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Welcome to the City of Longmont's weekly e-News update.

October 4, 2013

  1. Disaster Assistance Center to Scale Back Services and Change Name
  2. Housing Matching Service Available for Displaced Boulder County Residents
  3. City to Mark Sidewalks for Meter Pit Location
  4. Sales and Use Tax Seminar on October 16
  5. City Replacing Water Meters in Three Areas
  6. Fill Out FEMA Forms if you Live in Flood Zone
  7. Harvest Day Fun at Sandstone Ranch

 

Disaster Assistance Center to Scale Back Services and Change Name

Effective October 4 at 6 p.m., all county and community agencies will discontinue providing on-site services at the Longmont Disaster Assistance Center (DAC) and the DAC will transition to a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC). Disaster survivors can still receive assistance from these county and community agencies at their regular service locations during regular hours of operation. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Small Business Administration (SBA), the Red Cross and other volunteer disaster relief agencies will continue to provide assistance at the DRC from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. through the end of October. The Town of Lyons will also operate from the DRC from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. until further notice. The DRC is located at Twin Peaks Mall, 1250 Hover Street and is open to serve all Boulder County residents who were victimized by the September flood.

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Housing Matching Service Available for Displaced Boulder County Residents

Boulder County residents displaced by the recent flooding now have another tool to help them find available rental housing. A regional service that matches renters with property owners is working with residents to place them in short-term rental units, and is waiving most of its fees for the matching service. Boulder County, the cities of Boulder and Longmont, Foothills United Way, and Housing Helpers partnered to create and roll out the rental housing plan. Housing Helpers is working with property owners and has identified about 60 units that would work as short-term solutions for those in need to continue to live in or near Boulder County. Residents impacted by the flooding who are seeking short-term rental housing can contact Housing Helpers by phone at 303-545-6000 or on the web at www.HousingHelpers.com to see if they qualify for the service. Property owners offering short-term rental options for individuals or families displaced by the flooding are encouraged to call Housing Helpers to list their property at no charge. Additional information on housing resources, including financial assistance that may be available for short-term housing, can be found at www.BoulderCountyFlood.org, www.BoulderFloodInfo.net, and www.ci.longmont.co.us/flood-info/index.htm.

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City to Mark Sidewalks for Meter Pit Location

In advance of falling leaves and snowy winter weather, this week the City’s meter reading division will begin painting a small black line on both sides of sidewalks to indicate the alignment of water meter pits. When leaves or snow cover your yard, the meter pit can be difficult to find. Small marks on the sidewalk allow readers to more easily locate the pit and obtain a read. This helps keep bills accurate and costs low. For more information call 303-651-8386.


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Sales and Use Tax Seminar on October 16

Do you have questions about the business sales and use tax in Longmont? Did you even know that you might have a use tax liability? A free seminar that will answer all your questions will be held from noon to 1:30 pm on Wednesday, October 16, in the Study Session Room at the Civic Center, 350 Kimbark Street. Attendees will be entered into a drawing for a Downtown Longmont gift card. To register, call 303-651-8672 or email sales.tax@ci.longmont.co.us.

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City Replacing Water Meters in Three Areas

The City of Longmont’s Utility Operations and Maintenance team conducts an annual maintenance program to replace water meters on a 10 to 15 year cycle to ensure accuracy. From now through November, a contractor, Utility Sales & Service, Inc., has been hired to replace 600 meters installed in meter pits outside of the homes. Replacement meters will include wireless technology which will aid in meter reading. Meters are replaced at no cost to the property owner. Utility Sales & Services’ technicians will knock on the resident’s door in an effort to contact residents before they begin work. If no one answers the door, work will progress as scheduled. The contractor will have City of Longmont identification, but residents are welcome to call 303-651-8468 for verification. The water will need to be turned off for a very short time and the technicians will make a concerted effort to contact residents if they believe someone is at home. The 3 areas where the contractor will be working include:

For more information or to find out if your water meter will be replaced during this program, please call 303-651-8468 or visit www.ci.longmont.co.us/pwwu/water/meters.htm to see street names.

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Fill Out FEMA Forms if You Live in Flood Zone

It is important that all Longmont residents that live in the flood zone register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) online at www.DisasterAssistance.govDescription: external link icon or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). It is important to complete the disaster assistance request prior to the close of the application period. Even if you were not directly affected by the September flood, it is necessary to fill out the forms in case issues arise later with your property.

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Harvest Day Fun at Sandstone Ranch

Visit the Sandstone Ranch Visitors Center from 10 am to 2 pm on Saturday, October 5, for a free Harvest Day event. Enjoy horse-drawn trolley rides, pumpkin painting, storytelling, music, yard games, nature presentations, crafts and more! Please park at the upper Sandstone Visitors Center Parking lot and make the short walk down to the house. The Visitors Center is off Ken Pratt Blvd./Highway 119 at the eastern entrance to Sandstone Ranch Park (3001 E Hwy 119).

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