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DA Kellner launches diversion program to address adult addiction

Eighteenth Judicial District Attorney John Kellner announces a new pilot program to keep some adults charged with drug possession out of the criminal justice system and instead get them into substance abuse counseling. “There is no question that too many people in our community struggle with addiction issues. Rather than see them in and out …

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Smart 25 pilot to improve traffic on I-25 is coming to this area

BY FREDA MIKLINGOVERNMENTAL REPORTER Last month, officials of the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) presented a pilot project designed to significantly lessen traffic back-ups on I-25 to the Greenwood Village City Council. Called the Smart 25 Managed Motorways plan (Smart 25), its purpose is to “improve travel time, reliability, and speed performance on I-25,” as …

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Rep. Meg Froelich gives legislative wrap-up of 2021 session

BY FREDA MIKLINGOVERNMENTAL REPORTER In a two-part report to constituents, Arapahoe County state House District Three Rep. Meg Froelich, who is the Democratic majority caucus co-chair, said that this year’s general assembly “championed policies that will not only support people in the aftermath of the pandemic but pave a hopeful path forward by creating a …

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DA Kellner unveils Colorado’s first Data Dashboard transparency initiative

Submitted By Office of the District Attorney, 18th Judicial District Eighteenth Judicial District Attorney John Kellner is pleased to announce that his jurisdiction is the first in Colorado to unveil an online interactive Data Dashboard. Being open and transparent is one of DA Kellner’s CORE values and this tool will make more information available to …

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Dustin Zvonek hopes to bring government experience to Aurora Council

BY FREDA MIKLINGOVERNMENTAL REPORTER Before serving on the City of Aurora’s Citizens Advisory Budget Committee, Dustin Zvonek ran the Aurora district office for Mayor Mike Coffman when Coffman was a Member of Congress. Before that, he was a policy director at the state legislature for the state senate minority leader. A husband and a father …

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Transforming the blueprint for housing development in Colorado

BY FREDA MIKLINGOVERNMENTAL REPORTER The Common Sense Institute (CSI) is a non-partisan issue-driven non-profit organization of local business leaders that brings together experts of varied backgrounds to support Colorado’s economic vitality through sound fiscal and economic research. On June 25, CSI president Kristin Strohm presented CSI’s two 2021 Terry J. Stevinson Fellows, who summarized their …

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Why doesn’t GV ever get citizen input for its capital improvement program?

BY FREDA MIKLIN – GOVERNMENTAL REPORTER The City of Greenwood Village spent $15.2 million on capital projects in 2018, $18 million in 2019, $19.8 million in 2020, and expects to spend $10.8 million in 2021. For at least the past six years, the GV city council has had an item on the agenda of its …

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GV used its reserves to balance its budget in 2020

BY FREDA MIKLIN – GOVERNMENTAL REPORTER On June 7, Greenwood Village Finance Director Shawn Cordsen presented to the city council the 103-page Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the year ended December 31, 2020, an 11-page financial governance communication from the city’s auditors, CliftonLarsonAllen (CLA), and a one-page management letter from CLA outlining two areas of …

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