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July 23, 2013
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Commissioner Reports
Second Quarter Report
August 5 -11 Jeffco Fair Week
Improvements to Intersection Near Red Rocks
Lena Gulch Improvements
Public Hearing Set on Proposed Changes to Building Safety Ordinances
County Proposing Contractor Regulations
Building Sold to School of Mines

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Commissioner Reports

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


Commissioner Faye Griffin

  • Sending her thoughts to Aurora on its anniversary of the tragic movie theater shooting
  • Annual Buffalo Bill Days in Golden this weekend

Commissioner Casey Tighe

  • Attended "Leash Cutting" for a new bridge at Foothills Animal Shelter last Friday
  • Reminds pet owners to get their pets registered so that they have a way home if they get lost

Chair Donald Rosier

  • Attended the National Association of Counties (NACo) conference in Fort Worth, Texas
  • He serves on the Energy Environment Land Use Steering Committee and the Public Land Steering Committee for NACo

Second Quarter Report

Sheriff Ted Mink presented the BCC with the 2013 second quater Law Enforcement Authority Report.


See the full report.

August 5 -11 Jeffco Fair Week 
The BCC proclaimed Aug. 5-11 as Jeffco Fair Week. There to accept the proclamation were staff members from CSU Extension including Director Jacki Paone and Extension Agent Lisa Sholten, 4-H members and this year's fair poster contest first place winner, Hailey Roush, and second place winner, Erin Volz.  
The Jefferson County 4-H Fair will be held at the Jeffco Fairgrounds and is Aug. 9-11.
"A County Fair with an Urban Flair" is this year's theme. It highlights how Jefferson County has a rich heritage in agriculture that bridges both the rural and urban aspects of our county.


Both traditional and non-traditional events such as fair royalty contests, rodeos, carnival rides, Scottish and Flamenco dancers and youth farmers' market are just a few of the happenings at this year's fair. 


Visit www.jeffcofairinc.org/index.html to find more information on events and schedules.



Improvements to Intersection Near Red Rocks

Improvements will soon be made to the intersection of County Road 93 (CR 93), Alameda Avenue and Red Rocks Gate 1, thanks to an Intergovernmental Funding Agreement approved by the BCC. The agreement is with the city and county of Denver, which owns the park.


The intersection improvements include a designated eastbound to northbound left-turn acceleration lane on CR-93 from the park's driveway, four-foot paved shoulders and pedestrian safety enhancements. The north island median will be reconstructed to allow a marked pedestrian crossing with gravel shoulders that will connect the new Dinosaur Ridge activity center to the hogback dinosaur exhibits. The improvements will improve traffic safety for all modes of transportation and reduce delays for motorists exiting the park. 

Lena Gulch Improvements

The county, through an agreement with the Urban Drainage and Flood Control District, is constructing drainage and flood control improvements for Lena Gulch at South Golden Road. Recently, the BCC approved a needed amendment to the agreement that will allow for additional structure length and features not anticipated in the original design. Conflicts with underground utilities also required the design to be revised.


At South Golden Road, the existing box culvert is undersized, which has caused flooding during major rainfalls. The improvements are designed to create a safe way to deal with peak runoff flows across South Golden Road during major rainstorms.


The project will begin in August and should be completed by the end of the year. It is being funded with $675,000 from the Urban Drainage and Flood Control District and $1,050,000 from the county's 2013 budget. 

Public Hearing Set on Proposed Changes to Building Safety Ordinances

The BCC heard the first reading and set a hearing date for a public meeting on proposed changes to two of the county's building safety ordinances. The hearing will be on Aug. 27 at 8 a.m. in the first floor hearing room of the Administration and Courts Facility, 100 Jefferson County Parkway.


The changes are to the county's policy part three, chapter eight, sections three (international fire code) and five (unsafe buildings or structures). The changes are being proposed to keep the county building codes current and coordinated with surrounding jurisdictions. 

County Proposing Contractor Regulations

At staff briefings, the commissioners reviewed a draft ordinance that would create a contractor license program for the county. Currently the county does not license contractors as part of the building permit process.


The proposal would improve records by requiring registrations and associated fees; improve contractor accountability by requiring annual reviews; and would improve contractor code knowledge by requiring evidence of a state license, a license from an authorized jurisdiction or an International Code Council (ICC) contractor exam.


Contractor Licensing is proposed for implementation January 1, 2014.

Building Sold to School of Mines

The Colorado School of Mines has offered to purchase one of the county's buildings. The BCC approved the sale of the Climax building, located at 1801 19th Street, for $900,000 to the school. Currently Public Health occupies the Climax building, but will be relocated in December to the county's Parfet building, which is adjacent to the county-owned Remington Building on 6th Avenue. The Parfet building is undergoing renovations to become the new home for Public Health services. The sale and relocation will help consolidate services. 

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Public Meeting CalendarDid 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 Video web page.