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November - December 2015

HOA Roundtable Event
Payment Assistance Fund
Electric, Water, Wastewater, and Stormwater Residential Rates
Gear Up For Bicycling Year Round
Park Fall/Winter Projects
City Seeking Feedback on Strategic Plan
Winter Preparations
Overgrown Trees/Shrubs
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HOA Roundtable Event
Josh Weinberg | Neighborhood Services |

When: December 7, 2015 from 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Where: Fort Collins Senior Center, 1200 Raintree Drive

This event enlightens, educates and entertains! Have questions about your HOA? This is perfect for asking the experts. We'll have management, insurance, legal and reserve experts at the tables for discussion regarding hot topics in their respective fields. HOA Board Members, register for this free event by visiting It is important to register as we may not have enough space for walk-in registrations due to the popularity of this event. A light dinner will be served. This is a free event for HOA Board Members.

Back to TopHelp Fort Collins Residents Pay Their Utility Bills
Lisa Gardner | Utilities |

Having the electricity or water turned off for non-payment is a reality for many residents in Fort Collins. Your donation to Fort Collins Utilities' Payment Assistance Fund can help the families, senior citizens and others in need stay current with their utility bills and avoid having their services turned off.

The Payment Assistance Fund is supported entirely by donations, with 100 percent of the money being used to provide asstance to Utilities customers.

There has been a continual increase in those seeking assistance to pay their utility bills. One of the program goals is to never turn away Utilities customers who need help paying their bill, and to do this, the level of donations needs to be increased. Please consider donating to the Payment Assistance Fund and encourage others to donate, as well. You can make a one-time payment at any time or add a recurring amount to your utility bill.

If you or someone you know is in need of assistance, call Catholic Charities Larimer County at 970-484-5010. For more information or to make a donation, visit and print and mail the contribution form, call 970-212-2900 or TDD 970-224-6003.

Back to TopElectric, Water, Wastewater and Stormwater Residential Rates
Lisa Gardner | Utilities |

Understanding and meeting customer expectations in the delivery of reliable and affordable utilities is a priority for Fort Collins Utilities. We continually review our rates and make adjustments while striving to reflect the costs of providing electric, water, wastewater and stormwater services; remain affordable; and encourage conservation.

As a municipal utility, our role is to ensure our rates are fair and equitable. This is accomplished through bi-annual cost-of-service studies that identify the operational costs associated with the delivery of services to the wide range of customers in our community.

City Council approves rates by ordinance (typically in mid-November) and new rates go into effect in January. more

2016 Rate Change Proposals

  • Electric Increase of 3.2 percent due to higher wholesale electric costs driven by fuel prices, lower surplus sales revenues and expansion of energy efficiency programs. The Colorado Association of Municipal Utilities (CAMU) compares electric rates among municipalities, as well as investor-owned and cooperative utilities. Fort Collins is ranked 8th lowest in the state for residential rates.
  • Wastewater Increase of 2.5 percent for residential customers. This increase was determined based on results of the 2015 cost-of-service study and will help meet infrastructure improvement needs.
  • Water Rate increases are not anticipated in 2016.
  • Stormwater Rate increases are not anticipated in 2016.

To help customers manage costs and lower monthly electric and water usage, Utilities offers a variety of conservation and efficiency programs, rebates, home efficiency and business audits, and low-interest home efficiency loans. Details are available at

Residents also can monitor their home’s energy and water use and control costs with our free online tool at  

Fort Collins Utilities will continue to balance costs with environmental responsibility, safety, reliability and quality utility services. Additional rates information is available at For more information, call 970-212-2900, email or TDD 970-224-6003.

Back to TopGear up Now For Bicycling Year-Round With Classes and Special Events to Have You Winter Weather Bicycling in No Time!
Korrie Johnston | Gardens on Spring Creek |

Winter Bike to Work Day: FC Bikes is hosting the 9th annual Winter Bike to Work Day on Wednesday, December 9 from 7:00 to 9:30 a.m. Ride your bike to work or school, visit one of more than 20 breakfast stations, and enjoy your morning with fellow winter riders.

Cycling in Winter classes and Light up the Night-Winter bicycling may seem daunting. But FC Bikes can help you prepare with Cycling in Winter classes to be hosted on Thursday, November 5 at EPIC, and Monday, December 7 at Northside Aztlan Center, both scheduled from 6:30-8 p.m. Register for classes through the Fort Collins Recreator, online at Drop by between 6-8:30 p.m. to pick up your bike lights or replacement batteries, also November 5 at EPIC and December 7 at Northside Aztlan Center. Stay bright this winter! more

Bike Winter Photo Contest-Announcing FC Bike’s Winter Bicycling Photo Contest. Bring some fun into you first winter ride by snapping a photo of you and your bike between November 1 and January 5. Submit your photo to We will post your photo to FC Bike’s Facebook page, and the top three pictures with the most “likes” will win prizes!

Holiday Lights by Bike-Bicycling is even enjoyable through holidays. Join us for Holiday Lights by Bike, Saturday, December 19 from 6:45-9 p.m. The ride will depart from 281 N. College Ave. and will tour through historic Old Town neighborhoods for about 6 miles. Holiday treats will be served afterwards.

Bike Winter Celebration-Keep riding through the winter and celebrate Friday, February 5 at our Bike Winter Celebration. Bring your family and friends to celebrate riding through the winter. Join us between 6-9 p.m, location TBD.

For the most update information on all Bike Winter classes and events, visit

Back to TopFall/Winter Projects Will Transform Parks
Jill Wuertz | Parks |

Parks is currently implementing two major programs over the Fall/Winter construction season. As part of the Tennis Court Master Plan implementation, tennis courts at Golden Meadows and Overland will upgrade one court to a post-tension concrete court and permanently remove one court and restore the area back to lawn. Overland basketball court will also receive an upgrade into a  post-tension concrete court as part of this work. As part of the playground renovation program, Parks completed a life cycle replacement of the playground at Overland. Playground surfacing conversions, from sand to engineered wood fiber to help with accessibility, continue to occur. Work is underway at Troutman Park playground with Miramont and Warren Park playgrounds to follow.

In addition, Fort Collins Parks will renovate the Spring Canyon Bike Skills Park as part of the Parks Life Cycle program, in collaboration with the Overland Mountain Bike Club. The new layout is intended to allow beginner, intermediate and advanced riders to develop their skills in a safe, progressive manner. The project will take place in phases with the Phase 1 volunteer day on October 31.

Back to TopCity Seeking Your Feedback on Strategic Plan
David Young | Communications & Public Involvement |

Help create a government that works better and costs less by sharing your thoughts on the current Strategic Plan as part of the Budgeting for Outcomes (BFO) process. The Strategic Plan reflects the input of engaged citizens, community and business partners, Mayor and Council Members, and City staff. The City is currently reviewing the Strategic Plan to ensure that it reflects the needs of citizens like you.

Weigh in on what's important to you at The form will be available through November.

The informatin gathered will be reviewed and used as we move forward into our BFO process, which emphasizes priorities and results, not just cost. City officials will review your comments along with feedback gathered through our 2015 Citizen Survey, focus groups, community listening sessions and other community engagement activities, as they decide how to allocate funds for the 2017-2018 biannual budget.

Back to TopWinter Preparations
Robin MacDonald | Code Compliance |

Snow is a part of living in Fort Collins, so let's be prepared. After any snowfall - even a small amount, residents need to remove the snow and ice from their sidewalks. To many folks, this concept is common sense and an expression of respect for the safety of their neighbors. Our City Code requires that sidewalks in the public right-of-way (along the street) are shoveled within 24 hours of the accumulation of snow and ice.

New residents may not be aware of this code, so if your neighbors are not clearing their sidewalks, you might want to speak with them, or leave a friendly note. If more than 24 hours have passed since the end of the snow accumulation, you can call the Nuisance Hotline at 970-416-2200 and leave a message about the hazard. Unshoveled sidewalks may be cleared by the City's contractors and their bill, along with an administrative fee, is charged to the property owner. Be forwarned that the cost is high. more

Here are a few tips to help keep your sidewalk safe:

  • Try to get the shoveling done before pedestrians use your sidewalk and save yourself a lot of work.
  • Keep some Ice-Melt on hand for the stubborn or shady spots.
  • If water pools on your walk, then turns to ice, applying a substantial amount of sand or kitty litter can reduce the danger.
  • If your property is next to an alley, please shovel to the middle of the alley.
  • If you are on a corner, be sure to get the corner ramps cleared.
  • Clearing the sidewalk across the driveway is much easier before it has been packed down by a vehicle's tires.
  • Planning to be out of town? Please make arrangements with relatvies, friends or neighbors and perhaps offer to return the favor.
  • Even if the wind blows snow back onto your sidewalk after you've cleared it, you are responsible to keep the surface clear and safe.
  • If City plows cover your sidewalk with snow, please call the Streets Department at 221-6615 for assistance.

Sometimes snow can create problems for members of our community, in particular the elderly and disabled. If someone you know may need help shoveling this winter, check with them and offer your services or put them in touch with the City's Adopt-a-Neighbor Program or contact Melanie Clark, Administrative Assistant at 970-416-2351 or .

Back to TopOvergrown Trees/Shrubs
Eric Keselburg | Code Compliance |

Have your walks or bike rides ever turned into an obstacle course as you dodge tree branches in your face and bushes crowding the sidewalk?

The City of Fort Collins Municipal Code (Section 27-57) requires all tree branches be maintained at a height no lower than eight feet over a public sidewalk and not less than 14 feet over the travel lanes of a street or alley. Shrubs must also be maintained so that they are even with the plane of a public sidewalk or street. Additionally, trees or shrubs should not block the view of street name signs, traffic signals or other traffic signs.

Historically, the City addressed these violations by complaint. Starting in January, though, Code Compliance will include overgrown tree and shrub violations in their proactive enforcement, as well, so that we can keep sidewalks safe and clear for everyone. Please take a look at your trees or shrubs now to make sure they are not in violation.