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xERISCAPING IN CASTLE PINES NORTH

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.

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Board & Staff

Board of Directors

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.

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David McEntire
President

David McEntire
President

David McEntire is a Colorado native with over 38 years of home building experience. As a Western State Colorado University Business graduate, his career began in 1980 with North American Homes, a leading builder in Colorado. After nine years in Colorado, he expanded into the Las Vegas market as Mainland General Manager for Honfed Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of Honfed Federal Savings Bank of Hawaii. In 1993, David founded Amstar Homes. Over the years, he has built a sterling reputation for quality. His company's homes are nationally recognized for outstanding craftsmanship, design, and customer service, and routinely earn a five-star rating from J.D. Powers and Associates.

David learned the homebuilding business from the ground up. He has been involved in every facet of the process including proof of concept, design, finance, estimating, negotiating, purchasing, advertising, marketing, sales, quality control and customer service. He is recognized as the ‘Qualified Person,’ certified and licensed to work with federal (U.S. Departments of Interior and Veterans Affairs), state (Colorado & Nevada), and local governments (building departments, councils and numerous boards).

David has served as director and officer on numerous boards including National Association of Home Builders, Home Builders Association of Colorado Springs, Southern Nevada Home Builders Association, Southern Colorado Community Association Institute, numerous HOA’s, the City of Colorado Springs & El Paso County Drainage Board, The Church at Las Vegas, Western State Colorado University Foundation, and the Ronald McDonald House. He and his wife, Sarah, live in the Amber Ridge neighborhood and their daughter attends Timber Trail Elementary School.

In the context of pent-up voter frustration over excessive water rates, the imposition of non-voter-approved fees, proposed new property taxes, water-rate increases and debt load, the people of Castle Pines decisively elected David and his reform team to the Metro District Board in May 2018.

David believes that securing our renewable water future wisely and at less cost by potentially consolidating our community’s water and wastewater services with those of a larger, neighboring water district constitutes an efficient and economical option moving forward.

As a highly regarded homebuilder, David possesses an extraordinary depth and diversity of experience working with water districts and utility companies. David’s knowledge of finance, construction, operations, maintenance and financing of public infrastructure — combined with his rigidly methodical approach to evaluating less expensive renewable water alternatives to those that residents overwhelmingly rejected in both 2016 and 2018 — can result in a safe, reliable, less costly water future for the people of Castle Pines.

Immediately after his colleagues elected him as board president, David quietly immersed himself in leading the Metro District’s fact-based, data-driven, due diligence processes with an eye toward keeping his promise to deliver renewable water more wisely.

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Robert Merritt
Vice President

Robert Merritt
Vice President

Robert and his family have lived in the Stonecroft neighborhood of Castle Pines for the last 14 years. He is a pilot for a major airline company. Prior to his aviation career, Robert attended Ohio State University and earned a Bachelor Degree of Science in Finance from Columbus State University in Georgia. After college, Rob worked at JB Hanauer, where he specialized in evaluating commercial securities and municipal bonds. This evaluation process entailed data collection and analysis of the offering statements, event notices, recent and historical annual reporting statements, and rating agencies.

When not flying, Robert prefers spending time with the love of his life, Christine, and their two daughters, all of whom are avid outdoor enthusiasts; they enjoy hiking, sailing, skiing, biking, motorcycling, and fishing. Long before it was hip, Robert was barbecuing for family and friends on his Green Egg, making brisket, pizza, and everything between. The Merritts attend Journey Church, a non-denominational, Christian congregation in Castle Pines.

In addition to his passion for collecting and restoring classic cars, Robert is in the process of curating a vinyl record collection that spans classical, jazz, and classic rock music genres. Though never finished, he continues the process of building out the family’s music-listening room that features an array of audio components (separates) and acoustical panels.

Robert believes that the people of Castle Pines pay among the highest water rates in the Denver-metro region and that our Metro District is too small and possesses insufficient economies of scale to deliver competitively priced water. He is one of four Metro District-reform Directors, whose renewable water vision and platform the community voted overwhelmingly to approve in May 2018.

Robert is using his time and position as a Director to usher in a new era of Metro District transparency with fewer executive sessions, while working diligently to secure our renewable water future wisely and at less cost. He has devoted himself to fast-tracking the responsible integration of our water and wastewater services with a larger water provider that delivers competitively priced water to its customers.

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Denise Crew
Director

Denise Crew
Director

Born and raised in a small Dutch community in northwest Iowa, Denise has lived in Douglas County since 1990, and is a 15-year resident of the Jasper Pointe neighborhood in Castle Pines.

She is a wife and mother of two girls, both of whom attended Timber Trail Elementary, Rocky Heights Middle School, and graduated from Rock Canyon High School.

Denise has worked in the mortgage lending industry for over 30 years. She is Vice President of Mortgage Lending at a large western-regional finance company, where she specializes in residential lending for homes and master-built communities throughout Colorado.

Denise loves to travel and is well on her way to exploring all 50 states. She particularly loves touring the West along with her husband, David, on their respective Harley Davidson motorcycles. She is also passionate about her four-legged companions (both canine and feline), and is partial to walking her dogs on trails and open spaces in Castle Pines and neighboring jurisdictions.

Prior to her service on the Castle Pines North Metro District Board, Denise served as a Highlands Ranch Metro District (HRMD) Director, where her governance responsibilities encompassed infrastructure, fire, public safety, public rights-of way, parks, trails, and open space.

During her tenure with HRMD, Denise earned a reputation for her straightforward, no-nonsense approach to collaborating with all kinds of people and divergent interests to identify common ground and resolve governance issues through conversation and compromise.

As one of four reform-minded, fiscal conservatives elected to the Metro District Board in May 2018, Denise is pursing the responsible integration of our community’s water and wastewater services with those of a larger water provider.

Denise is keenly aware that the City of Castle Pines will soon double in geographic size and population to accommodate the buildout of a new 3,343-acre development on the east side of I-25, called The Canyons. Because The Canyons will feature 2,500 new homes, 113 acres of new parks, and 1,400 acres of open space, Denise intends to spearhead the Metro District’s due diligence effort to responsibly consolidate parks, trails, and open space under one jurisdiction, thereby eliminating the duplication of administrative, operation, and maintenance costs.

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Chuck Lowen
Director

Chuck Lowen
Director

Chuck owns and manages Lowen Commercial Real Estate, LLC, a successful commercial property management and brokerage company that he formed in 2006. Chuck has expertise in every facet of real estate property management, leasing, sales, brokerage, development, and consulting and has over 48-years experience in commercial and residential property and asset management, construction management, and real estate brokerage. Chuck is the property manager and real-estate agent for Village Square at Castle Pines, which is home to many Castle Pines small businesses and community partners, including Duke’s Steakhouse, Pino’s Italian Kitchen, The Bundt Shoppe, Podiatry Associates, and the Castle Pines Library.

Concerned about the cost of operating retail and commercial businesses in the Metro District, Chuck led Castle Pines’ business owners and operators in 2016 and 2018 to defeat two versions of Ballot Issue A, a water plan that proposed to saddle the 3,200 property owners in Castle Pines with $120 million and $103 million, respectively, in new property taxes, water rates, and fees.

When asked why he pursued the vacancy on the board and what he hopes to accomplish as a director, Chuck replied, “It’s no secret that I support the direction of this new board. I worked my tail off to defeat ‘Ballot Issue A’ twice. To the degree that I can assist this board in getting our small metro district out of the water business sooner rather than later, I am happy to do so. That said, at this point in my life, I would have little interest in serving on the board were it to stray too far from that objective.”

From 1991 through 2005, Mr. Lowen was the Executive Vice President and Partner of Coldwell Banker Commercial R.E.S.I., where he oversaw the Corporation's eight million square feet of third-party contracted property management responsibilities including apartments, retail, office, industrial/warehouse, and Homeowner Associations.

From 1985 through 1991, Mr. Lowen was the Director of Property Management with Beta West, a wholly-owned national real estate development subsidiary of US West, responsible for all property management activities for a portfolio of over $1.8 billion worth of corporate-owned assets consisting of 54 properties in excess of 11.4 million square feet of office and retail space in eleven states.

From 1978 to 1985, Mr. Lowen was Vice President of L.C Fulenwider, Inc. a locally owned Colorado real estate company, where he headed up the property management department, developing a management portfolio of one million square feet of office space, 2000 condominium units, and 550 apartment units. He also served as the project manager for the development of Downtown Denver's first luxury, hi-rise, condominium project, Denver's first 236-FHA apartment project, and served as the property management consultant and building manager for a 450,000 square-foot downtown office tower.

Mr. Lowen served as the 1984 President of the Northern Colorado Chapter No. 17 of the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) and received the Certified Property Manager of the Year Award in 1989. He was a Governing Councilor for 12 years, served as Chair of the Continuing & General Education Committee and was the Vice Chair of the Education Forum Committee. Mr. Lowen also served as IREM National's Region No. 8 Vice President from 1986-88 and was a member of IREM's CPM Membership standards Committee and the Advance CPM Standards Subcommittee. Additionally, Mr. Lowen served IREM National as a member of the Ethics & Discipline Committee, on the Ethics Appeal Board, as Vice Chair of the Education Policy Committee, on the faculty Performance Committee, Curriculum & Publishing Committee, on the Course Content Committee and is a national instructor for all entry, mid-level (and some advanced) IREM courses. Chuck is a licensed Colorado real estate broker.

Forty-eight years ago, Chuck married the love of his life, fellow native, Judy. They live in The Hamlet neighborhood and have two grown children and five glorious grandchildren.

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Christopher Lewis
Director

Christopher Lewis
Director

Director Lewis’ brings a tremendeous depth and diversity of relevant professional and military experiences to the Castle Pines North Metro District Board of Directors.

He earned a BS in Electrical Engineering from the New York Institute of Technology, an MBA from Ashland University, and a Command & Staff Graduate Diploma from the Naval War College in 2013. He is a decorated Commander (Select) in the US Navy Reserve and served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve from 1988 to 1996.

Professionally, Christopher Lewis is Director of Construction and Field Operations with Charter Communications, Inc., where oversees many aspects of systems integration, standards development, and business management, including business plan development, strategic planning, process improvement, program management, KPI and scorecard development, supply and contract management, and process and cycle reduction.

Before accepting his position with Charter Communications, Director Lewis worked for 20 years at CenturyLink Communications in various senior management roles in engineering, program and process management, finance, and PMO and integration management. His responsibilities included due-diligence evaluation, identification of synergy opportunities in HC and non-headcount areas, identification of essential process differences and redundancies, organization design, work plans development; drive integration management and change, tracking and executive reporting.

In all, Director Lewis has 28 years of experience in voice, data and video communication networks; fiber optic and DC power systems; mergers and acquisition integration; program management; project management; revenue assurance; crisis management; SEC 10-Q, 10-K reporting; controls management; supply chain management, procurement, cyber security, strategic planning; disaster support; mobility planning and contingency logistics.

Commander (Select) Christopher Lewis is a veteran of Desert Storm/Desert Shield and the Global War on Terrorism. His military service awards include:

  • Joint Commendation Medal
  • Navy Commendation Medal
  • Joint Achievement Medal
  • Navy Achievement Medal (two awards)
  • Selected Marine Corp Reserve Medal
  • Joint Unit Commendation Award (three awards)
  • Navy Unit Commendation
  • Meritorious Unit Commendation
  • Army Reserve Achievement Medal

Having served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve from 1988 to 1996, Lewis commissioned through the Navy Direct Commissioning Program in December 2004. Upon completion of Navy Supply Corps School in Athens, Georgia, in September 2007, then Lieutenant Junior Grade Lewis reported for duty as the Assistant Supply Officer with Naval Mobil Construction Battalion Seventeen out of Fort Carson, Colorado. He mobilized in October 2007 and deployed to Iraq as the Assistant Supply Officer NMCB-17 and Assistant Officer in Charge of the Camp Fallujah Det, during which time he earned the Seabee Combat Warfare Device and the Fleet Marine Force Officer Qualification. Since returning from mobilization, he has held various assignments with increasing responsibilities. He currently serves as the Admin and Training Officer for the Fleet Logistics Center Sigonella out of Fort Worth, Texas.

Christopher, his wife, Myrian, and their daughters have lived in Castle Pines’ Stonecroft neighborhood for the last 16 years, where he serves on two homeowner association boards.



Our Staff

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Jim Worley
District Manager

Jim Worley
District Manager

Jim Worley has over 30 years of experience managing special districts throughout Colorado’s Front Range, where he specializes in water and sewer operations.

Mr. Worley’s experience spans every aspect of special district management, including district formation, administrative management, bonding, budgeting, capital improvement planning, long-range planning, operations, planning, facilities management, and regulatory compliance. He also possesses vital relationships with staff, neighboring jurisdictions, and community leaders throughout Douglas County and the metro region.

Residents may recall that Mr. Worley previously served as District Manager from 2010 through 2013, during the design and construction phases of the InterConnect Pipeline Project, a multi-million partnership between the Metro District and the Centennial Water & Sanitation District.

Mr Worley started his career serving as the General Manager of the Highlands Ranch Metropolitan District and the Centennial Water & Sanitation District during a time when Highlands Ranch was the fastest growing community in the United States.

In addition to serving as the District Manager for the Castle Pines North Metro District, Mr Worley serves as Chairman of the Highlands Ranch Metropolitan District Board of Directors.

Jim and his wife, Melanie Worley, have two adult children and have lived in Highlands Ranch for 33 years.

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Craig Miller
Parks & Open Space Manager

Craig Miller
Parks & Open Space Manager

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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.

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Susan Nagel
Customer Service Representative

Susan Nagel
Customer Service Representative

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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.

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Carol Schumacher
Customer Service Representative

Carol Schumacher
Customer Service Representative

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David Anderson
Parks & Open Space Supervisor

David Anderson
Parks & Open Space Supervisor

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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.

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Cory Williams
Water Distribution/Wastewater Collection Lead Operator

Cory Williams
Water Distribution/Wastewater Collection Lead Operator

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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:

  • Drinking Water Treatment: Level C
  • Drinking Water Distribution: Level 2
  • Domestic Wastewater Collection: Level 2
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Nathan Travis
Distribution & Collection Systems Foreman

Nathan Travis
Distribution & Collection Systems Foreman

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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:

  • Drinking Water Treatment: Level D
  • Drinking Water Distribution: Level 3
  • Domestic Wastewater Collection: Level 3
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Marty Gassaro
Distribution & Collection Systems Operator

Marty Gassaro
Distribution & Collection Systems Operator

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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:

  • Drinking Water Distribution: Level 4
  • Domestic Wastewater Collection: Level 4
  • Drinking Water Treatment: Level A
  • Domestic Wastewater Treatment: Level D
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Natalio Maldonado
Parks & Forestry Maintenance Specialist

Natalio Maldonado
Parks & Forestry Maintenance Specialist

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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.