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By Corinne Westeman and Deborah Swearingen

West Metro amends 2018 budget

West Metro Fire Rescue amended its 2018 budget during the board’s May meeting to account for unanticipated funds and to make a correction.

The amendment created a new internal service fund for the Colorado Metro Certification Board, an accredited fire training board comprised of six metropolitan fire departments including West Metro. According to West Metro Fire Chief Don Lombardi, the new internal service fund is “really just a pass through of dollars coming through” to pay out the CMCB executive director and training instructors.

“All the income and expenses allocated will be … in and out,” said Glenda Aragon, director of finance.

Additionally, the fire board approved an adjustment for Colorado Task Force 1, a Colorado-based team under the Federal Emergency Management Agency that deploys to the scene of natural disasters across the country.

The salary and benefits for task force employees, which are federally funded through FEMA, were accounted for in both the finance department and in the task force budget.

Even though the funds would be considered pass-through funds, Aragon said that the fire department needed to correct the duplication.

— Deborah Swearingen

Trail at Matthews/Winters designated bike-only

Jeffco Open Space has announced it will be designating two trails in its system, including the Matthews/Winters’ Dakota Ridge Trail, as bike-only starting this summer.

The pilot program will last approximately a year, and JCOS said it will help inform how to manage designated-use and multi-use trails.

Morrison’s Matthews/Winters Park will have bikes only on 2 miles of its Dakota Ridge Trail, which runs along the Hogback toward Dinosaur Ridge exhibit and West Alameda Parkway. This change will take effect in August, and traveling the trail in a clockwise direction will be recommended.

White Ranch will also have almost a mile of trail for bikes only, which will go into effect on Monday.

As part of the pilot program, Open Space will evaluate changes in trail surfaces, incident rates, compliance and visitor response on the Dakota Ridge Trail.

A 2011 Jeffco citizen survey found 58 percent of respondents were in favor of designating trails for single-type use.

— Corinne Westeman