City News

Welcome to City News. In this issue you'll learn how you can help shape the future of parks and recreation in Fort Collins, how to apply for a new character-based loan, and what you can recycle at the Timberline Recycling Center. Thanks for reading.

- Darin Atteberry, City Manager

CityWorks 101 Applications Now Open

Have you ever wondered about the timing of traffic signals, what it's like to be a K-9 handler or how many potholes the City fills each year? If so, CityWorks 101 is for you!

What is CityWorks 101?

CityWorks 101 is a public education program that invites community members to go behind-the-scenes with their local government! Students learn from City staff through discussions and presentations, meet the Mayor and City Manager, hang out with Councilmembers and explore City facilities during staff-lead tours.

Why Take CityWorks 101?

The class offers a deep understanding of the role and responsibilities of different departments, how they work together, ways to stay informed and how to be more involved with your City and your community. CityWorks 101 students have gone on to serve on Boards and Commissions, pursue meaningful volunteerism and have even become Councilmembers.

The 2020 CityWorks 101 class will take place weekly, March 25-May 13. Applications close Friday, February 21. To be eligible for CityWorks 101, you must have lived within the Fort Collins Growth Management Area (GMA) for at least one year.

Learn More & Apply

Transportation Projects Fair is Feb. 27

Want to know more about upcoming transportation projects in Fort Collins? Stop by the City’s Transportation Projects Fair to learn about and provide input on a variety of transportation projects planned throughout the city. Refreshments will be served, and an interpreter will be available.

The open house-style event will feature projects ranging from bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure improvements to long-term planning for City streets to I-25 and CSU projects and much more. Attendees can view project concepts and talk with City staff.

The Transportation Projects Fair will be open from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 27 at the Lincoln Center Columbine Room (417 W. Magnolia St.).
More details

Main Street Loans Available to Local Businesses

In an effort to enhance economic development and support sustainable, equitable business opportunities in the community, the City recently partnered with Colorado Lending Source and launched the Fort Collins Main Street Loan Program. This program helps make access to capital more attainable for small businesses and is an affordable option for Fort Collins-based businesses seeking capital from $5,000-$50,000 that are unable to secure traditional financing sources.

In order for businesses to be eligible, they must have less than 100 employees and be located in the City of Fort Collins. This loan program places special emphasis on helping underserved businesses (women-owned, minority-owned, etc.); however, any type of business is encouraged to apply. Loan proceeds can be used for a variety of business purposes associated with helping to start, establish, strengthen or grow a small business with the intention of creating meaningful living-wage jobs within the City of Fort Collins.
Learn More & Apply

Provide Input on the Parks & Recreation Master Plan

Want to help shape the future of Parks and Recreation in Fort Collins? Get involved as we update our Parks and Recreation Master Plan! Attend an open house this month and share your thoughts about parks, recreation centers and trails. The open houses will feature interactive displays designed to gather your feedback and capture questions, big ideas and hopes for the future. 

Open House Schedule:

Thursday, February 6
5 - 8 p.m. at The Lincoln Center

Saturday, February 8
9 a.m. to noon at Preston Middle School

Join us as we ReCreate the future of parks and recreation!

Learn More & Join the Conversation

Public Comment Period Extended for Halligan Water Supply Project

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has extended the public comment period for the Halligan Water Supply Project draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to Feb. 26, 2020.

If approved, the Halligan Project would enlarge the existing Halligan Reservoir by about 8,100 acre-feet to help provide a reliable water supply for Fort Collins Utilities water customers.

The draft EIS was released Nov. 22, 2019. It describes the Halligan enlargement, other water supply alternatives that are being considered and the potential impacts of each.

The draft EIS is available online and at local libraries. All written comments for the official record must be submitted by mail to Mr. Cody Wheeler, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Denver Regulatory Office, 9307 S. Wadsworth Blvd., Littleton, CO 80128 or by email to NWO.HalliganEIS@usace.army.

Learn More

Opening Soon: Spring Recreator Registration

Spring has sprung with this season’s Recreator. Camp FunQuest, pottery classes and baby animals are sure to be the highlight of the recreation season. Campers can enjoy adventures at Camp FunQuest, artists can learn new skills and relieve stress at the Pottery Studio, and all can delight in visiting The Farm to see the baby animals. Find your next adventure with Recreation in the spring Recreator - available now at any City recreation facility or online at fcgov.com/recreator. Registration for spring programs begins February 13!

Find Your Next Adventure

Recycle Batteries, Antifreeze, Motor Oil and Paint at the Timberline Recycling Center

Did you know you can recycle batteries, antifreeze, motor oil, and paint at the Timberline Recycling Center free of charge?

These materials are accepted year-round in the Hard-to-Recycle Materials Yard at the Timberline Recycling Center, so community members can safely dispose of them as needed. New this year: Charges and entry fees apply for commercial customers dropping off batteries (learn more at fcgov.com/batteries).

Community members can also bring a variety of other materials to the Hard-to-Recycle Materials Yard, including scrap metal, fire extinguishers, and bulky plastics for a $5 entry free. Additional fees apply for electronics, yard waste and wood waste. 

Location and Hours:
The Timberline Recycling Center is located at 1903 S. Timberline Road. The Hard-to-Recycle Materials Yard is open Tuesday–Saturday. The “everyday” recyclables yard (cardboard, cans, glass, etc.) is open seven days a week during daylight hours.

Learn More about Our Recycling Program

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