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Dear friends, neighbors and colleagues - 

Yesterday’s snow has me thinking again about the ongoing services my colleagues provide to the community. Snow removal, emergency response, transit service, parks and trail maintenance and many more services continue every day, as well as the crucial internal support services that allow this work to take place. I am so thankful to everyone in the City organization and the community who are helping all of us move forward.

I want to remind you that we will not send this newsletter over the weekend unless there is pressing information to share. On Saturday, the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds will be doing a flyover across Colorado following the U.S. Air Force Academy graduation ceremony as a thank you salute to frontline COVID-19 responders and healthcare providers. A formation of eight F-16 Fighting Falcons will fly over Front Range cities, including Fort Collins, just after 11:30 a.m. You’ll certainly hear them, and I hope you can catch a glimpse as well.

Take care,

Darin Atteberry, City Manager

Regulatory

Federal Reopen Guidelines
Yesterday, the federal government released new guidelines to aid state and local governments in determining when and how to begin reopening. The three-phase guidelines include sustained downward trends in confirmed COVID-19 cases, increased testing capabilities and adequate hospital capacity. The phases also emphasize a gradual approach, including continued physical distancing and other preventive measures. Official reopening decisions will be made on a statewide or county-by-county basis, at the discretion of state governors.

Read the New Guidelines

City of Fort Collins Updates

Chief Judge Recruitment
The City launched a statewide search in early 2020 to prepare for the departure of Chief Judge Kathleen Lane. This position is responsible for leading the judicial branch of city government and is one of three City leadership positions appointed by Council. Due to the current Stay-at-Home order, the hiring committee will host an online public forum with the top candidates from 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 22. Community members are invited to view the forum live online and may also submit questions for consideration in advance (questions due Monday, April 20). You can learn more about the candidates and submit questions at ourcity.fcgov.com/chief-judge.

Additional Transfort Service Suspensions
Transfort, the transit agency owned by the City of Fort Collins, has suspended additional service due to decreased ridership during the coronavirus outbreak. The new service suspensions begin tomorrow, April 18. Transfort recognizes that some community members rely on buses as their primary mode of transportation, and the agency will continue to offer its Dial-A-Ride service through zTrip.

See Route Details

Business Resources
Tips for Supporting your Favorite Businesses:
  • Give the Gift (Card) of Business: Buy a gift card that covers your usual patronage. Then spread out the card use while you continue your normal support, or give them away as gifts.
  • Keep your Subscription: Keep your memberships or subscriptions going to gyms, exercise and painting classes, music lessons, etc. You can help many small businesses keep their doors open and pay bills.
  • Buy Now, Pick up Later: If you planned on buying a manufactured product like a guitar, piece of clothing, etc., call that business, pay now and have them set it aside for pick up later.
  • Reach out to your Favorite Local Business: Call and ask how you can help. See if your favorite store is participating in pick-up or delivery services, providing special deals and/or implementing new hours. Direct them to fcgov.com/business for more business, nonprofit and employee resources.
  • Use Support Fort Collins Business: This new tool maps out businesses offering gift cards, delivery, take-out and other specials. If your business is interesting in participating, please email openforbusiness@fcgov.com.
Additional Resources

Community Support

United Way of Larimer County
United Way of Larimer County offers COVID-19 online resources in English and Spanish. This collaborative effort between United Way of Larimer County, the City of Fort Collins, the City of Loveland and Larimer County provides connection to human service resources for individuals, families and nonprofits and also connects readers to volunteer and donation opportunities. Updated in real-time, their resources complement the statewide 2-1-1 database.

Virtual Spring Artisan Market
Support our local artisans by tuning in to this year's virtual Spring Artisan Market, hosted by The City's Recreator. We will share social media highlights from all of our vendors on Saturday at 10 a.m.

RSVP for the Market

Larimer County Symptom Tracker
Are you experiencing COVID-19 symptoms? Report them confidentially to the Larimer County Department of Health & Environment to help public health experts better understand the spread of disease in our area.

Emergency Preparedness & Security
City Hall West, 300 Laporte Ave
Fort Collins, CO 80521