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  • Park district ponders preliminary 2010 budget

    The total cost is budgeted at $232,100, of which $46,000 is from the district’s capital improvement fund; the rest depends on winning a joint grant from Jefferson County Open Space.

    The 2010 budget will be the main topic of discussion at a regular board meeting Oct. 27 at Wulf Recreation Center. The final version must be approved by mid-December.

    Under the 2010 budget, the district will be able to pay for capital improvements and other one-time expenses totaling $989,000 out of revenue and savings, without increasing user fees, except for field-use fees.

  • Fire district unveils draft of 2010 budget

    The 2010 budget includes $200,000 to help with the transition to a state-of-the-art narrow-band (VHF) radio system and an unspecified amount to pay for a temporary, contract project manager to oversee the work.

    The final version of the 2010 fire district budget will be unveiled at the next regular meeting of the board of directors at 6 p.m. Nov. 10 at fire district headquarters, 1802 Evergreen Parkway. The meeting will start an hour earlier than usual to allow time for questions from the public.

  • County wants registry for foreclosed properties

    Jeffco Sheriff Ted Mink says the county should have the authority to require banks and other property owners to maintain foreclosed and abandoned properties to help head off crime and preserve property values.

    "With all these foreclosures out there, there's a lot of additional criminal activity," Mink told the county commissioners Sept. 15. "They attract crime, and the neighbors get upset. Some cities have authority to force banks to do something with the properties; counties don't."

  • Panel OKs alternate-day plan for Apex Park

    The consensus was reached at 12:30 a.m. after about 40 people presented their views, the majority against Open Space’s plan.

    The main feature of a compromise plan unveiled Sept. 21 involved restricting cyclists to an uphill one-way route on the Enchanted Forest Trail on alternating, odd-numbered days. That may change to alternating even-numbered days in the final version of the plan.

    Any changes will take effect in spring 2010.

  • Ken Berry ruled competent to stand trial in fraud case

    A preliminary hearing was later set for Nov. 12 in Courtroom 5C at the Jefferson County courthouse. The trial judge will be District Judge Tamara Russell.

    Kenneth Berry appeared in court on Monday, Sept. 28, at 1:30 p.m. with his attorney, John Tinder, in front of District Judge Brian Boatright in Division 10.

    Berry’s wife, Anne Wakeford Berry, a co-defendant in the case, was also present, along with her attorney, Jeremy Reed. The two are expected to face trial concurrently.

    Tinder said he had no objection to the competency ruling.

  • Park district goes forward with plan for operations building

    The resolution comes with a stipulation that the $125,000 expense is considered a loan that must be paid back by March 1, 2010, as part of next year’s capital improvements.

    Park officials hope that if the work begins this fall, they will have at least a bare-bones shelter on a cement slab enclosed by February, so park workers can make vehicle repairs indoors.

    The building is expected to cost about $250,000, or $100,000 more than originally planned. It will be located on land the district owns in Buchanan Park behind the administration building.

  • Term-limit questions on November ballot

    Evergreen voters will weigh in on term-limit extensions for county elected officials and a new school board member on November's mail-in ballot.

    The proposed term-limit extensions were driven primarily by District Attorney Scott Storey, who announced last spring that he'd like to seek a third term. Jeffco elected officials are allowed to serve only two consecutive terms, so Storey wants to ask voters if they will allow him and Sheriff Ted Mink to run for a third.

  • Wines in the Woods planned Oct. 10

    The ninth annual Wines in the Woods on Oct. 10 at the Pines in Genesee is officially the Wines in the Woods/Beer in the Basement event. And this year, the 6 to 9 p.m. extravaganza will be hosted by Rotarians Jane and Robert Weinberger, co-chairs of the fund-raiser.

  • Kids cast off for learning at SEACAMP

    A group of 56 eighth-graders at Evergreen Middle School will have science in mind when they travel to SEACAMP from Oct. 5-9 in San Diego.

    Annie Wandling is looking forward to seeing and learning about the ocean.

    “Living in Colorado, I don’t get much exposure to (that),” Wandling said.

    Her father, Lee Wandling, also believes the trip will be a positive experience.

    “To be able to go out there and experience it for yourself is a valuable thing,” he said.

  • Connecting the dots: Middle segment of walking path under construction on Bergen Parkway

    After a three-year hiatus, construction finally has begun to fill in the longstanding gap over Troublesome Gulch on the Meadow Trail from Evergreen Middle School to Broadmoor Drive.

    The work is being funded through a $200,000 grant from Great Outdoors Colorado and Colorado State Trails under the auspices of North Evergreen Activity Trails, or NEAT.

    The trail will take pedestrians off the shoulders of Bergen Parkway, providing a 6-foot-wide concrete path on the east side of the two-lane road.