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    County Commissioners Add Slash Collection Sites

    The Jefferson County Commissioners are entering into an agreement with the Rolling R Ranch Company, LLC, that will add additional slash collection and processing sites for mountain residents. The added sites will be open in different locations between August and October of this year. The cost to the county will be approximately $4,400 per site.

    More information about the additional slash collection sites will be posted as we get closer to the date. Please call the Jeffco Facilities division for information on these additional sites at 303-271-5000.

     The Sheriff's Office has several dates still upcoming. Please see the Sheriff's events page for the details.

    Commissioners Faye Griffin, Casey Tighe and Donald Rosier each voted to approve the additional $44,000 expenditure to provide more opportunities for landowners to get rid of slash.

    The threat of wildfires in the mountain areas of Jefferson County is always a concern, particularly during droughts and dry spells. There are steps residents can take to make their homes less susceptible to fire including removing slash such as tree limbs, pine needles, and other vegetation from around their homes. Since 1998 the county has offered a remote slash collection program as part of its wildfire mitigation efforts, helping homeowners make their properties more resistant to fire.

    Commissioner Rosier commented that he has “spent hundreds of hours in the mountain communities talking with Jeffco residents and working towards a fiscally responsible approach to slash collection and processing. This is a great step in that direction.”

    Commissioner Tighe said, “We want to encourage property owners in the mountain areas to be aware of fire risk and create defensible space around their homes. We hope this slash program will make it easier for Jefferson County residents dispose of slash from their property.”

    Chairman Faye Griffin said the county wishes to purchase heavier grinding equipment that can process slash more quickly and effectively. Because of the cost of the equipment and competing needs and tight budgets, the county will apply for a grant to help with the purchase.

    The new locations will be identified, coordinated and administered by the Rolling R Ranch Company. Information on the location and dates those sites will be opened has yet to be determined.

    Currently the county, through the Sheriff’s Office Critical Incident Response Team, provides three remote slash drop-off locations on summer weekends. One was held in June in Coal Creek Canyon. One site will be open in Conifer on July 12 & 13; and a site will be open at Inter-Canyon Fire State #3 on Highway 285 on August 9 and 10.

    The county commissioners made the decision to expand the number of slash collection sites at a special meeting on Thursday, June 26, 2014. As information about the new locations, dates and times of operation becomes available it will be posted on the county’s website. 

    Go to the slash webpage for information about current sites or call 303-271-4900.

    Although the previously scheduled sites have been managed by the Sheriff’s Office Critical Incident Response Team, the additional sites and the contract with Rolling R Ranch will be managed by the Deputy County Administrator and the Facilities Division. For more information contact Facilities Director Mark Danner at 303-271-5008.

    Kathryn Heider
    Public Information Officer

    June 27, 2014

    Last Updated: 7-22-2014