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Green Mountain Gazette 09 2009

Green Mountain Gazette 09 2009

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Green Mountain Gazette

Building community through partnerships
September 2009

New Lane on Union Blvd.
At the recent city council budget retreat, it was reported an additional southbound lane will be added to Union Blvd. between 6th Ave. and 4th Place. Construction will be coordinated with the light rail tunnel to be dug under Union at Denny’s/Cold Springs in 2010. The intersection at Colfax and Simms will be rebuilt in 2010 to include two left turn lanes. The federal government has committed to spend over $400 million dollars in infrastructure needs on the Federal Center over the next 26 months.

Council adopts smoking rules
Lakewood city council adopted the state’s rules regulating smoking in public places. An ad hoc committee will be formed to explore making the city’s rules stronger than the state’s. Council also gave the Community Resources Director the authority to regulate alcohol and firearms in city parks and facilities. The proposal to put a city charter change on the November ballot regarding the rules for citizen’s initiatives was withdrawn and will be considered next year. Efforts to put a vehicle impoundment proposal on the November ballet have also been put on hold pending a legal appeal.

Tech Center West Downsized
City council recently changed the zoning of the Red Rocks Business Park Official Development Plan (ODP), sometimes referred to as Tech Center West, to allow for a mix of institutional, retail, office and residential uses to be known as Solterra Centre ODP. Density was dropped from 13 million square feet of office space to 4 million square feet. The zoning is vested for 25 years.

Coyote Gulch Field Finished
The parking lot and improvements are now open and available for use. Unrelated to the ball field, the city will be doing some concrete replacement on the pathways. In addition, a drainage contractor will be doing some stream bank stabilization. It will take 7-10 weeks to replace the Coyote sculpture. Total construction costs came in under budget at $644,000.

New City Manager Chosen
City Council has chosen an internal candidate, Kathy Hodgson, as the new city manager. Ms. Hodgson has worked for the city for 29 years, rising from lifeguard to the director of Community Resources for the last nine years. She assumes her new duties September 18.

Alameda Fire Station Rebuild
West Metro Fire is expanding its Green Mtn. station (13155 W. Alameda) this summer. The current building has been razed and a larger station planned to handle more staff and vehicles. During construction, fire crews will operate out of a temporary site behind the shopping center just east of Vitamin Cottage on Alameda. The new station should be operational in late spring 2010. To receive on your cell phone reverse-911 emergency calls (like last summer’s wild land fire on Green Mtn.) register at www.your911.net. For fire district questions, call your elected representative David Wiechman at 303-986-4818.

Sophie Milman October 1
The winner of the Best Jazz Album of the Year is performing Oct. 1 at 7:30 p.m. at the Lakewood Cultural Center. Tickets are $28. Jazz Up the Night, a benefit for the HCA Alliance offers dinner, show, champagne reception and a signed CD for $125. Box office is 303-987-7845.

Green Mountain Schools/Community Connections action team of the Green Mtn. Future Search project encourages partnerships among the people / groups of Green Mountain for the purpose of making a better community. To submit articles or receive future issues via email, please call 303-986-4818 or email to: wiechman@ecentral.com.

School News
• GMHS hosted the 1st RAM RUN on August 29 to build community and raise funds for clubs and activities at GMHS. Free food was provided by Jose O’sheas and others. Academy-based instructional model next year. Beginning with the class of 2013, GMHS will offer 5 academies: Health & Human Services (HHS); Arts, Humanities, & Performance (AHP); Business & Global Studies (BGS); Math/Science Technology (MST); and Renaissance (REN). Each academy offers extensive and relevant experiences as well as an engineering component in the Math/Science Technology program. By integrating academics, college preparation and student career aspirations, this model makes more relevant high school experience for students For more details, call Barb Goings at 303982-9500 or email bgoings@jeffco.k12.co.us.
• Green Mountain High School is implementing an

News Shorts
• After 7 years of holding its annual fundraiser run

at GMHS/GM Presbyterian Church, this year’s Second Wind Run will be held at the Jeffco Fairgrounds on Sept. 20.

the August 24 Lakewood city council meeting it was announced common or western hackberry is the official city tree, Mojave sage is the city flower and “Lakewood, More Than a Mile High” by Tim Hoffman is the official song. These choices were made as part of Lakewood’s 40th anniversary celebration. • The Neighborhood Participation Program provides city grants up to $50,000 to fund local projects. To be eligible, projects must have a general benefit to the neighborhood, located on public property, and requests must come from groups representing the neighborhood. Applications (available at www.lakewood.org) must include demonstrated support for the project. The deadline is September 18. • Police report a sexual assault at Green Mtn. Dr. and Valentine Way on Friday, July 24 about 9:30 p.m. Man may be Hispanic in appearance, 20s to 30s in age, shaved head, about 5’ 8”, stocky build and wearing khaki colored T-shirt and cargo shorts. Call 303-987-7111 with any information. • Belmar Developments – Target is temporarily on hold. Hobby Lobby is going in where Pier One left, to be open holidays 2009. Nordstrom Rack will be built on the SE corner of Wadsworth & Alameda to be open Holidays 2010. • The City needs volunteers to help with a citywide Neighborhood Cleanup on Sept. 25 & 26. The cleanup will allow residents to bring items for disposal to drop-off locations where there will be large roll-off dumpsters. Volunteers will help the elderly and disabled get items to the drop-off locations, check loads, direct people and handle other tasks. To volunteer, call (303) 987-7950. • The intersection of Colfax and Youngfield will be relocated one block west along with double left-turn lanes, new traffic signals, lights, median and right turn lane for westbound Colfax. • Lakewood and Jeffco economic development officials are looking into the possibility of moving the Jeffco Fairgrounds and the National Western Stock Show to the Rooney Valley.

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• The school district requires a six-year graduation plan for each student beginning in the 7th grade as part of an effort to raise graduation requirements. Required credit hours for the class of 2013 has increased from 22 to 24. The breakdown of required credits include: English – 4, Math – 3, Science - 3, Social sciences – 3.5, World languages – 2 and Electives – 8.5. Classes taken at the middle school do NOT count toward the high school requirements. ALL 24 credits must be taken at the high school.

School phone numbers 303-982-xxxx
Foothills (9324) – 2nd Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. Glennon Heights (8240) – 3rd Tuesdays at 7:30 pm Hutchinson (9561) – 1st Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. Green Mtn. Elem (9380)– 3rd Tuesdays @ 6:30 pm Rooney Ranch (9620) – 3rd Thursdays at 3:30 p.m. Devinny (9200) – 1st Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. Dunstan Middle (9270) – 4th Mondays at 6 p.m. Green Mtn. High (9500) – 2nd Mondays at 6:30 pm

Local PTA/PTO organizations:

• Jeffco Schools Facilities Usage Committee

Forums are open to the public: - 9/12 - Manning School auditorium @ 9-10:30am - 9/14 - Jefferson High Auditorium @ 6-7:30pm - 9/16 - Chatfield High auditorium @ 6-7:30pm - 9/21- Arvada W. High auditorium @ 6-7:30pm

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