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  • Ending performance pay would cost $3.5 million

    Ending the controversial policy that links teacher pay to performance evaluations — a hallmark of the conservative school board majority that was recalled last November — would initially cost $3.5 million, the Jeffco school district’s human resources chief said last Thursday.

  • Columbine, other Jeffco libraries increase hours, services through additional funding

    The Jeffco Public Library is expanding hours of operation at the Columbine branch and all other libraries within it system beginning April 4.

    The larger libraries, including those in Columbine and Evergreen, will be open 65 hours a week, adding 14 hours to their current weekly schedule. The smaller libraries, including Conifer, Edgewater and Wheat Ridge, will be open to patrons 48 hours per week beginning next month, a 7.5-hour weekly addition.

  • EV Studio selected to design Clement Park improvement project

    The Foothills Park & Recreation District board on March 8 selected EV Studio to design a major improvement project at Clement Park.

    The Evergreen firm will provide architectural, engineering and landscape design services for the new core building, plaza and fountain area at a cost capped at $211,802.

    “Our top priority is to build a new core building to replace the old building, which was closed due to unsafe conditions,” said Colin Insley, Foothills’ director of parks planning and construction.

  • Planning Commission members recommend against rezoning for storage facility

    A reduction in building height and a softer color scheme for a planned storage facility at South Kipling Parkway and West Coal Mine Avenue did not affect the Jeffco Planning Commission’s unanimous decision to recommend denial of rezoning for the project on March 9.

  • Resignations of three top EDC execs termed a ‘restructuring’

    An executive board member of the Jeffco Economic Development Corp. said last week’s simultaneous resignations of three high-level staffers were part of a restructuring.

    Rob Osborn, a past chair of the EDC’s board of directors, said the departures of president and CEO Kevin McCasky, executive vice president Doug Bene and investor relations manager Lilly Daniels mark the first step in a downsizing of the Golden-based organization.

  • Lot rezoned to accommodate two homes

     Jeffco's county commissioners unanimously agreed to allow a Littleton-area developer to rezone a 15-acre parcel to build two homes on the property.

    The land, near the intersection of South Deer Creek Canyon Road and South Murphy Gulch Road, was previously zoned Agricultural-2, which allowed only one house on every 10 acres. The March 1 vote rezoned the lot to Agricultural-1, which will allow one house for every 5 acres.

  • COUNTY BRIEFS

    Jeffco, Comcast continue talks

    Jeffco officials and Comcast have not yet agreed on a change in the company’s fee structure for its use of county-managed right-of-way.

    The county commissioners told Comcast on Feb. 2 that unless the company signed a contract by month’s end to change the way it pays to do business in unincorporated Jeffco, the commission would consider revoking its use license.

  • DA seeks grant to boost prosecutions in sex assault cases

    Jeffco’s district attorney and his staff want to focus more resources on prosecuting felony sexual offenders, and have applied for state grant funding to help with that goal.

    Eva Wilson, who serves as DA Pete Weir’s senior chief deputy district attorney, told the county commissioners March 1 that she hopes a grant will help the office double the number of felony sexual assaults that it prosecutes.

  • Emily’s Parade has seen its final run

    Emily’s Parade, the longstanding annual procession honoring the memory of a Bailey student killed in a shooting 10 years ago and other victims of school violence, has run its course, organizers announced last week.

    John-Michael Keyes and Ellen Stoddard-Keyes, parents of Emily Keyes, who was fatally shot in 2006 at age 16 during a hostage situation at Platte Canyon High School, said in a release that they asked the board of the I Love U Guys Foundation to make 2015 the parade’s last year.

  • Boating season opens at Chatfield State Park

    Prompted by warm weather, the north boat ramp at Chatfield State Park opened for boating on Friday. The south boat ramp will open April 1, according to information from Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

    All vessels on trailers must undergo an inspection prior to launching. However, hand-launched, non-motorized boats such as canoes or kayaks are allowed on the water without an inspection.