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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October 12, 2015
They say time flies when you are having fun, and that has been very true in 2015. It is already October, and yet it seems like summer just started. The leaves are changing, footballs are flying and kids are back at school, so it is very much fall in Colorado.
Head Start and the Jeffco Prosperity Project. As commissioners, we sit on various boards, committees or working groups that work in Jefferson County. Typically, the three commissioners divide participation in these groups because there are too many committees for any one person to be involved in all the groups. One of my assignments is the Head Start program here in Jeffco. As the new school year started, there was a lot of activity and excitement in the Head Start building in Arvada. What impressed me the most about the program is the parent involvement and the collaboration among the parents and the Head Start staff. They have developed a true team approach to this program focused on helping families with young children. The staff has developed numerous performance measures to evaluate the program’s effectiveness, and they are constantly evaluating their progress. I can tell you that the Head Start program in Jeffco is making a difference. Our program is a national model. It is great to see the philosophy in action with Head Start.
Community Corrections. I have also written before about community corrections and the county’s efforts to relocate the facility from the current location near the JCRS Shopping Center in Lakewood. If you are unfamiliar with community corrections, it is basically a program for individuals who are either transitioning from prison back into society or for people that are convicted of a crime but are sentenced to the community corrections halfway house.
The most recent location under consideration was a building near West Eighth Avenue and Quail Street (in the industrial park a few blocks west of the Oak Street light rail station) in Lakewood. The Lakewood Planning Commission did not approve the special permit application for this location, so the facility will not be relocated to this site.
Whenever consideration is given to moving a facility of this nature, there is going to be concern from neighbors. The County has evaluated several sites, and to date none have worked. Citizens, expressed concerns about each of the proposed locations. However, we also heard that, for the most part, Jeffco residents believe in the program and they want people to have a chance to rehabilitate and be successful in the community.
This issue has been a challenge for the Board of County Commissioners for many years. Costs associated with either fixing the current building or with relocating the facility along with ongoing operating costs make this issue even more complex. However, we cannot avoid an issue just because it is difficult or controversial.
In the near future, we will need to sit down with Lakewood officials and members of the larger community and continue to talk about the program and what it should look like for Jefferson County. I am open to suggestions you may have on how we can solve this difficult issue and do what is right for the community.
Economic Activity. Overall, the economy in Jefferson County continues to grow, but there are still challenges. The Jefferson County Economic Development Corporation recently provided the County with a report on the economic activity in Jeffco. Some of the highlights from that report include:
Comprehensive Master Plan Update. Jefferson County is in the process of updating its Comprehensive Master Plan. In the past, Jeffco had 11 regional plans. The new philosophy is to create a more coordinated comprehensive plan with various sub-area plans. There will be 8 sub-area plans that that allow for the unique nature factors of different parts of the County while having a more organized and coordinated master plan. Staff is currently in the process of updating the Evergreen and Conifer sub-areas. When those are complete, likely sometime early next year, all of the sub-areas will have been updated in the last few years.
In Jeffco, the master plan is an advisory document. I used this plan for information on what the community is thinking. As a Board, we sometimes deviate from what is in the plan because times and needs change. New opportunities can also affect how we look at a plan. We are therefore balancing the need to have a plan in place to guide development with the need to have flexibility to meet changing conditions. I believe it is important to go through this planning process as a community and discuss what values are important. We want to develop a vision for how Jefferson County will grow and develop with an understanding that we also need to be flexible and ready to take advantage of new opportunities.
If you would like more information on the Comprehensive Plan visit www.jeffco.us
Election Day is coming up, so please take some time to read up on the issues and the candidates and be sure to vote.
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