Clear Creek County Commissioners briefs

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Clear Creek County Commissioners met on Oct. 4 to discuss crisis intervention efforts in the county among other topics. 

Crisis Intervention

Clear Creek County has been under recent scrutiny for the killing of Christian Glass in June. County Commissioners took time on Oct. 4 to discuss the possibility of convening a task force with multiple stakeholders throughout the county focused on crisis intervention resources for first responders. 

Commissioners discussed the possibility of a co-responder program, which would allow behavioral health specialists to work with law enforcement to handle situations involving mental health. 

Sheriff Rick Albers brought a stack of papers to the meeting detailing all of the training his officers have been through and said the problem he sees is not the lack of training but lack of retention. In recent years, Albers has seen a high amount of turnover and being able to retrain new hires is hard to keep up with. He suggested an outside agency working with first responders, which would ensure properly trained individuals were always available. 

“It would be very, very beneficial if we did a task force,” Albers said. “It’s not just the sheriff’s office.”

He was referring to the need for training, pointing out that other areas of the county have a responsibility to residents’ mental health. 

Commissioner George Marlin asked the group to evaluate what kind of leadership this task force would need, who would be potential stakeholders and identify funding resources. Next meeting, the commissioners will reconvene with ideas on how to assemble the task force. 

CDOT Progress

Current construction on projects in Clear Creek County includes the US 6 resurfacing project, which is 70% completed; a representative from CDOT said that it is slated for December completion. 

The construction on Clear Creek County Greenway has been completed, with CDOT currently finishing up property transfers and Right of Ways. According to the CDOT website, the Greenway trail will remain closed until the completion of CR 314.

The CR 314 project is 40% complete, according to CDOT representatives. The project is slated to be completed in September 2023. 

The resurfacing project of I-70 from Floyd Hill to Chief Hosa has completed paving. Lane closure maps can be found on the CDOT project site

Variable speed limit signs have been placed along I-70 between Empire Junction and Idaho Springs. There are 13 locations along this stretch with signs; the project is meant to reduce congestion along the route. 

Open Space 

The Alvarado Open Space Management Plan has been completed, and the open space group is working with the recreation team on a list of priority projects for the next few years. Moose Walk Trail has been completed at Alvarado Open Space Park.

The Cement House in Clear Creek Canyon/US 6 has asbestos abatement underway. The request for demolition bids is completed, and the demolition is scheduled to be completed by the end of the year. 

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