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Holidays Are a Time for Giving

by Lynn Johnson, Human Services Director
comments open from November 20 until December 9

You Can Help Jefferson County Families in Need Through The Holiday Giving Sponsor-A-Family Program

Holidays are a special time of year, especially for children. But the holidays can be hard for many people for many different reasons. Jefferson County Human Services is looking for generous donors to join in making the 2013 holiday season a little brighter for some of our families in need.

The Holiday Giving Sponsor-A-Family Program serves children and families who are dealing with issues of child abuse and neglect and may not receive any gifts this holiday season. There are still over 100 families are in need. The deadline to sign up is November 27 and gift drop off takes place December 2 - December 4.

There are two ways you can help:
Sign up using the online form to sponsor a child or family
• Donate items especially needed at this time: gifts for teens, non-perishable food items, diapers, and children's books.

The Holiday Giving Sponsor-A-Family Program matches community members and businesses with children and families that are involved in the child welfare program at Jefferson County Human Services. Each individual is asked to provide needs and a wish list. Even though a child may need winter boots, he/she may also desire the latest toy or gadget. It is up to the giver what they wish to buy.

The program is also accepting any general toys and gifts, especially gifts and gift cards for teens, as there are many children and families that won’t be matched with a donor. Simply fill out the Holiday Program Donor Form and an email will be sent with further instructions and a list of requested items. You may bring gifts wrapped, but please label them CLEARLY with the family members name and family number.

General gift donations, food and diapers will be accepted until December 20.

Gift drop off will take place December 2 - December 4 from 8am - 5pm at the Jefferson County Human Services Building Cafeteria, located at 900 Jefferson County Pkwy Golden, CO 80401 near the north building entrance. There will be assistance in unloading your vehicle if needed. Donors are welcome to join in the cafeteria for refreshments during gift drop off week.

For more information and to see a list of frequently asked questions, visit our web page or contact the program coordinator.


Information Meeting will Address Open Space Flood Recovery

by Tom Hoby, CPRP, Open Space/Jeffco Parks Director
comments open from November 13 until December 3

The September storms that swept across the front range not only damaged homes, property and roads. The historic flooding also caused severe trail damage and the subsequent closure of several trails, and two Jeffco Open Space Parks in their entirety. As extensive repair work has taken place and volunteer efforts have aided in the recovery, only one park (Apex Park) will remain closed into 2014. Additionally, specific trail segments will remain closed at White Ranch Park, North Table Mountain Park and Alderfer Three Sisters Park into 2014.

There’s good news, too. Damage has been repaired at Matthews Winters, Mount Galbraith, South Valley Parks and popular Lair o’ the Bear Park along Bear Creek was reopened on November 9 after extensive work to reroute and rebuild trails and picnic area were completed through staff diligence and volunteer support. One pedestrian bridge deemed unsafe will need to be repaired and the remainder of the Park is available for visitors to enjoy.

To learn more about the status of flood recovery efforts by Jeffco Open Space, please attend a public information meeting on Tuesday, November 19, from 6-8pm, at American Mountaineering Center located at 710 10th Street, Golden, CO 80401, in the conference rooms.

The presentation will include our plan and project strategy, as well as involvement with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Following the presentation, staff experts will be available for one-on-one questions regarding trails and repair work occurring in the three parks. Information on how individuals and groups can participate in flood recovery efforts will also available.

Apex Park suffered the greatest flood damage and will require an in-depth recovery process. Apex trail, the main artery for the Park, has gullies up to 8 feet wide, mounds of boulders, and long stretches where all the soil has been washed away. View photos of the flood damage at Apex Park. The work to reopen portions and later, the entire park, will extend into 2014.

To sign up for Apex Park updates, please email: To receive a monthly electronic newsletter with the latest information from Jeffco Open Space and Parks including features, programs and events, subscribe to Panorama, using either your smart phone QR scan application on the code below or use this link Panorama Subscription.


Evaluate your Benefits Needs During Open Enrollment

by Jennifer Fairweather, Human Resources Director
comments open from Oct. 29 until Nov. 17

If you are among the millions of American’s who receive health insurance through an employer, you will probably receive your 2014 open enrollment material shortly. It’s important to take this opportunity to review all of the information in order to avoid costly mistakes.

Here’s why: Health insurance has undergone major changes since the 2012 Affordable Care Act was passed, including: the elimination of annual and lifetime coverage limits and preexisting conditions exclusions; preventative care has been expanded to be free; and children up to age 26 can remain on their parents’ plans.

Be sure to check with your employer to see if your benefit plans have been altered. If your employer offers flexible spending accounts and you are not participating, you’re leaving a valuable tax break on the table.

Common changes include:
• Increased monthly premiums, deductibles and copayment amounts
• Revised prescription drug formularies
• Favored doctors or hospitals in the network may vary from year to year
• Changes to the annual limits on care/medical equipment (physical therapy, chiropractic, durable medical equipment, etc.)
• Additional services offered (clinical trials, obesity counseling, etc.)

Compare your employer’s plans alongside those offered by your spouse’s employer when deciding which options will best benefit you and your family.

It’s worth taking the time to review your benefit coverage options for next year, especially when you consider the potential financial consequences.

Pay attention to spousal surcharges. It’s becoming more common for employers to impose a spousal surcharge if the spouse has access to healthcare at his or her workplace but elects to be covered under their spouse’s plan instead.

Don’t forget to cover the kids! Make sure you and your spouse talk over who is going to cover the kids so you don’t forget to add them mistakenly thinking the other one has covered them on their plan.

Be sure to carefully compare all costs and features of the different plans offered and what’s changing for next year.


Living with Construction and Best Management Practices

by David Douglas, Engineering Inspector in Jeffco Transportation and Engineering
comments open from October 17 until November 5

As a new resident to a neighborhood that is still under development, you may be experiencing some challenges that go with living near a construction site. Not only do you have abundant traffic, but the dust and debris that comes with it can be frustrating. You will probably also see some features installed around your neighborhood that you may not recognize or understand their purpose. The Jefferson County Transportation and Engineering Division would like to help you identify and appreciate the value and function of some of these features.

What are Best Management Practices?
Also known as BMPs, Best Management Practices for construction stormwater management are the procedures and features that contractors and builders use to control erosion and sediment transport off of their project sites. Using these procedures and installing these features is a State and local permit requirement for contractors to help minimize the impact of earthwork activities on waterways and water quality of the local environment. These procedures and installations can include easily recognized black silt fencing, street cleaning activities, erosion control blankets, and installation of sediment barriers around storm drain inlets.

Recognizing BMPs and their Function
Sediment barriers at stormdrain inlets are referred to as Inlet Protection. The purpose is to slow sediment-laden stormwater flows and allow for filtration and settling. Once installed, contractors are required to inspect and maintain these features. A design function of these features is that some pooling of water will occur, so do not be alarmed if you notice this.

These installations should not be modified or disturbed, as they will not function as intended. Opening the ends will allow sediment to enter the stormdrain.

In lieu of final landscaping for home lots, builders will often install erosion control blankets and silt fencing to help prevent surface erosion and keep sediment from flowing into the streets.

While a goal of a new homeowner is to install your own selection of landscaping, it is important to preserve these erosion control features in the interim until you are ready to complete landscaping.

Jefferson County is committed to enhancing and protecting the quality of life for our citizens by ensuring that future development continues in a manner that balances social, environmental, and economic needs. If you have questions about the features in your neighborhood or the effectiveness of those features, please call 303-271-8495. Please help us protect our most important natural resource.


Rocky Mountain Air Show Coming to RMMA

by Kenneth Maenpa, Airport Director
comments open from July 23 until August 11

The Rocky Mountain Air Show was voted “one of the top nine airshows to see this summer” by Popular Mechanics, July 2013.

The Rocky Mountain Air Show has been scheduled for Friday, August 16 to Sunday, August 18 at Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport in Jefferson County.

The Rocky Mountain Airshow is excited to announce that they are going to be the first show that will have a Large Sport Rocket. United Launch Alliance has worked in conjunction with the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) to establish guidelines for the never-before-seen demonstrations at airshows and we are the first to launch a rocket in front of fans.

Additional acts include Greg Shelton and his F-4 Wildcat. Greg Shelton will also perform with Ashley Battles -“Wing Walking” a Stearman. You will enjoy the Friday night twilight airshow, balloon glow and pyrotechnics along with many other acts throughout the weekend. This year’s grand finale is going to be a “Warbird Spectacular” with the biggest warbird show in the region.

Come out and enjoy the extensive range of static displays, hot air balloons, aerobatics, formation demonstrations and the rocky mountain regional fly-in. You can even enjoy a ride on the worlds only flying CAF (Commemorative Air Force) B-29 "FIFI." There will be a wide variety of food vendors for your appetite. The kids will enjoy the “Adventure Zone and Space Pavilion,” where they get to experience the excitement and fun of aviation hands on. We hope to see you there!

For more details on the event and to purchase tickets, please visit


Planning and Zoning Moves Toward Paperless Processing, Paperless Office

by John Wolforth, Planning and Zoning Director
comments open from June 27 until July 16

Over the last two years, the Planning and Zoning division has put great effort into creating a “more electronic and less paper” environment. By the end of 2013 the Division’s goal is to be 75% electronic.

For some, going paperless is all about speed, efficiency and savings. For some, it’s about conservation. Whether for efficiency or conservation, going paperless benefits the bottom line.

As of January 1, 2013, Planning and Zoning ceased processing paper applications once an applicant drops an application (big or small) at the door. From that point forward, applications are scanned, assigned a case number and become “electronic.” All referrals and correspondence between other Divisions, Departments, Outside Agencies, Homeowner Associations and Umbrella Groups are sent via email. Emails with a link are sent to the above groups directing the recipient to the Planning and Zoning website in order to view the application and pertinent documents. Recipients are encouraged to respond electronically through email or other internal systems available to county divisions and Departments. All applications, referral responses and citizen comments are then stored in electronic files for Planning and Zoning employees to access at any time. As we move forward, electronic files will be accessible to all through the county’s electronic file storage system.

We have spent a great amount of our "down time" scanning paper files and making them "electronic." Starting with the most recent year’s files and moving backwards, we are rapidly completing the task of converting all documents to an electronic file. This has improved our ability to research and deliver information in a matter of minutes, providing an extremely high level of customer service to each other and those that we serve each day.

Moving to an electronic format hasn’t been limited solely to Planning and Zoning. With roughly two years “under their belts,” the Jefferson County Planning Commissioners have been receiving hearing materials via county owned iPads. An application allows the case packets to be uploaded for each hearing. A single application packet can sometimes have hundreds of pages as well as 24x36 inch sized documents for review. With multiple cases in any given evening, being able to view these packets on the iPad saves time and money. Once cases are uploaded, a Planning Commissioner can open and review their electronic case packet from anywhere, either by iPad or logging into their account. The savings of not mailing bulky packages to nine commissioners two to three times per month has more than paid for the iPads and at the same time has drastically cut Planning and Zonings mailing costs.

As we continue to move toward our 75% paperless goal by the end of 2013, I am continually looking for feedback on our electronic endeavor. Please feel free to submit comments or suggestions by responding to this blog or emailing me at


FasTracks West Line, Final Update

by Public Information
comments open from Febraury 21 until March 12

The new W Line, the first line of the FasTracks program —featuring 11 new stations, six Park-n-Rides, three Call-n-Rides and updated bus routes—took decades of planning, engineering and community outreach to complete. This is the final newsletter for the W Line, and the final shout out to say thank you to stakeholders, community members, businesses and local jurisdictions. Thank you for your time, patience and commitment to the success of the line.

W Line Grand Opening
Thank you to everyone who joined RTD in the Grand Opening weekend of the W Line. Nearly 5,000 patrons joined in on the festivities on Friday, April 26 and thousands more enjoyed the station parties along the line on Saturday, April 27. A special thank you goes out to our community members, stakeholders, and local jurisdictions who worked tirelessly to plan and organize their respective station parties along the line. We hope all enjoyed the event as much as we did and didn’t a get a sunburn!

If you would like to share any stories, pictures, or feedback about the event, please submit to Lindsey Smith at We would love to hear from you! To see highlights from the weekend, please visit our Flickr webpage.

Community Outreach
The success of the W Line is a testament to the dedication, patience, and communication put forth from the community, businesses and local jurisdictions. Through this coordination, RTD built community relations to ensure safety, keep the public informed, and minimize construction impacts throughout the project. The outreach efforts were impressive and include the following:
• Organized 142 public presentations, including “Safety Roadshows” (photo above).
• Held more than 600 external meetings at schools, neighborhood associations, senior centers, government offices and other locations.
• Distributed nearly 15,200 informational door hangers/fliers about construction, safety, tree removal and other issues.
• Sent more than 51,000 email blasts describing construction impacts.
• Coordinated nearly 100 public tours for the media, residents, businesses, elected officials and other stakeholders.
• Disseminated more than 8,000 fact sheets detailing best safety practices, environmental impacts and business access.
• Wrote more than 60 news releases with project overviews, goals, timelines and expected impacts.
• Delivered a monthly e-newsletter to more than 5,000 subscribers for the past 84 months – since June 2006.
• Fielded more than 5,200 public comments.
• Curated a database of 10,531 individuals who requested W Line updates.

Construction Update
Work continues on the Sheridan Garage and will be complete by early summer. Crews will work to finalize the remaining items including:
o Complete elevator installation
o Complete painting scope of work
o Continue landscaping
o Continue installation of security
o Signalization of the 10th Ave. and Sheridan Blvd. intersection
o Curb, gutter and asphalt constructed on 10th Ave & Ames St.
There may still also be a few construction items that will take place, and we will keep you informed via email notices and the website.

Final Farewell
We appreciate your support and understanding during the construction of this monumental project and hope we provided accurate and timely information during this time. To submit comments/inquiries or for service information regarding light rail, buses, or the addition of the call-n-Rides, please call 303-299-6000 or visit RTD’s new and enhanced website. It has been our pleasure to work with each and every one of you, and we wish you the best!

Information contained in this post adapted from the FasTracks newsletter.


Deck Safety Awareness

by Becky Baker, Building Safety Division Director
comments open from May 7 until May 26

In 2006, the North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA) declared May as Deck Safety Month. Decks are popular structures used frequently as a gathering place for friends and family. Decks 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.


Think Before You Park

by County Commissioner Casey Tighe
comments open from May 6 until May 25

Recently a member of Jeffco community contacted me about a very important issue for our citizens with disabilities, which is parking and access. Often times, in our busy lives and the rush to get things done, we don’t think too much about parking. We forget how important it is to make sure everyone in our community has access to stores, restaurants and other businesses and offices. But, for those who have disabilities that limit their mobility, parking and access is an important aspect of their everyday life.

When a person with a disability needs to shop, visit a government building or simply stop by a local park they have to be able to find a place to park that accommodates their needs or they will go home empty handed. What might be a minor inconvenience for some, can result in the inability to access a building, a store or doctor for a person with a disability.

Unless you have a current disabled parking permit, please don’t give in to the temptation to use a parking spot marked with the familiar blue sign with the white figure in a wheel chair, even if you think it will be “just a minute.” And when you park next to these spaces, leave a little extra room so individuals in wheel chairs can easily get in and out of their specialized vehicles. These vehicles need much more clearance than the average vehicle and we applaud those parking lots that offer special spots for them.

Not only is it considered bad manners to park in one of these spots if you are not a person with disabilities, but it is also illegal. Violators can face fines of a minimum of $350.

Next time you are parking, please don’t disable those with disabilities. Remember not to park in the spots designated for persons with disabilities and if you park near one of those spots, park a little further away from the line to give them the extra space that they may need.

For more information on Colorado’s parking program for persons with disabilities, please go to and type “persons with disabilities” in the search box.


Rocky Mountain Metro Airport 2013 Projects

by Kenneth Maenpa, Airport Director
comments open from April 20 until May 9

For the past couple of years, Rocky Mountain Metro Airport (RMMA) has been busy with planning and design for the projects occurring this year.

The need to extend the Runway Safety Area (RSA) on the west end of Runway 11L/29R is driven by the FAA design requirements for the type of aircraft that operate at RMMA. This requirement is 1,000 feet of safety area beyond the runway end, and currently, the RSA is 600 feet in length. In 2006, the U.S. Department of Transportation Appropriations Act required operators of all airports nation-wide that are federally funded and obligated, to comply with FAA regulatory requirements for RSA’s by September 30, 2015.

The project will consist of two phases. The first phase commenced this past fall and involves the relocation of the intersection at Highway 128 and Interlocken Loop. This intersection will move to the northwest to allow for the full expansion of the RSA. The second phase of the project will involve earthwork and relocation of the airport navigational aids, which will begin in this summer.


Going Back to School

by Jennifer Fairweather, Human Resources Director
comments open from February 26 until March 17

We recently held an education fair and information forum for our employees at Jefferson County. During the fair we learned that going to school after you have been in the work world is not easy!

Here is some information on where to start if you are returning to school and how to find the right college or university:

• Decide if you are ready to go back to school. Going back to school sounds glamorous, but it’s really a lot of hard work. Are you ready? Make sure you know what you want and have the support you’ll need in place before you set out on your new adventure.

• Choose a degree. Once you’re sure it’s the right time to go back to school, make sure you know exactly what it is you want to do with your degree so you know which degree to get. That sounds obvious, but it’s an important step. Some questions you may ask yourself are:
o What do you want to study?
o What will you do with your education?
o Are you getting the right degree for the job you want?

• Take a few career tests. There are assessments and quizzes available to help you figure out what you’re good at and what you’d like to do.

• Make an appointment with a Career Counselor. Career counselors are available in almost every city and at almost every school. Search online directories or ask your local librarians for help.

• Choose between online or on-campus. Now that you know what you want to do and which degree you’ll need to do it, it’s time to decide what kind of campus is better for you, a physical classroom or a virtual one. There are benefits to each. Some examples are:
o Is cost an issue? Online courses may cost much less than traditional courses.
o Do you learn better in a social setting, or do you prefer to study on your own?
o Do you have a quiet place at home and the technology you need for online learning?
o Is there a local school that offers the degree you want, and is it convenient?
o Are you the kind of student who needs face-to-face time with our teacher?
o Do you have reliable transportation if you choose to learn on campus?

These are just some areas to explore if you are planning to return to school. It’s important to give time to research these areas and take full advantage of the many resources available to assist you. Education, training and development is an investment in you!


You Can Apply for Your Passport at Jefferson County

by Jeffco Public Information
comments open from February 25 until March 16

Did you know that you can apply for a passport with Jefferson County? The Jefferson County Clerk & Recorder's Office is a designated Passport Acceptance Facility for the U.S. Department of State.

U.S. citizens planning to travel internationally may apply for their passports Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Admin & Courts Facility, Suite 2560, 100 Jefferson County Parkway in Golden. Passport photos can also be done at the Clerk & Recorder's office for $5.

Please call ahead for your appointment and to get all the important details specific to your travel plans and passport needs.

For more information on passport services, visit the Clerk & Recorder's webpage on passports or call 303-271-8167. For locations and services of the Clerk & Recorder's Office, visit


Native Plant Master Program Upcoming Classes

by Public Information
comments open from February 22 until March 13

Interested in learning more about Colorado native plants including which ones you could add to your landscape or what weeds to control on your property this summer? Take native plant landscaping, weed management or one of our 18 other classes! March and April offerings are listed below. For a complete list of Denver/Gilpin/Jeffco classes, see or see for other offerings in the state.

Register soon as offerings fill quickly. If you would like to be sure to receive notices of future openings, sign up here. Please forward this to your readership, and/or include in your publication. Thank you for helping us get the word out about Colorado plant courses and classes!

Native Plant Landscaping - Tuesday - March 12
Colorado has a wealth of native plants, colorful wildflowers, grasses, shrubs and trees, which are well adapted to our variable climate, soils, temperatures and elevations. In this 4 hour class taught by CSU’s Dr. Irene Shonle, you’ll learn how to use native plants in your landscape, and be introduced to many beautiful, hardy native plants.

Basic Botany Class - Tuesday, March 26 and Thursday, April 25
Enjoy an interactive, fun and fact-filled class designed to prepare you for success in your study of Colorado's flora. Participants will be exposed to basic botanical terminology, taxonomy and ecology as we navigate a botanical key and explore some of the more useful bits of the primary reference for field botany in our state, Colorado Flora, Eastern Slope, Fourth Edition.

Plant Families and Keying Class - Tuesday, April 2
This class delves deeper into intricacies of Colorado plant families, including key identifying characteristics, followed by a close-up opportunity to key out plants in the field (weather permitting). It is recommended that participants have basic botany knowledge before attending this class. For those needing an introductory botany class that covers parts of a plant and gives a basic intro to plant recognition, see Basic Botany Class on March 26 or April 25.

Introduction to Invasive Weeds and Management - Thursday - April 4
An entry level class taught by CSU’s Dr. George Beck that will cover ID of Colorado’s A- and B-list weeds including live specimens; information about our state weed law; weed biology (life cycles, weed evolution, weeds and succession); strategies and methods for weed management and sprayer calibration.

Invasive Weed Management for Experienced Land Owners - Tuesday - April 30
An intermediate to advanced class taught by CSU’s Dr. George Beck for those that have experienced previous weed training and will cover weed biology and ecology and how this information is used when designing weed management strategies. Ecologically-based weed management will be emphasized including information on using grazing to manage weeds as well as integrating herbicide use with seeding for site recovery. ID, biology and management of local weeds of importance as identified by course participants also will be included.


FasTracks West Line, February Update

by Public Information
comments open from Febraury 21 until March 12

Tick-tock, tick-tock. As time inches closer to opening day on April 26, RTD is rapidly checking items off the to-do list. By the end of February, integrated testing will be complete. At the beginning of March, RTD will officially own the line and operational testing will begin. By mid-March all artwork on the line will be commissioned and in fabrication.

2011 Quality of Life Study
RTD released its sixth annual FasTracks Quality of Life Study. The report focuses on the effect the FasTrack program has in areas where there is service, along with areas where current and scheduled construction is taking place.
A few key discoveries from the study found that the number of FasTracks directly-supported jobs increased 11 percent from 2005 to 2011, the taxable retail sales for RTD increased 0.7 percent from 2010 and overall ridership increased 0.4 percent.

Further, the report showed light rail times remain five minutes faster than drive time on the Southeast and Southwest lines, the use of Park-n-Rides remained consistent, and RTD provides 31 percent of destinations with high-frequency transit options.

RTD is constantly looking to improve the district and offer the best transit service in the country. For further information or to view the 2011 Quality of Life Report please visit our RTD website.

Artwork commissions on the West Line
West Line began the process of commissioning public art for the light rail passenger stations in October. By mid-March, artists for all designated locations will be selected. In a three-part series, we will feature a brief biography of each artist commissioned on the West Line.
>> Jose Antonio Aguirre will lend his color pallet to Knox Station
>> John Rogers will put a creative twist at the Lakewood•Wadsworth Station
>> Mike Squared Mosiacs will add a unique, cultured perspective to the Garrison Station
>> Benjamin Ball and Gaston Nogues are working on a creative piece for Jeffo-Golden Station

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.


Snow Removal Procedures

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

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.

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