City News

This is a difficult time for our community, and we are doing everything we can to protect the health and safety of our community members while continuing to provide essential services. In this issue of City News, you’ll find ways to stay up-to-date and healthy while you are spending more time at home, as well as a few innovative ways City departments are delivering services and connecting with our community.

- Darin Atteberry, City Manager

COVID-19 City Updates

Want to stay up-to-date with the City's response to COVID-19? Consider the resources below: 

  • The City’s COVID-19 webpage, where readers can sign up for our daily COVID-19 newsletter
  • The City's homepage, where we continue to provide updates and news releases on City services and programs
  • The Utilities webpage, dedicated to the ways we are continuing to deliver reliable electric and water services for our customers 24/7 
  • The Economic Health webpage, where business and nonprofit support and resources are collected
  • City social media, where we publish near-daily and often real-time updates (see the bottom of this newsletter for links)
And if you have questions about COVID-19 and public health, you can call the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment at 970-498-5500 or text them at 970-999-1770. If you have questions specific to Larimer County's Stay-at-Home order, those should be directed to Larimer County via their online form.

City Operations Continue with Adjustments
While we have closed City facilities to the public, we remain available online, by phone and, if needed, in person. Other changes to our operations include: 
  • As many city services as possible are now being conducted online and over the phone. Please visit www.fcgov.com/cityservices to contact a specific department or call 970-221-6500 to speak to a customer service representative. 
  • The Northside Aztlan Community Center has been temporarily converted to a daytime and overnight shelter for those experiencing homelessness, allowing service providers to maintain appropriate physical distance. 
  • Our Economic Health Office has partnered with Colorado Lending Source to create a loan fund for small businesses and is working with state and federal agencies to connect businesses with available resources. 
  • While parks, trails and natural areas currently remain open so community members can exercise and experience nature, we ask you to please be intentional about practicing social distancing while using these spaces – keep 6 feet of space between you and others. To support this, playgrounds, dog parks and picnic shelters are also closed.
  • All City golf courses are closed to golfing activities (i.e. golfing or hitting golf balls). For the benefit of the community, courses remain open for other recreation, such as walking, running and similar activities.
  • You may still see crews in the field; they are performing approved services to ensure critical infrastructure is maintained (such as keeping lights on, maintaining water and sewer systems, ensuring internet access for remote working, making sure roads are safe for essential and emergency travel, etc.). 

Adopt A Neighbor Expands to Help Older and At-Risk Communities

The City recently launched an expansion of the Adopt A Neighbor program, pairing volunteers with neighbors in need during the current pandemic. Volunteers will assist neighbors who are vulnerable to COVID-19 with regular tasks, such as grocery shopping and delivery, picking up medications, basic errands, driveway shoveling, and outdoor pet care/dog walking. Specific needs and schedules will vary and need to be coordinated by the volunteer and neighbor they are paired with for the program. Get involved at fcgov.com/volunteer and help us show that Fort Collins is a truly exceptional community that rises up to help one another!

Sign Up or Request Help

Get Counted in the 2020 Census
We are in the midst of the 2020 Census – a nationwide count that helps distribute resources based on population and that only occurs every 10 years. Considering the current situation with COVID-19, the federal government is making changes to protect the health and safety of their Census workforce while working toward a complete and accurate count. They’ve extended the self-response deadline through August 14 and pushed back field operations to April 15.

Did you know today is Census Day? You can complete your Census whenever you have a moment in the next few weeks, but answers should reflect who is living in your household on April 1.

The Census online self-response portal is open and takes just a few minutes to complete. Go to www.2020census.gov to complete the Census for your household and encourage your family, friends and neighbors to do the same.

A complete and accurate count will be even more important in the coming year to ensure necessary federal funding to our community as we recover.

Learn More & Get Counted!

Apply for LEAP

April 30 is the deadline to apply for the Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP), a federally-funded program that helps eligible households pay a portion of their winter home heating costs. Households that receive LEAP this winter also may be eligible for Fort Collins Utilities’ Income-Qualified Assistance Program (IQAP), which is a 23% rate discount on certain components of electric, water and wastewater charges.

Apply Today

Keep Your Home Healthy

Most people are now spending more time in their homes than ever before. Indoor air quality can be up to 5x worse than outdoor air, and the City’s Healthy Homes program goal is to help find low-cost or no-cost ways to reduce exposure to pollutants and contaminants in your home. Below are key actions you can take to improve your indoor air quality as you spend more time at home.

Keep it Clean to Thwart Asthma & Allergies:

  • Place commercial grade doormats at all entrances
  • Take shoes off at the door
  • Damp dust—work on one room at a time

Keep it Dry to Prevent Mold:

  • Use bathroom fans to completely dry out bathrooms

Keep it Ventilated to Reduce Air Pollutants:

  • Regularly replace furnace filters, recommended to use 1-inch pleated filters with a MERV 8-11 rating
  • Run exhaust fans or open a window when cooking
  • Open windows and doors when the weather is nice outside and air quality is good.
  • Check the Air Quality Index
Learn about Healthy Homes

Daily Discoveries with FCMoD

Fort Collins Museum of Discovery may be closed, but that doesn't mean discovery has to stop! The museum has launched #DailyDiscovery, a blog series of fun, hands-on educational activities that can be done at home with limited resources. Visit fcmod.org/blog to learn more.

Find Your Daily Discovery

Art in Public & Not-So-Public Places

Art in Public Places is excited to share a virtual tour of their collection on Instagram at @focoart, starting with their newest Transformer Cabinet Murals and introducing the artists that painted them in 2019 (Pictured above: Gale Whitman and her mural, in River Rock Commons near Lee Martinez Park.)

You can also view maps that highlight art in our community parks, offer a walking tour of downtown and show the location of transformer cabinet murals downtown, as well as the location of all the public art in our collection on the City’s GIS mapping system. View them on the Art in Public Places website, under maps.

If you're taking a break to walk, jog or bike, keep an eye out for our incredible public art!

Only Flush the Three Ps: Pee, Poo and Toilet Paper

With concerns about COVID-19, there is increased use of disinfecting wipes and other products like tissues, paper towels or napkins.

Even if a product claims to be “flushable,” it can cause problems in our sanitary sewer system, potentially leading to a blocked sewer line, property damage and extra expenses for repairs.

Wipes, feminine hygiene products, condoms, paper towels, facial tissues, napkins, diapers, makeup remover pads and dental floss don’t break down. Always throw them away.

Learn More

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