Commissioner Casey Tighe
Jefferson County, District 2
I'm honored to be serving as one of Jeffco's three county commissioners, and I look forward to earning your support as I seek reelection in 2016. Learn more about the work of the Board of Commissioners here.
I ran for Jeffco commissioner to assure efficient, accountable government that's responsive to citizen concerns. I have over twenty years of experience working from the inside out to make governmental entities more effective. As a longtime resident of Jefferson County, I am dedicated to preserving our great quality of life while building economic vitality.
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July 2, 2015
Bike to Work Day. My ride to work could not have been better. The bright cool morning offered a breakfast stop along the route for coffee, fruit and the good company of other riders. I am lucky because I have several route options from my house to the county building. I live near 32nd avenue which is a popular bike route, but it is in need of widening, so I took the separated bike path near Clear Creek into Golden. I then used bike lanes through town to the office.
Cycling is becoming more and more popular in Colorado, and that is especially true in Jefferson County. One of my cousin’s recently visited from Kansas City, and he and his wife commented several times about the number of cyclists on the roads in Colorado. They also observed that they felt the motorists and cyclists seem to get along really well here in Colorado. I told him that there are still a fair share of car / bike conflicts, but he said he felt we were ahead of what he noticed in Kansas City. I know we have our challenges but it is nice to hear positive feedback.
Limited funding makes providing infrastructure for cyclists one of the bigger challenges. Creating a connected network of bike lanes is a vision of Bike Jeffco, a local cycling advocacy group. Bike Jeffco is looking for creative ways to help the county and cities find funding to improve cycling options in Jeffco. Widening 32nd avenue to make it safer for cyclists, and easier for drivers, is one of their priorities.
Weather did become an issue on my bike to work day ride. I want to emphasize that it is bike to work day; not bike from work. The rain and wind and lightening caused me to catch a ride home in my son’s car. But, after the great ride to work this year, I think I will start to take advantage of more of the bike paths and lanes and ride to work some more this summer but finish my round trip (weather permitting).
Foothills Animal Shelter. The Board of County Commissioners recently updated the ordinances related to Animal Control Regulations. We did not make significant changes. The goal for most of the changes was to streamline the program and make it easier to update the policies. At this time, we did not increase the fees to register your pet. We want to encourage people to register their pet, and there are a lot of good reasons to register your furry friend. One of the best is that it is easier to get Fido home if he becomes lost.
The Animal Shelter provides a great service to Jefferson County. So, if you are in the market for a new pet, please remember to stop in and see who is waiting for you at the Foothills Animal Shelter. The Shelter is next to the Jeffco Fairgrounds, on the south side of 6th Avenue and west of Indiana.
Open Space Parks. Summer is a great time to get out and enjoy the beautiful open space parks in Jeffco. It is great to see families out enjoying nature. The parks get a lot of use and County’s staff and volunteers work hard to keep the parks clean and to protect the natural habitat. We need the park visitors to help in this effort. Removing trash and picking up pet waste is so important in the effort to keep the parks beautiful. Please follow the trail markings so future generations will be able to enjoy the open space we all purchased.
It is important to maintain the great open space the county has already acquired, but the Open Space Advisory Committee (OSAC) is still looking at buying some additional land. One of the goals of OSAC is to try and connect some of the trails the County already owns to create a trail system for people to enjoy. The County is partnering with cities and the state and federal governments to create robust parks in and around Jeffco.
We have also experienced increased interest in camping. There are limited free campsites, so Open Space is requiring permits. Two parks that allow free camping are Reynolds Park in Conifer (the Idylease Campground) and in White Ranch Park near Golden (the Sourdough Springs Equestrian and Sawmill campgrounds). Permits are available from the Open Space Administration Office, 700 Jefferson County Parkway, Golden.
Excel Energy Partners in Energy Program. At a recent County Commissioners briefing, Excel Energy gave the Board of County Commissioners an update on some programs Excel has to promote energy efficiency and provide financial incentives to businesses and homes that install high efficiency products. Excel has a program to help communities develop energy action plans, and they also have programs for individual businesses and residential homes.
We are evaluating the concept of working on a community energy plan with Excel. However, as we look into that concept, individual businesses and homeowners can still get rebates or experience lower utility bills by working with excel on some of their programs. Go to www.Excelenergy.com and look to see if there are any rebates or renewable energy solutions that might work for you or your business.
Re-election. It has been an honor to work for the citizens of Jefferson County over the last two and a half years. I would like to continue to work for the people of Jeffco, so I have announced that I will be seeking a second term as County Commissioner. Over the next few months, I will be organizing a campaign and I will be out talking to the citizens about the future of Jeffco.
Jefferson County is a great place to live and work. I want to work with citizens, businesses and other governmental entities to build upon Jeffco’s strong foundation and create a future for Jefferson County that makes us all proud.
I hope everyone has a safe and happy 4th of July Holiday.
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