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
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.
Paint-A-Thon // Help your senior neighbors! posted 1/17/18
40 West ArtLine posted 1/8/18
We’ve launched a new project website with a new look where all things ArtLine will live. Check out the interactive site at 40WestArtLine.org for images of the iconic park art that will be installed in late spring and for info about the muralists and other artists who have been selected to place art along the 4-mile ArtLine route. Have you seen the green line? Volunteers and artists worked with the city to paint an ArtLine route pilot project around Mountair Park and we’d love your feedback on the look before installing the rest of the route in May. Please check out the route pilot project images and map (or, even better, go out and experience it in person if you haven’t already!), and then share your thoughts in the very short, 1-minute, 6-question survey here: 40WestArtLine.org/PilotProject.
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.
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.
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.