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

May 9, 2014

  1. Free Landfill Drop Day on Saturday
  2. Emergency Preparedness Workshop on Tuesday
  3. Longmont Sales and Use Tax Workshop on May 16
  4. No Activities Allowed on St. Vrain and Left Hand Creeks
  5. Free Automatic Sprinkler Inspection Available
  6. Women's Handgun Safety and Shooting Course
  7. Spring Runoff Making its Way Through Button Rock Dam


Free Landfill Drop Day on Saturday

The City of Longmont is offering residents an opportunity to take one level pickup load free of charge to the Front Range Landfill at 1830 Weld County Rd 5 in Erie from 6 am to 2 pm on Saturday, May 10. Loads must be covered and secured for transport; oversize loads and second loads will be billed. Please take a copy of your current utility bill and a photo ID to show that you are a City of Longmont customer. For more information on this event visit or call the Public Works & Natural Resources Call Center at 303-651-8416.


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Emergency Preparedness Workshop on Tuesday

The Office of Emergency Management will host a basic preparedness workshop from 6 to 9 pm on Tuesday, May 13, at LifeBridge Church, 10345 Ute Hwy. The public is invited to learn more about being prepared for water and other emergencies, including go-kit basics, weather warnings and watches, Everbridge emergency notification system basics, being insured vs. underinsured, and utility safety.

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Longmont Sales and Use Tax Seminar on May 16

Do you have questions about the business sales and use tax in Longmont? A free seminar that will answer all your questions will be held from noon to 2 pm on Friday, May 16, at the Civic Center, 350 Kimbark Street. Topics include sales tax basics, use tax overview, point of taxation information, and manufacturing and R&D exemptions. To register, call 303-651-8674 or email


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No Activities Allowed on St. Vrain and Left Hand Creeks

The Longmont City Manager has issued an emergency order that there be no swimming, tubing, boating, or other form of watercraft or other activity on the the St. Vrain and Left Hand Creeks within the City of Longmont, until further notice. The river channels remain obstructed by debris consisting of large rocks, concrete slabs, fallen trees, construction materials, and other such debris that has now created a higher level of risk to users of these two creeks and to the community. Given the risks created and increased by the flood, and exacerbated by these channel obstructions and the anticipated higher than normal spring runoff along the St. Vrain and Lefthand Creeks, this order extends throughout the Longmont city limits and applies until cancelled or revoked.

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Free Automatic Sprinkler Inspection Available

The City of Longmont and Center for ReSource Conservation have joined together to provide free sprinkler inspections for Longmont residents. A professional water auditor will recommend water schedules, visually inspect and pinpoint problems, outline recommended improvements, measure precipitation rate, take soil samples and determine even water coverage. Call 303-999-3820, ext. 217, to schedule your appointment. For more information visit

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Women's Handgun Safety and Shooting Course

In this class from 8 am to 6 pm on Sunday, May 18, you’ll learn how to safely store, carry and shoot firearms. The course is a combination of classroom and practical exercise and is appropriate for the beginner to immediate shooter. Attendees must be age 18 or older, and class size is limited to 20. For more information and to register visit


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Spring Runoff Making its Way Through Button Rock Dam

Each year, as the weather warms and runoff begins, the City’s Water Resources staff, in consultation with the State Engineer’s Office, begins releasing additional flows through Button Rock Dam. The water is released in a controlled and measured approach. This year, those increased flows began in late April. City staff will continue to progressively increase release amounts, essentially matching the flow of the North Saint Vrain Creek, through May and into June, which is the peak month for runoff flow. As flows are released, they move downstream along the St. Vrain to and through the communities of Lyons and Longmont. Initially, much of it is diverted to various irrigation ditches. Residents are reminded to stay out of these waterways, especially since early flows can carry some debris. Once ditches reach their seasonal flows, the additional runoff water from Button Rock Dam then travels in the St. Vrain Creek, increasing the flow rates through towns and neighborhoods along its course. Read more at

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