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Protect Your Pets from Rabies

by Dr. Mark B. Johnson, Jefferson County Public Health Executive Director
comments open from April 23 until May 12

One of the best ways to show your pets how much you love them is to make sure they are protected from rabies. Rabies is an infectious viral disease that affects the nervous system in animals and humans. If you do not vaccinate your pets, you are putting your entire family at risk. It is also important to keep your pets on leashes when they are out in the community. Livestock may also be exposed to rabies and owners should be vigilant in monitoring health issues in their animals, and discuss any animal health concerns with their local veterinarian.

Rabies in wild animals is on the rise, especially in bats and skunks in the state of Colorado. As of April 17, 2015, Colorado State University and CDPHE laboratories have confirmed rabies in 24 animals (two bats, 20 skunks, one raccoon and one cat) in Colorado. Of these, nine (38%) rabid animals were known or strongly suspected of exposing 20 domestic animals and 20 humans. Wild animals can infect your pets if they are not protected.

The Foothills Animal Shelter provides low cost vaccinations as well as links to other vaccination clinics throughout the county. For more information, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Kids Page on Rabies or read our JCPH Rabies brochure.

Residents and visitors are advised to avoid all stray or wild animals, keep pets (dogs, cats, ferrets, livestock) vaccinated against rabies and, don’t allow pets to roam free. Everyone is advised not to handle wild animals. If bitten or scratched by a pet or wild animal, immediately wash any wounds with soap and water and contact your family doctor.
For additional information on rabies, contact Jefferson County Public Health Zoonosis Program at 303-232-6301.

In addition to rabies vaccinations for pets and livestock, here are some additional precautions to prevent possible exposure to rabies:
• Do not feed, touch, or handle wild animals.

• If you find a bat inside your home, do not let it out or discard of it. Call animal control so that the animal can be tested. Otherwise, exposure is assumed and quarantine and/or prophylaxis will be required.

• If you must remove a dead animal on your property, wear rubber gloves or lift the carcass with a shovel or other tool, and double-bag it for the trash. Do not directly touch the animal with bare hands.

• Call your local animal control office to remove stray animals from your neighborhood

• Teach children to leave wildlife alone.

• Do not leave pet food or livestock feed in areas accessible to wildlife.

• Maintain control of your pets by keeping cats indoors and keeping dogs under direct supervision.

• Spay or neuter your pets to reduce the number of unwanted or stray animals in your community.

• Rabies vaccination should be considered for horses and other equines, breeding livestock, dairy cattle or other livestock.

• Call the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife at (303) 297-1192 if you have problems with wild animals.

If you are concerned that you or one of your animals might have been exposed to rabies, seek medical or veterinary attention immediately.

Wildlife Rabies and You (brochure)

• For more information or to report a suspicious animal, please contact your local animal control agency or Jefferson County Animal Control: 303-271-5070

• For more information about rabies contact Environmental Health Services Animal Borne Disease Program at 303-232-6301 or visit the Jeffco Public Health site at

• Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Rabies Data on their website at


You Just Received a Zoning Violation ... Now What?

by John Wolforth, Planning and Zoning Director
comments open from April 20 until May 9

Many people are confused, afraid and upset when they receive a zoning violation, and the penalty language on the violation form can be quite intimidating. If you have received a zoning violation, the most important step for you to take is to call or email the inspector whose name, email and telephone number are listed on the form. The inspector will be able to describe the best steps to take to correct the violation, or can refer you to the people within the Jeffco Planning & Zoning division that will best be able to assist you.

So what exactly is a zoning violation and why did you receive one in the mail? The Jefferson County Zoning Resolution is a permissive document, which means the various zone districts describe what uses are allowed, but does not tell you what isn't allowed. One of the zoning violations that is most frequently issued is for an inoperable/unlicensed vehicle being stored on residential property. As an example of the permissive nature of the Zoning Resolution, only heavy industrial zone districts allow the storage of inoperable/unlicensed vehicles, residential zone districts do not.

I received a zoning violation, and there is no way I can correct the violation in 10 days.
That is exactly why it is so important to contact the inspector as soon as you receive the notice. By contacting the inspector you may well be able to make arrangements to have more time to correct the violation, and can possibly avoid the fines that can be assessed if the zoning violation is taken to county or district court.

Do county inspectors just drive around looking for violations?
No, they do not. The zoning violation program is a complaint-based system, unless an inspector witnesses a situation that poses an imminent threat to public safety. Planning & Zoning staff accept complaints of alleged violations via telephone at 303-271-8725, via the internet or in person at our counter. We do not accept anonymous complaints, and we collect the information from the caller should the inspector require additional information about the complaint. Although the information is collected, it is not shared with anyone and knowing "who" made the complaint doesn't aid in correcting the violation.

Why is there a zoning violation program anyway?
The intent and purpose of the Zoning Resolution is to promote public health, safety and welfare. By having a zoning enforcement program, we are meeting the purpose of Zoning Resolution by protecting property values and ensuring that all residents have the opportunity to enjoy a healthy and happy community.


Boettcher Mansion’s 'Gathering of the Guilds' Celebrates Local Artisanry

by Cynthia Shaw, Boettcher Mansion Director
comments open from April 14 until May 3

On Sunday, April 26, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Colorado Arts & Crafts Society (CACS) will co-host its annual “Gathering of the Guilds” at the Boettcher Mansion atop Lookout Mountain.

Founded in 1997 to enlighten others about the Arts and Crafts Movement (1895-1920) and its aesthetic of harmony, beauty and truth to materials, CACS is a non-profit, volunteer organization headquartered inside the Mansion. Built in 1917, the former Lorraine Lodge is a regional example of the Craftsman style that has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1984 and today serves as a highly successful example of adaptive re-use.

CACS traditionally holds two major events at the Mansion. The Winter Symposium combines the annual membership meeting with a catered dinner and lecture focusing on Arts & Crafts design philosophy. The Spring “Gathering of the Guilds” highlights local guilds and independent craftspeople dedicated to producing furniture, textiles, pottery, metalwork, jewelry, books, and other one-of-a-kind handcrafted items (such as knives and leather goods).

This year, while approximately 25 vendors are giving informal demos and talks about their respective trades in every nook and cranny in the Mansion, Arts & Crafts aficionado Robert Rust will be on-hand to appraise antiques brought in by the public. The former co-owner of the Roycroft Inn and Shops in East Aurora, NY, and owner of 2R Fine Arts Appraisals since 1988, Robert will evaluate your heirloom for a fee of $5 per item (photos are acceptable).

General admission is $5 per person (free to CACS and participating guild members). Most artisan works are for sale and refreshments will be available for purchase on site. For more information, please call Cynthia Shaw, Boettcher Mansion director, at 720-497-7632 or visit the Boettcher Mansion website and/or the Colorado Arts and Crafts Society website.


Keeping Kids Safe in Every Way Possible

by Lynn Johnson, Human Services Director
comments open from April 9 until April 28

Jefferson County has always been a strong community and a great place to live. While we may not like to think child abuse and neglect can happen in this community, it does. Children are our future and while they are our most valuable resource, they are also the most vulnerable. With the ultimate goal of protecting children, Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) launched a new statewide child abuse and neglect hotline - 1-844-CO-4-KIDS. This new hotline provides an additional option while the Jefferson County Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline is still available at 303-271-HELP.

Both numbers provide more options for reporting and ultimately work to help children in every way possible. Governor Hickenlooper's Child Welfare Plan, "Keeping Kids Safe and Families Healthy," called for the creation of the hotline to promote greater safety for Colorado's children. Designed to provide one easy-to-remember phone number for individuals to use statewide to report suspected child abuse and neglect, the hotline serves as a direct, immediate, and efficient route to Colorado's 64 counties and two tribal nations, which are responsible for accepting and responding to child abuse and neglect inquiries and reports. All callers will be able to speak with a call-taker 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

The new hotline system will capture critical information and ensure that calls across the state are handled quickly and appropriately with the ultimate goal of ensuring that no child is harmed. All children have the right to be safe and to be provided with opportunities to excel in life. When caring communities such as ours step up to support struggling children and families, the devastating effects of broken lives can be changed.

In addition, during the month of April, Jefferson County Human Services is providing a month of activities and fundraisers in honor of National Child Abuse and Prevention Month. Prevention is the best hope to eliminate child abuse and neglect and to improve the lives of children and families. Prevention often comes in the form of resources and assistance. One positive resource for families is SafeCare. If you have a child between the ages of 0 to 5, take advantage of this no-cost voluntary program. SafeCare home visitors offer support. Parents learn to reduce challenging child behaviors, increase positive time with child, remove common household safety hazards, identify and respond to common child sicknesses or injuries, and engage children in simple activities. For more information call 303-225-4185 or email

Please do your part in preventing child abuse and neglect every day; if you witness child abuse or even suspect it may be happening please call and report it to the Colorado Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline at 1-844-CO-4-KIDS or the Jefferson County Child Abuse Hotline at 303-271-HELP. Together, we can make a difference.


Love ’em, Leash ’em: Jeffco Open Space Campaign Focuses on Dog Owner Behavior

by Jeffco Open Space Communications
comments open from April 2 until April 20

Jeffco Open Space Rangers cite dogs off leash as the No. 1 issue within our parks. So do our visitors. With that in mind, Open Space has launched a campaign — Love ’em, Leash ’em — that includes four videos to capture public attention and influence behavior.

The video series was launched on March 30 on the @jeffcoopenspace Instagram account. Instagram is the world’s fastest-growing social media network, with 300 million daily users and a young demographic. More than 90% of users are under the age of 35.

While primarily used for photo sharing, Instagram also allows for videos up to 15 seconds long. This challenged the Open Space communications staff to succinctly portray reasons to leash your dog, including: prevention of snake bites and harassment of wildlife; reduced odds of a dog going missing; consideration for other visitors; and the leash law itself.

The series features photos from Instagram users of their leashed dogs in parks modeling good behavior.

The Sheriff’s Office has shared the series through its @jeffcosheriffco Instagram account. User comments have been positive:
• “Awww I love this video, can’t wait to see my Maddie in one!”
• “Thank you for doing this.”
• “Wonderful video that’s right on the mark!”

Increasing compliance with the leash law requires a cultural shift. As one Instagram user commented, “Love you guys Jeffco, and all [your] awesome open space parks -- but my doggy needs his freedom too. It's part of the culture here to let your well-behaved dog off leash.”

With help from viewers who see and share the videos, perceptions may change. The entire series can also be seen on the Jeffco Parks YouTube channel and is being promoted through Facebook, Twitter and the Jeffco Parks e-newsletter, Panorama.

To accompany the videos, Open Space has produced large posters (2 by 3 feet), which visitors will encounter on sandwich boards at trailheads. For more information, contact Communications Manager Thea Rock, or 303-271-5902.


Jeffco is Expanding its Slash Collection Program for 2015

by Jefferson County Public Information
comments open from April 1 until April 19

Jefferson County is paving the way for an expanded slash program this year. It started last fall when the Board of County Commissioners announced four additional slash sites. This proved to be very successful, so the county decided to move forward with an expanded slash collection program beginning in 2015.

What is Slash?
Slash is debris, from nature, such as tree limbs, prunings and pine needles. If not removed, slash can add to potential fire hazards on your property. Wildfires have become more common, especially in dry years, and it is critical that homeowners clear debris from their properties to help prevent fire damage to their own and their neighbors’ properties.

In past years, the Sheriff’s Office operated the county slash collections; however, more sites were needed to accommodate the demand. This expanded program will provide a more robust long-term solution to assist in fire mitigation throughout Jeffco.

The Importance of Mitigation
Removing slash and creating a defensible space around your home is the first line of defense against wildfires. You can create zones around your home, removing any fire fuels, such as tree debris, in the first zone, which is closest to your home. This is not only important for your property, but it means being a good neighbor too, reducing potential hazards for the entire area. Great tips on how to protect your home and property can be found on the Jeffco Sheriff’s wildfire mitigation page and at

2015 Slash Collection Schedule
This year instead of having just a few dates and larger collections, there will be collections almost every weekend from the end of May through October. As these sites and dates are established, they will be posted on the Jeffco Slash webpage. You can also find information here on cost, what is accepted, what is not accepted and other related information.

For more information about the slash program, the dates


Looking for a New Job or Know of Someone Who is?

by Jennifer Fairweather, Human Resources Director
comments open from March 18 until April 6

Please check out our newly designed Jeffco Jobs page where you can view and apply for open positions here at Jefferson County.

If you don’t see the job you are looking for, sign up for Job Interest Alerts to receive up-to-date notifications when selected positions become open. Job interest alerts allow you to select job categories for which you would like to receive email notifications. Once you do this, you will receive an email notification each time a position opens with Jefferson County in a category that matches one of the categories you've chosen. The process takes only a few minutes.

To view open positions or sign up for Job Interest Alerts, please visit our jobs page at where you will find instructions on how to do this as well as information on the current positions we have available.


Deck Safety Awareness

by Becky Baker, Building Safety Division Director
comments open from March 11 until March 30

With spring just around the corner, deck safety comes to mind. Decks are popular structures used frequently as a gathering place for friends and family. They are designed to support the weight of people and objects on it as well as forces of Mother Nature. While decks look relatively simple to build, many do not realize these structures need to be designed to adequately resist certain stresses.

Life expectancy of a deck can be as short as 10 to 15 years. Decks are exposed to elements, which can cause damage. It is important that decks are regularly inspected and maintained. To prolong the life of your deck, check for things like loose boards or protruding nails. Over time metal connectors, screws and nails can corrode or become loose and weaken the structure of your deck.

Five Warning Signs

Missing Connections: A deck should be built using a series of wood members, nails, screws and metal connectors to create a continuous load path.

Loose Connections: Look for wobbly railings, loose stairs and ledgers that appear to be pulling away from the home.

Corrosion of Connectors and Fasteners: Look for red rust and other signs of corrosion that can weaken the deck.

Rot: Overtime wood can rot and degrade due to exposure to the elements.

Cracks: Large cracks or excessive cracking overall can weaken a deck.

To determine if repairing or replacing is in order, professionals such as structural engineers or contractors are an excellent resource. In some situations retrofitting your deck by applying new or additional hardware to existing framing members may extend the lifespan.

The Building Safety Division is available to answer questions you may have on repairing or replacing your deck.


Aging Well in a Healthy Community

by Lynn Johnson, Human Services Director
comments open from Feb. 25 until Mar. 16

By now, many may be aware that Jefferson County has one of the largest aging populations in the state. This population is only increasing and Jefferson County Human Services is committed to continually providing the best services to aging adults. Jefferson County Human Services is also known for strong collaborative partnerships. We believe in working together in order to best serve customers. One way we see this excellence is through Jefferson County’s Summit on Aging.

For the past seven years, Jefferson County’s Strategic Plan for Aging Well has been exploring the aging population and will be holding its fifth Jefferson County Summit on Aging on Thursday, June 4 from 7:30am – 3:30pm at WaterStone Community Church, 5890 South Alkire Street in Littleton.

This year’s summit is titled “Aging Well in a Healthy Community” and is a day for the Jefferson County community to come together to discuss plans and ideas for Aging Well in a Healthy Community. County and city officials have been asked to talk about how their community is preparing for an increased aging population. There will also be other workshops and presentations focused on Aging Well in Jefferson County.

The summit is open to the public, especially those working with seniors or have an interest in Jefferson County’s aging population. Register for the Summit on Aging 2015 now as seating is limited.

For more information, visit the Jefferson County Aging Well Project website or contact Susan Franklin at 303-271-4051.


Bull Riders Series at the Jeffco Fairgrounds

Scott Gales, Director of Jeffco Fairgrounds
comments open from Feb. 18 until Mar. 9

Over the past several months, the staff at the Fairgrounds has worked closely with local promoters, Mike and Danny Newlon, to create a series of events around a new concept - indoor bull riding housed in an incredibly intimate and unique environment. The Livestock Arena at the Fairgrounds has provided that one-of-a-kind venue. It has allowed the Bull Riders Underground Showdown Series to blossom while providing the Jeffco Fairgrounds with a unique entertainment offering in our state.

So far, hundreds of new guests and fans have been drawn to the Jeffco Fairgrounds for this series, and organizers expect hundreds more with dates booked into February, March and April.


New Runway ... Who Pays for That?

Jeanie Rossillion, Development & Transportation Director
comments open from Jan. 28 until Feb. 16

The Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport completed a runway improvement project of its primary 9,000 foot runway, 11L-29R. The runway was closed for 3 months while construction was completed. This project included runway mill and overlay, installation of a runway sub-drainage system, electrical, and new signage. Due to the change in magnetic azimuths the runway was re-designated to Runway 12L/30R and Runway 12R/30L. The total cost of the project is about $9 Million Dollars.

Wow, a lot of money, right?! Let’s break it down…. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will fund 90%, 5% funded by State, and other 5% is funded at the local level by the Airport. The FAA has a program called the Airport Improvement Program (AIP) where grant monies are awarded for eligible projects that include improvements related to enhancing airport safety, capacity, security, and environmental concerns. The funds obligated for AIP are drawn from the Airport and Airway Trust Fund, which is financially supported by aviation passenger taxes, air cargo waybills, aviation fuel taxes, and other similar fees.

The State funds 5% of the project through the Colorado Discretionary Grant Program managed by the Colorado Division of Transportation – Aeronautics Division. 35% of Aviation fuel tax revenues collected in Colorado are used to serve the maintenance, capital equipment and development needs of Colorado’s 74 public-use airports.

The last 5% is paid from the operational revenues received by the Airport Division of Jefferson County. The Airport is owned and operated by Jefferson County, Colorado but operates as a self-sustaining entity with its own enterprise fund. The Airport’s enterprise fund is primarily supported by revenues from lease agreements on Airport property, fuel flowage fees and fuel taxes from local airport users, and U.S. Customs aircraft clearance fees. Other than a general fund loans, the Airport’s fund does NOT rely or utilize the County’s fund dollars or tax revenues for any purpose. Further, Airport revenues, whether operational or grant funded, are also not used to supplement the County’s general fund. The Airport continues to grow and rehabilitate itself through our own internal operations while providing a self-sufficient asset to the County through property and possessory taxes.

If you would like more information please see the following links below:

Colorado Department of Transportation, Discretionary Aviation Grant Program web page

Federal Aviation Administration AIP Overview web page


Public Health and Protecting Our Communities from Ebola

by Dr. Mark B. Johnson, Jefferson County Public Health Executive Director
comments open from Jan. 26 until Feb. 14

Public health agencies across the nation are working diligently to monitor travelers from Ebola-affected countries to protect the health of the public. In Colorado, the traveler monitoring program set up by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention began in August of 2014. Travelers from the three Ebola-affected countries (Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone) are closely monitored as soon as they arrive in the United States at one of five international airports (New York, Virginia, Atlanta, Chicago or Newark).

While Jefferson County Public Health, in conjunction with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), continues to monitor a small number of travelers who have returned from Ebola-affected countries, there are currently no suspected or confirmed cases of Ebola in Jefferson County.

View the JCPH Active Traveler Monitoring Program Fact Sheet

CDC/CDPHE and JCPH maintain efforts to ensure we have the most effective strategy possible to respond to a potential case of Ebola in Jefferson County. CDPHE and all of our county partners are strongly committed to protecting your health. Ongoing local public health activities include:
• Tracking and monitoring travelers returning to Jefferson County from affected West African countries;
• Supporting hospital preparedness efforts with education and information as they plan and prepare to medically support an individual with suspected or confirmed Ebola;
• Improving and refining county-wide protocols to effectively handle a suspected or confirmed case of Ebola in Jefferson County.

Download the JCPH Ebola Disease Fact Sheet

For more information about Ebola, please visit the CDC website.
Information is also available on the CDPHE web site.

For more information contact Jefferson County Public Health’s Emergency Preparedness Program at 303-271-8394 or email Christine Billings at


Jefferson County Head Start Open for Enrollment

by Lynn Johnson, Human Services Director
comments open from Jan. 20 until Feb. 8

All children should have the opportunity to reach their full potential. Jefferson County Head Start believes that quality, early education fundamentally transforms children and families and assists them in reaching their full potential. In 2014, Head Start provided no cost preschool and other family supportive services to more than 466 children and their families in Clear Creek, Park, Gilpin and Jefferson Counties. All parents can call Head Start today to get children enrolled for spring 2015 - we encourage everyone to call as soon as possible as there are only 9 spots still open.

Jefferson County Head Start is a no-cost, child-focused and family-centered preschool program committed to providing education, health, nutrition, and family services to children and families in need. Head Start is more than a preschool program; it provides a range of wrap-around, individualized services in several areas. Most importantly, it gives children who wouldn’t usually have the opportunity to go to preschool the ability to learn, participate, and be active in a school setting at an early age.

Jefferson County Head Start teachers prepare children for kindergarten by implementing activities and assessing children in the social emotional, physical, cognitive, literacy, mathematics, and language developmental domains. These domains are aligned with Jefferson County Head Start’s School Readiness Plan as the Head Start Early Learning Framework, Parent Family Community Engagement Framework, and the Colorado Academic Standards. Teachers plan lessons to provide daily opportunities for children to focus on the objectives for development and learning from Creative Curriculum. Teachers create individual lesson plans to meet the needs of all children, including those who are dual language learners and those who have disabilities.

Enrollment is now open for the fall 2015-2016 school year. Give your child a head start, call today to see if you qualify! Applications are available on our website or contact Michelle Kalkwarf, 720-497-7908.


Hold the Holidays!

by Jennifer Fairweather, Human Resources Director
comments open from Dec. 12 until Dec. 31

Here at Jeffco many of our employees are again participating in our annual Hold the Holidays event. This event is a TEAM weight maintenance challenge designed to keep teammates from packing on the pounds during the holiday season. Teams will choose a “CAPTAIN” and consist of 2-8 members. By participating, teammates help keep each other accountable and motivated to make healthy choices during the season. This enables everyone to enjoy the holidays without having to lose weight after they are over! This is an easy program to implement in your own workplace or even with your family. You will be less stressed, more rested and more active during the holiday season, all of which will make your season brighter.


Snow Removal Procedures of the Road & Bridge Division

Larry Benshoof, Road & Bridge Director
comments open from Dec. 4 until Dec. 23

The following snow removal procedures remind our customers how we prioritize the roads we plow so they know what to expect when the snow flies. Remember to slow down and give our plows a wide berth for everyone’s safety!

The Road and Bridge Division is currently responsible for snow removal on 2,924 lane miles of paved roads and 695 lane miles of gravel roads in the unincorporated areas of the County. One lane mile is a 10 foot wide section of road one mile long. State highways, private roads and newly constructed roads that have not been accepted by formal resolution of the Board of County Commissioners are not included.

Forecasting and Preparations
The Road and Bridge Division is on a twenty-four hour, early-warning alert system. Supervisors utilize local, national, and customized weather forecasts and databases in order to anticipate and be prepared for the intensity of storm forecasted. Equipment is made ready for sanding and plowing during normal working hours for a forecasted storm.
Each equipment operator is assigned a specific route for snow removal and sanding. Assignment of roads to a route is determined by area supervisors based on priority of the road as defined below and for the most efficient utilization of equipment. There are currently 82 designated snow routes in unincorporated Jefferson County.

Snow Removal Procedures
Plowing and sanding operations will take place in four phases during a storm. The order in which streets are plowed in each phase is based on the following definitions of priority:
>>Priority 1 - Main arterial streets that provide for high traffic volumes.
>>Priority 2 - Major subdivision collectors, school zones and school bus routes.
>>Priority 3 - Residential or other local roads that carry moderate to low traffic volumes.
>>Priority 4 - Cul-de-sacs or other dead-end roads carrying very low traffic volumes.

Phase I: Initial opening of all Priority 1 through 3 streets in that order. Severity of the storm may delay response time for Priority 3 streets due to the fact that initial opening of major arterial streets requires that multiple lanes be plowed in each direction.

Phase II: Plowing and sanding of problem roads having steep inclines, curves, bridges or overpasses. Widening of any Priority 1 through 3 streets deemed necessary. Repeat plowing of all streets initially opened as snow continues to accumulate.

Phase III: Removal of packed snow and ice on all Priority 1 through 3 streets where possible and deemed necessary as snowfall accumulation stops. Plowing and sanding operations on Priority 4 streets will take place as resource availability allows. It could be several days after the snowstorm has ended before Priority 4 streets are initially plowed. Intermittent sanding as necessary by road priority.

Phase IV: Storm event is over. Continuation of widening operations to improve safe travel and prepare for additional accumulation during subsequent storms.

Application of Traction Materials: Sanding of most roads is limited during heavy snowfall because the sand is quickly covered and then removed as additional plowing occurs. When applying sand, special attention is given to sections of the road network posing specific safety concerns. These include, but are not limited to, areas such as: school and hospital zones, police and fire stations, bridges and overpasses, turn lanes, acceleration or deceleration lanes, approaches to intersections that are stop sign or signal controlled, curves, steep grades, heavy traffic areas, areas of ice accumulation, speed bumps, and areas with other known problems.

Snow Removal Clarifications
>> Driveways: Driveway approaches affected during Phases I, II, and III are the responsibility of the property owner or resident to clear. When snow removal or widening in Phase IV is being carried out, driveways that were previously opened by the homeowner will not have additional snow plowed into them.

>> Mailboxes and Fences: Mailboxes, newspaper delivery boxes or fences installed alongside the traveled roadway are at the risk of the owner. If an operator strikes a mailbox with a plow, the operator will report it and we will repair it as soon as possible. Mailboxes and fences damaged by snow load during normal plowing operations are not the responsibility of the County. If a mailbox is struck by a plow, it will be replaced with a standard rural mailbox. Postal regulations require residents to clear snow in front of mailboxes to allow for mail delivery.

>> Snow Pushed onto County Street or Right-of Way: The practice of pushing or throwing snow or ice onto or across Jefferson County streets endangers the traveling public as well as county snowplow operators. Jefferson County residents as well as private contractors may receive a warning and/or summons for snow or ice pushed onto County streets and rights-of-way from sidewalks, driveways, parking lots, etc. Example: When breaking up ice from driveway or flow line of curb, do not throw it out into the street where it can be struck by a vehicle; we encourage citizens to blow and shovel snow and ice onto their grass.

>> Vehicles Parked or Abandoned: Streets on which vehicles have been abandoned or otherwise parked so as to restrict the safe and continuous operation of snow removal equipment may not be plowed until those vehicles are removed.

>> Requests for Emergency Snow Removal: All requests for emergency snowplowing should go to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Dept. If the request is valid, they will notify the Road & Bridge Division and we will respond as soon as possible.

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