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February 19 & 26, 2013
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Veterans Service Officer Appointed
Commissioner Reports
Amendment to Purchase Agreement Gets the OK
Commissioners OK Agreement with Xcel
Next Phase for Detention Center Expansion Project
Connecting Evergreen Trails
Airport Project Flying Along
Mixed Use Zone District Added
Land Use Item Continued

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Veterans Service Officer Appointed

The BCC approved the appointment of Peter P. Mortaro as the Veterans Service Officer. He takes over for Henry Mondragon, who retired January 4, 2013.


Mortaro is originally from Hubbard, Ohio. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in June 1973 and did a tour of duty in Southeast Asia, loading conventional weapons on F-4 Phantom aircraft. He was then stationed at Ellsworth Air Force Base, loading nuclear bombs and rockets on B-52 Bombers. Mortaro received the Good Conduct Medal and the National Defense Service Medal. He was honorably discharged in 1977.


Mortaro then went to work for the Burlington Northern Railroad as a diesel locomotive electrician. An opportunity presented itself in 1994 as he went to work for a law firm representing injured railroad workers. Mortaro started as a field representative and worked his way up to chief investigator.


In September of 2011 Mortaro was appointed to the position of County Veterans Service Officer in Nebraska. He streamlined the office with the installation of VetraSpec, which is a statewide claims program that tracks veterans' claims. He is accredited by the National Association of County Veterans Service Officers and also carries cross-accreditation with AMVETS, DAV, VVA, TREA and MOPH. He completed TRIP training, which allows him access to the VA computer system.


The Jefferson County Veterans Service Office is a program under Human Services. It exists to assist residents of Jeffco who served in the United States Military. It may assist with claims for services-connected compensation, pension, burial benefits, medical treatment, "G.I Bill", vocational training or any other benefits by reason of such service.

Commissioner Reports

Commissioner reports are at the end of the public hearing and consist of reports and comments from the Board of County Commissioner members.


Feb. 19


Chair Donald Rosier:

  • Attended the event on Monday at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal to celebrate the land exchange for the Rocky Mountain Wildlife Refuge with Section 16

Feb. 26


Commissioner Casey Tighe:

  • Attended Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG), which discussed the C-470 RAMP project

Chair Donald Rosier: 

  • Also attended DRCOG meeting
  • Spent six hours on Sunday riding along with Road and Bridge staff as they were plowing snow 
Amendment to Purchase Agreement Gets the OK

The BCC, at its Feb. 19 hearing, approved a second amendment to a purchase agreement with Colorado Christian University regarding the sale of county property located at the northeast intersection of Alameda and Kipling in the city of Lakewood.


The county entered into the purchase agreement on Aug. 23, 2011 and the due diligence period ended on Feb. 19. Both parties desire to continue with the sale of the property subject to amendments to the original purchase agreement.


A portion of the property contains West Cedar Avenue, which was never dedicated to the city of Lakewood. The property also has a portion of the city's park included within the northern boundary. The university is not interested in purchasing the right-of-way or the parkland. As a result, the parties desired to amend the purchase agreement to remove those portions from the purchase agreement. The county will convey the excluded property to the city prior to the closing of the sale, which is slated for completion on March 20, 2013.


Jefferson County purchased the approximately 18 acres in 1961. A 27,468 square foot building was built on the site in 1965 and 11,064 square feet building was constructed in 1970. Currently the offices are being used by the Public Health Department and Mental Health. The county decided, after recommendations from a citizen budget panel, to sell the site to enable better use of it and consolidate the Public Health Department's clinics and offices at another location.


Commissioners OK Agreement with Xcel

The BCC OK'd an agreement, at its Feb. 19 hearing, for Xcel Energy to install 11 poles to relocate Xcel's existing 115KV electric transmission line. Xcel needs to move the line in order for the county to proceed with the West Quincy Avenue widening project from Kipling to Wadsworth.


The line is critical to Xcel's electrical networks and can only be worked on during low electrical demand times, which is in the spring and fall. Due to the long lead time to order the new poles, the work is scheduled to be done this coming fall and before the roadway construction, which is slated to begin in the spring of 2014.


The agreement requires that Jeffco pay Xcel Energy $475,000. If the funds are not all used, Xcel will reimburse the county. It is being funded through the county's Southeast Jefferson County One-Half Cent Sales Tax Fund and the Impact Fee Fund for the south area.  

Next Phase for Detention Center Expansion Project

Jeffco Sheriff's ComplexAt its Feb. 19 hearing, the BCC adopted a resolution authorizing Haselden Construction, LLC, to perform Phase II, Construction Services, of the Construction Manager/General Contractor (CM/GC) Contract for the Jefferson County Detention Center Expansion and Remodel Project.


The project includes replacing the central plant and associated mechanical systems at the 26-year-old detention center, increasing space for the crime lab and evidence vault, expanding the court prisoner holding area, expanding an administration area, and adding two prisoner recreation areas.


The resolution establishes the lump sum amount of $26 million, the project schedule of 458 days, the liquidated damages amount of $3,500 per calendar day that the CM/GC is at fault, and names Joe Howe as the contractor's project manager and Frank Stump as the superintendent.


The BCC appropriated $34 million for the entire detention expansion project. It is being funded from the 2009 Certificates of Participation issuance. 

Connecting Evergreen Trails

The BCC, at its Feb. 26 hearing, approved a resolution in support of the county partnering with the Downtown Evergreen Economic District (DEED) to apply for a Local Government Planning Grant from Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO).


Last year the county approved bicycle and pedestrian plans that include enhancing and connecting trails in Evergreen. DEED supports these plans and expressed interest in working with the county to seek grant funding to further the Evergreen Trails Master Plan. If the grant is awarded, DEED will be responsible for any additional funding and the county will provide staff to manage the project and provide technical input. 

Airport Project Flying Along

Plane landing at Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport

The county's Runway 11L/29 Safety Area Enhancement Project is moving along thanks to items approved by the BCC at its Feb. 26 hearing.

The current Runway 11L Safety Area at Jefferson County's Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport does not meet the criteria outlined for airports certified under CFR Part 139. Along with the intersection at Interlocken Loop and Highway 128, the utilities, including a gas line and regulator station, also need to be relocated to accommodate the full 1,000 feet of required runway safety area.

The BCC approved an easement agreement with the Public Service Company of Colorado for land needed for the utility move and a $1.4 million expenditure. The funds will come from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) AIP 52 Grant, which was approved last year.  

These two items will complete phase I, which includes land acquisition, utility agreements and utility relocation. The second phase is to relocate the Highway 28 and Interlocken Loop intersection and it is currently underway. The third phase will be the extension of the runway safely area, FAA navigation aids relocation, reinforced soil slope and a small wall. The scheduled completion of all three phases is December 2013.

Mixed-Use Zone District Added

pz-logo-blueAt the Feb. 26 hearing, the BCC approved amendments to the Zoning Resolution to include a new Mixed-Use Zone District as section 21.


Sections 21-57 will be renumbered and section 18 revised to include the new district. Mixed-Use Zone Districts will allow retail, office and/or residential to all be used in a single project or building.


This aligns with the national trend of more compact mixed-use developments. More and more people are asking for alternatives to the typical suburban developments and are seeking smaller, maintenance-free homes in walkable distances from work, shopping and other daily needs. 

Land Use Item Continued 

The BCC at its Feb. 26 hearing continued to April 2 the Wild Horse Mesa case, which is a preliminary and final plat.


The applicant is proposing to subdivide the property, which is located between West 53rd Drive and West 57th Avenue near Easley Road, into four lots for single-family homes.


The item was continued to allow for further clarification to be received from Denver Water and Fairmount Fire Protection District regarding a bridge that is located at the northeast side of the property and over the Boulder Diversion Canal where an "emergency-only" access is currently proposed.

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