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Snow Removal Procedures


Larry Benshoof, Road & Bridge Director
comments open from February 19 until March 10


Overview
The Road & 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.

 
 

Young Adults Exploring Career Possibilities at YouthWorks Job Fair


by Lynn Johnson, Human Services Director
comments open from February 13 until March 4


Young adults are our future. They are just beginning to explore where their lives are headed and need mentorship, guidance, and advice to start the journey. The Jeffco YouthWorks Young Adult Job Fair is a place for young adults to start.

This is the final young adult job fair taking place in the state of Colorado for the year and a chance for young adults to discover career possibilities and opportunities in the work force. Be sure to share this opportunity with any young adults, ages 14 to 21.

All are invited to the 2013 Jeffco YouthWorks Young Adult Job Fair from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. on March 5 at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds , 15200 W. 6th Ave in Golden.

Local businesses are also invited to participate in the fair. Jeffco YouthWorks is still accepting businesses with available full-time, part-time, summer jobs, or career opportunities for young adults. What a great way to recruit and support young adults in the community!

Businesses that will be at this year’s event include Bandimere Speedway, DISH Network, Home Depot, JetStream Ground Services, Pirates Cove Family Aquatic Center, Safeway, and many more.

With the community wrapped around young adults in this way, the future of our young adults and our community look very bright.

For more information visit www.jeffcoyouthworks.org or call 303-271-4613.

 
 

Public Meeting on the 32nd Ave Widening Project


by Public Information
comments open from January 23 until February 11

The City of Wheat Ridge is partnering with Jefferson County to widen a portion of 32nd Avenue--Braun Court to Wright Court. Construction on this project is scheduled to start on January 24, 2013.

What: Public Meeting for 32nd Avenue Widening, from Braun Ct to Wright Ct.

When: January 23, 2013; starting at 5:00 pm

Where: Applewood Shopping Center, Former Old Chicago building, lower level – located at 3258 Youngfield Street, Wheat Ridge CO 80033

Who: Presented by Concrete Works of Colorado, general contractor

Purpose: Present scope of work and schedule of roadway construction

Get more information about the meeting on the City of Wheat Ridge website.

 
 

FasTracks West Line, January Update


by Public Information
comments open from January 16 until February 4


In less than four months and counting the much anticipated West Rail Line will open to the public—the first rail line to open under RTD’s FasTracks program. But until then, integrated testing continues as the West Rail Line works toward safety certification.

What's in a Name?
The rail line to the west has been called West Corridor, West Rail Line, West Line, W Line, and W Rail. Which is the correct name? Technically, all are right. Materials referring to the line as West Corridor were produced as early as 1978 (in early studies) and as late as 2011 (well into construction). At that time the name changed to West Rail Line. However, as we move into operation, most people refer to the lines by their letter designation.


In this case, it is the W Line, similar to the C, D, E, F and H Lines. Officially deemed the “W” Rail (pictured above), the line takes on a new identity that you will begin to see more and more leading up to and through Opening Day. The upcoming 6th Avenue bridge lighting event is the first time you will see this new identity, but certainly not the last.

West Rail Line Bicycle Lockers
The West Rail Line is set to open April 26, 2013 and bicycle lockers will be available for lease at the following new stations: Decatur-Federal, Sheridan, Lakewood-Wadsworth, Oak, and Jeffco-Golden. You can put your name on the waiting list for a locker at one of these locations by calling the Civic Center Station customer service desk at 303-299-2288. Lockers are currently available with no waiting at the existing Federal Center Station. Bicycle lockers cost $30 for a six-month renewable lease with a one-time padlock fee of $20. An RTD-issued padlock must be used on these bike lockers. First time renters will need to turn in a lease agreement in person at the Boulder Transit Center, Civic Center Station, or Market Street Station. Lease agreements are available at each of these customer service locations.

RTD Introduces Smart Cards
The wait is over. On January 1, RTD introduced a whole new way to ride for CollegePass and EcoPass customers. The first phase of RTD’s smart card rollout brings several benefits, including unlimited rides on regular bus and light rail with just one tap every time you ride. Through mid-January, RTD had smart card ambassadors at light rail stations during rush-hour to demonstrate how to use the new cards. Later in 2013 RTD will convert all fares and passes to smart card technology with the introduction of the MyRide card for the general public.

Additionally, beginning with the opening of the West Rail Line, RTD is working toward making riding even more convenient on all lines by installing the capability for patrons to purchase rides with credit cards. Visit our website for more details on the smart card.

Information contained in this post adapted from the FasTracks newsletter. To subscribe to the newsletter or get the latest information, see the FasTracks West Corridor website.

 
 

Help Prevent the Spread of Germs at Work


by Jennifer Fairweather, Human Resources Director
comments open from January 10 until January 29


Cold and flu season is here!

You have probably heard that this season is off to an early start and many workplaces will start to see an increase of people with colds or flu-like symptoms.

If you haven’t done so already, you may want to think about getting your annual flu shot. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the best way to prevent the seasonal flu is to get vaccinated.

The CDC also suggests additional ways to help prevent the spread of germs at work such as:
• Try avoiding contact with those who are sick.
• If you can, stay home when you are sick.
• Use a tissue to cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.
• Wash your hands frequently with warm water and soap for at least one minute.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

By following these tips, hopefully we can all help minimize the impact of these ailments on our workplaces this season. More information can be found on the Jefferson County Public Health website and the Centers for Disease Control website.

 
 

Strengthening the Jefferson County Community through Partnership


by Lynn Johnson, Human Services Director
comments open from January 2 until January 22


Partnership is powerful. Here at Jefferson County Human Services we know partnership is necessary in order to achieve the very best results. With the power of several minds working together new and creative ideas are born, various viewpoints are shared, and positive results take place. We do everything we can to collaborate with other government agencies, non-profit groups, businesses, and the faith based community. Using each other as resources makes us all more successful, and is ultimately in the best interest of the people we serve. We couldn’t do it alone.

At this year’s Power of Partnership Conference anyone can come discover the power of working together. The conference celebrates collaborations between Jefferson County and the faith community, brings practical ideas to make these collaborations more effective, and enlists new partners and partnerships to serve our community. Join us on Thursday, February 21, 2013 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Waterstone Community Church, 5890 South Alkire Street, Littleton.

We will focus on housing, education, family, building communities, hunger/poverty, and special populations. Anyone who has a desire to partner with others to make the community a better place to live is encouraged to attend. We all come with an open mind and a willingness to work together. Through this conference all are expected to discover the power of partnership.

For more information go to the Power of Partnership website. To register to attend, go to the the online event registration form.

 
 

Stock Show and Rodeo Events at Jeffco Fairgrounds


by Mark Danner, Fairgrounds Director
comments open from December 19 until January 7


January is almost here, and to many of us in the Denver Metro area, that means one thing - the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo! Did you know that you can catch some Stock Show and Rodeo action at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds? Yes, at your County Fairgrounds.

Typically the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo grounds in Denver is booked over and above their capacity. That’s why you’ll find the Jeffco Fairgrounds hosting Steer Wrestling qualifying rounds and the bulk of the Team Penning and Sorting events for the Stock Show January 13 and 14. Come see the same top caliber cowboys and cowgirls that you pay to see in Denver, without the gate admission. These local events at the Fairgrounds are free events and great entertainment for the whole family.


Coming up in January, you can also experience train shows, coin shows, postcard shows, enter your dog in agility trials, try your hand at roping and much more! You get the picture. Check out the Fairgrounds calendar - there is something for everyone! For more exciting opportunities and to get information, check out our web site at jeffco.us/parks.

 
 

Fast Tracks, West Line December Update


by Public Information
comments open from December 18 until January 6


As opening day draws near, there is still much to be done along the West Rail Line—including safety outreach, testing, and completing construction on both the Sheridan and Lakewood-Wadsworth parking garages.

6th Avenue Bridge Lights Up
On January 23, 2013, RTD will host a ceremonial lighting of the 6th Avenue Bridge. Join us for this exciting event as the switch is pulled and the bridge is illuminated for the first time.

The 6th Avenue Bridge, designed by David Evans and Associates and built by Denver Transit Construction Group’s subcontractor Edward Kraemer and Sons, will be lit by LED lights that are attached to the 44 cables that span the bridge. Once lit, the lights will remain on, making this signature bridge even more spectacular. This ceremony marks the end of construction activities and signifies the start of testing, as well as serves as the start of the countdown to Grand Opening of the West Rail Line, scheduled on April 26, 2013. Watch your email for more details on the ceremony.

Civil and System Construction is Complete. Why Aren’t we Open?
Even though the vast majority of construction is complete on the West Rail Line, there are three phases of testing that need to be complete to ensure safe and reliable operations of the system prior to opening.

Static or Local Testing is currently taking place where individual elements or groups of elements are tested. This ensures that each crossing gate, each signal, every emergency telephone, etc all are working as designed. The functionality of each of these elements and hundreds more need to all be safety certified prior to carrying passengers.

Integrated Testing will begin in early January, where a light rail vehicle is brought out to make sure that all the systems work together throughout the corridor. For example, as a vehicle approaches a crossing, does the light rail signal system interface properly with the traffic signal system and initiate the crossing gate sequence to operate properly for the train approaching, or if there is another train on the track ahead, does the light rail signal caution the train to proceed slowly or stop. All these elements are tested from early January to the end of February.

Operator Training and Schedule Testing is the final phase. At that point, the line is turned over to RTD operations, where light rail supervisors and operators are trained to operate the West Rail Line – which is different than other lines RTD currently has in operations, due to the large number of at-grade crossings. After the operators are trained and know the line – over a 3-4 week period – the schedules will be tested to make sure they operate as written. After staff is trained on the line – in late March to early April, trains will run on the actual schedule as if we were carrying passengers. For the final week to 10 days prior to opening, we integrate the West Rail trains into the existing system through the Central Platte Valley, taking all West Rail trains into Union Station. Since trains from the Southeast and Southwest also run along there, the test will be to make sure that the timing works as planned.

Opening a light rail line is not like a highway that can open as soon as construction is complete. Even though the next few months seem like a long time for us to wait, the systems and operations group are hard at work under tight deadlines to open on April 26, 2013!

Safety Reminder
The West Rail Line wants to remind you to BE SAFE near all construction and light rail activity. Soon you will begin to see light rail trains operating along the line for testing so it is important to take all necessary precautions at the crossings and along the tracks to make sure that you remain safe. Below are important safety tips for you and your family to remember when you are near the light rail tracks:
• Stop, look both ways, and listen before crossing and railroad tracks. The trains are very quiet and can approach from both directions.
• Never play near or on the light rail tracks. Switches on the tracks move automatically and can cause injury. You would also be breaking the law by trespassing.
• Before crossing light rail tracks, make sure the crossing gates are all the way up and that there are no flashing lights or sounding bells.
• Keep yourself and all objects away from the wires overhead.
• Get off your bike, scooter, or skateboard before you cross the tracks. Your wheels can get caught in the tracks.
• Always PAY ATTENTION. Do not let your cell phones, headphones, texting, or game-playing divert your attention.
• Never chase a moving train.

We urge everyone to stay away from the tracks, overhead wires, and all elements of the light rail system as we start into the testing phases for the West Rail Line prior to opening to the public on April 26, 2013.

Information contained in this post adapted from the FasTracks newsletter. To subscribe to the newsletter or get the latest information, see the FasTracks West Corridor website.

 
 

Hold the Holidays


by Jennifer Fairweather, Human Resources Director
comments open from December 3 until December 22


Did you know that Americans tend to gain 3-5 lbs. between Thanksgiving and New Year’s? Here at Jeffco, many of our employees are 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 two-eight members.

By participating, teammates help keep each other accountable and motivated to make healthy choices during the program. This enables everyone to enjoy the holidays without having to lose weight after they are over!

This is an easy challenge to implement in your own workplace or even with your family. If you can’t skip the pumpkin pie, have a small piece and pass on the whipped cream. You will be less stressed, more rested and more active during the holiday season, all of which will make your season brighter.

 
 

Jefferson County, Chickens and “Your Backyard”


by John Wolforth, Planning and Zoning Director
comments open from Nov. 20 until Dec. 9


Jefferson County is about to embark on drafting regulations to allow chickens in residential zone districts. As we move through the regulation review process and public hearings, here are some things to think about!

Most citizens have become painfully aware of our nation’s economic crisis. Experts warn that the crisis will likely get worse before it gets better. While gas prices have gone up and down, the cost of food, utilities, property taxes, and other services continue to rise. Many local citizens are having a difficult time making ends meet.

A readily available source of eggs saves money, gas, and time. A chicken coop takes less space than a garden tool shed and hens cost very little to feed. In addition, fuel costs and emissions from transporting eggs to the store by semi-trucks and from the store by cars are reduced.

Chickens in Backyard Coops Are Attractive and Clean
Unlike commercial poultry operations or rural farms, people in the city who keep chickens as pets tend to keep them in very attractive enclosures. They take great pride in their pets and backyard coops that they often hold annual tours to show them off. In cities like Denver, Portland, Seattle and Madison, chicken enthusiasts participate in tours, classes, and clubs, adding fabric and educational opportunities to their communities.

Chickens themselves do not smell. Any possible odor would be from feces, but five small hens generate less manure than one medium-sized dog. The manure is not likely to accumulate because it’s a source of free fertilizer for the garden. Once tilled into the soil, manure no longer causes objectionable odors. Dog and cat feces cannot be used as fertilizer or composted because they contain pathogens that can infect humans. Therefore, dog and cat waste is more likely to accumulate and smell.

Not only do chickens produce less waste, most people who keep chickens in the city also have a garden and therefore compost their chicken manure. If composted and added to the garden, the water quality impact would be virtually nothing. Chickens also reduce the need for pesticides because they eat bugs and weeds, further reducing the potential for water pollution.

Chickens Play an Important Role in Sustainable Living
More and more people are interested in living a sustainable life style. Government, utilities, and non-governmental organizations are encouraging citizens to reduce their consumption of resources. A small number of backyard chickens allow us the opportunity to reduce our carbon footprint and support the local food movement.

People who have backyard hens are less likely to use harmful chemicals and pesticides in their gardens. Instead, they desire their yard to be healthy and environmentally-friendly. They consider chickens a natural extension of their garden because they eat weeds and bugs and provide fertilizer.

Organic gardeners seek natural fertilizer to enhance their garden soil as they grow fresh fruits and vegetables. Chicken manure is one of the most efficient natural fertilizers providing essential nutrients to build the soil. Backyard hens provide the most local source of fertilizer available. It is easily composted, without any transportation costs. Chicken manure is a great addition to sustainable urban gardens. Backyard chickens eat grass clippings and food scraps, thus keeping these products out of the local landfill by reusing them on site.

We are encouraged to eat locally, reducing the need to transport food long distances. What better place to start than the availability of food right in the back yard. National and local news media have given the 100 mile diet (eating only food grown within a 100 mile radius of your home) substantial coverage over the last year.

Backyard hens can help promote a 100 yard or even a 100 foot diet. Imagine the lowered gas consumption as trips to the store are made less frequently. Becoming a more sustainable community becomes easier with the availability of eggs from backyard hens.

The Urban Chicken Movement
According to the Worldwatch Institute, “… an Urban Chicken Movement has swept across the United States in recent years.” Some people want organic eggs and garden compost, others are concerned about food security, others want to “eat local” to save resources, and others wish to enjoy the entertaining, fun pets hens can be. There have been lots of news articles written about this growing trend, which is increasing primarily in upscale neighborhoods.

The ordinance amendment is not unreasonable or unusual. Cities like Denver, Portland, Boise, Madison, Seattle, and Fort Collins (just to name a few) have relaxed their zoning laws to allow for a few backyard hens. In fact, according to Newsweek Magazine, more than 65% of major U.S. cities now allow backyard hens.

It’s also important to remember that during the Great Depression, families with chickens fared much better than those without. Given our current socio-economic situation, keeping a few backyard hens has never been more practical.

 
 

FasTracks, West Line November Update


by Public Information
comments open from Nov. 19 until Dec. 8


As construction winds down, other aspects of the West Rail Line are gearing up and racing full speed ahead as we head toward opening on April 26, 2013. Testing is underway and will continue through spring of 2013; selection of artists for the line is progressing quickly; and construction on the Sheridan and Lakewood•Wadsworth garages is on-going.

Final Train Schedules Set
Over the past few months, RTD service planners have been holding public meetings and realigning bus schedules to mesh with light rail service on the West Line when it starts up next April. Another important element to the service planning is how often the trains will run.

Since 2003, RTD has been planning on trains every 5 minutes during rush hours (6 to 9 a.m. and 4 to 7 p.m.) between downtown and the Federal Center. Taking into account a number of elements, the service has been adjusted to every 7.5 minutes during rush hours.

• Instead of two car trains, three car trains will be used so capacity of the rail line remains the same.
• We are able to carry the same number of passengers, with fewer impacts to the community and still provide excellent service.
• Service between the Federal Center and Jefferson County Government Center will remain at 15 minute intervals, both in rush hour and throughout the day.
• Late night service throughout the line will be every 30 minutes.

Public Art Update
In October, the West Rail Line began the process of commissioning artists to design public art for the West Rail Line. An art selection committee – made up of artists, art administrators and community representatives – was formed to select artists for each of the stations along the line.

The committee has selected artists for the three stations so far and continues to work toward having artists on board for all stations. The majority of the artwork won’t be installed by opening day, but is expected to all be in place by the end of 2013.

Artists selected to date include:
• Jose Antonio Aguirre, who will lend his color pallet to Knox Station;
• John Rogers, who will put a creative twist on the Lakewood•Wadsworth Station; and
• Mike Squared Mosiacs, who will add a unique perspective to the Garrison Station.
• The final artist for the Jeffo-Golden Station will be selected at by the end of November.
• The next series of commissions include Sheridan, Lamar, Red Rocks College, and the Kipling Bridge followed by the rest of the stations.

Artwork is a great way to show off a community, make stations memorable and unique and deter graffiti. Challenges in public artwork include making sure that each piece is durable and easily maintainable, that it can withstand 100 degree temperature fluctuations and intense sun, all the while reflecting each community.

Safety Roadshow Recap
The Safety Roadshows were a great success. The West Rail PI team, in conjunction with the City of Lakewood, Operation Lifesaver and West Metro Fire visited elementary schools in Lakewood within four blocks of the rail line to demonstrate fundamental pedestrian and bicycle safety. In addition, RTD and Operation Lifesaver reached out to two more schools in Denver. The roadshows in Lakewood were part of the “Safe Routes to School” grant that Lakewood received for pedestrian safety training and education programs for schools near the West Rail Line.

RTD provided a mock light rail grade crossing complete with flashing lights, moving gates and ringing bells to demonstrate how to safely cross the tracks, Operation Lifesaver provided general train safety information, the City of Lakewood demonstrated how to use hand signals when riding a bike, and West Metro fire demonstrated how to properly fit and wear a helmet.

The elementary schools included in the program were Eiber, Molholm, Jeffco Open, St.Bernadette, Cowell, and Fairview reaching nearly 2,000 students. School outreach will continue next spring prior to the West Rail Line opening

Information contained in this post adapted from the FasTracks newsletter. To subscribe to the newsletter or get the latest information, see the FasTracks West Corridor website.

 
 

Get a Jump Start on Holiday Giving


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


Believe it or not the holiday season is upon us. All of a sudden stores are full of seasonal decorations, sunny days turn colder and people start thinking about giving. Whether giving to family, friends or others, the holidays are a time of sharing what we have with one another. Many people are in need and there is no better experience than lifting up someone’s spirits during the holidays. If you are so blessed as to be able to give back to the community and to those in need during this time, Jefferson County Human Services has opportunities.

The Adopt-A-Family program allows you to give to children and families dealing with issues of child abuse and neglect who may not receive gifts this holiday season. The program matches you (community members or businesses) with children and families that are involved in the child welfare program at human services. You can Adopt-A-Family by registering online from our holiday program page. The program is also be collecting items especially needed at this time: gifts for teens, non-perishable food items, diapers and children's books.

For more information on the Adopt-A-Family program, see the Adopt-A-Family flyer or contact the holiday coordinator at kkeating@jeffco.us.

Another way to contribute is to give to those needing an extra boost of holiday spirit during the trying times of the economy and unemployment. The Holiday Giving Program at Jefferson County Workforce Center gives to job seekers at the center during certain weeks in November and December. Last year, a customer shared that the turkey they won at Jefferson County Workforce Center was the only food they had for the holiday. Kids, youth, elderly, boomers, and any customer in the Workforce Center can participate if present at the center during certain giving times. Suggested donations include:
• Un-used travel shampoos and conditioners
• Lotions
• Soaps
• Toothpaste and tooth brushes
• Small food baskets and turkeys or hams
• Pies or cakes
• Gift cards
• Kid items
• White elephant gifts in good condition

For more information on the Holiday Giving Program at Jefferson County Workforce Center contact Cheryl Korkos at ckorkos@jeffco.us.

Holiday seasons are always a special time, but when people come together during the hard times, it is truly special. Thanks to all those who give to others during the holidays and year round - we couldn’t make a difference in the lives of so many of our customers without your generosity.

 
 

National Diversity Awareness Month


by Jennifer Fairweather, Human Resources Director
comments open from October 23 until November 11


October is National Diversity Awareness Month! National Diversity Month was created as a way to celebrate and build inclusiveness within the workplace. This month was established to provide a forum to embrace who we are, despite our many differences.

Besides the obvious differences people bring to the workplace, such as age, gender or race, it also a forum to recognize differences in the way people communicate, process information and solve problems. Through all of these differences, organizations facilitate a creative and well-rounded workforce.

 
 

Going Green in Jefferson County Pays Off


by Public Information
comments open from October 18 until November 6

While it is clear that there are environmental benefits to going green, the debate continues as to whether there is a financial benefit. So what about the investment the county made in green technologies? Will there be a financial benefit? You bet there is! With funds received from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) and rebates from Xcel Energy, the county is enjoying financial savings even greater than what was originally forecast.

In 2012 the county successfully closed out the ARRA Grant. These funds were used to purchase solar photovoltaic arrays which are installed on several Jeffco buildings including the Laramie Building on the Jefferson County Government Campus, the Evergreen Road & Bridge shop, the Central Road & Bridge/Fleet facility north of Golden, the Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport and the Jefferson County Fairgrounds. To date, the combined output of these systems equate to 828,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) produced, which is equivalent to the energy required to power 150 single family homes. Xcel Energy pays the county a wholesale rate for the energy we produce monthly.

New and improved lighting is part of the story too. Through a rebate program, Xcel Energy encourages businesses and communities to upgrade lighting systems and utilize new technologies. Now that the new lights have been installed and are operational throughout Jeffco government buildings, Xcel paid a onetime rebate to the county - the largest amount Xcel ever paid to a single entity in Colorado!

The savings to taxpayers doesn't even stop there. The new lighting and other retrofits installed, bank the county annual in utility savings. Based on the total investment made in energy efficiency, the county expects to recover the project cost in less than 10 years. Not bad for an investment expected to last well into the future.

Are you interested in learning more? In the atrium of the Administration and Courts Building sits a kiosk. This is a touch screen computer display that is updated continually with production data from the solar arrays. Stop by some time and see just how much our systems contribute to the community and give back to the environment.

From recycling to renewable energy, Jefferson County continues to play a key leadership role in the community by enhancing our facilities, leading by example and embracing a sustainable work place.

 
 

FasTracks, West Line October Update


by Public Information
comments open from October 16 until November 4


October's crisp and dry air has kept construction on the West Rail Line moving forward. Crews are keeping busy and daily progress is visible.

SAFETY ROAD SHOWS
The West Rail PI Team has been on the road reaching out to local elementary schools on fundamental pedestrian and bicycle safety. In August 2012, the City of Lakewood received a "Safe Routes to School" grant from CDOT for safety education. RTD and Lakewood developed the "Safety Road Shows" in conjunction with Operation Lifesaver, Bicycle Colorado and West Metro Fire District as a major element of the grant.

The road shows promote the basic, but most important message to "Stop, Look and Listen" before crossing rail tracks or roadways. Through a forward-thinking approach, RTD developed a mock automated rail crossing for hands-on training that includes flashing lights, bells and moving gates. Other exhibits include a helmet fitting station, bicycle hand signal training and rail safety education. Thus far, the road show has stopped at, Molholm Elementary and St. Bernadette's school. A visit to Jeffco Open School and Eiber Elementary are scheduled later this month.

In addition, RTD will be taking the road show to Fairview and Cowell elementary schools in Denver before the end of the year. If your group is interested in a safety presentation, please contact us to schedule a presentation.

PARKING STRUCTURES

Sheridan
By the looks of the Sheridan Boulevard and 10th Avenue site, it is apparent West Rail Line construction crews are knee deep into the parking structure south of the station. On the administrative side, the project has secured roughly 90 percent of its subcontractors and is on-track to meet or exceed the goal of 51 percent of the work performed by Small Business Enterprise (SBE) firms.

Construction activities will continue to accelerate throughout the fall and winter as crews tackle the bulk of forming and pouring concrete for the foundation and eventually move toward constructing the elevated decks. On and off-site electrical, plumbing and fire/sprinkler-related work are also on the agenda during this time.

Part and parcel of any construction activities during this time of year, construction crews are anticipating inclement weather and taking appropriate measures to ensure winter conditions do not negatively impact the construction schedule. Due to the demanding nature of the West Rail Line schedule, no delays in the construction schedule are possible. In the event of a major snow event, any working hours missed will be made up with night and weekend work for the duration of the project.

Lakewood•Wadsworth
The Lakewood•Wadsworth parking structure continues to come together as crews continue with the "finishing touches" of the garage. Crews continue painting and installing interior lights for the structure and the sprinkler/fire suppression system work is currently complete. The next major interior element of the parking structure will include installation of steel for the stairs and elevators, and pouring concrete for the stairs.

The exterior facade of the garage is moving into the final stages as installation of the architectural "spandrels" are completed and crews move into preparations for installing the "curtain wall," which includes the glass window "storefront" of the building and the metal mesh panels.

CONSTRUCTION UPDATE

Civil construction (DTCG)

• West Rail crews are working on a few remaining activities on the Colfax, Sheridan and Consolidated Mainline bridges.

• Storm water drainage work at North Avenue, Sheridan Boulevard and Zuni Street will continue through October.

• Crews will continue to install elevators, stairs and railings at most of the West Rail Line stations.

• Irrigation and landscape work continues at all stations and along roadway shoulders.

• Construction activities along the bike paths will be completed in October.

Systems construction (BBRI)

• Overhead Catenary punchlist

• Electrical testing at Traction-powered substations

• Signals system punchlist

• Preparing for integrated testing

Information contained in this post adapted from the FasTracks newsletter. To subscribe to the newsletter or get the latest information, see the FasTracks West Corridor website.

 
 
 
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