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In this issue of City News, you’ll find out how to be counted as the 2020 Census comes to a close and how to celebrate Shift Your Ride Month by biking more in September.

- Darin Atteberry, City Manager

Working Together to Keep NoCo Open

To keep our community and local businesses open and safe, it's going to take all of us doing our part - together, we can do this! What can we all do to Keep NoCo Open?

  • Stay home if you're not feeling well.
  • Wear a mask when outside your home and near others.
  • Support local businesses (gift cards, takeout, curbside pick-up, super snazzy al fresco dining).
  • Keep caring for each other (This situation is hard, but kindness is free.).
  • If you're around others, stay physically distant (at least 6 feet apart).
  • Wash your hands (You should be doing this already, but it's especially important right now!).

Let's work together, take care of each other and Keep NoCo Open!

And don't forget to check out ForFortCollins.com for tools, resources, and ideas for both business and community members to help our businesses reopen strongly and safely.

View For Fort Collins Resources

Last Chance to Be Counted in the 2020 Census!

The 2020 Census continues its mission to count everyone living in the United States on April 1, 2020. The deadline to collect responses from each household is September, 30 2020.

You can still self-respond online at www.2020census.gov or call toll-free: 844-330-2020 (English) or 844-468-2020 (Spanish). Enumerators, in full PPE and practicing social distancing, are knocking on doors of those who do not self-respond. If you self-respond now, you will reduce the number of household visits needed, and increase the accuracy of the data, which will be used for the next 10 years to allocate federal funds and legislative seats.

Data from the census provide the basis for distributing more than $675 billion in federal funds annually to communities across the country and even a 1% undercount can be significant.

Fort Collins is currently at a 70% response rate. Can you help us make it to 100%?
Take the Census Now!

Area Wildfires Affect Fort Collins Air and Water Quality

The City is carefully monitoring wildfires in the area and any potential impacts they may have on Fort Collins’ water supply infrastructure and air quality.

The proximity of the Cameron Peak Fire, along with others currently burning, is currently affecting air quality in Fort Collins. Symptoms of smoke exposure include watering and irritated eyes, coughing and difficulty breathing. While smoke can impact anyone, sensitive populations such as children, pregnant people, the elderly, and those with asthma and other respiratory concerns are especially at risk. Community members with COVID-19 can be especially sensitive to smoke and may experience worse symptoms during smoke events.

What can you do to stay safe?

  • Limit physical activity and time outdoors.
  • Close windows & doors in your home.
  • If you have central A/C, run it in “fan only” mode.
  • If you don’t have AC, use ceiling or room fans to circulate inside air. You can also designate a room to be a clean air room.
  • If you or someone in your home has a medical condition requiring AC or other equipment, you may qualify for Utilities’ Medical Assistance Program. 
  • Sign up for emergency alerts with NoCoAlertsor call/text 970-962-2173.
  • Before heading out, check local air quality conditions
  • Check the smoke outlook
Stay Safe and Learn More

Stay Informed with Community Alerts

Want to receive instant updates about what’s happening in Fort Collins? In addition to emergency notifications, you can sign up to receive updates about important events and closures via text message:

FCEVENTS: Attending an event in Fort Collins? Sign up for notices about event-related closures or weather delays. Text FCEVENTS to 888777.

FCALERTS: Receive non-emergency weather alerts, utility outages, street closures, government building closures, and trail closures. Text FCALERTS to 888777.

FCWNV: Sign up to receive notification if, when and where mosquito spraying will occur in Fort Collins. Text FCWNV to 888777.

Text and data rates apply. Reply STOP to remove yourself at any time.

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2021 Recommended Budget

The 2021 City Manager’s Recommended Budget will be published and posted online in early September. It is the budget proposed by City staff, informed by community input and the 2020 Strategic Plan, that outlines which services to maintain, increase or decrease in 2021.

Through the next couple of months, City Council will review and revise the budget, before its final adoption in November.

Generally, the City creates a biennial budget every two years. Due to the economic uncertainty related to COVID-19, the City will create a one-year 2021 Recommended Budget for City Council to consider this fall.

There are several upcoming opportunities to help shape the City budget:

  • Visit fcgov.com/2021budget to learn more, make funding suggestions, or take a short survey to help the City prioritize which goals and objectives to fund.
  • Attend an online budget forum – dates and times will be published in early September.
  • Watch this short video to learn how the City decides where to spend its money.
  • Plan to participate in the City Council Budget Hearings on Sept. 15 and Oct. 6.

More opportunities will be available throughout the fall. Visit ourcity.fcgov.com/2021budget for the latest.

Now Open: Nature in the City Grants

Want funding to plan your community’s project to improve habitat and connect people to nature? From outdoor classrooms to community gardens, nature play areas to pollinator pathways, Nature in the City has funding to help you plan your own inspired project!

Planning grants for up to $5,000 are available. Applications open September 15 and all application materials are due by November 2.

Explore Projects & Apply

The Electric Vehicle Group Buy is back!

Beginning Sept. 3, Colorado residents can qualify for special rates on select electric vehicles. This latest group buy program from the City of Fort Collins, the City of Loveland and Northern Colorado Clean Cities is set to improve on the success of the previous four programs, which helped bring electric vehicle (EV) adoption up to two to three times the national average within Colorado.

In just one month last year, over 60 EVs were sold!

NCCC is holding a free virtual advising session and is also offering free recurring EV 101/Charging 101 webinars. 

For more information about those resources or to learn what deals are available this year, visit the Northern Colorado Clean Cities website.

Win a Free Bike During Shift Your Ride Month!

September is Shift Your Ride Month, a time to think about how we get around town and how small changes can make big impacts. We’re encouraging everyone to skip the single-occupant car and bike, scoot, walk, or even carpool with members of your household to your destination.

Our goal is for 1,500 unique community members to join the Shift Your Ride Challenge in September, away from a single occupancy vehicle, for just one trip per week. Be the Shift – sign up for the Shift Your Ride pledge to find resources to Shift Your Ride at www.fcgov.com/shiftyourridemonth and for a chance to win a free bike!

Join the Challenge

Maple Hill Community Mural Spans 190 Feet!

The largest project of the season for the City's Art in Public Places is underway: The 190-foot long Maple Hill Community Mural.

As part of the Vibrant Neighborhoods Grant Program, artist Kristen Vohs was selected to create a mural on the south wing walls of the Turnberry underpass with members of the Maple Hill Neighborhood. A partnership between Art in Public Places, the City's Neighborhood Services department, the Maple Hill HOA and Fort Collins artist Kristen Vohs, the mural is currently being painted by Kristen and community members.

Visit fcgov.com/maple-hill-mural for more info and check out the mural in person at the southeast corner of Turnberry and Richards Lake Roads in northeast Fort Collins.

Save the Date: Radon Test Kit Giveaway Event

The City of Fort Collins is hosting a free radon test kit giveaway at the Timberline Recycling Center. Radon is an invisible, odorless, radioactive gas that is naturally occurring and is the second leading cause of lung cancer. One kit per vehicle, while supplies last.

When: Sunday, September 6, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Where: Hard-to-Recycle Materials Yard at the Timberline Recycling Center, 1903 S. Timberline Rd.

Safety: While hosting this event, City staff are dedicated to protecting the health and safety of the public, staff, and volunteers. All community members participating in this event are asked to adhere to the following procedures and guidelines:

  • Remain in your vehicle at all times.
  • Face coverings are required by all attendees. All staff and volunteers at the event will also have appropriate personal protective equipment.
  • Refrain from attending the event if you, or anyone in your household, are exhibiting symptoms of illness.
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