💵 Cops, firefighters rewarded for last year’s services
Uniformed city employees (think police officers and firefighters) who were required to work in close contact with the public during peak pre-vaccine pandemic times (specifically March 2020 to December 2020) could be awarded as much as $2,500 in “premium pay” for their services. A bill proposing to pay eligible employees $250 extra for each month that they spent working in-person during that 10-month timeframe was unanimously approved by a City Council committee and will now be considered by the full council. The money would come from federal relief funds. [Denverite]
🌱 DPS plans to grow all its own kitchen produce
This week, the Denver Public Schools district broke ground on a brand new, five-acre, $4 million commercial greenhouse. The district plans to grow fruits and veggies that can go straight from the planter onto the plates of DPS students. The greenhouse, which is being built in Denver’s southeast Marston neighborhood, should be ready for planting as soon as next spring. District officials will begin with tomatoes, but plan to eventually produce leafy greens, peppers, cucumbers, and strawberries. [9News]
👉 What you can do: Meet the gourmet chefs making DPS lunches.
🍔 Greenwood Village welcomes Shake Shack
Shake Shack has announced that its sixth Denver area location will soon open where the old Greenwood Village Macaroni Grill used to be at 7979 E. Arapahoe Road. Since the East Coast burger icon made its Colorado debut in RiNo in 2018, Shake Shacks have popped up in Highlands Ranch, Cherry Creek, Edgewater, and the airport. And if you’re saying, “But Peyton, why should I care about this out-of-state burger chain?” you clearly didn’t listen to the City Cast Denver Burger Crawl episode. [BusinessDen]