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July 26, 2011
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Easement to Allow Fish Habitats
Emergency Management Grant Approved
Sign Regulations Up For Revision
Second Quarter Report Presented to BCC
Human Services Updates

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Easement to Allow Fish Habitats


The Board of County Commissioners approved an easement agreement with West Denver Trout Unlimited that will allow the organization to install and maintain fish habitat structures.


The fish habitats will be built in segments of Clear Creek within the county's Clear Creek Canyon Park and adjacent to the Open Space parking area at Mayhem Gulch. This project is part of an ongoing stream improvement project that has previously included both Open Space and city of Golden properties further downstream. The project will also provide improved access for recreational activities in Clear Creek. 


Emergency Management Grant Approved


The Board of County Commissioners gave the approval to accept an $110,000 grant from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs and the Colorado Division of Emergency Management (CDEM). The grant will be matched by county funds and will support costs for the Jefferson County Emergency Management Office. The grant is not effective until approved and signed by the State Controller.


Sign Regulations Up For Revision

pz-logo-blue The commissioners at staff briefings gave the OK to allow staff to begin processing revisions to section 11 of the Zoning Resolution that pertains to signs and outdoor advertising regulations.  


Previously, the commissioners approved a temporary moratorium on enforcement of the county's regulations prohibiting portable or wheeled signs, advertising devices and banner signs to help organizations better promote themselves, especially in the current economy.


During the temporary moratorium, businesses and nonprofits have been allowed to use portable signs and banners as long as they conform to the approved criteria, such as only two signs per property.  The county has also been allowing off premise signs solely in concurrence with special event permits issued for non profit events.  So far, the county has received positive feedback, leading to the decision to proceed with revision of the regulations.


The proposed revisions will be online for public comment and then will go before the Planning Commission and then the Board of County Commissioners for final approval. For more information, visit www.jeffco.us/planning.    

Second Quarter Report Presented to BCCJeffco Sheriff Badge

Sheriff Ted Mink presented to the Board of County Commissioners the Law Enforcement Authority (LEA) 2011 Second Quarter Report. Some of the highlights include:


Man attempts bombing at Southwest Plaza. On April 20, the Southwest Plaza Mall in south Jeffco was evacuated following the discovery of a crude bomb and a fire in a service hallway. Deputies swept the mall and found no other devices. The FBI and the ATF joined the investigation into the incident, which took on a heightened profile due to the possibility that the bomber had deliberately chosen a mall near Columbine High School on the anniversary of the Columbine shootings.  


The Sheriff's Office mobilized its incident command bus, bomb squad, K-9s, investigators and public information officers. Bomb techs rendered the device safe and removed it from the premises. The FBI took the lead on the investigation. Evidence at the scene, security video from the mall, security video from an RTD bus, and tips from the public led investigators to identify the man as Earl Albert Moore, 65, recently released from prison after serving a bank robbery sentence. A few days later, a woman in Boulder recognized Moore in a grocery store, and Boulder police arrested him without incident. 


Alpine Rescue Team honored at ceremony. In May, the Sheriff's Office hosted its semiannual exemplary awards ceremony at which the Alpine Rescue Team was recognized with a special award. 


Colorado statutes give county sheriffs responsibility for all wilderness emergency responses. Many of those are handled by deputies. But on occasion, in the case of a missing or suicidal person, a lost hiker or child, when darkness is closing in and the temperature is dropping, there's no substitute for boots on the ground. In those cases the Sheriff's Office calls for help from the Alpine Rescue Team.  


Alpine Rescue Team members come out in large numbers to do the job, regardless of the time of day or weather conditions. They're there when Jeffco needs them. The mountaineers who respond are so professional that its easy to forget they're volunteers, doing this job without pay, and that they have real jobs somewhere else. Not every mission has a happy ending, but no effort is spared to bring closure to the event. 


In the summer of 2010, a hiker went missing on Lookout Mountain. He had walked up a steep hillside from near Clear Creek and disappeared. It would seem like such an easy area to look for a person. The area wasn't heavily wooded. Deputies walked the area but could not find the hiker. The Alpine Rescue, the "go-to guys" was called. 


The professional mountaineers of Alpine Rescue came out, set up their command post and began bringing in resources. Over the next several days they searched every inch of the area, including miles of the very cold creek. Unfortunately, in this case the missing person had fallen from the top of the cliff and was lodged under some heavy brush that was almost inaccessible. Almost inaccessible - but not totally inaccessible to Alpine Rescue. They found and recovered the missing man's body. And because they did, his family can have closure.


Click here to read the entire report.

Human Services UpdatesHuman Services 

At staff briefings, the BCC heard updates for Human Services' Parent Partner Program and Head Start's Family Support Workers.


The Jefferson County Parent Partner Program is funded through the Federal Children's Bureau. It consists of parent and grandparent volunteers who are designated as Parent Partner Mentors (PPM).   Fourteen weeks of basic training is provided to each PPM in areas such as communication, leadership and self-care. These volunteers are subject matter experts who provide support and systems navigation to families in the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program and Child Welfare. They share their expertise, hope and knowledge with families currently in these systems in a way that is trusted and heard. In addition, these mentors share their unique consumer experience with Human Services staff on how to engage and meet families' needs in effective ways.


Jefferson County Head Start parent support services are provided by Family Support Workers (FSW's). FSW's take on a case management role and provide the families with support in accessing resources to address individual needs. Each family completes a needs assessment with its family support worker annually. FSW's assists the family to reduce the level of crisis they experience and increase self-sufficiency.


For more information on either of these programs, visit www.jeffco.us/hs.



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