EACC February Newsletter 2022
Ribbon Cuttings
Get Fit with Whitt– Lauren Whitt

Services include in-person/online personal training & nutrition, life and health coaching, & sports psychology consulting. I take a holistic approach & believe in work addressing both the body & mind.

Lauren Whitt -Owner
(303) 803-6844
Instagram @getfit_withwhitt 

Made in the Shade West–
Christine Cameron

Made in the Shade West offers the latest custom window fashions to transform your home and reflect your style! We serve residential and commercial customers with top quality products and service.

Christine Cameron -Owner
(720) 687-5853

Mountainside Bakery- Laura Rios

Baking blog with baking tips, along with high-altitude and sea level recipes. I also have recipes that are gluten free, dairy free and refined sugar free. Make sure to sign up for my email list!
Laura Rios -Owner
(978) 273-7138
Facebook & Instagram @mtnsidebakery 
Ridge Fine Art- David Ridge 

Fine Art Gallery featuring Western landscapes and Wildlife paintings, along with blown glass Trout & Salmon art and Monochrome photography. Personal art instruction is available.

David Ridge -Owner
(720) 413-4539
Facebook @dridgeart
 Instagram @ridgefineartgallery

Upcoming Chamber Events
Chamber Member Breakfast
Wednesday March 2, 2022
7:30 AM - 9:00 AM MST

El Rancho Brewery
29260 US Hwy 40
Evergreen, CO 80439

Join us for our monthly Chamber Breakfast, this month's topic: "Cyber Security" featuring speakers from The Colorado Secretary of State office.

Find out what’s new with the Evergreen Chamber, network, and learn tips on how to grow your business.
Check out the Menus to be offered on our website homepage!
Meet Your New Chamber Members
FlowTheroy CoWorks 

Working from home sucks. We're on a mission to provide Evergreen remote workers and entrepreneurs a place to get in their work flow with other likeminded and inspired professionals.

Dani Best – Community Manager
3540 Evergreen Parkway
Evergreen, 80439
(720) 966-3519
Mountainside Bakery

Baking blog with baking tips, along with high-altitude and sea level recipes. I also have recipes that are gluten free, dairy free and refined sugar free. Make sure to sign up for my email list!

Laura Rios - Owner
PO Box 1348
Conifer, CO 80433
(978) 273-7138
Hoof'n'Paw Animal Massage and Acupressure

Equine and canine massage, cold laser and acupressure  Treatments geared to lessening pain for senior or injured animals, improved performance for active animals and increased sense of well-being.

Robin Freeman - Owner
3761 Meyers Gulch Road
Kittredge, CO 80457
(303) 670-1071
Marmalade Jewelry & Accessories

For nearly 20 years, we've been selling artisan jewelry and fashion accessories in the Colorado mountain town of Evergreen.

Larae Evans - Owner
28015 Hwy 74
Evergreen, CO 80439
(303) 670-2226
Thank You To Our Renewing Members
These members renewed their Chamber membership in January 2022
1+ Years
  • A Pest Control Co, Inc
  • Alexa Interiors Design and Decor
  • Ambary Gardens, LLC
  • Edgar Law Firm, LLC.
  • Higher Ground Cleaning Service
  • Tesla Electric Company
5+ Years
  • Big R Stores
  • Clear Creek School District RE-1
  • Colorado Christian University College of Adult and Graduate Studies
  • Dandelions Café
  • Evergreen Signs
  • Mark Ryan, Inc.
  • Studio 4C
  • Trout Unlimited Evergreen Chapter

10+ Years
  • Evergreen Elks Lodge, #2363
  • Inspired Fitness
  • Mountain Vet to Pet

15+ Years
  • Bergen Village Shopping Center - BVSC Investors, LLC.
  • Marcy's Automotive, Inc.

20+ Years
  • Alpine Rescue Team
  • Creative Facility Services Corporation
  • Creekside Cellars, LLC.
  • Evergreen Self Storage, Inc.
30+ Years
  • Holly Berry, The
  • Life Care Center of Evergreen

35+ Years
  • US Bank
Canyon Courier
State & County Updates...
Below are some pieces of legislation that have been introduced at the State Capital that will have an impact on businesses that we think you should be aware of. We will update you on these and others that are still to be introduced over until the session concludes in May.

Replenishing the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund: All employers pay into the fund to provide unemployment benefits. Colorado’s unemployment levels spiked in early 2020 and caused the state’s Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund to become deeply insolvent. Currently, the Trust Fund is about $2 billion down from its pre-pandemic balance. The deficit triggers a solvency surcharge in 2023 and shifts rates to the highest calculation until the fund is replenished. Universally, there’s a desire to use federal recovery funding to backfill part of the Trust Fund. Gov. Jared Polis proposed providing a $600 million backfill to assist small businesses in paying down this debt. A statewide coalition of Chambers, including the Evergreen Chamber, and trade associations signed a letter of support advocating for this investment. This effort is widely supported among all at the Capital and this will be resolved during the budgeting process.

SB22-97: Whistleblower Protection Health & Safety
During the public health emergency of the pandemic, there was a whistleblower policy enacted to allow workers to raise workplace health and safety concerns. This bill would make this policy permanent.
This bill has passed out of committee and is waiting in Senate Appropriations

SB22-124: SALT Parity Act
The "SALT Parity Act" (act) was enacted in 2021 and, for income tax years commencing on or after January 1, 2022, the act allows pass-through entities to elect to pay state income tax at the entity level, which allows the entity to claim an unlimited deduction at the federal level for state and local taxes paid. While this election reduces federal taxable income for the pass-through entity, it does not reduce Colorado taxable income under current law.
The bill makes provisions of the act retroactive to January 1, 2018.
This bill has passed the Senate Finance Committee and awaits in Senate Appropriations

SB22-136: Special District Governance
Concerning measures to promote the governance of special districts, and, in connection therewith, requiring greater disclosure of developer-affiliated board activity, requiring processes to facilitate resident representation on special district boards, and extending the powers of initiative and referendum to the electors of special districts.
This bill has been referred to Senate Local Government committee and will be heard on March 1

HB22-1026: Alternative Transportation Options Tax Credit
The bill replaces an existing income tax deduction for expenses incurred by employers when providing alternative transportation options to employees with a refundable income tax credit of 50% of such expenses for such employers. The credit is allowed for income tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2023, but before January 1, 2033.
This bill has passed the House committee and awaits in House Appropriations
HB22-1152: Prohibit Employer Adverse Action Marijuana Use
The bill prohibits an employer from taking adverse action against an employee, including an applicant for employment, who engages in the use of:
  • Medical marijuana on the premises of the employer during working hours; or
  • Retail or medical marijuana off the premises of the employer during nonworking hours.
An employer is permitted to impose restrictions on employee use of medical or retail marijuana under specified circumstances.
This bill has been sent to the House Business Affairs and Labor Committee

HB22-1218: Resource Efficiency Buildings Electrical Vehicles
This bill would require all developers of buildings of 25,000 sq feet or more to require a specific number of parking spaces for electric vehicles and wiring to add more of these spaces in the future.
This bill has been referred to the House Energy & Environment Committee.
Evergreen Lake North Trail Construction Planned to start August 2022.
 Expect One Lane Closure August 2022- December 2022.
Why is the trail being reconstructed?
A fundamental reason that the trail is being reconstructed is that in 2016 the support walls that hold up the trail and the railing that keeps people from falling into the Lake began failing. EPRD
devised a temporary repair to reopen the trail but a permanent solution was needed. Another primary reason to reconstruct the Evergreen Lake North Trail is to significantly improve safety,
accessibility, connectivity, and conditions for walking and biking along this critical entryway to Downtown Evergreen and primary corridor for active transportation in the area, as recommended by the 2015 Evergreen Trails Master Plan based on public input.

How will construction impact traffic flow?
There are two parts to this question -- what is the traffic detour pattern and what are the anticipated impacts. The traffic detour pattern is shown in the map below. It envisions one-way
eastbound traffic on SH 74 between Upper Bear Creek Rd and CR 73. Two-way traffic would remain on all other roadways including SH 74 through Downtown Evergreen. Westbound SH 74 traffic in the detour area only -- between CR 73 and Upper Bear Creek Rd -- would be detoured to Upper Meadow Dr/Douglas Mountain Rd to access SH 74 near Christ the King Church.

The anticipated traffic impacts of the proposed detour were evaluated during the final design process. Traffic operations are anticipated to remain at acceptable levels on SH 74 and CR 73
during peak times. In order to ensure orderly and safe traffic flow at the Meadow Dr/SH 74 intersection, we have called for active flaggers to be present during peak times to facilitate left and right turns from Meadow Drive onto SH 74. Traffic patterns will be tracked and evaluated during the project, and adjustments may be made to maintain the acceptable traffic operations should traffic issues develop during the detour period. This process will be part of the construction contractors’ contract and responsibility.

Project Overview:
Jefferson County Road 73 (or JC-73) is the primary travel route for residents of Evergreen between their homes and destinations along State Highway 74 with ultimate connections to I-70 and C-470. Access to US-285 at Conifer is also available along JC-73 to the south of the project corridor. This roadway is a link for hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. In the event of an emergency, it is one of the primary evacuation routes for the foothill residents of Jefferson County. 
JC-73 has long been identified as a road where improvements are needed, especially bike and pedestrian infrastructure, shoulders, and access to properties, businesses, and downtown Evergreen. 
On a previous effort, conceptual designs were presented to the public and a preferred alternative was selected. The preliminary design for the selected alternative is currently being completed and is presented below. The project includes an approximately ½ mile segment of JC-73 between Buffalo Park Road and Plettner Lane. This segment is the last of ongoing bike and safety improvements that have been completed or scheduled for JC-73. However, it is also the most challenging segment due to physical constraints. 
Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) funding has been secured to construct safety and operational improvements including bike lanes / shoulders and pedestrian facilities. The roadway will also be reconstructed, including drainage improvements and bridge replacement.

Project Schedule:
The project team completed a conceptual design in winter 2020 but was delayed due to state and federal approvals for drainage and historical findings. The project team collected environmental and floodplain data in early 2021 to inform the design. and in May 2021 the preliminary design was initiated. The preliminary design is intended to conclude by the end of 2021, after public outreach has been performed and public input received. 
The next phase, final design, is anticipated to be completed by summer 2022. The construction phase is anticipated to begin early 2023 after right-of-way has been acquired and a contractor awarded. Construction completion is anticipated to be completed by summer 2024.