City News

I am so proud of the ways our community has banded together to support one another and protect the health of our neighbors. Let's keep working to stay connected with others, while doing our part to stay safe and healthy.

In this issue of City News, you’ll find details on how to sign up for emergency alerts, how you can share your stories with the City, and how to enjoy outdoor fires while being considerate of neighbors.

- Darin Atteberry, City Manager

Face Coverings: The Why & The Requirements

As our community reopens, wearing a face covering is something we all can – and should – do to protect each other. Wearing a face covering, even when you feel healthy, reduces the risk of transmitting the virus to others.

With this in mind, the City's recent face covering requirements, which were made public in an emergency order on May 4, have now been extended indefinitely. As a reminder, face coverings are required in the following places:

  • Any enclosed area, including retail and commercial businesses or on-site service providers, to which the public is invited or in which workers, including volunteers, from more than one household are present,
  • Any outdoor seating or patio area of a place covered by the order, unless the person is seated for eating or drinking,
  • Any City of Fort Collins building or indoor City facility;
  • Any public transportation, including City Transfort buses and bus shelters; or
  • Any other public indoor place where persons are unable to maintain safe physical distancing (six or more feet of separation) from others not of their own household.
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Can We Reach You in an Emergency?

When you sign up for NOCO Alerts, you can choose how you’d like to be notified in the event of a wildfire, flood or other emergency.

Commonly known as Reverse 9-1-1, all of Larimer County's public safety organizations use the Larimer Emergency Telephone Authority’s NOCO Alerts system to share critical and life-saving information with the public. These notifications include things like:

  • Missing endangered child, also known as an Amber Alert
  • Missing endangered adult
  • Flooding
  • Wildfire
  • Police Activity that would require you to evacuate or take shelter
  • Natural Gas Leaks
  • Severe Threatening Weather

While NOCO Alerts will automatically call every landline in an affected area, you can register to receive alerts on your cell phone (voice and/or text), work phone, and e-mail. You can also register to receive alerts for different locations, like your home, workplace, child’s school, or the homes of elderly relatives.

*If you have previously registered through the LETA911 alert system, your account has been automatically transferred to NOCO Alert. There is no need to re-register.

Learn more and register

For Fort Collins Supports Local Businesses

The City and community partners have launched a local campaign aimed at encouraging support for businesses, especially those in industries most affected by the coronavirus outbreak.

The campaign, dubbed For Fort Collins, and its website, www.forfortcollins.com, will be a source of information regarding the latest physical distancing requirements and best practices for local businesses as well as patrons of those businesses. Business owners will be able to access a marketing toolkit complete with a custom graphics generator to help them to reopen strong and reopen safe.

Partner organizations for the initiative include the City of Fort Collins, Visit Fort Collins, the Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce, Midtown Business Improvement District, and the Downtown Business Association.

For community members, the website will share tools to help people champion their favorite local businesses, including graphics that give kudos or shout-outs to businesses that can be shared on social media using the hashtags #ForFortCollins and #ForFoCo.

A companion website, For FoCo, serves as a resource for residents to share stories, photos and video about how they’re staying connected to neighbors and the larger community.

Tools and resources featured on forfortcollins.com will be available to help local businesses long after the local economy has recovered and will continue to evolve to keep local support top-of-mind. 

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Share Your Stories with #ForFoCo

Fort Collins is in this together.

During this unprecedented time, we have the chance to show that Fort Collins is a truly exceptional community that rises up to help one another. So we’re inviting you to share all the ways you and your neighbors are showing up to support one another through a new online hub: For FoCo.

We’re looking for stories, photos, videos and ideas that show:

  • neighborhood generosity, camaraderie and kindness
  • support for small businesses; healthcare workers, first responders and other essential workers
  • your neighborhood's 8 p.m. howl, sidewalk chalk, remote mariachi band – you name it!
  • how to stay connected with friends, neighbors and our Fort Collins community

Visit the OurCity site or tag #ForFoCo on social media to show us how you're rallying for each other, your neighbors and your community.

We're also talking to City staff so you can hear about their COVID-19 work, how they're staying connected and what they hope to learn from community members like you. Check out For FoCo Staff Chats to learn more.

Share Your Stories

Join the Pick It Up FoCo Challenge!

Fort Collins is having a community conversation about plastics pollution and you can help! We're seeking more data about how plastic litter compares to other materials and what types of plastic litter are most common. To do this, we need volunteer community scientists like you to help! Use the Litterati app to collect data on litter and inform decision-makers working to keep plastics out of the environment. The best and most impactful place to start is in your neighborhood, stopping litter before it gets to the river! Have ideas about how Fort Collins should tackle plastic pollution? Join the community conversation at ourcity.fcgov.com/plastics 

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Making History with Fort Collins Museum of Discovery

Fort Collins, like so many other places around the world, is reacting and adapting to the widespread COVID-19 health crisis. Fort Collins Museum of Discovery is seeking to document the impact in our community through your stories, observations, images, sound files, and moving images. The museum will be taking digital submissions throughout the COVID-19 health crisis, and over time, plans to collect objects, artwork, interviews, journals, and other items to help tell the story of this time.

Submit Your Story and/or Materials

Reminders & Regulations for Outdoor Burning

 As the weather warms many community members are beginning to have backyard fires. Smoke and odor from outdoor burning can have unintended negative impacts on localized air quality, especially affecting vulnerable populations such as young and elderly people, as well as people with heart or lung conditions. Please consider your neighbors' well-being prior to having a fire and follow City fire and nuisance codes, including the following:

  • Burn only clean, dry, seasoned wood. Burning yard trimmings or trash is prohibited.
  • Fully extinguish fires with water by 10:00 p.m.
  • Place fire pits at least 15 feet from combustible surfaces and 15 feet away from property lines.
  • Keep fuel piles under 3 feet in diameter and less than 2 feet in height.
  • Don’t burn on Air Pollution Advisory days. You can sign up to receive air quality alert emails and see current air quality conditions at colorado.gov/airquality.

If someone’s fire is negatively impacting you, there are a number of ways to address the issue:

  • For nuisance related concerns (excessive smoke, burning past curfew or distance from property line), community members can submit a complaint through Access Fort Collins or call the Nuisance Hotline at 970-416-2200.
  • For safety concerns about an active fire, contact the Fort Collins non-emergency line at 970-221-6540 or 911 in an emergency.
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Celebrate National Healthy Homes Month!

Our Healthy Homes Program is celebrating National Healthy Homes Month by sharing gifts, plus resources on how to create a healthier and safer home.

Indoor air quality can be up to 5 times worse than outdoor air, and with more time being spent in homes, it is more important than ever to ensure our homes are healthy. 

Complete a DIY Assessment of your home and receive a personalized set of recommendations on how to reduce exposure to indoor air contaminants and safety hazards. Along with recommendations, if you complete the assessment and email the Healthy Homes Program (healthyhomes@fcgov.com) with your results before the end of the month, you will receive free gifts, including:

  • Radon Test Kit
  • Healthy Household Cleaner
  • Healthy Household Cleaning Recipes 
  • Sustainable Cloth for Dusting

In order to be eligible for the free gifts, Fort Collins community members must complete the online assessment and email in their results before July 1, 2020.

Learn about Healthy Homes

Know Your H2O: Water Quality Report

Fort Collins Utilities remains committed to delivering high-quality drinking water and meeting the challenges of source water protection, water conservation and community education.

Learn where your local drinking water comes from, how it compares to federal standards and how Fort Collins Utilities is working to protect our watersheds in our annual Drinking Water Quality Report.

For questions or to obtain a paper copy, email utilities@fcgov.com, call 970-212-2900 or V/TDD 711.

Read the Report

Trouble Paying Your Bill?

The Utilities Affordability team is here for you. Reach out directly at utilitiesaffordability@fcgov.com if you have any questions or concerns.

If you are unable to pay your bill, we will not disconnect service to customers until further notice; however, late fees still apply. Because of this, we ask you to contact us as soon as possible at 970-212-2900 to set up a payment arrangement or to be connected with one of our partner agencies that distribute payment assistance on our behalf.

Learn More about the Utilities Affordability Programs

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