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August 2, 2011
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County Working on Distressed Property Ordinance
County to Sponsor Water Grant
August 8 - 11 Jeffco Fair Week
Bus Bench Program Being Revised

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County Working on Distressed Property Ordinance

 

At staff briefings on Aug. 2, the Sheriff's Office along with staff from the Jeffco Planning & Zoning Division and the County Attorney's Office presented the commissioners with a proposed draft of an ordinance for distressed properties.

 

Currently the county does not have an ordinance for distressed properties. The proposed ordinance, if approved, would give another tool to the Sheriff's Office to keep areas safe.

 

Part of the proposal includes a registry. The responsible party for a vacant property in a hazardous condition or in foreclosure would have to register with Jeffco Planning & Zoning. This would give the officers a way to contact the responsible party when issues arise regarding the vacant property. The proposal would also give the Sheriff's Office the authority to charge the responsible party with petty offenses and fines for violations.

 

No date has been set yet, but the proposed ordinance will be heard at a future public BCC hearing.  

 

County to Sponsor Water Grant

 

At the Aug. 2 staff briefings, the commissioners gave the OK for Jefferson County to sponsor a grant application on behalf of the Park Water Company to the State of Colorado Drinking Water Revolving Fund.

 

Park Water Company is a private nonprofit corporation that was established to provide water to the residents within the Wonder Vu subdivision located in Evergreen. The company covers a small area and has low median-income residents so is falling short of the funds, estimated at $185,000, needed to bring the water system into compliance with the state.

 

Since it is a private company, it can't qualify for grants on its own. If the grant is awarded, the county will pass the funds to the Park Water Company to complete the improvements. Jeffco has a vested interest in assisting the company since if it fails to bring it into compliance, the county could be required to take over the system, unnecessarily expending county funds.

  

 

 

August 8 - 11 Jeffco Fair Week

L to R: Rusty Collins, Director of CSU Extension; Commissioner John Odom; Commissioner Donald Rosier; Tanner Foreman, poster contest winner; Commissioner Faye Griffin; and Peter Foreman, poster contest 2nd place.

The Jefferson County Board of Commissioners has proclaimed August 8 - 11 as Jeffco Fair Week. Accepting the proclamation were members of the county's 4-H program; staff from Colorado State University (CSU) Extension; Tanner Foreman, the winner of the 2011 county fair poster contest, and his younger brother, Peter Foreman, who took second place in the contest.  

 

The Jefferson County Fair, which is Aug. 10-14, is an annual event for the community and provides an educational benefit for 4-H members. The theme of this year's fair is "Country Time in the City!" This highlights the county's deeply rooted country traditions blended with a new urban culture. Participants will present educational displays and workshops and have the opportunity to engage in hands-on activities.

 

This year's fair will feature all of the 4-H projects and livestock competitions, a carnival, a pro rodeo, WWF Wrestling, the Taste of Jefferson County, a chili cook-off, and more. It is a weekend filled with fun and laughter that will create memories to last a lifetime.

 

For more information and the daily schedule, visit www.jeffcofairinc.org.

 

 

Bus Bench Program Being Revised

Recently, staff presented to the commissioners a proposed revision that would change the county's bus bench and shelter permit program.

 

To make public transit in Jefferson County more convenient and comfortable, the county administers the bus bench program, in which it permits private vendors to install and or maintain benches and shelters at bus stops. The county currently has approximately 500 benches and shelters in more than 350 bus stops. Generally there is between 10 and 20 vendors that hold permits for benches, benches with advertisements and shelters with advertisements.

 

Over the years, having the multi-vendor program has created an inconsistent bench appearance, maintenance issues and increased demand on staff time overseeing the various vendors and style of benches.

 

The changes, which will be scheduled for a future Board of County Commissioners hearing, would create a program that uses a single vendor that would use a consistent look throughout the bus stops with benches and shelters and reduce maintenance issues and staff oversight. If approved, the revised program would begin January 2012.

 

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