In this issue of City News, you’ll find out how to apply for funds to improve your neighborhood, how to protect yourself from West Nile virus and when to drop by the Lincoln Center to view new art exhibits. Thanks for reading.

- Darin Atteberry, City Manager

Spin Arrives in Fort Collins

Spin, an e-scooter and e-bike share program, launched in Fort Collins on July 26! E-scooters and e-bikes are located throughout the city and CSU campus and can be rented using the Spin app.

E-scooters and e-bikes can be used in most of the city, but some locations in Fort Collins, like the Old Town dismount zone, will be geofenced, meaning devices will not be allowed to operate within the "fenced" dismount area. The City’s operating and parking rules for e-bikes and e-scooters will also apply to Spin devices.

Spin will operate daily, except between 1 a.m. and 3 a.m.

To learn more about the Spin program, visit www.fcgov.com/spin.

Grocery Rebate Applications Open Now

Applications are now available for the City’s annual grocery rebate program. These rebates are designed to assist low-income individuals, families, people with disabilities and seniors in the community. Qualifying residents can receive cash back for taxes paid on groceries last year.

2020 was a hard year for many in our community, and you may be eligible for this year’s rebate, even if you haven’t qualified in the past.

The grocery rebate on sales tax spent on food is $67 per person; income and residency requirements, and application information are available at fcgov.com/rebate. Applications must be received by Oct. 31.

Share Your Ideas for a Resilient Recovery

The City of Fort Collins is set to receive approximately $28.1 million of the nearly $6 billion American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds received by Colorado and other communities. These funds are being used to invest in short- and long-term economic, environmental and community recovery.

The pandemic has brought serious challenges to our community, impacting virtually every aspect of our lives and often exacerbating previously existing issues. As we begin to shift from response to recovery, we know we cannot return to the pre-pandemic status quo, but instead need to focus on a recovery that benefits all.

As we develop our Recovery Plan and prioritize spending of ARPA funding, we want to hear your ideas about what a vibrant and resilient recovery looks like for our community and what priorities should be focused on as we work to build back stronger.

Share Your Ideas Now

Fall Recreator is Here

It’s almost fall, y’all, and Fall Recreator is here! Become a Junior Ram (page 66), enjoy play-based learning with Funtime Preschool (page 33), or plan a fun date night with our education programs (page 38). We’re excited to see what you explore this season.
Mark your calendars - fall registration opens Thursday, August 12 at 7 a.m.

View the Recreator

Become an Urban Forest Ambassador!

The City of Fort Collins Forestry Division maintains over 56,000 trees on public property along streets, and in parks, cemeteries, golf courses and other City facilities. Want to help with those efforts? The City is seeking skilled volunteers for the Urban Forest Ambassador Program!

Volunteers will be trained to assist with updating inventory data, performing urban forest health assessments, tree planting events, and engage the community in spreading the value and importance of our community’s urban forest.

These efforts will include the use of an iPad or smartphone, diameter tape, and educational material to complete tasks as assigned by Forestry staff. Urban Forest Ambassadors are an integral part of urban forest management that will help continue health and longevity of the urban forest for generations to come.

Learn More & Get Involved

Beat the Buzz with the 4 Ds

This summer, take steps to protect yourself and loved ones from West Nile virus (WNV) with four easy steps known as the 4 Ds.

  • Drain: Mosquitoes breed in water! Drain any standing water in your yard each week. Bird baths, clogged gutters and kiddie pools are common breeding sites.
  • Dress: Wear lightweight, long-sleeved shirts and long pants while outdoors. Spray clothing with insect repellent since mosquitoes may bite through clothing.
  • Defend: Apply insect repellent sparingly to exposed skin. Use an approved repellent according to its label.
  • Dusk Through Dawn: Limit time spent outdoors from dusk through dawn, when mosquitoes are most active and feeding.

While there are no guarantees that you will not get WNV, using the Four Ds helps minimize the risk.

West Nile vector index data and risk maps are updated weekly at fcgov.com/westnile.

Sign Up for Alerts:

You can also sign up at NOCOAlert.org to receive phone, text or email notifications in the event that the City of Fort Collins decides to spray for mosquitoes.

Email or Phone Call Alerts: Create an account and under "My Alert Subscriptions" click "Community Alerts" and then check the "Fort Collins" box and check "West Nile Virus Spraying" to receive alerts.

Text Alerts: To receive a text message alert, simply text FCWNV to 888-777.

City Awarded EPA Grant
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced it will provide $200,000 to the City of Fort Collins to address indoor air quality and health concerns for underserved community residents. The funding is part of $50 million for Environmental Justice (EJ) initiatives allocated to EPA under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to identify and address disproportionate environmental or public health harms and risks in underserved communities through a range of local initiatives. With the funding, the City will build off existing indoor air quality, energy efficiency and emergency preparedness efforts and partnerships to engage with underserved and at-risk community members. Project objectives include identifying residential indoor air quality and energy use needs; assessing existing program capabilities, gaps, barriers and best practices; updating existing program implementation plans; and developing and piloting new home assessment tools.
Learn More

Fair Housing Education for Landlords and Tenants

The City is hosting a free Fair Housing Educational Event on Tuesday, August 31 from 10 a.m. – noon via Zoom. Landlords and tenants are invited to learn about: 

  • Fair Housing rights and responsibilities  
  • City resources for housing and neighborhood livability 

The purpose of the event is to increase efforts to end housing discrimination by raising awareness of the Fair Housing Act, and educating landlords and tenants about their rights and responsibilities. Those interested in participating should RSVP by Friday August 27.

Spanish interpretation services will be available. For questions, please contact Dianne Tjalkens, 970-221-6734 or dtjalkens@fcgov.com

RSVP!

Lemay Avenue and Shields Street Construction Expected to be Completed in August

Two major road construction projects affecting Lemay Avenue and Shields Street are scheduled to be complete in mid-August, weather permitting.

On Lemay, crews have been conducting utility work and widening existing Lemay Avenue, which will prepare the area to tie into the new Lemay Avenue overpass. The work has resulted in the full closure of Lemay just north of Lincoln Avenue. To learn more about the Lemay overpass project, visit www.fcgov.com/vineandlemay.

On Shields, Utilities crews have been working to replace the sanitary sewer line along Shields Street between Mulberry and Olive streets and stormwater improvements at the intersection of Magnolia and Shields streets. Crews will also be installing a new bike/pedestrian crossing signal at Magnolia Street. To learn more about the Magnolia/Shields project, visit www.fcgov.com/fcmoves/magnolia-shields.

To see all road closures and construction projects in Fort Collins, visit www.fcgov.com/fctrip.

Lincoln Center Exhibit Honors ArtWear History and Vision

Recently opened at The Lincoln Center Art Gallery, Bodies of Work: The Hixon ArtWear Collection shares a glimpse into The Lincoln Center’s ArtWear experience. The exhibit will be open until September 4.

Gary and Carol Ann Hixon (shown above) inspired and created the vision for ArtWear Fashion Week, which has evolved during its almost 30-year history into the ArtWear Biennial. ArtWear is the fundraiser for The Lincoln Center Visual Arts Program.

Over almost 30 years as the creative force of ArtWear, the Hixons have acquired, and created, a truly unique collection of wearable art. The ArtWear Biennial is not happening this year due to the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic; however, The Lincoln Center is excited to share its history through the Hixon’s stunning wearable art collection and the history of the ArtWear posters.

In addition to being viewable by those attending select ticketed or pre-scheduled events, The Lincoln Center Art Gallery is currently open for the following public viewing days:

Wednesday, August 11, 18 and 25 - Noon to 6 p.m.
Sunday, August 8 - Noon to 6 p.m.

Learn More!

Notice Safety and Congestion Issues in Fort Collins? Tell us!

Calling all bicyclists, pedestrians, drivers, and transit users!

The City of Fort Collins and Larimer County kicked off the Transportation Capital Projects Prioritization Study (TCPPS) to develop a list of key transportation improvement projects to seek funding for within Fort Collins and its Growth Management Area in unincorporated Larimer County. To help identify and prioritize the transportation projects, the City and County are asking residents and stakeholders to complete a brief mapping exercise at ourcity.fcgov.com/tcpps.

Respondents can identify locations of safety or congestion issues for each mode of travel and can also upload pictures of the safety and congestion locations to provide more detail in their response.

The TCPPS will analyze safety and congestion data for intersections and arterial roadways only (major roadways like Drake Road, Timberline Road, etc.), not local neighborhood streets.

To take the mapping exercise and learn more about the project, visit ourcity.fcgov.com/tcpps.

Back to School and Vehicle Idling

Back to School month is here and with that comes long school pick-up and drop-off lines which often results in vehicle idling. Idling is running the engine of a car or truck while it's not going anywhere. Unnecessary vehicle idling isn’t good for our air, wallets or cars. So what can we do about it? Here are five easy ways to reduce idling:

  1. Turn off your ignition if you're waiting for more than 30 seconds.
  2. Stop idling while the train is passing.
  3. Stop idling at school drop-off zones.
  4. Park and go inside instead of using the drive-thru lane.
  5. Warm up your engine by driving slowly, not by idling.

Heat and Cool Your Home More Efficiently

As more and more clean energy resources power our local electric grid, community members now have the choice to heat their homes with efficient electric appliances. The City of Fort Collins wants to create more awareness and education around these efficient electric heat offerings to reduce our overall community emissions as we target zero carbon building in new construction by 2030.

Heat pumps move heating and cooling energy from the indoors to outdoors and vice versa, depending on the season. In the summer months, a heat pump cools the air by moving heat out of the home, and in the winter months, it moves outdoor heat into the home. It may be hard to imagine pulling heat from outdoors to heat our homes during the winter months, but nearly all of Colorado’s climate is well-suited to the technology of heat pumps. Join us to learn about the latest in heat pump technology:

Heat Pumps in Colorado: A Cleaner, More Efficient Option to Heat and Cool Homes

  • Tuesday, Aug. 24
  • 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Join virtually via Zoom or in-person at 222 Laporte Ave.

Heat pumps are increasing in popularity and align with Our Climate Future goals of lowering greenhouse gas emissions and improves resiliency, health and efficiency within our buildings and homes.

Coming Soon: Nature in the City Implementation Grants

Nature in the City helps fund projects that bring natural spaces into your neighborhood and community! Applications for 2022 funds will be available Sept 1, 2021 and will be due Oct 20, 2021.

More information coming soon; in the meantime, you can visit the apply page for general information about applying for Nature in the City grants and check out past projects here.

You can also learn more about Nature in the City goals in the Nature in the City Strategic Plan.

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