Perlmutter eyes $7.6M of funding for district

Golden, Lakewood and Arvada-based projects would benefit if bill passes

Bob Wooley
bwooley@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 7/21/21

Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO-07) announced the inclusion of all 10 of his Community Project Funding (CPF) requests, totaling $7.6 million, in initial House appropriations bills for Fiscal Year 2022.  …

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Perlmutter eyes $7.6M of funding for district

Golden, Lakewood and Arvada-based projects would benefit if bill passes

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Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO-07) announced the inclusion of all 10 of his Community Project Funding (CPF) requests, totaling $7.6 million, in initial House appropriations bills for Fiscal Year 2022. 

According to Ashley Verville, Perlmutter’s communications director, the bills are likely to be voted on in the U.S. House in September. If passed in the House, they would move to the Senate for final approval before being signed into law by President Biden.

Several Jeffco-based projects would see funding from Perlmutter’s requests if the appropriations bills make it to the President’s desk. 

If approved, $2.32 million of that money will go to the City of Golden to complete the design of State Highway 93 improvements from the U.S. 6 intersection north to the Golden city limits. 

According to the funding request Golden submitted, this section of SH93 is significantly over capacity and currently has the highest number of accidents in the city. 

As part of the City of Golden Plan and the western Denver Metro Area WestConnect transportation corridor study, the funding would help complete construction plans and environmental clearances so construction could start as early as September of 2022. 

Red Rocks Community College (RRCC) stands to receive $300,000 in funding if the bills become law. In their funding request, RRCC cited increasing diversity in high-tech skill jobs in their Reach, Reason, Connect and Create STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) Education and Workforce Development Initiative.

“The College is committed to prepare students in developing the skills needed by the next generation of Colorado’s workforce, partnering with industry to ensure workers are able to meet future standards while increasing participation by underrepresented populations within the high skilled aerospace, energy and cybersecurity workforce,” it said.

Among the initiative’s goals are increasing the proportion of underrepresented student participants in STEM disciplines. They also want to find ways to retain minority students in STEM fields, prepare them to engage in and stimulate their commitment to complete a credential and to pursue additional education or employment in a STEM related field.

Lakewood’s Savio House, an organization that provides in-home therapeutic treatment to children and families, would also receive $300,000. In their request they said they will create the first treatment program in the nation that allows a parent needing addiction treatment, their partner, and their children to receive holistic, full-family care in an innovative residential setting.

“The Savio Family Residential Program will intervene when a child is at imminent risk of being removed from their home and placed in foster or group care due to a parent’s substance misuse,” their request said.

Savio House wants to create six pilot residential townhome units that will allow an entire family to stay together during treatment.

Finally, Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport has a project that would replace the airport’s aging airfield lighting regulators and a backup generator. Eight of nine regulators currently in use were originally installed in 1989. Their airfield generator is around 55 years old.

According to their funding request, the regulators supply power for airfield lights and signs, which are required for safe navigation and flight during low light and night operations. The backup generator is required to keep navigation lights and signs on if the power to the airport fails. If passed, Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport will receive $270,000 in funding.

Some of the projects that will receive funding are based in other municipalities and counties. A complete rundown of projects and proposed funding can be found at perlmutter.house.gov.

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