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August 21, 2012
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Aug. 25 Was Consumer Safety and Awareness Day
Audit Contract OK'd
Contracts for Utilities Relocation
Food Contract for Head Start

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Aug. 25 Was Consumer Safety and Awareness Day 

The Jefferson County Board of Commissioners declared Aug. 25, 2012 as Consumer Safety and Awareness Day.

 

By 2020 Jefferson County, will have the largest population of seniors in the state, and a recent survey showed that 80 percent of seniors fail to report economic crimes committed against them.

 

Nearly 800,000 children are reported missing nationally each year, and children who experience child abuse and neglect are 59 percent more likely to be arrested as a juvenile so that Internet safety, child abuse awareness and formal ID steps for children are imperative.

 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among children ages two to 14, due to the non-use or improper use of child seats and seat belts.

 

To highlight this important topic, the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office hosted its fourth annual Safety Awareness Fair on Saturday, Aug. 25 at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds.

 

The event was free and had more than 80 booths. It featured document shredding, small electronics recycling, a Bicycle Rodeo for kids, and much more. 

Audit Contract OK'd

The BCC approved the renewal and amendment to the contract with Eide Bailly LLP for $367,200 for financial and compliance auditing services. Eide Bailly has been the county's external auditor for the last seven years.

 

Each year the county is required by state law to prepare financial statements according to generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) that are audited by an independent CPA firm licensed to practice in Colorado.

 

Recently, the county received an unqualified or "clean" opinion from Eide Bailly, on its 2011 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR).

 

"This is the highest and best opinion an auditor can give," said Eide Bailly's Kim Higgins, CPA, who presented the report to the commissioners.

Contracts for Utilities Relocation

AirplaneThe BCC approved three contracts to relocate utilities affected by the State Highway 128 and Interlocken Loop relocation project:

  • $435,058.79 to Century Link, Inc.
  • $65,379 to Comcast Cable Communications Management LLC
  • $1,093,388 to Xcel Energy, Inc.

These contracts will be funded with a Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) AIP Grant at 90 percent, a Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) Aeronautics Grant at five percent and a local match from the county at five percent.

 

The intersection at Interlocken Loop and State Highway 128 needs to be relocated to the north and slightly to the west to accommodate the full 1,000 feet of required runway safety area. This is part of the Runway Safety Area Enhancement Project at Jefferson County's Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport.

Food Contract for Head Start
The BCC approved a contract with Michael's of Denver Catering, Inc. for $250,778 for food services for the Head Start program.

 

To meet the Head Start performance standards, the county is responsible for providing nutritionally balanced breakfasts, lunches and snacks to participating Head Start children and families. Funds for the contract are provided through the Head Start grant and the child and adult food program.

 

Jefferson County Head Start is a comprehensive child-focused and family-centered preschool program that serves 406 children and families in a four-county area, Jefferson, Park, Clear Creek and Gilpin. It provides preschool educational programming for children ages three to five, and resource and referral assistance to eligible families who are at the 100 percent poverty level. It also provides a range of individualized services in the areas of education, early childhood development, medical, dental, mental health, nutrition, family support, and parent involvement.

View BCC Meetings Online!   

Public Meeting Calendar 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.