News for the employee community of the City and County of Denver | Volume 5, Number 11
November 2010 Edition

Stand Up for Children by Finding Them Loving Homes - November is National Adoption Month

Right now, there are 112 children waiting for loving families in Denver alone.

Denver Human Services and our partners need you to help us find forever homes for 112 children. You can stand up for a child simply by letting your friends, family, and peers know we need homes for these children. Help us spread the word about these wonderful children during National Adoption Month. To learn more about how to get involved, please call 720-944-4000 or visit www.adoptex.org.

Here are just a few of the children looking for loving families:

Gabrielle
Gabrielle, Gabi for short, is a beautiful 10-year-old who is very outgoing with a barrel of energy. Cheerleading is one of her favorite activities, and she loves listening to music, making crafts and watching movies. Animals are precious to her and Browny, her guinea pig, provides her with lots of giggles. She is looking for a family to love and support her.

Jasmine
Jasmine is a 13-year-old artsy, fashionable, fun-loving teenager. She is a sociable teen with a great sense of humor. She is a fan of art, fashion, yoga, animals and Harry Potter movies. Jasmine relishes one-on-one time with adults and enjoys spending time with her friends. She is full of life and ready to share it with a patient, loving family.

Jerald and Terrell
Jerald, 13, and Terrell, 11, have tunes and moves that amaze everyone! Not only are they musically gifted, they are outgoing, friendly and respectful of others. An honest-to-goodness comedian, older brother Jerald is hilarious and will have everyone in stitches with his antics and terrific sense of humor. Playing basketball is his favorite sport and he enjoys reading, writing and music.

Younger brother Terrell is gregarious and affectionate. He can often be found practicing his dance moves and perfecting his next performance. Constantly on the go, he likes football and basketball too. Together, they are a good balance for each other and looking for a family to love them both.

Israel
Israel is an 8-year-old who is a sweet-natured child with a kind heart and an exploring personality. He loves music and dance. He is an affectionate child who responds well to adults in whom he has developed trust. Israel is in need of a loving and patient home that can provide him with the support that he needs to thrive.

To learn more about Gabi, Jasmine, Jerald, Terrell, Israel and the hundreds of children looking for families, please call 720.944.4000 or visit www.adoptex.org.

Total Compensation Modernizations Information Sessions

Career Service Authority (CSA) is inviting all City and County of Denver employees to attend one of the Total Compensation Information Sessions, where they will learn:

  1. What the Total Compensation modernizations are
  2. How these changes will affect City employees

For more information, visit the Total Compensation web site at www.denvergov.org/totalcomp or contact compensation@denvergov.org.

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Who is Covered Under Your City Medical and Dental Plans?

Beginning in early 2011, all City and County of Denver employees with dependents enrolled in the City's medical or dental plans are required to provide documentation that certifies their dependents eligibility to receive City provided coverage. Eligible dependents are defined as the employees’ child, stepchild, spouse, or spousal equivalent. Read More

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ePerformance Training for Managers and Supervisors

The ePerformance module of Peoplesoft is now available for use by supervisors and managers who have completed the ePerformance training. ePerformance is a Web-based performance management system that allows managers and supervisors the ability to manage and monitor the PEP/PEPR process. Supervisors and managers will be required to attend a training class to learn how to use the system to complete PEP/PEPR’s for the 2010 time period.

A schedule of available ePerformance training times and locations is available at www.envergov.org/eperformance. Supervisors and managers can schedule themselves for training at training@denvergov.org or by calling CSA Training at 720-913-5628.

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Denver 8 TV Receives National Video Awards

Denver 8 TV received top honors for its coverage of Denver City Council and the overall presentation of the TV channel with first place awards at this year’s Government Programming Awards. The national video competition held in October by the National Association of Telecommunication Officers and Advisors (NATOA) during their national convention held in Washington D.C.

Denver 8’s continued its streak of recognition garnering a second place trophy for is animated PSA about last year’s “Summer of Reading Program” at the Denver Public Library. Read More

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Home Ownership Program Offers Savings on Federal Income Tax Mortgage Credit Certificate Program Offered Through 2011

The Denver Office of Economic Development is making housing more affordable for first-time home buyers. Last year, the City launched a $25 million Mortgage Credit Certificate Program to qualifying buyers. The program is estimated to benefit approximately 180 households throughout Denver and funds are still available.

Through December 31, 2011, first-time homebuyers in eligible income brackets can qualify for the Mortgage Credit Certificate Program. A Mortgage Credit Certificate is a tool to reduce the amount of federal income tax a borrower must pay by providing an annual federal income tax credit. This in effect provides additional take-home income for the borrower to use in making a monthly mortgage payment. The program offers an annual federal income tax credit equal to 20 percent of the yearly interest paid on a mortgage loan.

To be eligible for the certificate, annual family income cannot exceed $88,600 for one or two persons and $101,900 for three or more in non-targeted areas. Higher income and purchase price limits are available in targeted areas. Homebuyers in targeted areas need not be first-time buyers.

For more information on the Mortgage Credit Certificate Program, including a map of targeted areas and a list of participating lenders, visit www.milehigh.com/housing/for-sale/mcc-program.

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Denver Departments Win Major Grant-Awards $3 Million For Critical Planning Efforts

Denver has been awarded $2,953,372 for the Strategic Implementation of Transit Oriented Development (TOD). This funding will help implement the City’s plans to integrate affordable housing and commercial development with enhanced transportation choices made possible by RTD’s FasTracks Program expansion. The funding will:

  • Help the City further leverage FasTracks to benefit citizens at all income levels
  • Allow the City to create a Housing Development Assistance Fund to support affordable housing land banking and predevelopment activities for projects within a half mile of transit stations and high frequency bus corridors – primarily along the West Light Rail Corridor (due to open in 2013)
  • Allow the City to enhance existing neighborhoods and enable the preservation or creation of open space near transit stations
  • Help the City build on the eight TOD plans already adopted and the three that are underway
  • Help increase the supply of affordable housing units near west side transit stations to 3,000 from 1,400
  • Enable the creation of 55 acres of infill development potential within the Federal Blvd. Station area and next to two major bus corridors.Read More

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DenverWellness and Wellness Center

Denver Wellness

DenverWellness Holiday Challenge - Maintain Don’t Gain

The holidays are a time for family gatherings, fun traditions and lots of tempting food! Keep that waistline in check this holiday season by participating in the DenverWellness Challenge, Maintain Don’t Gain. Maintain Don’t Gain is an 8-week weight management program designed to help city employees maintain their weight over the holiday season. Employees can participate in teams of 3 – 5 people or as an individual. Participants weigh themselves at the beginning and at the end of the challenge with the goal not to gain any weight over the 8-week period. Participants will also receive weekly motivational emails with tips about managing your weight during the holidays.

The program will run from November 15th – January 9th, 2011.


Wellness Programs

  • Join Weight Watchers!
    Shed a few pounds and get ready to enjoy fall! Join Weight Watchers! Learn new strategies for handling your hunger and eating smarter. A new session began on September 21. 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.

  • Online Health Assessment
    As part of the DenverWellness’ Premium Discount Program, employees have a yearly opportunity to complete a free online health assessment through our City-sponsored health care providers. It's free to you, and only takes about 20 minutes to complete. The questions are designed to provide a detailed, personalized health report showing the relationship between behavior and healthy habits, today and in the the future. All information is confidential between the employee and the health care provider. The online health assessment is one of the required actions of the 2012 DenverWellness Premium Discount Program and must be completed by August 31, 2011 to be eligible. To learn more visit www.denvergov.org/denverwellness or contact your Wellness Champion.
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.

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:

  • Wednesday, November 10 at Noon
  • Thursday, November 18 at Noon
  • Tuesday, November 23 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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City Spirit Partnership: Sprint 18% Discount

All City and County of Denver employees are now eligible to receive up to 18%* off select Sprint and Nextel plans and accessories.

Whether you are looking to switch providers or are an existing Sprint/Nextel customer you can take advantage of the discounts today!

There are three easy ways to shop:

  1. Shop online at www.thedenversaver.com. Click on “Shop Now” to select and purchase your new phone today!
  2. Visit your neighborhood Sprint retail store. Have your work email, a copy of your City ID or pay stub and reference the following code: GLLCO_DNV_ZZZ
  3. Call 888-733-2133 to speak to a representative!

* Requires 2 year activation.

Additional Terms: Coverage not available everywhere. Nationwide Sprint & Nextel National Networks reach over 275 & 274 million people, respectively. Offers not available in all markets/retail locations or for all phones/networks. Pricing, offer terms, fees & features may vary for existing customers not eligible for upgrade. Other restrictions apply. See store or www.Sprint.com for details. ©2010 Sprint.

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In This ISSUE
   
EMPLOYEE RECOGNITION

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

Auditor's Office, Spirit of Cooperation Award

  • Penny May, Jenny Morris, Charlotte Ayeni and Gwendolyn Hill, Department of Excise & Licenses
  • Mark Milburn and Debra Lewis-Miller, Auditor’s Office – Prevailing Wage
  • Marcus Garrett, Sonia Montano, Kristin Donald and Emily Gibson, Auditor’s Office – Audit Services
  • Heather Darlington, Sonia Montano, Anna Hansen and Mary Mutchler, Auditor’s Office – Audit Services
  • Sonia Montano, Steve Coury, Rob Pierce, Mary Mutchler and Nancy Howe, Auditor’s Office – Audit Services

Denver Sheriff, Employee of the Month

  • Clark B. Smith

September 21 to October 20, 2010

  • Retirements
  • Years of Service
  • New Hires
  • Promotions

Learn More

 
CHANNEL 8TV
 
November Program Highlights

Watch Denver 8 on TV or online 24/7.


I-70 Mountain Corridor
CDOT’s Preferred Alternative for re-engineering the Interstate through the Colorado mountains is presented.

  • November 27, - 7:30 p.m.

Office of Economic Development Helps Small Businesses Grow
Learn about services available to Denver businesses from access to labor, capital and markets to help your small business.

  • November 16, - 5:30 p.m.
  • November 21, - 10 a.m.

Citizen Oversight Board
Meets quarterly to review of Denver’s Public Safety Officer procedures

  • November 21, - 10 a.m.
  • November 23, - 5:30 p.m.
  • November 25, - 10 a.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: Dollars and Sense

CSA is proud to presetn a new series of FREE financial education seminars to assist City and County of Denver employees with making the most out of their money. Expand your knowledge on a wide variety of financial topics presented by certified professionals from various disciplines.

View the Training calendar for more information.

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
 
Fire Safety

Fire safety is just as important at work as it is at home. According to OSHA, fire in the workplace can be devastating, both to property and workers. Every year in the United States there are between 70.000 to 80,000 workplace fires. About 200 people die in these fires every year, and 5,000 are injured. The cost of workplace fires is more than $2 billion annually.

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DEVO Food/Salvation Army food drive
 

 

November 8-19, 2010

Please donate any of the following in the designated food drive barrels or boxes:

  • Canned Foods: tuna, chicken, Spam, vegetables, fruits, canned meals (i.e. beef stew, ravioli, spaghetti), spaghetti sauce, soups, juices, milk, etc.
  • Boxed Meals: hamburger helper, chicken helper, tuna helper, cup-o-soup, macaroni & cheese, ramen noodles, instant potatoes, minute rice, cereal, pasta, dry milk, meal kits, etc.
  • Other: peanut butter, jelly, crackers, cookies, fruit snacks, cereal and granola bars, oatmeal packets, etc.

Please no glass jars, perishables, expired items or items that need refrigeration.

Thanks for your help, together we can make a difference. One Can of food can affect one human life. For more information, contact

 
Green Tip of the Month
 

Reuse: Sack Lunch

Sometimes just knowing the environmental cost of our habits may be enough to change them. Here is some sobering information on how long it takes these everyday items to break down. (more available at: greenecoservices.com/how-long-does-it-take-for-trash-to-biodegrade/)

  • Aluminum Can 200-500 years
  • Batteries – 100 years
  • Plastic 6 pack cover - 450 years
  • Plastic Bag - up to 500 years
  • Plastic Coated Paper - 5 years
  • Plastic Soda Bottles - (virtually) forever
  • Styrofoam - more than 5,000 years
  • Tin Foil - not biodegrade

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

 
Staying in Touch

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.