and services.
"I believe Castle Pines must improve the renewable water supply to the community from just the winter months to the full calendar year (12 months) as outlined in CPNMD's Renewable Water Plan".
With four decades of professional experience in architecture, business operations, construction management, contract administration, risk management and dispute resolution, David is an asset to CPNMD and its responsibility to ensure a sustainable, safe water supply for the growing Castle Pines Community. David served as an officer in the US Navy Civil Engineer Corps from 1967 to 1971, giving him the experience necessary to help move this project forward.
Now retired, he can commit fully to help shape the future of Castle Pines, which includes tackling challenges of growth and infrastructure. In addition to the CPNMD Board of Directors, he is a member of the City of Castle Pines Planning and Zoning Commission and the Castle Pines North Parks Authority.
Many in the region and throughout Colorado know Jim Nikkel, if not personally, then by reputation. Nikkel served 14 years as District Engineer, and more recently as Assistant District Manager, for the Parker Water and Sanitation District. He spearheaded the design and construction of Rueter-Hess Reservoir, a 70,000 acre-foot water storage facility, which is the single largest such facility constructed in Colorado in over 30 years. Jim also served as Project Manager for the Parker District's new $50 million state-of-the-art water treatment plant. Jim became CPNMD’s Manager in September 2013. He received his engineering degree from Metropolitan State College.
Craig Miller has been in the Green Industry since 1970, and joined the CPNMD staff in 2014. He has worked in a variety of capacities, including nursery sales and landscape design, landscape construction and maintenance, urban forest management, pesticide application, lawn and tree care, open space management, water conservation and tree and landscape care sales. He has a B.S. in Horticulture from Michigan State University, and is an ISA Certified Arborist and a Colorado licensed pesticide applicator.
Craig is responsible for planning, scheduling, coordinating, and supervising the work of crews performing landscaping, turf maintenance, tree maintenance and repair projects of District owned parks and open spaces and trails. He also plans and coordinates the Districts water conservation program, and holds community events to present classes on water efficient landscaping and xeriscape.
Janet has been with the Castle Pines North Metropolitan District since just after its reorganization in 1996. Prior to working for the District, Janet worked for eleven years as a manager in sales administration and product management for Information Handling Services.
As the District Administrator, Janet is responsible for billing, customer service, payroll, tap fee administration, and other varied administrative duties. She serves as secretary to the board of directors and as the designated election official for CPNMD elections. She also serves as treasurer of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) Rocky Mountain Section Customer Service Committee.
Janet holds a B.A. from New York University.
Susan has worked in the customer service field for 10 years and joined the CPNMD staff in a part-time capacity in 2008. She coordinates reservations for events and meetings at the community center, as well as reservations for the District's ball fields, park pavilions and open space. Susan is happy to assist with any customer billing questions.
Susan holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of South Dakota.
David has worked in the green industry since 1985 and joined the CPNMD staff in 2010.
He is responsible for the irrigation system operation and maintenance of District owned parks, medians and open space. He supervises and coordinates crews to ensure that the facilities and amenities throughout the District's three parks, 14 miles of trails and 351 acres of open space are maintained year-round to the highest level of standards for the enjoyment of the Castle Pines North community.
To assure that the most efficient water management practices are being followed, David closely monitors the District's water use by utilizing data provided by the centralized computer controlled irrigation system installed in 2008.
David holds a degree in Horticulture and Agronomy from Kansas State University.
Cory has served the Castle Pines North community since 1994 when water and wastewater services were provided by the Castle Pines Metro District (Village). Castle Pines North Metro District acquired sole responsibility for CPN utility operations in 1999.
Cory is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the District's water distribution and wastewater collection systems, including 90 miles of sewer and water mains, nine wastewater lift stations, and nearly 600 fire hydrants. He also administers preventative maintenance programs (e.g. leak detection and robotic inspection of wastewater mains). He attended Western State College and Metro State College. His certifications from the State of Colorado Water & Wastewater Facility Operators include:
Nathan has worked with Castle Rock Utilities for 6 years in their Line Maintenance Division where he was a Sr. Maintenance Technician and a Crew-Lead. He joined CPNMD in January, 2012. Nathan's primary job responsibilities include maintaining the lift stations, booster station, and the collection and distribution systems. Additionally, he has been placed in charge of the utility side of the GIS database (primarily mapping). Nathan is also responsible for underground utility locates. His certifications include:
Marty has been in the Water and Wastewater Industry since 2003, and a member of the Castle Pines North Metro District since November of 2013.
He is involved in the routine maintenance of all distribution and collection system facilities, and is responsible for meter reading, meter changes and the installation of all meter reading equipment.
Marty graduated in May 2000 with a bachelor’s degree from Toccoa Falls College in Toccoa Georgia, and currently holds the following Colorado State Operator’s Licenses:
Natalio (or Nat, as we call him) joined the CPNMD team in July of 2017. His responsibilities as a Parks & Forestry Maintenance Specialist include maintenance of our irrigation systems, parks, trails and recreational facilities. Before joining CPNMD he spent over four years at a private tree company, so his skills as an arborist will come in handy while working to ensure our community's trees and shrubs remain healthy.
Nat grew up in Colorado, where he developed a love for the outdoors. His idea of a vacation is escaping to the mountains with his girlfriend and five-year-old daughter. Their favorite place to camp is Granby.
You're likely to see Nat out and about taking good care of our public spaces, so wave or say hello the next time you spot him.