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  • 10 more slash-collection weekends approved for this summer

    The Jeffco commissioners unanimously approved 10 additional remote slash-collection sites in the county this summer, at a special meeting last Thursday.

    “One of the biggest complaints I hear is the limited number of slash sites offered,” Commissioner Don Rosier said during the meeting.

    The commissioners awarded a contract to Indian Hills resident Bret Roller, who has been working with Jeffco for years to solve the county’s slash-removal issues.

  • District boosts funding for curriculum, student achievement

    Thanks to increased state funding, Jeffco Public Schools will spend more on curriculum, student achievement and ever-changing technology trends during the 2014-15 school year.

    The school board approved next year’s budget at last month’s final meeting before summer break on a 3-2 vote. The more than $1 billion spending plan is up from last year’s $952 million budget.

  • Fire district working to recover ambulance costs

    Since the beginning of the year, paramedics at the Evergreen Fire Protection District have required patients to sign a waiver of liability before they take an ambulance ride.

    The waiver of liability — officially called an "advance beneficiary notice," or ABN, for Medicare purposes — lets patients know they’re responsible for paying the ambulance bill if their insurance company won't.

  • Indian Hills residents raise questions about fire district finances at community meeting

    Indian Hills residents focused on district finances as well as the aging fire station during a community meeting last Thursday night.

    “We need to be assured that our money is being used wisely,” Indian Hills resident Cheryl Touryan said while questioning recent expenditures.

    During the past year, the fire district has been coping with an added expense of a lawsuit against a bankrupt company from which a fire truck was purchased. Associated legal fees have taken a toll on the district’s budget, which is funded through property taxes.

  • Indian Hills board developing financial accountability plan

    To ensure transparency and accountability in its financial transactions, the board of the Indian Hills Fire Protection District is establishing policies for employees and its members.

    According to a draft of purchasing and financial policies reviewed at the June 25 board meeting, Fire Chief Emery Carson would need to receive approval from the board for any expenditure over $2,500. And credit cards would be issued only to Carson, the office manager for the fire district and the treasurer of the board. Also, credit cards would not be used for any personal purchases.

  • Indian Hills board developing financial accountability plan

    To ensure transparency and accountability in its financial transactions, the board of the Indian Hills Fire Protection District is establishing policies for employees and its members.

    According to a draft of purchasing and financial policies reviewed at the June 25 board meeting, Fire Chief Emery Carson would need to receive approval from the board for any expenditure over $2,500. And credit cards would be issued only to Carson, the office manager for the fire district and the treasurer of the board. Also, credit cards would not be used for any personal purchases.

  • Residents offer views on life, potential growth in Evergreen

    Evergreen residents rated their community as an excellent-to-good place to live during a planning meeting June 24. The Jefferson County survey also showed that 85 percent believe the benefits of business development and job growth would not justify environmental and visual impacts on the community.

  • Evergreen park district considers liquor license for Lake House

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District is considering acquiring a liquor license for events at the Evergreen Lake House to gain control of alcohol sales and generate additional revenue.

    “This is something we have been talking about,” EPRD board member Janet Doyle said during discussion of the proposal at the June 24 board meeting. “Right now, we don’t have control over those functions, and we have liability."

  • Music Festival & Art Show features local talent

    Evergreen singers and songwriters Caitlin and Sidney Powell are among the youthful musicians who will perform at the 25th annual Evergreen Music Festival & Art Show on July 4.

    The all-day event at Evergreen Lake offers a variety of music this year, along with plenty of works from local artists for sale in the Lake House.

    The 12- and 15-year-old Powell sisters have been playing original and popular works at area venues this past year, including the Muddy Buck, the summer concert series at Evergreen Lake, and Parker Days.

  • 11th-hour change to charter-school funding prevents unanimous vote on budget

    A disagreement over charter-school funding prevented the Jeffco school board from giving unanimous approval to the 2014-15 budget at last Thursday’s meeting.

    Board members John Newkirk, Julie Williams and Ken Witt approved the spending plan for next school year, while members Jill Fellman and Lesley Dahlkemper voted no. 

    Fellman and Dahlkemper opposed the board majority’s addition of $1.85 million to $3.7 million earmarked to equalize funding for the district’s 14 charter schools.