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  • Library’s new IT director hopes to expand digital offerings

    The new IT director at the Jeffco Public Library hopes to expand the reach of digital materials and services.

    Pat Klein, who officially takes over the information technology department this week, is excited to help his own community after working for the city of Denver’s IT department for the past 15 years. Klein is a resident of Golden.

  • Jeffco Public Library to seek tax increase

    The Jeffco Public Library is planning to ask county residents for a property-tax increase in the fall.

    The library board voted at its May meeting to put a tax increase on the November ballot but did not decide on the exact amount, said library spokeswoman Rebecca Winning. Winning said that, as of now, the board is considering a 1-mill increase.

    “They haven’t decided because we’re waiting to see where the assessed valuations come in, because we don’t want to ask for more money than we need,” Winning said.

  • Littleton council amends construction-defects ordinance

    The Littleton City Council amended its new construction-defects ordinance June 2 to allow for a cash-settlement option between homeowners and builders as an alternative to pursuing repairs.

    The original ordinance, approved May 5, gives builders of condos, townhomes and other multifamily housing a “right to repair” faulty work before facing legal action. Also, it requires that a majority of homeowners approve legal action — not just a majority of HOA board members.

  • Attorney named to vacant seat on Foothills board

    An attorney with experience in public administration has been selected to fill a vacant seat on the Foothills Park and Recreation District board.

    Lori Bosanko was selected by the Foothills board June 2 to complete the term of Terri Maulik, who represented Ward 5. Maulik resigned from the board in May after moving to Parker with her family.

  • County wants to streamline process for adjusting pet-license fees

    Jefferson County wants to streamline the process for changing the annual fee to license a pet — even though no fee adjustment is currently on the table.

    The change would move pet licensing from the realm of county ordinance to simple policy — eliminating the months-long process now needed to increase or decrease the fee. The proposed change will be considered at a public hearing June 23 before the county commissioners.

  • Littleton lands on two top-10 lists

    Littleton finds itself on two top-10 lists: for safety and for prospects for young professionals.

    Littleton was ranked as the ninth-safest city in Colorado and the ninth best place for millennial job-seekers in the state.

    “We’ve been recognized as being an attractive place for millennials to work and for being a safe community,” said city spokeswoman Kelli Narde. “It’s been a good week.”

  • Council to vote on amendment to construction-defects ordinance

    An amendment to Littleton’s new construction-defects ordinance providing for a cash-settlement option instead of repairs is set for a public hearing and vote at the June 2 City Council meeting.

    The new ordinance, approved May 5, gives builders of condos, townhomes and other multifamily housing a “right to repair” faulty work before facing legal action. Also, it requires that a majority of homeowners approve legal action — not just a majority of HOA board members.

  • Negotiations hit snag on teacher pay

    The Jeffco teachers union and the school district hit a rough patch in contract negotiations last Thursday when the sides failed to agree on a plan for how much the district should pay teachers hired for the fall, according to a pool report.

  • Jeffco teachers receive flier discussing possible strike

    An information sheet sent to members of the Jeffco teachers union discusses the possibility of a strike, but a union spokesman said efforts are still focused on collaborating with the school district.

  • Latest proposal boosts allowed number of sidewalk displays

    The latest version of an ordinance governing retail sidewalk displays in downtown Littleton would increase from three to eight the number of days each month a business could display merchandise outside.

    At a May 12 study session, a majority of City Council members requested that staff overhaul the controversial restrictions placed on sidewalk displays last May. The latest rules also would decrease the maximum size of the displays, standardize how merchandise can be displayed, and charge a fee for the required permit.