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Summer camp registration opens
Registration is now open for Lakewood’s summer camps for kids. Browse the camp catalog, and then register through the online catalog, Lakewood.org/Register, a Lakewood recreation center or 303-987-7800.
Online participation available for City Council meetings
Residents can now participate in City Council meetings and discussions without needing to attend a meeting or public hearing. LakewoodSpeaks.org provides residents and community members the opportunity to review council agenda items and comment on-demand when it’s convenient to them. Learn how to use the website with a short video.
Property Taxes 101: Learn About How Property Taxes are Calculated
How are property taxes calculated? Did you know that even though Jefferson County collects all property taxes, only a small portion goes to the county? The majority goes to school districts, cities and special districts. Do you know what services are being provided with the county's portion?
Seniors Invited to Attend an Active Shooter Training
Erik Baughman & JJ Smith of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office will give seniors information on how to recognize signs of potential violence, how to respond, and what to expect after an active shooting takes place. TRIAD of Jefferson County is built on a cooperative relationship between senior community members, the District Attorney and local law enforcement agencies, and senior service providers.
Suddenly Under Fire: Active Shooter will take place at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 26, at theDistrict Attorney's Office, 500 Jefferson County Pkwy, Golden 80401.
Get Your Kids Out of the House and Into the Wild This Summer!
Registration is now open for ENOR Environmental Discovery Camp, which connects 3rd - 6th graders with the cultural and natural history of Colorado!
ENOR is celebrating 45 magical years of educating and inspiring our youth in open space parks and public lands. Space is limited, so visit our website today for more information or to register! You can also learn more about other programs through CSU Extension Jefferson County.
Test your Lakewood knowledge posted 2/7/19
If you enjoy a brain-busting question like we do, visit Lakewood.org/50 every Monday to answer a new Lakewood-related trivia question on the city's 50th Anniversary website. These weekly quizzes will include questions on Lakewood's celebration, history, city services, community hot spots and more. Take this week's quizhere!
RTD introduces new fares starting January 1 posted 11/30/18
In RTD’s continuing efforts to provide safe, clean, reliable, courteous, accessible and cost-effective service for all members of the community we serve, our Board of Directors approved a new fare policy that will take effect on January 1, 2019. The fare changes include an increased discount for riders between the ages of 6 and 19, fare increases for Local, Regional and Airport trips, and the introduction of a three-hour pass which will replace a three-hour one-way transfer. The new fare policy will maintain the EcoPass, Neighborhood Pass and CollegePass programs with prices based on trips taken. The changes also include the introduction of a low-income program that is estimated to start mid-year 2019.
Learn more on the new fare policy and how new fares may affect you.
New Family Justice Center Coming to Jefferson County
The District Attorney's Office is bringing a Family Justice Center to Jefferson County. As the project moves closer to becoming a reality, regular updates on its progress will keep everyone informed. The Family Justice Center will be called PorchLight, and it will be known as a place where victims will be welcome and provided with the critical services they need. A location has been secured at 8th and Quail in Lakewood.
The Family Justice Center model is recognized as a best practice in the field of domestic violence by the U.S. Department of Justice. Read more on the District Attorney's website.
Lakewood's 50th Anniversary
Get ready to celebrate 50 amazing years as a city! And while Lakewood's incorporation day is technically June 24, the city is celebrating with the community all year in 2019. Find out what's coming in 2019 by visiting Lakewood.org/50. While on the website, vote for the 50th Anniversary artist, discover Lakewood's historic sites through a scavenger hunt (and win prizes), answer weekly trivia, learn about Lakewood's history and more.
A New Way to Get Around
Take a survey on the potential benefits and concerns about using a new way to get around, often referred to as “dockless mobility.” Also show us on a map where you might use a dockless bicycle or scooter and find out about upcoming open houses. VisitLakewoodTogether.org/dockless-mobility.
Be a part of RTD’s 50 year celebration
RTD is turning the big 5-0 on July 1, 2019 and in celebration of our 50th anniversary, we’re telling the stories of RTD and you. We want to know if you met your significant other riding RTD, if our buses and trains are how you get around town, or if you were part of any RTD milestone. Be part of our celebration, email your story to email@example.com with your name, phone number and email address and we’ll reach out to you.
Hot meal deal for older adults
There’s nothing like a great lunch with friends, a free ride and entertainment. That’s what the Clements Community Center provides through its older adult nutrition program in partnership with Volunteers of America (VOA). Adults age 60 and older can enjoy a hot lunch at noon every Monday through Thursday and the first Friday of each month at Clements, and they can get a free ride to the lunch, where there are a variety of activities. Details at Lakewood.org/NutritionProgram.
Public Engagement - Attempts to include those in the workforce and/or with young families in Lakewood Planning and Public Hearings
Apply for neighborhood grants
The the 2019 Neighborhood Participation Program is open for application. The program is funded with $160,000 from the Capital Improvement and Preservation Program fund, and organized neighborhood groups are encouraged to apply for grants up to a maximum of $60,000 to build projects they believe would make a difference in improving their neighborhoods. To be eligible, projects must have a general benefit to the neighborhood and must be located on public property. Applications and additional information are available at Lakewood.org/NPP or by contacting Holly Boehm at firstname.lastname@example.org.
e-bike Pilot Program Announced for Jefferson County Open Space Parks
Based on several factors including 2017 research, existing resource impact research, state laws, and enforceability, Jeffco Open Space is piloting a program that allows electric bicycles (e-bikes) on Jeffco Open Space managed trails.
Class 1 e-bikes are allowed on natural surface trails within the parks
Class 1 and Class 2 e-bikes are allowed on paved trails within the parks
Read more about the e-Bike pilot program on the Jeffco Open Space website
Pre-purchase Day Passes with Mobile Ticketing! Bypass the vending machines and go mobile with your Day Pass
Download or update the RTD Mobile Tickets app and get going today with no ticket lines or need for exact change. The new pre-purchase option provides added flexibility and convenience.
Available on your Apple or Android smartphone for Local and Regional/Airport Day Passes.*
No exact change required
No more lost paper tickets
Your phone is your ticket
Secure account makes purchasing a breeze
New! Pre-purchase and activate tickets
Visit RTD Mobile Ticketing to download the app or simply update your current app to start pre-purchasing today!
*Mobile tickets are valid on all regular bus, Call-n-Ride, SkyRide, and train services. Mobile tickets are not valid on Access-a-Ride and RTD Special routes, including, but not limited to, BroncosRide, RockiesRide, RunRide, and SeniorRide.
Staying Informed During Incidents In Our Community
In light of recent safety issues at Jeffco Schools, we wanted to remind you the best way to stay informed of important safety issues in Jefferson County is through the Code Red system, which sends important updates via text and email. For up-to-the-minute updates, follow the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office on Twitter and check out Nextdoor for information specific to your neighborhood.
You can find the latest updates from Jeffco Public Schools on Twitter or on their website.
While we work together as much as possible and strive to provide high quality services to our residents, Jefferson County Government and Jeffco Public Schools operate independently, with separate budgets and staffs. Jefferson County Government, Jeffco Public Schools and the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office worked closely to communicate updates during the recent school and road closures in South Jeffco.
Comprehensive Master Plan Data Now Available Online With "jMap"
Before the Jefferson County Comprehensive Master Plan was adopted in October 2013, the more than 500,000 sprawling acres of the unincorporated county were divided into nine separate community plans. Each community plan was unique to its specific diverse region, from the north mountains to the south plains. These plans were available online and in printed form and were updated periodically.
Each plan had a host of static maps including specific land use recommendations. When a citizen inquired about an individual parcel and its associated recommended land use, he or she would have to contact Planning and Zoning staff or find a static map and deduce which plan recommendation his or her parcel was within. These plans are now available online with the county's jMap tool, read more about the benefit to citizens.
Renewing Your License Plates in Colorado Just Got a Little Easier
Citizens in 12 Colorado counties now have the option to renew their vehicle registrations at any of the 18 self-service kiosks located in participating counties. "This kiosk technology, launched last summer, has made a difference by reducing wait times and allowed staff to assist customers with more complex title and registration transactions." - said Clerk and Recorder, Faye Griffin. - "With the addition of cross-county registration renewals, another level of customer convenience is available. If you live in Jefferson County, but work, shop, go on vacation, or attend college in another participating county, you can use any kiosk along the way to renew your license plate."
Simply type your license plate number on the touch screen, or scan the barcode on your renewal postcard; then pay taxes and fees by check, credit or debit card. Visit the Clerk & Recorder website for more information and to view a list of kiosk locations.
Xcel Energy -- Additional information about our 2018-2021 Electric Regulatory Rate Review posted 3/13/18
In October, a message was sen from us regarding a proposal we made to our state regulators to modify our electric pricing plans. Our customers are very important to us, so we wanted to take a moment to clarify some of the details of that proposal.
We are modernizing the way we deliver energy and working to keep your bill as low as possible. This proposal will allow us to create a more resilient power grid, leading to increased reliability and improved customer service. It also puts technology in place to keep costs low over the long term. In the future, this investment will provide customers greater control and information to monitor and manage their energy use, enable more renewable power choices and empower new customer options to support your changing wants and needs.
We have requested a series of annual revenue increases from 2018 through 2021. The requested revenue in 2021 - the last year covered under our proposed rate plan - is approximately $244.9 million higher than our current (2017) annual revenue. The cumulative revenue increase over the four years is approximately $678.2 million. This increase results in approximately a 2.3% annual or 10% cumulative average monthly bill increase over four years.
Assuming that we receive approval of our proposal, a typical residential customer can expect to see the following year-over-year changes to their average monthly electric bill:
For approximately $2 a month in year-over-year increases, we are making long-term investments to:
Maintain a healthy, reliable and secure electric grid;
Provide cable and pole replacements, and infrastructure to serve new customers;
Allow for previously-approved environmental retrofits and projects retiring or converting to natural gas more than 1,000 megawatts of coal-fueled generation in Colorado;
Improve productivity with technology and tools to enable cost efficiencies. Using technology better can help our crews serve you better while managing our future costs.
Share Your Sustainability
Mission at Earth Day posted 1/18/18
Lakewood's annual Earth Day Celebration is returning on April 21, 2018. In addition to celebrating with music, food, beer, art and games, we are looking for vendors to share their sustainability mission with more than 2,000 attendees. If you'd like to showcase your eco-friendly products, services or resources, apply online at Lakewood.org/EarthDay. Space is limited, so be sure to include how you will help attendees make a positive impact on their community. The Earth Day Celebration is a free community event organized by the Employees' Committee for a Sustainable Lakewood as a way to spread environmental awareness and celebrate our community.
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.
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.