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July-August 2014
Neighborhood Night Out
HOA News
Tenant/Landlord Info
Community Welcome
West Nile Virus
Nature in The City
Free Sprinkler Audits
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Pellet Guns
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Neighborhood Night Out - August 5
Amanda Nagl | Neighborhoods |

picIt is that time of year again, summer! Time for neighbors to come out of their homes and talk to one another, plan events and celebrate this wonderful city we call home!

Neighborhood Night Out (NNO) is an annual, nationwide event falling on the first Tuesday in August. The night is geared towards community building and safety. In Fort Collins, Neighborhood Services encourages neighbors to get together for events large and small for any type of social event that will assist in building relationships between neighbors.
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By registering with us, you will receive a goodie-bag with useful items for the event, the host will receive a free t-shirt, and your event will be added to a map of all NNO events. This map is given to police, fire, and City Councilmembers for potential visits. In order to officially participate, neighborhoods will need to register. Registration should be completed by July 18, 2014 to assure your neighborhood receives their goodie bag and is added to the map.

Back to TopNeighborhood News is Your Hub for HOA News
Amanda Nagl | Neighborhoods |

Colorado HOA Information and Resource Center and Fort Collins Utilities Teach Water Regulations and Conservation
Thursday, July 31, 4-6 p.m. in the Community Room at Police Services, 2221 Timberline Road.

As outreach to Colorado communities, the HOA Information Officer will be present to discuss the role and function of this office, provide information regarding HOA water issues and concerns, and listen to consumers and professionals regarding HOA’s in your community.
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Fort Collins Utilities will share programs and techniques for saving water outdoors and in. Learn about best practices for operating and maintaining your sprinkler system. Sign up for a free evaluation of your HOA’s sprinkler system and then upgrade with rebates for new technology. Xeriscaping can lower water use by 30 to 50%. Take advantage of the City’s Xeriscape Design Assistance Program and installation rebates to transform some turf areas into low water-using planting beds. Indoor water use can be decreased by retrofitting toilets and showerheads with high efficiency models. Find out about rebates available to help with these costs. Register now at fcgov.com/hoa. This class is only open to the first 75 to register.

The HOA Information and Resource Center is part of the Division of Real Estate, under the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies.. The HOA Office acts as a clearing house for information concerning the basic rights and duties of homeowners, declarants and homeowner associations under the Colorado Common Interest Ownership Act .

Back to TopLandlord/Tenant Information & Events
Amanda Nagl | Neighborhoods |

Neighborhood Services will co-host an open house to discuss tenant rights, responsibilities and resources on July 8, from 6-8 p.m. at the Christ United Church, 301 East Drake Road.  

This event is designed for anyone who rents a house, apartment or condominium in Fort Collins.

Colorado Legal Services will provide information about tenant rights, responsibilities and resources.  
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Fort Collins Police Services will cover the Neighborhood Enforcement Team and the Neighborhood Watch program.

Fair housing, discrimination, mediation, healthy homes programs, leases and eviction processes will also be covered through presentation or in an open-house format where materials are made available to those that are interested.

The Fort Collins Housing Authority will have a drawing for two $50 Visa cards but you must be present for the entire event to be eligible.  

Sandwiches and chips will be served to all, compliments of Neighborhood Services. No registration is required though it is important to be on time so that accurate counts can be made for food orders.

For more infomation about being a landlord or tenant, visit fcgov.com/landlord-tenant.

Back to TopAugust 27...Community Welcome is Back!
Emily Allen | Neighborhoods |

The 14th annual Community Welcome is on Wednesday, August 27 from 6-8 p.m.  

Whether you are new to a neighborhood that surrounds the Colorado State University campus, or have been living in the neighborhood for years, Fort Collins Police and residents, along with CSU students, staff and police will be coming by to say hello on the evening of August 27. As in years past, teams of students, police, staff, and residents will be visiting over 2,000 homes, providing brochures that cover everything from important phone numbers to city ordinances.  This year, the teams will be handing out The Art of Neighboring brochure, a cool new tool that can help neighbors exchange contact information and learn a little more about one another.

Please join a team! You can get involved and be a part of one of the teams that heads out to share this valuable information! If you would like to volunteer or learn more about Community Welcome, please contact me.

Back to TopBeat the Buzz, Stay West Nile Free
David Young | Communications |

Summer has arrived and that means it’s time for some fun in the sun. However while you are outside barbecuing and riding bicycles, make sure to take steps to protect yourself and loved ones from West Nile virus (WNV).

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WNV is a disease transmitted to humans by mosquitoes. The symptoms of West Nile range from none to very serious. Although all age groups are at risk for WNV, individuals over the age of 50 and those with compromised immune systems have the highest risk of severe disease. WNV can be fatal to anybody, regardless of age or health. The good news is there are some simple steps you can take to protect yourself.

This summer when you hear the buzzing of mosquitoes just remember the four D’s: drain, dress, DEET, dusk and dawn.

Mosquitos’ natural breeding ground is water, so make sure to drain any standing water in your yard each week. Check gutters, bird baths and pools to ensure there is no water pooling for mosquitoes.

Dress in light colored clothing and long pants and sleeves. Covering exposed skin goes a long ways to prevent infected mosquitoes from biting you.

Remain indoors during dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active and more likely to bite you.

And lastly, wear an approved insect repellent, with or without DEET, to stave off mosquitoes. Use the EPA's handy search tool to find the repellent that is right for you.

While there are no guarantees that you will not get West Nile virus, using the four D’s helps minimize the risk. To learn more about WNV and how to protect your family, visit fcgov.com/westnile.

Back to TopWhere Do You Access Nature in Fort Collins?
Lindsay Ex | Planning |

According to the 2010 U.S. Census, almost 80% of people in the United States live in an urban setting. That means now, more than ever, people are experiencing nature in an urban environment. As our community grows, City planners are working to ensure all residents have access to high quality, natural spaces close to where they live and work. We call this planning effort, Nature in the City.

The first phase of this project includes a local inventory and assessment of existing natural spaces, and we want to hear from you! Check out our interactive map to show us where you access nature near your home or workplace, and why those spaces are special to you. Your feedback will help us determine our natural assets and gaps. For more information and to contribute to the map, visit fcgov.com/natureinthecity.

Back to TopFree Sprinkler System Audits Offered by Utilities
Lisa Gardener | Utilities |

Save water and money this summer with the help of a free sprinkler system audit. Assessments will be conducted by Fort Collins Utilities from June through August for residents of single-family homes or homeowners associations. Home assessments last up to two hours and are designed to help participants water more efficiently, resulting in healthier lawns and reduced water use.   Audits include visual inspection of each zone to identify problems, custom watering schedule and recommended system upgrades.  

Participants must be Utilities customers, including those provided water by Fort Collins-Loveland and ELCO water districts. Audits may be scheduled online at fcgov.com/sprinkler-audit; through email to or by phone at 970-416-2666.

Back to TopXeriscape Garden Party & Tour, July 10, 5-7 p.m.
Alex C. Smith | Utilities |

Join our FREE Xeriscape Garden Party. Take a tour with Master Gardeners and ask questions to nursery and landscape professionals.

Xeriscape Demonstration Garden, City Hall, 300 Laporte Ave.

Details: fcgov.com/xeriscape or 970-221-6700.

Back to TopThe Dangers of Air-Soft and Pellet-Type Guns
Susan Vance | Police Services |

With school out and the warm weather bringing us outside, we may see a few more air-soft and pellet-type guns come out as well. To some these may be fun toys, but in our city and around people and pets, they can be quite harmful.

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In Fort Collins, we have had incidents of serious injuries caused by these types of guns as well as damage to property. There was a case where a man was arrested for brandishing an airsoft gun and threatened people in Old Town as well as a case in which boys pointed the guns at girls in a park. Those incidents resulted in felony menacing arrests.  

Cases of this type focus attention on the weapons, which are illegal to shoot in Fort Collins city limits.  It is illegal to use any weapon that fires a projectile in Fort Collins, including airsoft guns, even arrows. And if the projectiles are being aimed at animals or wildlife, then Animal Control or Division of Parks & Wildlife will get involved.

Air-soft and pellet guns are also a danger to law enforcement. Some of them are so realistic-looking that it's difficult for officers to know if it's a real gun. Manufacturers make the guns with a painted tip to differentiate them from real guns, but that does not always help. Criminals can paint their real guns so that they look like toys and kids can paint their guns to look real. Either way, if you point it at a police officer, the consequences can be dire.

Back to TopTake Your Family on a FAB Ride

The FAB Rides are sponsored by an independent group called Families & Bikes (FAB). FAB was founded by Bevin Barber-Campbell and a few other moms in Fort Collins. Our inspiration came from the very popular, family-friendly Bike Nights that have been happening in Longmont for ten years. The goal of these casual rides - also called “cruiser rides” in some cities - is to create more interest in cycling, encourage families to ride more, motivate them to keep riding and ultimately build their confidence and comfort around bicycling. And most of all, the goal is to get more families out having fun on bicycles, while creating a social event in a neighborhood.

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FAB rides will be hosted every second Thursday at 6:00 pm, June - September, each time in a different neighborhood. Rides planned for the rest of the season are:  

July 10, 6-7:30 pm

Fairbrooke Neighborhood
Meet at Blevins Park

August 14, 6-7:30 pm
Capital Hill
Meet at the Farm at Lee Martinez Park

Sept 11, 6-7:30 pm
English Ranch
Meet at English Ranch Park