News for the employee community of the City and County of Denver | Volume 5, Number 8
August 2010 Edition

Total Compensation Study Update

In 2009, the City and County of Denver conducted a study to evaluate the City’s total compensation package. The focus of the study was to ensure that the City’s total compensation package was fair, competitive with the market, and sustainable. As a result of the study, five areas of improvement and modernizations were identified:

  1. Establishing a common performance review date in the future
  2. Enhancing the performance rating scale for more accurate ratings
  3. Simplifying pay ranges
  4. Establishing a flexible merit (performance) increase table
  5. Establishing a paid time off (PTO) plan for new employees

As of today, two of the five modernizations have been implemented; the enhanced performance rating scale and the PTO plan were implemented on January 1, 2010. The remaining three are scheduled for implementation by January 1, 2011.

In an effort to prepare employees for the upcoming implementation, CSA is initiating a series of communications to provide employees with the dates, times, and locations of upcoming informational sessions. It is expected that all employees attend one of these informational sessions. More specific information about dates, times, and locations of the information sessions as well as additional training sessions will appear in the September and October InSight editions and in upcoming CCD Bulletins.

Simplified Pay Ranges

  • A Simplified Pay Range is a pay range without fixed steps. The purpose of implementing Simplified Pay Ranges is to provide the City with the ability to adjust ranges based on market, eliminating the force fitting of adjustments to 2.25% increments.
  • Simplified Pay Ranges provides flexibility with merit (performance) increases, again, by eliminating the constraint of allocating merit in 2.25% increments.
  • Simplified Pay ranges will be implemented in October 2010.
  • Instead of dividing a pay range into steps (18 for non-exempt pay ranges and 22 for exempt pay ranges), pay ranges will be divided into quartiles, or four segments. An example of a new pay range appears below.

Simplified Pay Range Examples

  Range
Minimum
2nd Quartile
Minimum
3rd Quartile
Minimum
4th Quartile
Minimum
Range
Maximum
615-A
$39,257 $43,766 $48,274 $52,783 $57,291
808-A
$49,038
$56,337
$63,637
$70,936
$78,235

If you have any questions, please contact Bruce Backer, Director of Compensation at bruce.backer@denvergov.org or Roberta Monaco, Compensation Supervisor at roberta.monaco@denvergov.org.

Life Insurance Beneficiary Designations on DOT Soon

City employees will soon be able to view their life insurance beneficiary designations on DOT. The Career Service Authority Benefits Team has changed the way life insurance beneficiary information is stored, which will allow employees to view it on the City's intranet.

In order to ensure that all the information on record is up to date, CSA has mailed Beneficiary Designation forms to all eligible employees. Please complete and return the forms to the CSA Benefits Team. Employee’s beneficiary information will not be available for your review in DOT unless an updated form is submitted.

If employees need a new form, they are available for download, by clicking the following links:

Please complete and return the forms to the CSA Benefits Team using one of the following methods by August 13, 2010:

  1. Interoffice or mail to: CSA Benefits Team, 201 W. Colfax, Dept. 412 Denver, CO 80202
  2. In Person: Webb Municipal Building, 6th Floor
  3. Email: benefits@denvergov.org
  4. Fax: 720.913.5548

For questions, contact the Benefits Team at benefits@denvergov.org or 720.913.5697.

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New Development Services Web site Launched

Last month, the City’s Development Services group launched a building and land development center web page on denvergov.org. Development Services was created to streamline both residential and commercial land development projects. The new web site offers and e plan program which allows electronic document submittals and provides progress tracking for each project.

In addition to online services, Development Services offers project coordination. Development Services project coordinators will work with customers to clarify the constructions process, from concept to certificate of occupancy. They will assist with zoning, plan review, building permits, construction and inspection for all residential and commercial projects.

For more information visit us online at www.denvergov.org/developmentservices.

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Technology Services Identity Management Project

Identity Management (IDM) is a portfolio of tools and policies designed to manage, secure and simplify access to the City and County of Denver’s networked computers and systems. The City is implementing IDM to make access to multiple systems easier for users, to reduce technology support costs and to provide better network security.

The implementation of IDM will create efficiencies and reduce technology support costs by enabling faster deployments and streamlining daily operations. The City is also confident that IDM will improve network security. Employees will have one ID record that contains all their system access information. This will allow Technology Services personnel to grant and revoke access in a timely manner, as needed.

In addition, Self Service Password Reset (SSPR) will reduce the amount of password reset requests submitted to the Technology Services Help Desk. In 2009, the Help Desk assisted with 248 password resets. That number jumped to 331 for the first half of 2010. Because of the work already done to get ready for the IDM rollout, employees can currently enroll in SSPR to reset lost or forgotten passwords without Help Desk assistance.

The project team will be rolling out IDM in August. For questions about the IDM project, please contact the Technology Services Help Desk at 720-913-4957 (HELP) or help.desk@denvergov.org.

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Reminder: Executive Order 135 and Background Checks

As a reminder, Executive Order 135 requires that all agencies conduct background checks for new and contract employees.  All offers of employment, oral or written, shall be made contingent on the verification of credentials and other information required by law or the City, including the completion of a background check. It also requires background checks for current City employees who are changing assignments that substantively alter their job duties, or changing positions (including re-hires, promotions, demotions, and transfers).

In addition, background checks may be performed periodically, based on the frequency required by the appointing authority, by law, or as deemed necessary for business needs.

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DenverWellness and Wellness Center

Denver Wellness

Organic Produce: Is It Worth The Cost?

Since the 1990’s, organic food has been flooding the marketplace due to the increased demand for more natural products that are better for our health and the environment. For a product to be labeled “organic”, it must be grown in safe soil without the use of synthetic pesticides, herbicides, bio engineered genes (GMO’s) and petroleum-based fertilizers. Due to these standards, organic farming is more labor intensive and generally produces smaller yields than conventional farming which makes organic food 10% - 40% more expensive than conventional food.

When it comes to choosing organic fruits and vegetables, one may wonder if the benefits outweigh the cost for organic produce. Many studies have been performed to measure the benefits of organic produce on both human health and the health of the environment. Based on these benefits, consumers can make an informed choice on whether or not they want to pay the extra price for organic produce.

Some of the benefits of eating organic fruits and vegetables are as follows:

  • Some studies have shown that organic produce has more beneficial nutrients, such as vitamins and antioxidants.
  • Organic produce contains fewer pesticides and toxic chemicals than conventional produce.
  • Organic food tastes better and is often fresher when eaten because it does not contain preservatives to make it last longer.
  • Organic farming is better for the environment because their practices reduce pollution in the air, water and soil, conserve water, reduce soil erosion, increase soil fertility and use less energy. It is also better for the wildlife around the farm and the farmers that harvest the food.

In order to buy organic produce and stay within your food budget, focus on buying organic for the 12 fruits and vegetables that have been shown to have the highest levels of pesticides. Try to buy these fruits and vegetables organic when possible due to their high pesticide content:

Apples Kale Peaches
Bell Peppers Lettuce Pears
Carrots Nectarines Strawberries
Celery Cherries Grapes (Imported)

Another way to keep the cost of organic food within your budget is shopping at farmer’s markets where the produce is grown in local farms and is often cheaper than the grocery store. You may also join a food co-op or a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm in which individuals and families join up to purchase “shares” of produce in bulk, directly from a local farm. Also, shop around at local grocery stores to compare prices of organic produce and remember to buy organic fruits and vegetables that are in season.


Premium Discount Program

Employees are now eligible for a discount on their medical insurance in 2011 by completing the requirements of the City’s DenverWellness Premium Discount Program. To qualify for the premium discount, employees are required to complete an online health assessment through their City-sponsored health care provider and one approved wellness program option. For more information, visit www.denvergov.org/denverwellness

Wellness Programs

  • Join Weight Watchers!
    Shed a few pounds and get ready to enjoy summer! 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.

  • Real Body Boot Camp (RBBC)
    Join Daniel Ward of InMotion Training for Real Body Boot Camp. Classes will be held in the Wellness Center on Tuesday’s from 4:30-5:15 pm and Thursday’s from 4:15-5 pm. Each class will be $12. If you would like to participate, bring the completed liability waiver and a check to the information desk at the Wellness Center a few minutes before the next class. For more information, contact daniel@inwardmotion.com.
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.

WELLNESS CENTER

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
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 Wellness 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. Call Tanya Turcios at 720-913-5687 to schedule your appointment.

Scheduled Orientation Dates:

  • Thursday, August 12 at Noon
  • Wednesday, August 18 at Noon
  • Thursday, August 26 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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Join Us For The Final Denver Kwal Brush Off Community Challenge Of The Summer!

Over 400 volunteers removed an estimated 15,500 square feet of graffiti vandalism on Federal Boulevard in less than three hours! Sign up now to be part of the next Brush Off Challenge on August 21!

Kwal Paint and the City of Denver’s Departments of Public Works and Neighborhood Inspection Services, along with the Graffiti Oversight Committee and 9News, present the final Denver Kwal Paint Brush Off Community Challenge of the summer on August 21 from 7 a.m. - noon

The Denver Kwal Paint Brush Off Community Challenge joins community volunteers with Denver City staff, Denver City Council Members, Kwal Paint and 9News to remove graffiti vandalism along the entire 9.28 mile stretch of Federal Boulevard, from one end of the City to the other! July’s Brush Off Challenge was a great success, drawing over 400 volunteers who removed an estimated 15,500 square feet of graffiti vandalism on Federal Boulevard in less than three hours.

“The Kwal Brush Off Challenge” is a signature event of Denver’s ongoing Brush Off Program, a call to action for all residents to become part of the movement to keep our communities graffiti-free. The Brush Off asks folks to adopt a spot in their neighborhood that is frequently vandalized by graffiti (a row of dumpsters, a brick wall, etc) and commit to keeping it graffiti free. The Brush Off will provide paint and supplies, and the residents provide the commitment to monitoring the spot and keeping it graffiti free with their effort and elbow grease.

For more information about August’s Denver Kwal Paint Brush Off Community Challenge, visit www.knowgraffiti.com!

Registration forms are available at www.knowgraffiti.com, Kwal Paint stores, Denver Recreation Centers and many Denver City Council Offices.

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Denver Municipal Animal Shelter Waives Cat Adoption Fees throughout August

Beginning Aug. 2, the Denver Municipal Animal Shelter (DMAS) will waive cat adoption fees. The effort is to help increase cat adoptions and reduce shelter overcrowding due to the high number of cats flooding shelters across the metro area.

It is the first time in the shelter’s more than 50 year history that fees have been waived.

On average, the shelter adopts out approximately 30 cats a month. “Our goal is to find homes for as many cats as possible,” says Animal Care & Control Division Director Doug Kelley.

While DMAS staff work with various shelters across the metro area to transfer cats when full, other shelters are experiencing the same overcrowding issues. In addition to increased euthanasia rates, overcrowding leads to higher rates of sickness of shelter animals.

DMAS’s regular cat adoption package ranges from $60 to $90 depending on the age of animal. While adoption fees have been waived, a $20 spay or neuter fee payable to The Feline Fix, a program of Rocky Mountain Alley Cat Alliance, will apply for unaltered cats and kittens. Already altered cats will be free. Spay or neuter is a requirement of adoption. The Denver Municipal Animal Shelter is committed to reducing pet overpopulation.

Adopters will still be required to complete the adoption process and abide by the terms of the adoption agreement. To help more cats be reunited with their owners, cat microchips will be offered for just $10.

For more information, or to view a list of lost or adoptable animals, visit www.denvergov.org/animalcare. The Denver Municipal Animal Shelter is located at 678 S. Jason Street.

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In This ISSUE
   
EMPLOYEE RECOGNITION

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

Denver Police Department
Employee of the Month for July

  • Janet Nieto

Denver Human Services
2nd Quarter Torch Award Winners

  • Loretta Leichtle, Family and Adult Division
  • Tamiico Allison, Family and Adult Division

June 21 to July 20, 2010

  • Retirements
  • Years of Service
  • New Hires
  • Promotions

Learn More

 
CHANNEL 8TV
 
August Program Highlights

Watch Denver 8 on TV or online 24/7.


AMERICAS ROUNDTABLES
Eight unscripted conversations involving citizens from most of the 35 countries in the Western Hemisphere in an effort to identify common challenges, seek joint opportunities, and promote collaboration.

  • Philanthropy – 8/11, 10 p.m.
    and 8/22, 10:30 a.m.
  • Women – 8/14, 7 p.m. & 8/26, 8:30 a.m.
  • Health – 8/21, 1 p.m. & 8/25, 8 p.m.

SANTIAGO CALATRAVA
- A special public presentation on the unique vision and career of renowned Spanish architect who has been selected to design the new DIA South Terminal Redevelopment project.

  • Saturday, August 14 - 1:30p & 10 p.m.
  • Sunday August 15 – 1:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, August 24 – 6 p.m.

NEW VIDEO SITE ONLINE
See all Denver 8 coverage and programs anytime! Check out our new video portal at
www.DenverGov.org/denver8tv


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

Featured Classes: Resume Writing and Interview Techniques classes at DIA

We are now offering Careers Workshops at DIA for City and County of Denver Employees. Click here to learn more.

View the Training calendar.

To enroll in a training class or for more information, 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 $0
  • Word Training $0
  • Outlook Training $0
  • Excel and Microsoft Project $50
  • Generations and Gender Training $0

View the Training Calendar

 
CULTURAL EVENTS
Denver 365 Events Calendar

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

BUZZ ON SAFETY
 
Distracted Driving

Did you know?

  • In 2008, slightly more than 20 percent of all crashes in the year involved some type of distraction. (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration - NHTSA)
  • Nearly 6,000 people died in 2008 in crashes involving a distracted driver, and more than half a million were injured. (NHTSA)

Read More

 
City Spirit Employee Picnic

 

Wednesday, August 18 at Civic Center Park
from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

 
Parks + Recreation summer movie schedule
 

 

Enjoy a Free Summer Movie!

Date
Movie
Location
Sat., August 14 Hook Skyline
Park
Sat., August 21 Wizard of Oz Skyline
Park

For a complete list of park addresses or more information, visit www.denvergov.org/parksandrec.

 

 
FRAUD ALERT
 

From the Office of Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey

Door-to-Door Con Artists Making the Rounds

As reliable as hot July weather, fraudulent door-to-door scams are on the increase in Denver and the surrounding area. Particular scams that have been reported include charitable book sells, and tree-trimming services. Perpetrators in these scams have been reported acting alone, or with another person, and their preferred target is the elderly.

The first step of prevention is to be aware of how con artists select their victims, and the ploys they use to carry out their scams, as follows:

  • Select older neighborhoods where older adults are most likely to reside
  • Commonly solicit victims outside in their lawns, or at the door
  • Perform quick, shoddy, or bogus work
  • Tell “down on their luck” stories to gain sympathy (e.g., book sale scams)
  • Pressure victims for “unanticipated”, or inflated costs once work is done

The following is information from the Denver District Attorney’s Office on how consumers can protect themselves:

  • Don’t do business with door-to-door contractors or solicitors
  • Keep doors, including garage doors locked at all times, especially when working in the yard.
  • Install security doors with metal grillwork and key locks
  • Don’t hide keys under the doormat or rocks.
  • Secure sliding glass doors with anti-slide blocks or a slide bolt.

When selecting a contractor, always get three bids, insist on a written contract detailing what will be done, and don’t pay in full until the job is done. For more information on choosing a contractor, contact the Better Business Bureau at www.denverbbb.org/consumer-tips/

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.

 
NATIONAL PAYROLL WEEK
 

The City & County of Denver is joining in the salute to the American worker and payroll professionals by participating in National Payroll Week (September 6-10), which coincides with the nation's Labor Day celebration. Find out how the City & County of Denver is celebrating National Payroll Week and how you can join in the festivities!

Learn More

 
Denver CERT
 
Denver Citizens Emergency Response Training

What would YOU do if a disaster hit close to home or work??

What: This disaster preparedness and response training (FEMA course IS317) will include how to plan for a disaster and teach basic response skills such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.

Why: When a disaster hits, we can’t always depend on professional responders to be immediately available. We would like to have our citizens trained to help within their own communities.

Who: This training is open to anyone. We will accept up to 40 participants.

When: September 16, 2010, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.; September 18 and 25, 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Class exercise will be December 11, 2010, 8:30 a.m. - 3:30p.m. (All classes required for a certificate)

Where: Denver Police Department, District #3, Community room,
1625 South University Blvd, Denver Colorado 80210

The training will be provided at NO COST to participants.

For More Information and Registration, visit www.denvergov.org/oem or contact Carolyn H. Bluhm, OEM at 720-865-7600 or DenverCERT@denvergov.org

Sponsored by: Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (OEM/HS); Denver Fire Department, Denver Police Department, Denver Human Services, North Center Region, Department of Homeland Security

 

 
Green Tip of the Month
 

Summertime Laundry

Washing: The U.S. Dept. of energy estimates 90% of the energy used for washing clothes in a conventional top-load washer is for heating water. Cold water prevents color from fading, natural fibers from shrinking, and it doesn’t set stains. While very cold water temperature (below 60 degrees) is unlikely to clean well, the temperature coming out of your tap in the summertime is perfect for cleaning clothes.

Drying: Utilize Colorado’s dry climate and conserve energy by placing wet clothes on a drying rack or hanging outside.

For more information on how you can help build a sustainable city, visit www.greenprintdenver.org.

 
Employee Discounts

 

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.

Learn more about City Spirit Exclusives and other employee discounts.

 
 
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City and County of Denver

The mission of InSight is to provide City and County of Denver employees an opportunity to stay informed on issues and events that affect them in a publication that also showcases their accomplishments.

InSight, while produced monthly by Career Service Authority, is designed for all City departments and agencies to share information with the employee community.

Please submit articles, press releases, Citywide information by the 20th day of the month prior to publication. To submit content or for more information, contact insight@denvergov.org.

 

 

 
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