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Drug Take Back event set for Oct. 26

The city is hosting a Prescription Drug Take Back event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at two locations: the police department, 9551 Civic Center Drive, and the Fire Station #5

14051 Colorado Blvd. People may drive up, drop off unused or expired household prescriptions and over-the-counter medications for free, safe disposal

Items not accepted are needles, mercury (thermometers), oxygen containers, chemotherapy or radioactive substances, pressurized canisters and illicit drugs.

Lunch and Learn series deal with budgeting

Meet with financial experts and learn strategies for better budgeting, planning and investing. Hosted at Anythink Huron Street 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the first Thursday through December, these free lunchtime sessions are designed to help you save more and spend less. For more information call 720-977-5817 or go to www.cityofthornton.net/CommunityConnections.

North Suburban receives top safety grade

Thornton’s North Suburban Medical Center received an “A” rating for patient safety measures in the latest report by the Leapfrog Group. The report graded 39 hospitals in Colorado, and only 15 received an “A,” the highest rating available. North Suburban was one of only three hospitals in the north Denver region to receive the top mark. The Leapfrog Hospital Survey compares hospitals’ performance on national standards for safety and quality. In determining its hospital ratings, Leapfrog reviewed 26 quality and safety measures such as the rate of hospital-acquired conditions or the presence of safe practices at the hospital.

North Suburban’s top rating follows recognition as a “Top Performer on Key Quality Measures” from The Joint Commission — one of only two hospitals in the state to receive this honor the last two years.

West Sprat Reservoir to be
converted to water storage

The city will begin a project this fall to convert West Sprat Reservoir, 100th Avenue west of McKay Road, to a permanent water storage reservoir.

The first project the city will undertake this fall will be to construct a slurry wall around the perimeter of the lake to isolate the lake from the surrounding ground water. Work on the slurry wall begins in the early fall, and as a result, the park and fishing area will be closed earlier than the usual November time. During the construction, the trail along the river will be detoured north to 100th Avenue, around the lake.

Once the slurry wall is completed next summer, the lake will be drained and the underwater slopes of the lake will be graded to a stable angle.

The island in the lake will be removed, and the finger off the southeast corner of the lake will be filled in. A larger pipe will be constructed under McKay Road to connect to the lakes to the east. A connecting pipe was previously constructed under the river to the upstream reservoir. This second phase of construction is expected to begin in the fall of 2014, and completed in 2015. The fishing facilities will be restored and the lake reopened to the public in late 2015.