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News for the employee community of the City and County of Denver | Volume 5, Number 4
April 2010 Edition

Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day With the City and County of Denver

In 1970 the first Earth Day celebrations were held, and the event was celebrated by more than 20 million people. April 22, 2010 marks the 40th anniversary of the grassroots fair that inspired a nation to reflect on their effects upon the Earth.

To celebrate this milestone the City of Denver will be holding an Earth Day Fair on Thursday, April 22, 2010 and everyone is invited to participate. The fair will take place on the west lawn of Civic Center Park off Bannock street.

Activities and displays at the event will provide information and inspiration that will encourage visitors to honor the Earth and make efforts toward conservation and preservation of our wondrous planet for current and future generations.

The fair runs from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Civic Center Park (weather permitting). The fair will be open to the general public, schools and City employees to attend. There will be many “Earth Friendly” exhibits and displays from various non-profit organizations, private companies and of course, City agencies.

Stop by on April 22 and learn about what some Denver organizations are doing to make a difference.

Learn more about the fair at www.denvergov.org/DEQ.

Call for Volunteers: DOCA Needs
Your Help!

DOCA requests your help as a volunteer for the following events and programs taking place in April:

Create Denver Week, April 10-17
Visit www.denvergov.org/CreateDenver for event information. Contact tyler.neufeld@denvergov.org to sign up.

Arts Education Summit, April 17
Visit www.denvergov.org/ArtsEdSummit for event information.Contact tyler.neufeld@denvergov.org to sign up.

Doors Open Denver, April 17 & 18
Visit www.denvergov.org/DoorsOpenDenver for event information. Contact caroleyii@mindspring.com to sign up.

Each offering comes with its own benefits and exciting learning opportunities! We look forward to hearing from you!!

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Have You Completed Your 2010 Census?

If so, please forward this message to coworkers, families and friends. If you haven't mailed yours back, please do so as soon as possible. Over $435 billion dollars is allocated nationwide to community programs based on Census data and we want to make sure Denver gets its fair share.

As of Friday, March 26, the Census return rate for Denver is at a 34%, Colorado is at a 37%, and Nationally we are at 34%. We are doing great but definitely not high enough!

Curious to see how your neighborhood is doing? Check out the Census interactive map at http://2010.census.gov/2010census/take10map/, and simply type in your zip code and adapt it to local view, county view, etc.

Questions? Call 3-1-1, visit www.denvergov.org/Census2010 or visit your local Denver Public Library http://denverlibrary.org/. Census 2010: 10 questions, 10 minutes, every 10 years.

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Denver Police Officers Honored at Award Ceremony

The Denver Police Department expects officers to uphold a high standard of excellence, in order to keep the community safe. Each year there are those officers who stand out above the rest, and exhibit qualities that cannot go unnoticed. Denver Police Chief Gerald Whitman, Manger of Safety Alvin LaCabe, and Mayor John Hickenlooper will recognize those individuals for their exemplary work.

This year's award winners are:

  • Lieutenant Ronald Saunier, Commander of the Year
  • Phillip Hernandez, Sergeant of the Year,
  • Daniel O’Bannon, Detective of the Year
  • Corporal Karl Roller, Corporal of the Year
  • Technician Anthony Guzman, Technician of the Year
  • Brian Neven, Officer of the Year

The award ceremony also recognized those officers who received Technician appointments, Detective appointments, the Life Saving Award, and the Medal of Valor.

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DenverWellness and Wellness Center

Denver Wellness

Online Health Assessment: Get Your Health Numbers

Employees are now eligible for a premium discount on their medical insurance in 2011. In an ongoing effort to promote employee health and well-being, and reduce health care costs for employees and the City, only two actions are required:

  • Complete the online health assessment through your city sponsored health care provider (Denver Health, Kaiser Permanente or UnitedHealthCare).
  • Complete one of the approved wellness activities to be eligible for the premium discount.

In order to complete your online health assessment, one of the requirements of the DenverWellness Premium Discount Program, we recommend that you know your 4 key health numbers. Your blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol and body mass index (BMI) numbers are key indicators of your risk for major chronic illnesses.

Employees are encouraged to use their health care providers or community health fairs to obtain current health numbers. Once you receive your health numbers, the information is used to complete the online health assessment through your City-sponsored health care provider. Inserting your 4 health numbers into the health assessment will assure a more accurate and individualized health report.

Here is how to obtain your health numbers:

Kaiser members may call their doctor’s office to request an order for blood work at the lab. There will be no charge. Employees may then schedule a preventive health check ($5 copay) and discuss the results of your blood work with your doctor.

United Healthcare members may call their doctor’s office to request an order for blood work, there will be no charge. Employees may then schedule a preventive health check ($35 copay) and discuss the results of your blood work with your doctor.

Denver Health medical plan members may call their doctor to request an order for blood work. There is no charge towards your deductible for blood work (annual lipid profile). Employees may then schedule a preventive health check and discuss the results of your blood work with your doctor. This visit will have a $20 copay and apply to your deductible.

Community Health Fairs – The 9Health Fair is the most well known health fair in Denver and will be held at various locations from April 17 – 25th. They offer blood work for a fee and several other health screenings. Community health fairs are also held at local churches, schools and health clinics.

Employees have until August 31, 2010 to complete their health assessment and one wellness program option. For instructions on how to complete your online health assessment or for more information about the DenverWellness Premium Discount Program, visit www.denvergov.org/wellness.

  • Join Weight Watchers
    Shed a few pounds and get ready to enjoy spring! Join Weight Watchers! Learn new strategies for handling your hunger and eating smarter. It’s never too late to join! The cost of the remaining sessions is pro-rated. Weigh-ins start at 11:30 a.m., meeting starts at noon in room 4.F.2. of the Webb Municipal Building. To register or for more information, call Tanya Turcios at 720-913-5687.
Denver Wellness: Chair Massage Program
Chair MassageRelax and unwind with a 15-minute Chair Massage, appointments are available Thursdays from 11:40-4:20pm. Cost is $12 and appointments are pre-paid by cash, check or credit card. Tickets can be purchased from the Cashier on the 2nd floor of WMB between 7:30am-4:30pm. Multiple tickets can be purchased at one time. With a ticket, a massage can be scheduled by calling 720-913-5696. If you have any questions, please call 720-913-5687.


Webb Municipal Building | 201 W. Colfax Ave. Denver, CO 80202
Hours: Monday – Friday | 4:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday | 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

WMB Wellness Center
Membership to the Center includes a daily schedule of exercise classes such as Yoga, Mat Pilates, spinning, step, sculpting, core conditioning, circuit training and other classes. Equipment includes the latest models of treadmills, spinning bikes, elliptical trainers, bicycles, stair steppers rowing machines and Cybex weight machines. Members are able to participate in personal training sessions, private Yoga and Mat Pilates sessions, computerized fitness assessments and receive individualized exercise programs for an additional fee. Cost is $25/month.

Wellness Center Day Usage Program
All city employees are able to use the Webb Building Wellness Center on a drop-in basis without the requirement of a membership. If you have a class or meeting downtown, drop in to the Center on your break to keep your workouts on track. You can take advantage of the Wellness Center’s variety of cardiovascular and weight equipment, exciting fitness classes and healthy energy for only $5 a day.

Orientation/Tour of Center
Tours of the Center are available Monday through Friday. Learn more about the Center including equipment, classes and amenities. Interested employees can obtain information about membership or sign up at the end of the tour.

Scheduled Orientation Dates:

  • Thursday, April 1 at Noon
  • Thursday, April 15 at Noon
  • Wednesday, April 21 at Noon
  • Wednesday, April 28 at Noon

For more information or to participate in any Wellness Center events contact Tanya Turcios at 720-913-5687 or tanya.turcios@denvergov.org.

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Five Points Jazz Festival, Saturday May 22

Mark your calendar! Additional info soon at www.denvergov.org/5PointsJazz.

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Show Your Pride, Move Your Ride! Avoid a Citation - sign up for FREE e-minders.

Citywide seasonal street sweeping begins, Thursday, April 1, 2010, and Denver Public Works needs your help to keep Denver clean! Check the red and white signs posted on your block for street sweeping parking restrictions (not every block has restrictions) so that Public Works Street Maintenance can provide the best street sweeping service possible.

There are two ways to help remember your street sweeping day:

  • Sign up to receive a free email to remind you of your sweeping day. Visit KeepItCleanDenver.org and click on the “Show Your Pride, Move Your Ride” sweeper icon to sign up. Be sure you know what day of the week your sweeping day falls on (for example, “the 3rd Thursday of the month”), so that you can enter it on your reminder sign-up.
  • Call Denver’s customer service line, 3-1-1, and request “No Parking” sticker reminders for your calendar.
  • Free reminders were previously offered from an outside entity, but now the City has created our own City-sponsored reminder service – your information will not be transferred or sold when using our service. If you’ve signed up for an electronic reminder in the past through an outside source, please sign up again at KeepItCleanDenver.org to avoid any interruption in reminder service.

Ways that you can help us KEEP IT CLEAN!

  • Trim low hanging branches on your street - the sweepers are 10.6 feet high and the trucks that accompany them are 12 feet high.
  • Remove items from the gutter on street sweeping days.
  • On your sweeping day, set trash and recycling bins off of the street on the apron of your driveway or on the curb as close to the street as possible, but not on the sidewalk.

Street sweeping is essential in keeping Denver’s waterways clean. Denver Public Works Street Maintenance Street Sweeping Program removes dirt, leaves and debris from City streets, reducing air and water pollution and providing a clean environment.

For more information, visit www.keepitcleandenver.org.

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Free Mulch and Compost Sale, Saturday, May 1, 2010, 8 A.M. - 3 P.M. (or while supplies last)

LeafDrop Compost Sale
Compost is a soil amendment made from decomposed organic material (in this case leaves). Compost can be mixed into soil or spread thinly over lawns to help reduce water and fertilizer needs.

FREE Treecycle Mulch
Mulch is ground wood chips (in this case from reclaimed Christmas trees) that can be used to control weeds, help soil retain moisture and protect shallow-rooted plants from weather extremes.

Mulch and Compost Site:
Northeast: Havana Nursery 10450 Smith Rd., just south of I-70 on Havana St.

  • Mulch and compost front-end loader service for trucks and trailers and dig-your-own.
  • Limit of 3 cubic yards of compost per vehicle.
  • Compost Prices: $3 per 10 gallon bag or $28.50 per cubic yard (plus tax).
  • Recycle your plastic garden pots only at the Havana Nursery site as part of this event.

Mulch Only Sites (dig-your-own):

  • Southeast: Veterans Park Iowa St. & Vine St.
  • Southwest: Bear Creek Park South of Dartmouth Ave. on Raleigh St.
  • Northwest: Sloan’s Lake Park Sheridan Blvd. & 17th Ave.
  • Northeast: Fred Thomas Park Quebec St. & 26th Ave.

Commercial vehicles are prohibited from taking or selling the City’s mulch.

Reminders: Please bring your shovel and bags or containers, and bring a tarp to cover your truck or trailer. Due to limited quantities, Denver residents only please.

For more details on the Treecycle Mulch Giveaway and LeafDrop Compost Sale call 720-865-6810 or visit DenverGov.org/DenverRecycles.

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  • Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day With the City and County of Denver
  • Call for Volunteers: DOCA Needs Your Help!
  • Have You Completed Your 2010 Census?
  • Denver Police Officers Honored
  • Denver Wellness
  • City Spirit Partnerships - Sprint
  • Show Your Pride, Move Your Ride
  • Free Mulch and Compost Sale
  • Employee Recognition
  • Denver 8 TV Schedule
  • Buzz on Safety
  • Fraud Alert

Congratulations to the following employees who have been recognized for outstanding contributions:

Denver Police Department
Employee of the Month for April

Duane B. Pearson

Technology Services
Individual Award of Excellence
Gloria Griffith

Team Award of Excellence
The JMS Team

911 Award of Excellence
Chris Beard

Feb. 21, 2009 to Mar 20, 2010

  • Retirements
  • Years of Service
  • New Hires
  • Promotions

Learn More

April Program Highlights

Watch Denver 8 on TV or online 24/7.

Special Election – Council District #1 - Candidates seeking office go head-to-head in district debate.

  • Friday, April 9 at 1:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 10 at 1:30 & 4:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 11 & 18 at 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 14 at 8 p.m.
  • Friday, April 16, 3:00 & 8:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 17 at 1:30 & 8 p.m.

Planning Board: New Zoning Code - final public presentation - Learn the details and shape of Denver’s new zoning code and map and hear final public comments from this hearing that sets the stage for City Council review and adoption in May and June.

  • Wednesday, April 21 at 1 p.m. (live)
  • Replay Thursday, April. 22 at 7p.m. and Saturday, April 24 at 10 a.m.

The 16th Street Plan: A Vision for the Future - Facelift, new start or radical reinvention; what will become or our city’s #1 tourist attraction - the 16th Street Mall.

  • Tuesday, April. 6 at 5:30 p.m. (live)
  • Replay Thursday, April 8 at 8 p.m.,Friday, April 9 at 8:30 a.m.;Saturday, April 10 at 11:30 a.m. & 6 p.m.;
    Thursday, April 29 at 8:30 a.m.

Cultural Affairs - As part of the Biennial of the Americas, Civic Center’s historic Carnegie Library (currently named the McNichols Building) will begin a long term renovation.

  • Saturday, April 3 at 2 p.m.
  • Sunday April 4 at 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 14 at 8 p.m.
  • Monday, April 19 at 3 p.m.
  • Friday, April 23 at 6 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 27 at 7 p.m.

More at Denver 8 online.

Denver 8 also airs City information and events on cable Channel 58. Get access to cultural events, news from Parks & Rec, Public Works and more! Learn More

citywide training
Reduced Price and Free Classes

View the Training calendar.

To enroll in a training class, contact 720-913-5628 or training@denvergov.org.

Required classes are free:

  • Ethics and Public Accountability
  • New Employee Orientation
  • Preventing Workplace Harassment, Discrimination & Bullying
  • SS2 CSA Rules, Sexual Harassment & Employment Law
  • SS5 PEP Workshop
  • SS6 Effective Counseling & Discipline

Reduced Cost Classes:

  • Employee and Supervisory classes $10
  • Crucial Conversations $200
  • Power Point Training $25
  • All other computer classes $50

View the Training Calendar

Denver 365 Events Calendar

Find out what's going on in Denver
from concerts to ball games

Preventing Fires is
Everybody's Job

There are some 100,000 workplace fires every year in the United States, resulting in property losses in the billions of dollars. The human toll is high as well.

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From the Office of Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey

Think Before You Pump

Be aware of your surroundings when filling your tank. There is an increase in break-ins while individuals are at the gas pump. Thieves pull up on the opposite side of vehicles from where drivers are pumping gas. While drivers are occupied, thieves take purses, wallets, and other valuables from unattended vehicles. In most cases, stolen credit cards are used immediately before owners realize the theft has occurred.

Be cautious:

  • Don’t leave purses or other valuables on the front seat of vehicles.
  • Lock car doors – even when remaining in close proximity to the vehicle.
  • Always be aware of your surroundings.

These quick “snatch and run” crimes can be prevented if we just take a moment to think before we pump.

Here are a few additional safety tips related to driving:

  • Travel on well-lighted, busy streets.
  • Keep doors locked and windows up.
  • Do not leave purses on the seat and keep packages in the trunk.
  • Avoid stopping to aid disabled motorists. Report it to the police instead.
  • If you have car trouble, use a cell phone to call for assistance. Raise the hood and stay in the car with the doors locked. If someone tries to enter the car, sound the horn.
  • Be aware of surroundings when entering a garage. Close the garage door before getting out of your car. Have your keys ready to enter your home before exiting the garage.

Questions or assistance related to fraud: Denver DA’s Fraud Line: 720-913-9179.

For more information, visit www.Denverda.org, You can now follow us on Twitter.

2010 Pay Survey Results

CSA has completed its annual market study of prevailing wages in the Denver metro area.

View the changes to the Classification and Pay Plan.

City Spirit Partnerships and Exclusives

The City Spirit Partnerships and Exclusives offer City employees discounts for various products, services and events, and is designed to recognize service, dedication and to express appreciation to all City and County of Denver employees.

City Spirit Partnerships - Sprint discount, City and County of Denver employees are eligible to receive 10-15% off select Sprint and Nextel plans and accessories. Learn more.

City Spirit Exclusives - Discounted events for City and County of Denver Employees. These offers change frequenty so visit often. Learn more.


2010 Denver Redux / Redo: Buildings with a Second Life

Saturday & Sunday, April 17th & 18th
from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Doors Open Denver is an annual celebration of Denver's built environment and design. During the free two-day event, you can tour the spectacular buildings you see every day but may never have entered. You will truly experience and develop a new appreciation for your home town and the sites that comprise Denver's rich architectural landscape.

Click for more information

Sign Language Classes
For City and County of
Denver Employees

April-May 2010
Register now, limited space available.
Webb Municipal Building
201 W. Colfax Ave., Room 1.E.9

Advanced: American Sign Language III
Tuesdays, April 20 – May 25, 2010
Noon - 1 p.m.

Cost: $25.00 for the full six weeks, cash or money order. Bring with you to the first day of class.

To Register: Lorrie A. Kosinski, Sign Language Interpreter, CI, CT, SC:L
Human Rights & Community Relations/Office of Sign Language Services & Resources
Lorrie.Kosinski@denvergov.org, 720.913.8487

Instructor: Linda Croson, ASLTAC Certified/Native Signer

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City and County of Denver

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