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C r e a t i n g L e a d e r s L e a d e r s h i p D o u g l a s C o u n t y

Topic: Transportation

Speakers: Jo Snell- Manager of Community and Public Relations for E-470 PHA Carla Perez- Governor’s Blue Ribbon Transportation Panel Duane Fellhauer, Douglas County Public Works Director Ken DePinto, CDOT Larry Corcoran- Douglas County Public Works Dan Sailor- Town of Castle Rock Carl Larson- Leadership Skill on “Personal Negotiation

Steering Committee Planners: Darren Duerksen and Justin Wil- liams, Class of 2007.

Program Sponsors: Douglas County Government, City of Lone Tree, 1stBank, Douglas County Libraries, For Rent By Owner, The Meadows at Historic Castle Rock, Town of Castle Rock, Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce, The Chamber of Commerce of Highlands Ranch, and the Parker Chamber of Commerce.

The class gained valuable insight into transportation issues and technol- ogy for the Douglas County area and I-25 corridor, as well as funding problems for Colorado and the whole nation. The nature of funding transportation has changed significantly over the years and the burden is shifting to state and local government. To read more about the Gover- nor’s Blue Ribbon Panel which is exploring funding and implementation options for Colorado’s transportation system, go to http://www.colorado. gov/governor and click on Blue Ribbon Transportation Panel. After learn- ing that there are 116 bridges in Colorado that are functionally obsolete

or structurally deficient (out of 3200 bridges), it was good to hear about the projects that E-470 has in the works regarding safety precautions, in- cluding, cable barriers, the new flyby, incident management for employees as well as a safety patrol.

Looking at transportation with a view to the sky, did you know that Cen- tennial Airport, an international airport, is ranked among the 30 busiest of all airports in the US? Economically, the airport has an annual payroll of over 100 million (with over 2,000 employees) and generates over $1 billion annually in direct and indirect economic impact. The class toured the airport, and learned that it is an important part of the economic back- bone of Arapahoe County, Douglas County and the metro area.

“The region’s current analysis of transportation needs is critical for our economic future. Leadership Douglas County gained a great deal of valu- able information from state, county and local transportation leaders. It’s good to know a great deal of long-term planning is being performed at all levels of government.” Kathie Shandro, RE/MAX Alliance.

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that generates high pedestrian traffic nearby. For more information about the Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program, contact Transportation Plan- ner Dusty Dunbar at 303-814-6410 or ddunbar@CRgov.com.

Threatened and Endangered Species, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recommended this week. The recommendation is not final. The Service will consider public comments through mid-January before issuing a final determination, expected by mid-2008.

Castle Rock residential, bulk water rates may change starting in ’08

The proposed 2008 rates and the resulting average residential bills are generally comparable to Castle Rock’s neighboring communities that are similar in size and are working to secure long-term water solutions. The average resident’s monthly water bill – not including sewer fees – would be $37.67 in the winter and $87.74 in the summer next year, compared to $35.58 and $75.60 in 2007. The last rate adjustment took effect in 2006. In order to encourage continued water conservation, monthly usage greater than 30,000 gallons will be assessed a surcharge. Contact Utilities Director Ron Redd at 720-733-6001 or rredd@CRgov.com if you have questions.

Is Your Business Considering Land Development in Preble Mouse Country?

Among other reasons, the species is considered significant because its pres- ence, primarily along East Plum and Cherry Creeks, is believed to indicate that the surrounding riparian ecosystem – where land and flowing water meet – is healthy. In Colorado, development activity has severely altered or destroyed the mouse’s riparian habitat.

Comments regarding the classification can be e-mailed to FW6_PMJM@ fws.gov or faxed to 303-236-4005 through Jan. 14, 2008. They also may be mailed to Field Supervisor, Colorado Field Office, Ecological Services, P.O. Box 25486, Denver Federal Center, Denver, CO 80225.

An open house and public hearing regarding the proposed new classifica- tions also will be held on Monday, Dec. 10. The open house will run from 4 to 5 p.m., and the hearing from 6 to 8 p.m., both at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Regional Office at 134 Union Blvd. in Lakewood.

A type of small, rare mouse that makes its home in Castle Rock and other Front Range communities should remain on the Federal List of

For more information, visit http://www.fws.gov/mountain-prairie/species/ mammals/preble.

Castle Rock Chamber Business Voice • www.castlerock.org • For Advertising Info Call 303-663-6525

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