DUI checkpoint posted 8/17/17
On May 27, the Lakewood Police Department will join the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and the Colorado State Patrol to conduct a DUI checkpoint for drunken drivers. The approximate location will be on South Wadsworth Boulevard near West Alameda Avenue, a location where statistics show serious traffic accidents and previous DUI arrests have occurred frequently. The checkpoint is part of a statewide 100 Days of Heat high-visibility campaign. Details at Lakewood.org/News.
Congratulations to the Outstanding Sustainable Neighborhoods posted 8/17/17 Five Lakewood Sustainable Neighborhoods - Belmar, Eiber, Lake Lochwood Village, South of 6th and Southern Gables - have recertified as Outstanding Sustainable Neighborhoods for the 2016-2017 certification year. Congratulations to these neighborhoods and the residents whose efforts have improved the livability of their communities while also reducing their ecological footprint. Between the five neighborhoods, accomplishments include the grand opening of a community garden, a neighborhood chicken coop tour, the advancement of the BeeSafe Initiative, transportation and mobility workshops and events for hard-to-recycle items. These are only a few of the many amazing initiatives these neighborhoods have been working on over the last year.
To learn more about these neighborhood efforts, visit SustainableNeighborhoodNetwork.org/Lakewood.
Tips to prevent car break-ins, thefts posted 3/24/17
With the warmer weather comes an increase in reports of auto thefts and break-ins of car. Thieves steal not only cars and trucks but many valuable items that are often left in vehicles. The Lakewood Police Department has important tips that you can follow to prevent auto theft and discourage thieves from breaking into your vehicle at Lakewood.org/Park.
Fire restrictions lifted posted 3/24/17
All fire restrictions have been lifted in Lakewood. Details are at Lakewood.org/FireRestrictions.
US 6 & Wadsworth Boulevard posted 3/24/17
With surveying efforts complete, final design work of improvements to the US 6 and Wadsworth Boulevard interchange and Wadsworth Boulevard between 4th and 14th Avenues took place. The City of Lakewood received approval from the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) to fund construction of a segment of the project along Wadsworth Boulevard between 10th and 14th Avenues. Construction of this segment is complete.
CDOT has not identified construction funding for the remainder of the Wadsworth Boulevard corridor (4th to 10th Avenues) nor for the US 6 and Wadsworth Boulevard interchange and does not have a construction schedule at this time. Construction may take place in phases as funding becomes available. The US 6/Wadsworth improvements remain a high priority for the region and the state, and CDOT continues to work to secure full funding.
West Metro Fire & Rescue and Nextdoor
We are excited to announce that West Metro Fire Rescue has shown interest in using Nextdoor to provide important updates and information to neighborhoods in your area. As part of this effort, you may ... View more see periodic updates from West Metro Fire Rescue staff in your neighborhood. The purpose of these updates is to share alerts, news, and other notifications that are relevant to your neighborhood. It's important to note that West Metro Fire Rescue staff can only see their own posts and replies to these posts. They will NOT be able to access or view any information that you and your neighbors have shared in your neighborhood. Communicating with West Metro Fire Rescue staff is entirely voluntary, and you can see more information here. You may choose to unsubscribe from all West Metro Fire Rescue posts, as explained here. Please visit our Help Center if you have any questions.
Counterfeit Money Use on the Rise - Jefferson County Sheriff's Office posted 3/16/17
The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office has seen an increase in the use of counterfeit bills over recent months. In November and December 2016, we've had 30 reports of fraud involving counterfeit money, compared to four cases reported for the same time frame in 2015. That's why we recently hosted a free training on how to spot the difference to help local business owners protect themselves from falling victim to this type of fraud. Find out more about counterfeit money in Jeffco.
Bike Path Extension posted 11/16
Council also approved the route for the W Line shared-use facility, also known as the D-10 path, between Oak and Kipling streets. The 10-foot wide path will parallel the W Line on the north side of the tracks and is an off-street path dedicated for walking and cycling. The proposed project has been awarded a $1.9 million federal grant, and the City will contribute $480,000 in matching funds to complete the facility. The grant will also pay for a similar path adjacent to the W Line between Zephyr Street and Wadsworth Boulevard.
The Jefferson County Public Engagement team is excited to announce plans for our new enewsletter, which will launch in early 2017!
The enewsletter, titled Engage Jeffco, will be a great resource for citizens to stay updated on county news, important services, events and much more. The goal of the Engage Jeffco enewsletter is to not only inform citizens, but to get them engaged in their community. We would love to hear your feedback on topics that interest you. Please feel free to comment or send us a message with details on what you would like to know more about.
To subscribe to the Engage Jeffco enewsletter, click here: https://visitor.r20.constantcontact.com/...
40 West ARTline posted 3/8/17
The 40 West ARTline, previously known as the 40 West Arts Loop, was renamed mostly because of its route shape and currently has a call out for artists to submit applications for various projects throughout the eastern part of Lakewood near West Colfax between Sheridan and Wadsworth boulevards. Lakewood could see some work starting as early as this summer.
“A 4-mile continuous art experience will be such as an asset, not just for our community, but for visitors as well,” said Bill Marino, board chair of the 40 West Arts District.
The city of Lakewood and the 40 West Arts District recently finalized the 4-mile, newly named 40 West ARTLine, which will take place over the next year-plus, with signage and new arts projects along the route. Source: The city of Lakewood.
The goal of the ARTline is to connect Lakewood residents and its visitors with three of its largest and most used parks through a route full of public art and easy means of pedestrian transit, such as biking or walking. Those parks are Walker-Branch, Aviation and Mountair. The line won’t have any new infrastructure aside from some possible bike lanes, but signage and art projects in the three parks and throughout the path will denote various stops along the way.
To keep informed on this wonderful addition to our neighborhood visit:
Shopping carts in your neighborhood? posted 7/16
If you find a left-behind shopping cart in your neighborhood, you can use the Request Lakewood system to report this to the company that owns the cart. Request Lakewood has a list of phone numbers for stores in the city that use shopping carts. Once you notify the store, it will send someone to pick up the abandoned cart. Request Lakewood is also the place to find information on how to handle other pesky problems or to report a concern to the City 24 hours a day. Learn more at Lakewood.org/RequestLakewood.
The City requires all new roads as well as reconstruction or resurfacing of existing roads to accommodate cyclists. If the road is included in the Bicycle System Master Plan and includes a bike path or bike lane, then the construction must be done accordingly.
Each year the City implements at least two bike projects from the Master Plan. This may include placing signs along routes or widening shoulders with the annual overlay program. In addition, Lakewood requires bike paths or lanes to be installed during new development, depending on the location and in accordance with the Master Plan.
Lakewood Bicycle Advisory Team
The Lakewood Bicycle Advisory Team (LBAT), composed of bicycle enthusiasts, is updating the Lakewood Bicycle Master Plan adopted by City Council in 2005. If you would like to give your input, you are welcome to attend the LBAT meetings held on the third Tuesday of every month.
Call Gary Harty, 303-929-5477, for more information.
In 2009, the City started installing bike symbols on the pavement of bike routes that intersect arterial and collector streets. The City continues to maintain these markings.
The City has also recently installed green bike boxes in the bike lanes on Garrison Street between Colfax and 1st Avenue. Their purpose is to make drivers aware that cars are not allowed in that area and thus, make the lane safer for bicyclists.
Also new are sharrows (shared-lane markings) as seen in the photo below. They are used to remind motorists to share the road with cyclists. There are no striped bicycle lanes on streets marked with sharrows.
Lakewood wins All-America City Award
Lakewood has won the prestigious 2016 All-America City Award for its outstanding civic accomplishments that include inclusiveness, public engagement and the use of collaborative problem-solving to link the private, public and nonprofit sectors to address our community’s challenges.
The National Civic League has honored 10 communities each year since 1949 with the award, and this year recognized efforts that “ensure all children in the community are healthy and successful in school and life.”
“It’s hard to describe how meaningful this award is, but it shows that our community is working together and doing the right things to help our children reach their dreams,” said Lakewood Mayor Adam Paul. “Lakewood is a great community, and once again the rest of the nation is taking notice.”
Vying for the award included presenting to an 11-member panel of civic experts and leaders, and Lakewood’s delegation included presenters from neighborhoods, schools, churches, businesses and 10 elementary students.
Maddie Nichols, a decades-long active resident in the Two Creeks neighborhood in northeast Lakewood, helped present to the judging panel, and the passion she expressed for her neighborhood and the city moved the judges.
“That just means I feel like it is worthwhile to be involved in my neighborhood,” she said. “The more passionate we can make people about being involved and being passionate makes me more passionate.”
This is the second time Lakewood has won the award. It was named an All-America City in 2011.
To watch the presentation and learn about the projects, visit Lakewood.org/AAC. Residents also are encouraged to visit Lakewood.org/AAC to find out how to submit their stories and photos about what they think makes Lakewood an All-America City.
For more information about the award, visit NationalCivicLeague.org.
Speeding on Sixth Avenue
The Lakewood Police Department has been receiving ongoing complaints from residents about excessive speed and noise of some vehicles traveling on West Sixth Avenue, particularly on the weekends. As a result of the complaints, the department's Traffic Unit will begin increased monitoring and enforcement of speeding beginning this weekend and continuing for the next several weekends. The Lakewood Police Department urges all drivers to drive safely, and visit Lakewood.org/Police for safety information.