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June 19, 2012
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Dana Alford Winner of CCOERA Scholarship
Grant to Help Improve Runway Safety Area
Upgrades to County Network Connections

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Dana Alford Winner of CCOERA Scholarship 

At the June 19 Board of County Commissioners meeting, the commissioners were joined by County Treasurer Tim Kauffman, to present Dana Alford with a college scholarship from the Colorado County Officials and Employees Retirement Association (CCOERA).  Kauffman serves on the Board of Directors for CCOERA. Jeff Shrader, a division chief with the Sheriff's Office is also a member of the CCOERA Board of Directors.

 

CCOERA is a non-profit association formed in 1968 by Colorado state statute. Its sole purpose is to provide retirement benefits to employees of Colorado local governments. Each year several CCOERA board members contribute the stipend they received as board members to fund the college scholarship program. Employees from participating CCOERA entities and employees' children are encouraged to apply for the scholarship. 

 

Dana is the fourth recipient from Jefferson County to receive the scholarship since the program began. She is the daughter of Nonna Alford, who works for the Sheriff's Office. Dana graduated from Bear Creek High School and has done various volunteer work in the community. She plans to attend Colorado State University and major in psychology.

 

Along with her mother, Nonna, Dana was accompanied by father, Doug Alford, and her step-mother, Jennifer Alford, to accept the scholarship.

Grant to Help Improve Runway Safety Area

Plane landing at Rocky Mountain Metropolitan AirportThe Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport is improving its runway safety area. To fund the project, the airport is using a grant from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which was approved by the BCC.

 

The grant, in the amount of $4,050,000, is for Phase I of the construction for the Runway 11L Safety Area Enhancement Project. The FAA grant will cover 90 percent the project, five percent will come from the Colorado Department of Transportation's - Division of Aeronautics and the remaining five percent will come from the county.

 

The current Runway 11L Safety Area does not meet the criteria outlined for airports certified under Federal Aviation Regulations. The intersection at Interlocken Loop and Highway 128 needs to be relocated to the north and slightly west to accommodate the full 1,000 feet required for the runway safety area. This grant money will be used for the necessary Highway 128 right-of-way land acquisition and for utility agreements and relocations along the new highway alignment.

Upgrades to County Network Connections

Computer CordAs the county moves more services online, demand for network bandwidth continues to increase. To compensate for this demand, the county is upgrading its network bandwidth. The BCC approved a five-year contract for $946,776 with CenturyLink for the upgrade. Funds for this were approved as part of the 2012 budget. For the subsequent years of the contract, funds will be contingent upon approval of those years' budgets.

 

The data network includes services such as voice-over-internet-protocol telephones, voicemail, email, internet/intranet, financial and human resource services among others. The increased use of video for communications to the public and for training by divisions also adds to the demand in bandwidth. The upgrade of the data networks will handle the increased data traffic and provide performance levels required to meet the business needs of the county.

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Did you know Jefferson County records each County Commissioners Hearing for rebroadcast on its website? You can also find recordings of other county meetings, videos of events and Jeffco's video program, Jefferson County Insights.  To learn more, visit the Jeffco Media-on-Demand site.