Jan 8, 2017


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David Wiechman
Barb Franks
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Ward 4 Meetings
     Ward 4 Town Hall Meetings are held monthly on 2nd Saturdays from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the Green Mtn. Presbyterian Church (Alameda & Mississippi).
     The January 14 meeting will focus on planning for further development in the Rooney Valley.

Lead Stories

Rooney Valley Master Plan


     The cities of Lakewood and Morrison are proposing to change the master plan for development of the Rooney Valley.  
     The plan is currently scheduled to be voted on at the regular City Council meeting on January 23. At this meeting there will be an opportunity for public comment. You may also submit written feedback if you are not able to attend the meeting. 
     In addition, planning for the development of Rooney Valley will also be the focus of the next Ward 4 town hall meeting on Saturday, January 14from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the Green Mountain Presbyterian Church at Mississippi and Alameda. Everyone is encouraged to come and give their input.
     For more information about the plan, go to www.lakewood.org/RooneyValley where a link is expected this week to the most recent version of the revised document, based on council feedback in December.  
Related Zoning Changes  

     There have been discussion with Council about the desire (by some) to annex the southern portion of Rooney Valley from the Village of Morrison and develop it.  This proposal is expected to come before Council sometime in March.

     In addition, council will asked to look into proposals to change the City’s zoning rules as related to density. At this point, we don’t know if or when this will be addressed.

General News
Dino Ridge Neighbors Rally Jan. 11

     The citizen group opposed to the rezoning of the unincorporated Jefferson County property at the intersection of C-470 and Alameda (aka, Save Dino Ridge) is holding a public rally on Wednesday, January 11 at 4 p.m. at the Taj Mahal building (Jeffco Courthouse at 100 Jefferson County Parkway) in Golden. For more information go to www.savedinoridge.org.
Jeffco Votes on C-470 Rezone Jan. 17
     The Jefferson County Board of Commissioners will hear public testimony on a proposal to allow car dealerships in a site at the intersection of C-470 and Alameda near the Dinosaur Ridge.  The meeting starts at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, January 17 at the Taj Mahal building in Golden. 

News From City Hall
Holiday Lights Recycling
     Bring your old, broken and unused strings of lights to Lakewood’s Quail Street Recycling Center for disposal.  From now through Jan. 15, residents can drop off all types of holiday strings, and no sorting is required. The center is open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Details at Lakewood.org/recycling.
Bear Creek Lake Park in 2017 
     The first Full Moon Hike of the year at Bear Creek Lake Park is 5-7 p.m. on Jan. 12. See what a winter wonderland looks like under the full moon.  Register by Jan. 8 at Lakewood.org/BCLPevents
     The 2017 Annual Pass for Bear Creek Lake Park is on sale, and you can save $10 by buying it online. The golden-hued fox featured on this year’s pass comes from the park’s photo contest for the pass.
     Online reservations for campsites and the three cabins at Bear Creek Lake Park are now open. The campsites are open from April 1-Oct. 31. Details at Lakewood.org/Camping.

Business News                                                              
Construction on Green Mountain Related to Water
     You may have noticed temporary fencing and excavation along the trail on the northeast side of Green Mountain, kinda along the border between Green Mountain Civic Association (GMCA) and Warren Tech.  Our sources tell us that this is being performed by Green Mountain Water & Sewer District to put in water lines to service the Denver Federal Center.

West Chamber Annual Meeting 

     The West Chamber’s Annual Chairman’s Gala is Friday, Feb. 10 from 6-10 p.m.at the Sheraton Denver West.  Cocktails start at 6 and dinner is at 7.  Tickets are $75.  Contact the West Chamber at 303-233-5555 or www.westchamber.org.

Community News


Protecting Your Pets
     Reported cases of rabies appearing in wildlife, such as skunks, have been on the rise in the last several years, and it’s important to vaccinate your pets and to keep them from having contact with wildlife.  Lakewood Animal Control encourages you to protect your cats, dogs and livestock by obtaining current rabies vaccinations.  Don’t forget to get a dog license, which is required in Lakewood. Dog licenses are available at the Lakewood City Clerk’s Office, Foothills Animal Shelter or online at FoothillsAnimalShelter.org.  For rabies information, visit Jeffco.us.
Free Radon Test Kits
     In conjunction with National Radon Action Month, January has been declared as Jefferson County Radon Action Month, and Jefferson County Public Health will provide free radon test kits and analysis for homeowners. Daycare centers are also receiving test kits for free during the month. There is limited availability of the kits for homeowners, and kits can be picked up at the department at 645 Parfet St. in Lakewood. Please call 303-271-5700 to check on availability. When the free kits for homeowners run out, the kits will be available for $10. To learn more about radon, visit Jeffco.us/public-health.
Volunteers Needed for Homeless Shelter
     The Severe Weather Shelter Network provides safe, warm, emergency overnight shelter for individuals living on the streets. Faith communities open their buildings with volunteer staff to feed and shelter up to 35 guests an average of 70 shelter nights between Oct. 1 and April 30 each season. There is an urgent need for warming site volunteers and network drivers that requires two hours for one day each week. For more information, please visit SWSshelterNetwork.com and click on the volunteer connections page.

School News

 Personal Comments – Dave
       This spring looks to be a busy one.  There are several related (but separate) issues coming up involving development.  One issue is the establishment of a master plan (to guide future decision-making) on how the remainder of Rooney Valley is to be developed.  Shortly after that decision, the City is looking to annex the southern portion of the Rooney Valley from the Village of Morrison.  This will include zoning designations for these new properties.  Finally, we are looking at the city-wide zoning rules regarding development densities and crowding which would affect the undeveloped properties in the Rooney Valley.  I urge everyone to pay close attention to what’s going on and offer your input.  This will probably be the last year for citizens to have any input on what finally happens to the remaining undeveloped spaces in west Lakewood. 

 Personal Comments – Barb 

        I too want to encourage everyone to pay close attention to the planning efforts (and opportunities for input), along with rezoning and annexation cases that materialize so you can provide written input for the case files, if you are not able to attend the meetings in person.  In addition, please be aware that once a rezoning or annexation application/request is received, the matter becomes quasi-judicial.  An FAQ on quasi-judicial is on the city website.
     Also, please consider following me on Facebook as I post information and updates on local meetings and issues on my council page (Barb Franks 4 Lakewood). 


Final Note
     This electronic newsletter about news and events related to Ward 4 will be e-mailed out as a vehicle for us, as your City Council representatives, to help keep citizens informed of what’s going on in our community and to encourage more involvement in civic matters.  If you would like to be added or removed from this email distribution list, please send your request to wiechman@ecentral.com, BarbFranks4Lakewood@gmail.com or call either 303-986-4818 (Dave) or 720-515-6501 (Barb).  


Dave Wiechman and Barb Franks