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May-June 2015
Neighborhood Leadership
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Fair Housing
Downtown Plan
West Nile Virus
Street Tree Maintenance
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Back to TopNeighborhood Leadership
Amanda Nagl | Neighborhoods |

City of Fort Collins ImageNeighborhood Services, in partnership with the Colorado State University Center for Public Deliberation, hosted its second "Let's Talk Neighborhoods" event on April 25. Data is still being compiled from the dynamic conversations that took place and rather than provide only part of the story, the results of both polling and the notes associated with table dialogues will be posted together by the end of May. We greatly appreciate the time and commitment to quality of life in neighborhoods shown. We look forward to co-creating additional neighborhood-level programs and services with leaders across our community.

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At the leadership event, we began conversation about the formation of a neighborhood leadership advisory group that will be an integral part to co-creating neighborhood-level services. Below is a description with a link to an application for those that are interested. Applications are due by May 19 and should be submitted online. Thank you for your consideration. 

Neighborhood Advisory Group
This group will be representative of geographic areas of Fort Collins and neighborhood types in order to vet ideas and design effectively. Members will be expected to communicate with residents and businesses in their area in order to provide additional perspectives. This group will advise on terminology, design, boundaries, communication and outreach strategies specifically and will react and provide feedback to other design elements as they evolve. 

Commitment
Monthly meeting (with flexibility to allow for online communications as a substitute and for additional meetings as project plan necessitates) to last 1.5 hours; additional time for sub-committee participation may be deemed necessary.

Criteria to be Utilized in Selection

  • Looking for people who have the pulse of their neighborhood and the community at large
  • Commitment to transparency and collaboration
  • Looking for a mix of strengths/assets/geographic representation
  • Maximum of three persons per Council District, minimum of two per Council District
  • Maximum of one person per neighborhood

Click here to apply.

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

Neighborhood Services will co-host at least five more trainings for HOA Board members (or those interested in becoming board members) in 2015. The classes are held in the Community Room at Fort Collins Police Services, 2221 Timberline Road. Attendees are asked to register at fcgov.com/hoa.

The next HOA training is Successful Enforcement of Covenants, Rules and Architectural Standards/Guidelines and on Thursday, May 14. Please see the class description below.

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Successful Enforcement of Covenants, Rules and Architectural Standards/Guidelines
Whether you are brand new to a board or a seasoned veteran, you'll no doubt agree that enforcement of covenants, rules and architectural guidelines is one of the most important duties boards and architectural committee members have. Covenant enforcement is also one of the messiest and more difficult areas for boards to manage. In this class, we'll cover the covenant enforcement process, legal requirements for board members, and common pitfalls when it comes to covenant enforcement.  We will also review the receipt, review and response process that architectural committee members should understand and enforce when navigating the architectural review process. Finally, we will provide you with tools to get a better "grip" on the enforcement issues in your communities. Attendees are asked to register at fcgov.com/hoa.

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

Please watch for the July edition of Neighborhood News where we will provide the fall Landlord Education Series.  We do take summer months off for both our landlord classes and our networking opportunities due to the busy travel and business schedules but we look forward to re-convening in the fall.

For more infomation on landords and tenants, please visit, fcgov.com/landlord-tenant.

Back to TopFair Housing for All
Emily Wilmsen | Economics |

On April 21, 2015, Mayor Troxell proclaimed April 2015 as Fair Housing Month in recognition of the 47th anniversary of the signing of the Fair Housing Act. The Fair Housing Act guarantees fair housing to all residents of the United States, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, familial status and disability. The State of Colorado passed its own Fair Housing Act in 1959 which provides additional fair housing protections for creed, ancestry, sexual orientation and marital status.

The proclamation was presented to Julie Brewen, CEO of the Fort Collins Housing Authority, in recognition of its leadership and dedication to promoting housing opportunity through the provision of affordable housing and supportive services to over 5,000 Fort Collins residents annually, and for its commitment to creating vibrant sustainable communities throughout Fort Collins. The reading of this proclamation reaffirmed the City's commitment to addressing the barriers to fair housing choice and educating all citizens concerning their rights regarding equal housing opportunity.

Back to TopIs Downtown Fort Collins Headed in the Right Direction?
Rebecca Everette | Planning Services |

What do you love most about downtown? And what do you think is missing? Help the City of Fort Collins shape the future of the downtown area! Stop by one of the upcoming events or share your thoughts through a brief online survey.

Downtown Plan
Open House

Saturday, May 16 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Opera Galleria at 123 N. College Ave.

Larimer County Farmers' Market
Saturday, May 30 from 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
200 W. Oak St.

First Friday Event
Friday, June 5 from 4-8 p.m
Old Town Square

Back to TopWest Nile Virus
David Young | Communications |

Summer is right around the corner 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 that is transmitted to humans by mosquitoes. The symptoms of West Nile range from none to very serious. 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 through 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. Wear 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 through dawn when mosquitoes are most active and more likely to bite you. 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.

And lastly, wear an approved insect repellent to stave off mosquitoes. To find the repellent that is right for you visit cfpub.epa.gov/oppref/insect/#searchform.   While there are no guarantees that you will not get WNV, 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 TopStreet Tree Maintenance
Delbert Bernhardt | Forestry |

Is there a tree in the small landscaped strip between the sidewalk and street curb in front of your home? If so, the City is generally responsible for the management of that tree.

The good news is that you do not have to prune it, remove it, replace it, or pay anyone else to do so. Once a development has been accepted by the City, typically after it is built out, the Forestry Division will manage all right-of-way tree care activity at no cost to homeowners. Until that time, we recommend that a landscape professional monitor the health of the trees. Newer neighborhoods often have landscape maintenance agreements through the property developer or HOA, check with yours for details.  

The Forestry Division employs internationally certified arborists who have years of experience maintaining over 47,000 City owned trees in Fort Collins. Trees in the right-of-way are pruned on a rotational schedule, and will also be replaced if they die; this service does not include infill tree planting where trees were not planted during project development. City crews do not apply fertilizers or pesticides.

If you have any questions about the trees near your home, whether they are under City maintenance or privately owned, or to find out when your neighborhood trees are scheduled for maintenance, contact the Forestry Division at fcgov.com/forestry

Back to TopTracks & Trails: Your Guide to Free Activities on Natural Areas
Zoe Shark | Natural Areas |

Tracks & Trails is a booklet guide to free activities with Fort Collins Natural Areas, May-October. The release of the guide is highly anticipated, so we want to let you know that the 2015 season of educational field trips, programs and classes are now listed online.  Printed copies of Tracks & Trails are expected in mid-May and activities start in June.

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Preview: Tracks & Trails Table of Contents

Special Events- including National Trails Day, Get Outdoors Day, Wade the River, Ferrets First Festival, National Public Lands Day, Nature's Harvest Festival, Wild by Wild, and Bison Welcome Home.

Budding Young Naturalists- For families with young children including Stroller Strolls, Toddlers on the Trail and Nature Nuggets.

Natural Areas After Dark- Adventures after sunset such as Natural Night Walks, Campfire at the Cabin, Astronomy, and Skygazing.

Science Behind the Scenery- Learn more about research and science in natural areas with presentations by experts.

Voices of the Past- a glimpse into the history of our area.

Creative by Nature- Enjoy nature through making your own art.

Natural Discoveries- Appreciate and discover your natural areas through educational field trips on topics from geology to wildlife.

Our New Nature- Explore the natural area restoration process through field trips and presentations.

Registration is open and you must first create an account or login.

Back to TopCSUnity
Jenn Rieskamp | SLiCE |

CSUnity is a program hosted in the Student Leadership Involvement and Community Engagement Office at Colorado State University. Each year during this program thousands of students dedicate a Saturday in April to serving in their communities by helping local residents with yard work and community agencies with various projects around Fort Collins and Larimer County. This year was an amazing success with 2,400 students serving nearly 200 residents and 65 agencies with projects ranging from landscaping, wild lands restoration, painting, and more! 

If you are interested in having a group of students help at your residence or community agency next spring, please call the Student Leadership Community and Engagement Office at 970-491-1682.