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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


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

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

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.

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.


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.

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.


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.


Roundabout Construction at Jefferson County Government Center

by Public Information
comments open from October 4 until October 23

The contractor will be repairing curb and gutter and performing additional concrete/slab work on the roundabout at the Johnson Road entrance of the Jefferson County Government Center. A detour and flaggers will be in place to direct two-way traffic to the west side lane of Jefferson County Parkway. The detour is expected to last until Friday, October 12.

Parking at the court-side parking lot will be open. It is suggested to enter from the north side - Jefferson County Parkway via Johnson Road. Exiting traffic will be permitted to exit Jefferson County Parkway heading north.

Please drive safely through this area and be prepared for staged equipment, materials, and workers. Contact Mark Winnen or Dixie Shear at Jefferson County with questions, 303-271-8495.


Telephone Town Hall Reaches More than 7,000 Citizens

by the Board of County Commissioners
comments open from October 3 until October 22

As we begin the annual preparation of the county budget, we are looking for feedback from our residents and want to know which county services are most important to you.

In an effort to reach out to more citizens, than a traditional town hall meeting attracts, we hosted a telephone town hall on Sept. 25, from 7 -8 p.m. Citizens were able to provide valuable feedback, ask questions or just listen in over the phone.

Calls were placed to 50,000 randomly selected phone numbers of unincorporated residents. But the meeting was not limited to just those who were called. Anyone was able to call in. There were 7,038 attendees that stayed on the line for an average of 10 minutes each.

The commissioners not only heard great questions about county services, but also received comments from citizens on the ease of accessibility to the commissioners since they were able to attend a town hall without leaving home.

For more information, to view the polling questions or listen to an audio recording of the meeting, visit


AddONE will Generate New Jobs and Boost Economic Recovery in Jefferson County

by Lynn Johnson, Human Services Director
comments open from October 2 until October 21

Could your business, or even your employer, help turn the economy around? Yes! Local businesses can help boost Jefferson County’s economy by doing one simple thing - adding one new employee. Working in Human Services, I am often asked by businesses in our community what they can do to help our citizens. Now I simply tell them to just AddONE new position at their company.

AddONE is a grassroots effort started by business owners, community stakeholders and government agencies. This initiative is designed to generate jobs and boost the economy. At the launch of the AddONE campaign on September 12, Jefferson County Commissioner Donald Rosier encouraged local businesses to add one…or two, or three, or four, or five, or six.

“The possibilities around AddONE are endless. Imagine the number of jobs that will be created and the positive impact on our economy. Companies will thrive,” says President and CEO of Jefferson County Economic Development Corporation, Kevin McCasky.

The best way to help boost the economy is to get people back to work. When people are working they spend more money and businesses thrive. When businesses do better, more jobs are created and the economy starts to improve. With over 20,000 businesses in Jefferson County, if only 5 percent of businesses hired one person, 1,000 additional people are employed.

Think about the impact that 1,000 additional people in the work force would have on Jefferson County! Think about the domino effect of AddONE … people working again, people spending money in our Jeffco Communities. This supports our businesses, which enables our businesses to thrive, which energizes the economy, and at the end of the day enhances the quality of life for everyone in Jefferson County and beyond. It can all happen one job at a time.

For more information, please visit or call the Jefferson County Economic Development Corporation at 303-202-2965.


Winterize Your Home

by Becky Baker, Building Safety Division Director
comments open from September 27 until October 16

Fall is a prelude to falling winter temperatures; what a great time to start thinking about preparing your home for dipping temperatures. Here are a few tips to help you winterize.

Stock up on furnace filters and change them monthly. Yes, it is easy to forget but it is important to replace or clean furnace filters once a month during the heating season. Dirty filters restrict airflow and increase energy demand. Consider switching out your thermostat for a programmable thermostat. If a hot-water radiator heats your home, bleed the valves by opening them slightly and when water appears, close them.

Cap or screen the top of the chimney to keep out rodents and birds. If the chimney hasn't been cleaned for a while, call a chimney sweep to remove soot and creosote. Store firewood in a dry place away from the exterior of your home. Inspect the fireplace damper for proper opening and closing.

Exterior, Doors and Windows
Inspect exterior for crevice cracks and exposed entry points around pipes; seal them. Use weather-stripping around doors to prevent cold air from entering the home and caulk windows. Replace cracked glass in windows and, if you end up replacing the entire window, prime and paint exposed wood. If your home has a basement, consider protecting window wells by covering them with plastic shields that can be easily removed in case of an emergency. Switch out summer screens with glass replacements from storage.

Roof, Gutters & Downspouts
With weather temperatures falling below 32 degrees in the winter, adding extra insulation to the attic will prevent warm air from creeping to your roof and causing ice dams. Check flashing to ensure water cannot enter the home. Replace worn roof shingles or tiles. Clean out the gutters and use a hose to spray water down the downspouts to clear away debris. Consider installing leaf guards on the gutters and extensions on the downspouts to direct water away from the home.

Prevent Plumbing Freezes
Locate your water main in the event you need to shut it off in an emergency. Drain all garden hoses. Insulate exposed plumbing pipes. Drain air conditioner pipes and, if your AC has a water shut-off valve, turn it off. If you go on vacation, leave the heat on, set to at least 55 degrees. Don’t forget the lawn sprinkler system – drain any portion that may freeze due to cold weather.

Remember, taking time to prepare your home to withstand winter conditions can help prevent time consuming and costly repairs.

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