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In this issue of City News, you’ll find out how to protect yourself from West Nile virus, how you can weigh in on the City's budget process and how you can help keep our local business open and safe.

- Darin Atteberry, City Manager

You Can Help Keep NoCo Open

To keep our community and local businesses open and safe, it's going to take all of us doing our part. What can you do to help Keep NoCo Open?

  • Stay home if you're not feeling well.
  • Wear a mask when outside your home and near others.
  • Support local businesses (gift cards, takeout, curbside pick-up, super snazzy al fresco dining).
  • Keep caring for each other (This situation is hard, but kindness is free.).
  • If you're around others, stay physically distant (at least 6 feet apart).
  • Wash your hands (You should be doing this already, but it's especially important right now!).

Let's work together, take care of each other and Keep NoCo Open!

And don't forget to check out ForFortCollins.com for tools, resources, and ideas for both business and community members to help our businesses reopen strongly and safely.

View For Fort Collins Resources

50 Murals in FoCo!

The City of Fort Collins Art in Public Places Program (APP) will be working with local artists to create 50 murals that will be placed throughout Fort Collins. APP is hiring artists to create murals on transformer cabinets, pianos, concrete barriers and walls that inspire the community and keep us connected at a time of physical distancing.

  • Collaborating with the Engineering department, The Jason and Lucy Greer Foundation for the Arts and Downtown Fort Collins Creative District, APP is hiring local artists to paint temporary murals on the newly placed concrete barriers defining outdoor dining areas throughout the downtown.
  • Artist Kristen Vohs will be creating a community mural with the Maple Hill Neighborhood on the Turnberry Road underpass. This project is funded through a Vibrant Neighborhood Grant.
  • Thirteen pianos will be painted with murals and placed around town for the community to play and enjoy as part of the tenth year of Pianos About Town. Among this year’s creations are a rainforest-inspired mural by the Creative Kids’ Collective art group and a bee-themed mural by Colombian artist Zulay Rueda.
Murals will be painted on 28 transformer cabinets in the fifteenth year of our Transformer Cabinet Mural program. Artists have painted murals on 320 utility cabinets as part of this project that brings art to the community and has a high success rate in mitigating graffiti, saving money in abatement costs.
Learn More!

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.

Protect Yourself from West Nile Virus

We Want Your Input on the City's 2021 Budget

Generally, the City creates a biennial budget every two years using the Budgeting for Outcomes (BFO) process. BFO focuses on outcomes and results, not on cost, and puts the community’s values and priorities first.

Due to the economic uncertainty related to COVID-19, the City will create a one-year 2021 Recommended Budget for City Council to consider this fall.

There are several upcoming opportunities to help shape the City budget:

More opportunities will be available throughout the summer and fall. Visit ourcity.fcgov.com/2021budget for the latest.

Help Save Water During HOP: Stop Outdoor Water Use Oct. 1

Delivering high-quality, reliable water takes more than our dependable sources, infrastructure and treatment processes – our community also plays an essential role by using water wisely. Another important aspect to protect and preserve our water is proactive system maintenance, including the Horsetooth Outlet Project (HOP) beginning in October.

To help save water during HOP, we’re asking all residential and commercial customers to stop lawn watering and outdoor water uses starting Oct. 1.

Small actions can make a big difference! Here are other ways you can help:

  • Water your trees and landscapes deeply in late September so they won’t need much, if any, water in October.
  • Shut off your irrigation system by Oct. 1 this year.
  • Install water efficient fixtures (com/utilities/rebates).
  • Fix leaks (com/leaks).
  • Track your water use and get leak alerts (com/mywater).

For more information: fcgov.com/HOP, HOP@fcgov.com, 970-416-8040 or V/TDD 711. If interested in a presentation for your work group or neighborhood, please fill out the form at the bottom of the HOP webpage.

Learn More about HOP

BYOW: Bring Your Own Water!

Whatever container you choose, it’s the clean water inside that counts!

The City does not monitor water bodies in parks and natural areas for algal blooms or cyanotoxins, and harmful algae blooms in local ponds can be toxic.

It is easy to stay safe: Just stay dry, and bring your own clean water for yourself and your dog.

Limit your exposure to potentially toxic blue green algae:

  • Keep pets out of water, and bring clean water for them to drink.
  • Never drink water from outdoor water bodies such as ponds, lakes, rivers or streams.
  • If you touch the water, use hand sanitizer and wash your hands with soap afterwards.
Learn More

The Lincoln Center Children's Summer Series Goes Virtual

The Lincoln Center’s free Children's Summer Series has moved online this year! This series, sponsored by The Lincoln Center Support League and City of Fort Collins Fort Fund, is great for children of all ages and features hour-long presentations of comedy, music, culture and fun.

Every Wednesday through August 19 at 11 a.m the series will be streaming live from The Lincoln Center on their YouTube channel.

To stream these fantastic free performances, visit youtube.com/c/FCLincolnCenter/live.

Here’s a look at what the Virtual Children’s Summer Series has in store!

8/5  Big Bubble Circus – Mr. Guffaw plays with soap bubbles in every size and form! Bubbles as big as the stage, a window of bubbles, bubble sculpture, bubbles of glass and even balloon bubbles…add to these a hilarious mix of circus, magic and buffoonery, and you have the spellbinding chaos of Big Bubble Circus!

8/12  Pan Jumbies – Since 1991, Pan Jumbies has been Colorado’s source for Caribbean steelband music. Blending artistry and entertainment, Pan Jumbies’ musical style appeals to kids and adults alike, and is sure to transport anyone listening to their own virtual island summer party.

8/19  The Great Fairytale Mythtree – Get ready to go on a fairytale adventure with Rocky Mountain Puppets! From exploring a forest to finding a magical glowing book, solving this fairytale mystery will require everyone to use their imagination to stay out of danger! The last thing you'd want to do is follow a trail of marshmallows in the forest that leads to a gingerbread house...

Shift Your Ride and Get Outside

September is Shift Your Ride Month, a program with a special emphasis on getting all of us to think about how we get around town. We’re encouraging everyone to skip the single-occupant car and bike, scoot, walk, or even carpool with members of your household to your destination.

Our goal is for 1,500 unique community members to join the Shift Your Ride Challenge in September, away from a single occupancy vehicle, for just one trip per week. Be the Shift – sign up for the Shift Your Ride pledge and find resources to Shift Your Ride at www.fcgov.com/shiftyourridemonth.

Knowledge is Power: Stay Informed During a Flood

Our community often experiences monsoon weather during July and August, including large storms and potential flooding.

Know How to Stay Updated

Tune into local TV or radio stations – don’t call 911 for information. The best weather information is from the National Weather Service’s website or weather radio. Fort Collins Utilities also provides emergency information on FCTV, online and through social media.

Know the Difference

  • Watch: severe weather is possible—be alert and prepared
  • Warning: severe weather has been reported or is imminent—take immediate precautions

View Real-Time Rainfall and Streamflow

Our early flood warning system includes numerous streamflow and precipitation gauges. When rain intensity or stream level thresholds are exceeded, employees from Utilities and the City’s Office of Emergency Preparedness are notified, providing greater lead time to respond to flooding. View real-time data at fcgov.com/flood-warning-system.

Remember:

  • Turn Around Don’t Drown®
  • Be Red Cross Ready: Get a kit. Make a plan. Be informed.
  • Sign up for emergency notifications, org.

Watch videos on flood safety.

More Details

City Rebate Applications Open Now

Applications are now available for the City’s annual 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, utility bills and rent or property tax.

The rebate on sales tax spent on food is $65 per person, while the utility rebates and property/rent amounts vary by service and amount paid. View income and residency requirements, amounts, and download an application at fcgov.com/rebate. Applications must be received by Oct. 31.

ARO Celebrates Americans with Disabilities Act Milestone

Sunday, July 26 marked the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This important civil rights law works to ensure all people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else. The City welcomes individuals of all abilities into its programs and activities, especially in our Recreation Department’s Adaptive Recreation Opportunities (ARO) program. ARO Specialists help determine the most effective means of support for people to participate in all recreation program offerings, offer programs specific to those with disabilities, and provide accommodations wherever needed. If you're interested in learning more about ARO or volunteering with our ARO team visit fcgov.com/aro.

Get Involved

Share Your Thoughts on Our Climate Future

Do you have ideas for how we can achieve community goals for energy, waste, and climate while also making Fort Collins a more equitable, diverse and inclusive place? We want to hear them!

Our Climate Future is the City’s effort to update three environmental plans: Fort Collins’ Energy Policy, Road to Zero Waste Plan and Climate Action Plan. This process centers on co-creating equitable solutions with our community, leveraging collective action to respond to community priorities and achieving goals set forth in the plans – and doing all of this by centering equity and leading with race. By elevating voices of community members who have been historically underrepresented in past planning processes, we are building a more resilient and sustainable future for everyone. 
 
In the coming weeks, share your ideas through an anonymous survey or join a workshop. Each week will focus on 1-2 priorities:

  • August 10 - August 16: More Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
  • August 17 - August 23: More Renewable Energy
  • August 24 - August 30: Healthy Air Quality & Natural Environment
  • August 31 - September 6: More Reuse, Recycling and Composting
Learn More & Get Involved

The Fall Recreator is Almost Here!

Mark your calendars for August 12 and visit fcgov.com/recreator to view this season's online-only Recreator. Explore online to see what in-person and virtual program opportunities are available, and get ready to register: Fall registration opens Thursday, August 20 at 7 a.m. If you’re a Senior Center Member, don’t forget, you can register early on Tuesday, August 18 at 7 a.m. For more information email recreation@fcgov.com or call 970.221.6655.  

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