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  • Commissioners still debating property-tax increase

    As the final vote on the county’s budget approaches, questions remain about the fiscal future of Jeffco, and whether the commissioners will support a property-tax increase. 

    County Commissioners Casey Tighe and Don Rosier got into a heated exchange over whether the proposed 2014 county budget represents a step forward in solving Jeffco’s fiscal woes during a final budget meeting Nov. 8. 

  • Sheriff's Office warns of police impersonator in South Jeffco

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office is warning the public about a suspected police impersonator.

    About 8:30 p.m. Oct. 29, a woman driving north on Wadsworth Boulevard from C-470 was pulled over by a man claiming to be an officer. The man tried to lure her into a secluded neighborhood, according to sheriff's spokesman Mark Techmeyer.

  • Littleton residents approve new restrictions on City Council

    Littleton’s City Council has a new member to go along with new restrictions on how it operates. 

    The city's voters re-elected Councilmen Bruce Stahlman and Bruce Beckman to their at-large seats. The two incumbents overcame challenges from John Watson and James Dean.

    In the final unoffical count, Beckman had received 4,318 votes; Stahlman, 4,002 votes; Watson, 2,755; and Dean, 2,342. 

  • Conservatives take control of Jefferson County school board

    Three conservative candidates were victorious over a slate of three progressives in the race for open seats on the Jeffco school board, dramatically changing the board’s political orientation.

    Fallout from the results in the Nov. 5 mail-in election was swift: The existing school board voted to scrap plans for the controversial inBloom data-storage system. Meanwhile, district Superintendent Cindy Stevenson announced her retirement effective in June 2014.

    In final, unofficial results, with about 174,373 ballots counted:

  • Added features envisioned for Clement Park

    The completed master plan for the future of Clement Park preserves the park’s traditional uses while adding several new features, including a lakefront boardwalk at Johnston Reservoir.

    Now, the Foothills Park and Recreation District must confront the difficult part — finding the funds to implement the plan.

    Clement Park, which was built in 1987, has needed a major face-lift for several years, and the district has estimated that $7 million to $8 million in repairs and replacements are needed. 

  • Final hearing slated on Littleton’s comprehensive plan

    Littleton’s Planning Board has decided to hold another hearing on the city’s proposed updated comprehensive plan after hearing complaints during its last hearing Oct. 28 that the public was not given enough time to comment.  

    During the October hearing, several people asked for more time to comment on the plan and said the last draft of the comprehensive plan was released less than a week before the public hearing on it. The board voted unanimously to hold another public hearing at its Nov. 25 meeting. 

  • Jeffco libraries could boost spending in 2014

    After several years of cutbacks in branch hours and capital expenditures, the Jeffco Public Library is hoping its 2014 budget will provide some relief.

    The library’s proposed $25.5 million spending plan for next year is slightly less than for 2013, but outlays will increase slightly from this year’s $25.8 million budget. That’s a result of the library paying off debt associated with construction of the Belmar branch in Lakewood, which will decrease debt payments by about $715,000. 

  • Sheriff's Calls

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  • Governor's Ranch Elementary locked down after report of suspicious man

    Governor’s Ranch Elementary School was locked down on the afternoon of Oct. 30 after a student reported seeing a suspicious person on campus.

    The student described seeing either a middle-school- or high-school-age male in jeans and a black trenchcoat carrying a backpack around campus, said Mark Techmeyer, spokesman for the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office.

  • Sheriff’s Office hopes raises will reduce loss of employees

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office hopes measures proposed in its  2014 budget can help reverse the sharp increase in employee turnover the department has experienced over the last several years. 

    The Sheriff’s Office has seen its turnover rate for both sworn officers and civilian employees increase during the five years since raises have been given. 

    Currently, several employees are suing the Sheriff’s Office for what they claim are back wages and overtime promised on a salary schedule that existed when they were hired.