In this issue of City News, you’ll find out how to vote in the April 6 election, how to share your thoughts on local cell reception and what improvements are coming to Vine and Lemay. Thanks for reading.

- Darin Atteberry, City Manager

Election Day is April 6!

The City of Fort Collins municipal election is underway! Residents in Districts 1, 3, 4 and 5 will elect Council representatives. All voters will elect a new Mayor and vote on five charter amendments and two ballot issues.

Ballots should no longer be mailed, so once you complete your ballot, drop it off at a local ballot box. The full list of ballot box locations can be found in the voter instructions included with your ballot, or online at fcgov.com/AprilElection. Remember to sign your ballot! 

In Colorado, you can register to vote up to and on Election Day. To view or change your registration, visit govotecolorado.com. All ballots must be received by 7 p.m. on Election Day, April 6!

Check out this short video for helpful tips and a few simple reminders.

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Share Your Thoughts on Local Cell Service

Do you have thoughts on wireless communication in the city? Do you have good cell service in some parts of town but not in others? The Wireless Master Plan team wants to hear from you!

Complete the online survey to share your thoughts on cell phone service, new and existing cell towers, and your experience as a wireless user in Fort Collins. The survey will be open until mid-April.

Take the Survey!

Vine/Lemay Overpass Construction Begins

The City has started construction work on the new overpass which will carry Lemay Avenue over the BNSF Railroad tracks in northeast Fort Collins.

The $24 million project will involve a new bridge over the railroad and a realignment of Lemay Avenue around the east side of the Andersonville neighborhood and over the bridge. Work is expected to be nearly complete by the end of 2021.

The new alignment will eliminate traffic delays at the railroad crossing and accommodate future traffic and development in the northeast part of the city. Existing sections of Lemay Avenue and Vine Drive will become local streets upon completion of the project.

Although much of the work will occur in the new right of way, drivers should be prepared for changing traffic patterns over the course of the year and be mindful of construction traffic in the area.

Learn More!

City Recognized as Clean Air Champion

Did you know the City received the Clean Air Champion award from the Regional Air Quality Council (RAQC) for Winter 2020? This award is given out twice a year and the recipients receive a $500 donation to a non-profit of their choosing.

The City has been actively involved in addressing air pollution at a local level and working regionally to address air pollution on a larger scale for more than 25 years. At the community level, the City supports efforts related to transit and electric vehicle readiness for the community. At the municipal level, the City organization strives to lead by example in efforts to improve local air quality by reducing emissions from its own operations.

Some key efforts specifically related to electrification of operations for the City organization include:

  • Municipal Lawn and Garden Equipment Replacement. Since 2017, the City has leveraged $55K in grant funding from the RAQC to pilot the use of commercial grade electric lawn and garden equipment and accelerate progress toward a full fleet of electric powered equipment for municipal lawn and garden maintenance.
  • Municipal Fleet Electrification. The City has a strategy to “increase electric vehicles in the organization’s fleet by making 100% of light duty vehicle purchases plug-in electric by 2025.” In addition to vehicles, purchases have included an electric ice re-surfacer and an electric street sweeper.

The City chose to donate its award money to Meals on Wheels. To learn more about the City’s efforts to promote clean air in the Northern Colorado region, visit: fcgov.com/airquality.

State Releases New COVID-19 Dial 3.0

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) has released the COVID-19 Dial 3.0. Larimer County is currently operating in Level Yellow.

Updates under the new Dial 3.0 include the following changes: 

  • No outdoor state restrictions; this is now under local control.
  • Follow CDC guidelines for personal gatherings.
  • Bars are still closed.
  • Restaurants are still open at 50% capacity or up to 150 people with 6 feet distancing 
  • Gyms, Personal Services are still open at 50% capacity or 50 people 

View the full list of changes for Larimer County residents & businesses. 

Level Up Certified Businesses may currently operate in Level Blue, with greater capacity:

  • Restaurants and Gyms are at 100% capacity with 6 feet distancing between parties 
  • Last Call is 2 a.m. 
  • Retail can operate at 75% capacity 
  • Indoor events can operate at 50% capacity or 500 people 
  • XL indoor events of 28,000 s/f per room = 2,000 capacity 

View List of Level Up Certified Businesses: https://nocorecovers.com/level-up-certified-businesses/

Help Keep Fort Collins Safe & Keep NoCo Open

Vaccine distribution is underway in Larimer County, but we know it will take time for much of our population to receive vaccines. We need to stay vigilant to Keep NoCo Open and keep our community safe. Find out when you will be eligible for a vaccine, and continue to take steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • Wear a mask or face covering when outside your home and near others.
  • Stay physically distant when you’re around others (at least 6 feet apart).
  • Wash your hands frequently!
  • Stay home if you’re not feeling well or have been exposed.

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

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