Commissioners approve plan for limited improvement district
Evergreen is getting a limited improvement district.
The Jefferson County commissioners on Tuesday voted 2-1 to approve formation of the district with Commissioner Libby Szabo dissenting after 19 people spoke at a public hearing both for and against the matter.
The district will fund improvement projects in Bergen Park, downtown Evergreen and along Buffalo Park Road through the Evergreen Legacy Fund, a voluntary 1 percent donation on services and businesses in Evergreen.
Formation of the district allows organizers at a later date to ask residents and businesses within the district to vote on whether to assess up to a 1 percent sales tax, and the county commissioners would have the final say on implementing it.
County commissioners schedule ELID public hearing for Oct. 27
After years of discussion and revision, the Board of County Commissioners on Oct. 27 will decide whether Evergreen should form a local improvement district to help fund projects around the community.
For more than three years, the Evergreen Economic District — formerly the Downtown Evergreen Economic District — and other proponents have been pushing for Evergreen to form a local improvement district instead of becoming a municipality. If the proposal is approved by the county, the Evergreen Local Improvement District, or ELID, would cover all activity centers in Evergreen and fund improvement projects within each through the Evergreen Legacy Fund, a voluntary 1 percent donation on services and businesses in Evergreen. Jeffco transportation staff would remain responsible for completing the work.
The commissioners on Sept. 15 unanimously agreed to move the matter to a public hearing. Community members can speak for or against the proposal prior to the commissioners vote. ELID will not enact any taxes nor will it require a vote of the people.
Among the 17 projects currently proposed are improving the crosswalks in front of Evergreen High School; installing sidewalks along Hatch Drive from Wilmot Elementary School to Buffalo Park Road; and connecting Bergen Park and the Bergen Park-n-Ride to the neighboring church, community center, housing and businesses by installing a pedestrian crossing and Americans with Disabilities Act accessible ramps on both sides of the street.
Members of the Evergreen community righted a wrong Thursday morning when they cleaned graffiti off of the children’s mural under Highway 73.
A half-dozen parents and community members gathered soon after the word got out on social media about the racist and graphic graffiti on the mural. They scrubbed off the red spray paint without damaging the mural. Others continued to stop by to offer more help, and still more offered help on social media.
The mural was painted in the summer and fall of 2019 by the 900 students at Wilmot and The Bergens elementary schools under the supervision of Wilmot art teacher Elisabeth Marcus. The mural was the brainchild of Gail Riley, owner of Highland Haven Creekside Inn, and funded in large part by the Evergreen Legacy Fund.
The graffiti was reported to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office at 9:30 a.m. by a citizen who was walking through the tunnel, according to JCSO spokesman Mike Taplin. Since there are no cameras along the walkway, deputies have no suspects, but Taplin said people who commit this sort of crime like to brag about it, so anyone who hears something should call the JCSO tip line at 303-271-5612.