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Hawthorn development proceedingNeighbors question drainage and circulationBy Glenn Wallacegwallace@ourcoloradonews.com
A new housing development planned for just north of Golden had its final plat approved by Jef-ferson Countys Board of County Commissioners last week.
The 199-single-family unit plat for the Hawthorn Subdivision (for-merly Golden Peaks), 58th Avenue and State Highway 93, was ap-proved 3-0. The commissioners
approval vote was made over the protest of some of the residents of the neighboring North Table Mountain Village home owners association, who had asked for a delay to the decision while they negotiated with the Hawthorn developers about potential con-struction, storm water and traffic impacts.
Robert Hatch, a lawyer repre-senting North Table Mountain Vil-lage HOA, said items of significant concerns remained to be sorted
out. There has not been an ease-ment agreement a county con-dition of approval with North Table Mountain Village to extend the current cul-de-sac on West 60th Lane. Without that second-ary access point for the Hawthorn houses, the developers would have to come back to the county with an alternative circulation plan. The HOA also has concerns about drainage impacts along Van Biber Creek, he said.
Hatch said some of his client HOA residents were not opposed to the land being developed, but
they did worry about how the con-struction would be handled. Some residents were already unhappy with blowing wind and dust im-pacts that they were already ex-periencing, just from preliminary mounds of grading dirt that have been put on the land recently.
Ive got photos of mounds of dust that accumulate inside a home in just one day, Hatch said, requesting a delay to the plat vote for a few weeks to allow the two parties to continue discussions.
A county staff representative said county health was already in-
vestigating the impact of blowing dust, and that the developers may have more construction mitiga-tion requirements as a result.
Commission Chair Don Rosier said it looked to him that the de-velopment plan will actually im-prove the entire Van Biber drain-age, and should proceed. His two fellow commissioners agreed.
Hawthorn developers will have to meet the countys list of con-ditions, including the West 60th Lane easement, before they can proceed towards actual construc-tion.
Tighe in frontCommissioners race results ipas provisional ballots are countedBy Glenn Wallacegwallace@ourcoloradonews.com
The race for Jefferson Countys District 2 County Commissioner seat is very close. Elec-tion night ended with appointed incumbent Re-
publican John Odom holding on to a 133-vote lead over Democrat Casey Tighe. Military, overseas and unsigned ballots were all processed last week. Those bal-lots equaled around 3,500 votes, and when counted up they did not just narrow the results, they switched them. As of the end of ballot counting last week, it was Tighe with a 215-vote lead less than one-hundredth of a percent advantage.
There is one more batch of ballots left to count which was done on Tues-day of this week an estimated 7,500 provision-al ballots.
If for any case the validity of a voter at the ballot box cant be verified, they can be given a provisional ballot, said Jeffco Deputy of Election Josh Liss.
Ive heard as high as 90-percent of the provisional ballots could be accepted, pro-vided that they are an eligible voter who didnt already vote somewhere else, said Jefferson County Democratic Party Chair Chris Kennedy.
Liss said with such a nar-row margin between the candi-dates, and so many votes still to be counted, the race remained too close to call.
Kennedy admitted to surprise that the Demo-cratic candidate Tighe had actually pulled ahead in the count.
Were just such a big county. It just shows that anything can happen when you still have more than 10,000 votes left to count, Kennedy said.
The Jefferson County Clerk and Recorders office will certify the final vote count this week. County sources and Kennedy said they expect the vote to still be close enough to trigger an au-tomatic recount vote totals being within one-half of one percent of each other.
Liss said either candidate could also request a recount, but at their own expense.
A county recount could be completed by the end of November, though the state deadline to complete it is Dec. 13.
Tighe Dave Neligh Photography
Davies honored for serviceFallen ocer remembered for humor, dedicationBy Clarke Readercreader@ourcolora-donews.com
Police work is a se-rious business, but the friends of officer James Davies remembered his dry British wit and sense of humor at his funeral on Nov. 15.
Friends from the Lakewood Police De-partment remembered a man who was as fo-cused on stopping crime in the city as he was in convincing a friend that eating 50 chicken McNuggets at one time was a good idea, or having a con-test to see could round up the most fugitives or dirties as Davies called them in one day.
Davies, of course, won the contest.
He was a practi-cal jokester to the 10th-degree. He did impersonations and had nicknames for ev-erybody. said agent Justin Mains in his eu-logy, who served on the Lakewood Special En-forcement Team (SET) with Davies. He was a smart man, an intelli-gent man, and for him it was not about the quantity of work, but the quality.
Representatives of police departments from all over the state turned up in their blue, green and gray uni-forms on Nov. 15 to pay their respects to a fallen brother, who lost his life in the line of duty.
The Denver First
Church of the Nazarene was full of more than 2,000 people gathered to mourn and honor the memory of Da-vies, who was shot and killed on Nov. 9 after a fellow officer mistak-enly thought he was an armed threat.
Davies was born in Darlington, England, on May 10, 1977, and moved to America after meeting his wife, Tami, while she was studying abroad.
According to his friend Reese Ervins eu-logy, Davies would joke with fellow officers that Tami had to come to England to find a hus-band because none of the American blokes were right for her.
Several of the offi-cers who worked with him remembered the man who sarcastically called the fourth of July all traitors day, and was fiercely proud of his Welsh heritage. Many of Davies fam-ily from England, as well as British police officers, were in atten-dance at the service.
Lakewood May-or Bob Murphy also spoke, telling the crowd how grateful the city was for the work Da-vies, and all officers do, and how much his spe-cial contributions will be missed.
Davies started at the Lakewood Police De-partment in April 2006, and eventually joined SET, so he could focus on finding and pros-ecuting sex offenders.
Before he died, he had received approval to start a new sex offender unit, which the depart-ment will start in 2013.
Police chief Kevin Paletta told the crowd
that as much as every-one heard about who Davies was, it was only a snapshot of the man.
Youre not seeing the whole panorama of who he was, he said. He lost his life do-ing what he loved with people he admired.
After his speech, Paletta presented Tami and their children, Chloe, 6, and Ethan, 2, with two medals: the Police Service Award, for his work on creating the sex offender unit, and the Police Cross, for families of officers
who died in the line.He also added that
in May Davies will re-ceive the departments hall of fame award.
After the service, a procession drove through the city, with children from several schools standing along the road to pay tribute to the man.
Citizens of Lake-wood, you lost a great man that night, Mains said. He showed up every day and worked as hard as he could thats what the great ones do.
Mourners made a procession from Denver First Church of the Nazarene to Jeerson County Fair-grounds in honor of Lakewood police officer James Davies on Thursday, Nov. 15. Davies was killed by a fellow patrolmans gunre Nov. 9. Photo by Emily Mehring