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  • Littleton votes to increase sewer rates outside city

    The Littleton City Council voted by a narrow margin to raise fees 20 percent, or $30 a year, for sewer treatment plant users outside the city and zero percent for ones inside the city limits.

    The decision will affect homeowners in areas of unincorporated South Jeffco despite the fact that they have no representation on the Littleton council.

    The council also voted to raise tap fees for builders inside the city from $2,500 to $5,000 and outside the city from $2,828 to $5,656, except for projects that have site plans approved by Oct. 15.

  • JCSO announces DUI checkpoints

    The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office will be doing another mobile DUI checkpoint starting at about 7 p.m. April 12. The checkpoint will be moving from one location to another every few hours. The locations will be:

    • 9100 block of West Coal Mine Avenue

    • 13500 block of West 44th Avenue

    • 5400 block of Highway 93

  • Six running for three Foothills board seats

    Residents of the Foothills Park and Recreation District will have a lot to think about before marking the ballots that will be sent to voters in mid-April.

    In addition to voting “yes” or “no” on whether to increase the property tax by 3 mills, they are being asked to choose three new members of the board of directors.

  • County postpones decision on Rock expansion

    Authorities postponed a decision on the proposed rezoning and addition to The Rock of Southwest Baptist Church until April 15 to allow more time for the public hearing.

    About 100 people, mostly from the Westridge and Reflections neighborhoods in South Jefferson County, jammed the hearing room to appeal to the county commissioners at 9 a.m. April 8.

    Some 17 attendees testified against the proposed church expansion at 10393 W. Alamo Place before discussion was cut off at 11:30 for scheduling reasons.

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  • CoHope votes no on Foothills tax increase

    A coalition of South Jeffco homeowner groups voted not to support the 3-mill property tax increase being sought by the Foothills Park and Recreation District in May.

    CoHope, or Council of Homeowner Organizations for a Planned Environment, represents 32 homeowner associations and meets monthly at The Peak Rec Center to discuss community concerns.

  • County will review amphitheater changes

    The community will have a chance to weigh in on plans by the Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield to upgrade its amphitheater after the organization submitted a pre-application to the Jeffco planning office on April 8.

    The move comes after confusion about whether the Gardens needed to submit its plan to the county at all, considering it is on federal land.

  • Kopp: Gov. sinks bipartisan effort to create rainy-day fund

    State Sen. Mike Kopp, R-South Jeffco, said a bipartisan effort to create a state “rainy-day fund” to prepare for an imminent recession was torpedoed by the governor’s office last week.

    But a Democrat who participated in the negotiations says that although Kopp and his Republican colleagues were “thinking in the right direction,” the deal was based on incomplete information, and the governor made the right call.

  • County debates the ethics of ethics policy

    The subject of ethics is no stranger to employees of Jefferson County, and the county government recently has addressed the issue as well.

    Commissioner Jim Congrove is irked by the lack of a formal ethics policy. But County Administrator Jim Moore says that Congrove’s past legal battles have played a central role in the lack of a formal policy.

  • 'Cigarette Bandit' pleads guilty

    A second participant in a theft ring dubbed by law enforcement as the “Cigarette Bandits” appeared April 1 in court and pled guilty. Eugenia Isabel Duran, 24, pled guilty to theft, a class three felony, and was sentenced to five years probation. Duran was ordered to pay $47,589 in restitution.