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Chatfield Reservoir expansion meetings

The U.S. Corps of Engineers has scheduled public involvement meetings in connection with its June 8 release of the Chatfield Reservoir expansion project draft report and environmental impact statement. The meetings are: Monday, June 25, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at The Wildlife Experience, 10035 S. Peoria St. in Parker; and Tuesday June 26, at Dakota Ridge High School, 13399 W. Coal Mine Ave. in Littleton.

Hard copies of the report are available at the Columbine Library, 7706 W. Bowles Ave., and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Tri-Lakes Project Office, 9307 S. Wadsworth Blvd.

Rock, Race & Read event

The Jefferson County Library Foundation 's 12th annual Rare and Novel Night to benefit children and teen literacy programs will be at Bandimere Speedway, 3051 S. Rooney Road, at 5 p.m. Thursday, June 21.

Ticket holders will be entitled to win a chance to race against KBPI disc jockey Willie B., celebrity guest racer for the evening. Tickets are $55 for spectators and $200 to race. The event includes hors d'oeuvres, dinner, live entertainment by The New Classics band and silent and live auctions. To make a reservation, call 303-403-5075 or e-mail natalie.martinez@jeffcolibrary.org.

Craft breweries, indoor recreation facilities

The Board of County Commissioners approved June 12 without a hearing a change in the zoning regulations to allow the following activities in Industrial-Three (I-3) zoning: craft breweries, wineries, distilleries, indoor recreation and sports training facilities.

The production of craft brewing is currently limited to I-2 designations or planned developments. Indoor recreation is currently permitted in the C-1 zone or as a special use in residential and agricultural zones. The change was made in response to "multiple requests" from prospective business owners, according to a memo by case manager Michael Chadwick. Although indoor recreation and sports training facilities are permitted in certain zones, the costs of locating in a C-1 area are generally considered too expensive, the memo says. The Planning Commission previously approved the proposed regulations on May 23.

C-470, Alameda Parkway rezoning approval

Three Dinos LLC, which owns 27 acres at C-470 and Alameda Parkway, received approval June 12 to rezone from mostly retail to a mix of uses including retail, office multi-family and open space.

The Planning Commission approved the rezoning May 23. The county commissioners concurred June 12. Written restrictions call for protection of the historic Rooney Ranch buildings directly west of the property, which is west of C-470 and east of Rooney Road.

Health Department hires new environmental services director

Jefferson County Public Health has named Jim Rada as the new director of Environmental Health Services.

Rada has worked in the environmental health field for the past 26 years, and was the manager of environmental health in both Summit and Garfield counties. Rada most recently served as the environmental health manager of Garfield County for the past seven years. He has served on numerous committees and task forces in Colorado.

In addition, Rada served as president of the Colorado Environmental Health Association, the Colorado Directors of Environmental Health and the Colorado Professionals in Onsite Wastewater. In 2002, he received the Milton Miller Award from CEHA, and a special certificate of appreciation for outstanding contributions to the science and practice of environmental health in Colorado from the Colorado State Board of Health in 1995.

“We welcome Mr. Rada and are confident that his wide range of experience in environmental health and sanitation, as well as his work in research activities involving the impacts of oil and gas development on health and the environment, will greatly benefit our department and the residents and visitors to Jefferson County,” said Dr. Mark Johnson, JCPH executive director, Rada began his new post on June 11.