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  • Water mains being cleaned in Hiwan Hills, lower El Pinal

    The Evergreen Metro District will be opening hydrants and flushing water mains the last two weeks of June and through July in the Hiwan Hills and lower El Pinal area to clean out normal harmless small particles of iron and manganese. No road closures are expected as a result, said Garry Jeffrey, water plant manager.

    The particles occur in the water naturally and over time can build up in the pipes and the water tanks. The district hired a dive team in May to go underwater and vacuum and inspect the district's 10 water tanks.

  • Action sought on new fire-district training building

    A request to take action on a proposal to build a new training building with realistic fire capability evolved into a lengthy debate between firefighters and members of the fire district board on June 14.

    A training building was discussed in detail for the first time in April 2010, and the topic was revisited on April 12 of this year. It was added to the June 14 board meeting agenda shortly after the meeting started at 7 p.m.

    Board members Jeff DeDisse, Charlie Simons, Charles Dykeman and George Kling were present. Dave Christensen was absent.

  • Pension board accuses Elk Creek chief of fraud

    Former Elk Creek fire chief Bill Dolan, who has been linked to a variety of scandals during his 13 years with the district, now stands accused of making a fraudulent disability claim.
    The Fire and Police Pension Association of Colorado will conduct a hearing in August to determine whether Dolan has improperly taken almost $44,000 in disability payments.
    If Dolan is found to have lied to the FPPA, he could be required to repay the benefits, which he was granted for an injury sustained while working for North Metro Fire Rescue.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Couple opens, shares can of worms

  • Community superintendent Anderson leaves Jeffco schools

    Jeffco Public Schools community superintendent Holly Anderson resigned last month, and the district has hired a successor for the high-level job.

    Dan Cohan, a former high school principal who was serving as the schools’ executive director for the same region, which includes the Columbine, Chatfield, Dakota Ridge, Evergreen and Conifer areas, is already working in the position, Superintendent Cindy Stevenson said.

  • Commissioners scrap county audit panel

    Two years after the county’s internal auditing department was eliminated, the county commissioners have now quietly dissolved the audit committee, providing the befuddled members no explanation for the move and no plan for how the county will handle its auditing reviews in the future.

  • Pension board accuses Elk Creek chief of fraud

    Former Elk Creek fire chief Bill Dolan, who has been linked to a variety of scandals during his 13 years with the district, now stands accused of making a fraudulent disability claim.

    The Fire and Police Pension Association of Colorado will conduct a hearing in August to determine whether Dolan has improperly taken almost $44,000 in disability payments.

    If Dolan is found to have lied to the FPPA, he could be required to repay the benefits, which he was granted for an injury sustained while working for North Metro Fire Rescue.

  • Winners announced in energy-conservation contest

    The Evergreen Alliance for Sustainability named two winners in the first Evergreen utility-bill reduction contest, "Biggest Loser — Watt and Therm Edition," at an awards party June 6 at the Highland Haven Creekside Inn.

    Tandy and Peter Jones of North Evergreen won first place by reducing electric use 26 percent and natural gas use 11 percent based on a comparison of bills from November through April, compared to the same period a year ago, or a savings of about $422 on their electric bill.

  • These boots — and the badge — are made for parading

     

    n the spirit of the "Wild West Back When," Jeffco's contemporary, cowboy-boot-wearing Sheriff Ted Mink will serve as grand marshal for the Evergreen Rodeo Parade 2011.

    Mink will be riding in style in the shotgun seat of the Wells Fargo Bank stagecoach at 10 a.m. Saturday with his wife and some of his five grandchildren along the 1-mile parade route.

  • Park district moving forward with master plan

    The park district board of directors, park administration, and staff met with Broomfield consulting firm GreenPlay to discuss the rough outline of the final document before the group produces the first narrative draft of a new master plan.

    So far, GreenPlay is more than midway through the master-planning process. It has conducted focus groups and interviewed members of the staff and board.

    A draft of the master plan is expected by the end of June, and a final draft should be ready for presentation to the public by the end of the summer.