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Posted: 07/25/14

Longmont Reviewing Legal Options Following Judge's Fracking Ruling

The City of Longmont is reviewing its legal options after a Boulder County District Court judge struck down the City’s restriction on hydraulic fracking. “I am disappointed that the court has struck down Longmont’s fracking restrictions, which were initiated and approved by our citizens and became part of Longmont’s home rule charter over a year and a half ago,” Longmont Mayor Dennis Coombs said. “I have been pleased with our vigorous defense of Longmont’s charter, and we are considering all our options moving forward.” Read full release.

Coffee with Council on Saturday at CHUBurger

Longmont City Council is hosting Coffee with Council from 9 to 10 am on Saturday, July 26, at CHUBurger, 1225 Ken Pratt Boulevard. At this event, you can talk informally with at least two council members on any topic of your choice. Council members Gabe Santos and Jeff Moore are scheduled to attend. For information about council meetings and agendas, call the City Clerk’s Office at 303-651-8649.

Longmont to Host Two National Night Out Events

Get ready to celebrate at the 2014 National Night Out (NNO) which kicks off Tuesday, August 5, 2014 from 6 to 8 pm. There are two city host locations this year Kanemoto Park and Lanyon Park. For more information visit: http://www.ci.longmont.co.us/police/community/nno.htm

Storytime at Public Safety

Longmont Public Safety is hosting a Wednesday storytime for young children from 10:30 to 11 am on July 30, August 6 and August 13. Both parents and children attending these events must have a ticket as space is limited. We request that parents sign up for only one session to allow other children the opportunity to attend. One storytime will be held at the Safety & Justice Center, 225 Kimbark Street, and two will be held at local fire stations. To register visit http://www.ci.longmont.co.us/fire.

Free Movie in Thompson Park

Longmont Outdoor Cinema, presented by Longmont Recreation Services and White Fields Community Church, presents “The Lego Movie” in Thompson Park at 4th Avenue and Bross Street on Saturday, July 26. The movie will begin at dusk – approximately 8:30 pm. Come early for lots of pre-movie activities! Bring your lawn chair or blanket, food, beverages, and mosquito repellent. No alcohol is allowed in the park. Concessions will be available for $1. For more information call 303-775-3485 or visit http://www.ci.longmont.co.us/rec/special.

Help the City Choose New Welcome Signs

The old “Welcome to Longmont” signs will be removed soon, and plans are in the works for new city entryway signs. Give us your opinion on three monument sign designs by taking a five-minute survey at http://www.ci.longmont.co.us/survey. The survey is open through July 28.

Enroll Now for Fall Adult Sports Leagues

Registration is now open for Longmont Recreation & Golf Services’ adult fall competitive and recreational sports leagues. Fall team sports include flag football, softball, kickball and basketball. League start dates, fees and registration deadlines vary. For more information, visit http://www.ci.longmont.co.us/rec/athletics or call 303-774-4800.

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Posted: 07/18/14

Help the City Choose New Welcome Signs

The old “Welcome to Longmont” signs will be removed soon, and plans are in the works for new city entryway signs. Give us your opinion on three monument sign designs by taking a five-minute survey at http://www.ci.longmont.co.us/survey. The survey is open through July 28.

Civilian Police Academy Open for Applications

Initiated in 1988, the Citizen Police Academy is a 36-hour program spread over 12 weeks, designed to promote and enhance citizen understanding and awareness of the role of the Longmont Police Department in our community. The Academy meets from 6 to 9 pm on Wednesday nights from August 20 through November 5. Space is limited. The application deadline is 5 pm on August 14. For an application and more information visit http://www.ci.longmont.co.us/police/community/cpa.htm.

Airport Hosts Movie Night on Friday

Longmont's Vance Brand Airport is hosting movie night on Friday, July 18. The Tom Cruise movie Top Gun will be projected on to the big hangar at the Airport at 8 p.m. It's a family friendly environment and the airport loves having kids come. Refreshments will be available. Please bring your own chairs.

Community Meetings for Building Resilience

Responding to a disaster builds resilience. What worked for you during the flood? What didn’t work for you? What preparations have you made to prepare for other disasters, such as wildfire or drought? The public is invited to an informal discussion to share your experience so that our community can thrive in the long haul – no matter what hits us! There will be five sessions, each focusing on different segments of the community. All meetings will begin at 6:30 pm.

• Monday, July 21, at LifeBridge Christian Church, 10345 Ute Highway, for Longmont north side neighborhoods
• Wednesday, July 23, at Stephen’s Church, 1303 Bross Street, for Longmont businesses, nonprofits and faith community
• Monday, July 28, at LifeBridge Christian Church with a focus on recreation and public uses
• Wednesday, July 30, at St. Stephen’s Church for Longmont south side neighborhoods
• Thursday, July 31, at St. Stephen’s Church for Spanish speakers.

Call 303-651-8444 for more information in English or Español.

2014-2015 Art on the Move Celebration

The public is invited to join the Art in Public Places Commission in welcoming six new artists and their work at the dedication of Art on the Move 2014-2015 at 5:30 pm on Saturday, July 19, at St. Stephen’s Plaza, 5th Avenue and Main Street. Three sculptures have been installed at this location, as well as at the Civic Center, Waste Diversion Center and Kensington Park. A sneak preview bicycle tour leaving at 4:30 pm from St. Stephen’s Plaza will visit each of the artworks. For more information call 303-651-8924.

Business Plan Essentials for 2014

This workshop, from 6 to 9 pm on Tuesday, August 12, at the Longmont Area Chamber of Commerce, 528 Main Street, will help you complete or refine your business plan with an emphasis on understanding your market and developing financials. You’ll also receive additional resources that will help you complete your plan. This is a must for any entrepreneur, especially those seeking funding or in the early stages of business growth. Register at http://www.bouldersbdc.com/workshops.

Free Bus Service in Longmont

The City of Longmont and Boulder County have partnered to provide fare-free bus service in Longmont through 2014. Anyone can ride the local Longmont buses (323, 324, 326 or 327) as much as they want for free! No passes, fares or ID required; jump on and off as much as you’d like. If you use a local bus to access the regional buses (BOLT, L and J) ask the driver for a transfer, which is good for $2.25 off the regional bus fare. For more information, including schedules and maps, visit http://www.longmontbus.com.

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Posted: 07/11/14

FREE EVENT: Enjoy Rhythm on the River This Weekend

Rhythm on the River celebrates the environment, the community, art and music on July 11 and 12 at Roger’s Grove on Hover Road. Hours are 5 to 8 pm on Friday and 7 am to 8 pm on Saturday. Friday’s musical highlights include Chris Daniels and the Kings with special guest Freddy Gowdy at 6 pm and headliner Pure Prairie League at 6:30 pm. Saturday musical entertainment includes Colorado bands playing everything from country and swing to blues, rock, reggae, and Latin music. Enjoy performances in the Longmont Idol competition, the Longmont Youth Theatre Company and others. Meet local artists, visit the World Market vendors, and sample great food, fun crafts and activities for all ages. Parking is free at the Boulder County Fairgrounds. Visit http://www.ci.longmont.co.us/rotr or call 303-651-8404 for more information.

West Nile Threat Level Goes from Low to Severe

Boulder County Public Health has confirmed that three mosquito pools in Longmont have tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV). The current vector index is .91. When the vector index is at 0.75 or higher we are more concerned and want to make sure people take additional precautions.” Boulder County Public Health officials urge residents to take necessary precautions to protect themselves. Keep safe this summer, and remember the 4Ds:

1. Use DEET-enhanced insect repellent or alternative.
2. DRESS in long sleeves and pants.
3. Avoid the outdoors from DUSK until DAWN.
4. DRAIN standing water outside your home

Longmont residents can sign up to receive a weekly e-mail about mosquito activity in the city. Get information on how to protect yourself, and find out if there will be localized pesticide spraying in or near your neighborhood. Visit http://www.ci.longmont.co.us/selectalert to sign up and visit http://www.ci.longmont.co.us/westnile for more information.

Free Shredding Event on June 12

Recycle personal documents safely and securely. Bring boxed or bagged papers to the Waste Diversion Center at 140 Martin Street between 9 am and 2 pm on Saturday, July 12. Please bring identification and a copy of your most recent Longmont utility bill. This event is for residential documents only; no business materials will be accepted. For more information visit http://www.ci.longmont.co.us/solidwaste or call 303-651-8416.

Community Meetings for Building Resilience

Responding to a disaster builds resilience. What worked for you during the flood? What didn’t work for you? What preparations have you made to prepare for other disasters, such as wildfire or drought? The public is invited to an informal discussion to share your experience so that our community can thrive in the long haul – no matter what hits us! There will be five sessions, each focusing on different segments of the community. All meetings will begin at 6:30 pm.

• Monday, July 21, at LifeBridge Christian Church, 10345 Ute Highway, for Longmont north side neighborhoods
• Wednesday, July 23, at Stephen’s Church, 1303 Bross Street, for Longmont businesses, nonprofits and faith community
• Monday, July 28, at LifeBridge Christian Church with a focus on recreation and public uses
• Wednesday, July 30, at St. Stephen’s Church for Longmont south side neighborhoods
• Thursday, July 31, at St. Stephen’s Church for Spanish speakers.

Call 303-651-8444 for more information in English or Español.

Kanemoto Park Open House

Design for the Kanemoto Wading Pool Replacement Project is underway, and public input matters. Two concept plans have been prepared and will be available for review and comment at an open house from 5 to 7 pm on Tuesday, July 15, at Kanemoto Park. City staff and consultants will be available for questions and discussion. Call 303-651-8448 or email paula.fitzgerald@ci.longmont.co.us.

Community Night at Sandstone Ranch - Bats!

Bring a picnic and enjoy a free book signing and lecture for children and adults by Rick Adams at 6 pm on Tuesday, July 15, at the Sandstone Ranch Visitor Center, 3001 E. Ken Pratt Blvd. Dr. Adams’ research encompasses the ecology, evolution, and development of bats. His book “Bats of the Rocky Mountain West: Natural History, Ecology, and Conservation” will be available for sale. For information call 303-774-4692.

Free Bus Service in Longmont

The City of Longmont and Boulder County have partnered to provide fare-free bus service in Longmont through 2014. Anyone can ride the local Longmont buses (323, 324, 326 or 327) as much as they want for free! No passes, fares or ID required; jump on and off as much as you’d like. If you use a local bus to access the regional buses (BOLT, L and J) ask the driver for a transfer, which is good for $2.25 off the regional bus fare. For more information, including schedules and maps, visit http://www.longmontbus.com.

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Posted: 07/03/14

Most City Facilities Closed for Holiday

Longmont city government observes the Independence Day holiday on Friday, July 4. These facilities will be CLOSED: Civic Center, Service Center, Development Services Center, Museum, Library, Senior Center, Youth Center, St. Vrain Memorial Building, Centennial Pool and Waste Diversion Center. The Hazardous Materials Management Facility in Boulder also will be closed on Friday and Saturday. The Longmont Recreation Center will open from 10 am to 4 pm, and Sunset Pool will open for lap swim from 10 am to 1 pm and for lap and open swim from 1 to 5 pm. Roosevelt Activity Pool will be open regular hours.

Free Bus Service in Longmont

The City of Longmont and Boulder County have partnered to provide fare-free bus service in Longmont through 2014. Anyone can ride the local Longmont buses (323, 324, 326 or 327) as much as they want for free! No passes, fares or ID required; jump on and off as much as you’d like. If you use a local bus to access the regional buses (BOLT, L and J) ask the driver for a transfer, which is good for $2.25 off the regional bus fare. For more information, including schedules and maps, visit http://www.longmontbus.com.

Longmont Celebrates the Holiday with Fireworks at Fairgrounds

Longmont celebrates the Fourth of July with a free fireworks display at the Boulder County Fairgrounds (Hover & Boston) at 9:30 pm. There is no parking on the fairground. For the best view of the fireworks, park at a nearby shopping center and either walk to the fenced area in front of the Jack Murphy arena or watch from anywhere within a one mile radius of the fairgrounds. Handicapped accessible parking will be available at the fairground’s Nelson Road (south side of facility) entrance. Handicapped parking permits will be required. Listen to the music synchronized the fireworks at KRCN 1060AM. Please leave pets at home and keep them inside, as fireworks can be stressful for animals.For more information visit http://www.ci.longmont.co.us/fire/fire_safety/fireworks.htm.

Outdoor Warning System Test on July 7

The City’s Outdoor Emergency Warning System (OEWS) is being tested at 10 am on Monday, July 7. The system is tested the first Monday of every month, April through August. Other than for testing, the system will be used only to notify the community when immediate action should be taken. If you hear the sirens and it isn’t the first Monday of the month at 10 am, seek shelter immediately and tune to local media for information. Read more at http://www.ci.longmont.co.us/emergency/outdoorwarningsystem.htm.

Dickens Farm Park Design Open House

The 2013 flood altered this proposed park site, and the master plan now requires revision. The public is invited to see two concept plans for the site, share feedback and ask questions from 6 to 8 pm on Thursday, July 10, at the Parks Department building at 7 S. Sunset Street. For more information call 303-651-8448 or email paula.fitzgerald@ci.longmont.co.us.

Sign Up for West Nile e-Alerts

It’s West Nile mosquito season, and Longmont residents can sign up to receive a weekly e-mail about mosquito activity in the city. Get information on how to protect yourself, and find out if there will be localized pesticide spraying in or near your neighborhood. Visit http://www.ci.longmont.co.us/selectalert to sign up.

Enjoy Rhythm on the River July 11-12

Rhythm on the River celebrates the environment, the community, art and music on July 11 and 12 at Roger’s Grove on Hover Road. Hours are 5 to 8 pm on Friday and 7 am to 8 pm on Saturday. Friday’s musical highlights include Chris Daniels and the Kings with special guest Freddy Gowdy at 6 pm and headliner Pure Prairie League at 6:30 pm. Saturday musical entertainment includes Colorado bands playing everything from country and swing to blues, rock, reggae, and Latin music. Enjoy performances in the Longmont Idol competition, the Longmont Youth Theatre Company and others. Meet local artists, visit the World Market vendors, and sample great food, fun crafts and activities for all ages. Parking is free at the Boulder County Fairgrounds. Visit http://www.ci.longmont.co.us/rotr or call 303-651-8404 for more information.

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June -

Posted: 06/27/14

Have Coffee with Council on Saturday, June 28

Longmont City Council is hosting Coffee with Council from 9 to 10 am on Saturday, June 28, at Ute Creek Golf Course, 2000 Ute Creek Drive. At this event, you can talk informally with at least two council members on any topic of your choice. Council members Brian Bagley and Gabe Santos are scheduled to attend. For information about council meetings and agendas, call the City Clerk’s Office at 303-651-8649.

Button Rock Reserve Remains Closed

Button Rock Preserve and Ralph Price Reservoir are closed to the public until further notice. As work continues to rebuild County Road 80 that provides access and to clear logs and debris from the reservoir, the area remains dangerous. The public is asked to stay away so that repairs can proceed as quickly as possible. For updates visit http://bit.ly/flood-info.

Sign Up for West Nile e-Alerts

It’s West Nile mosquito season, and Longmont residents can sign up to receive a weekly e-mail about mosquito activity in the city. Get information on how to protect yourself, and find out if there will be localized pesticide spraying in or near your neighborhood. Visit http://www.ci.longmont.co.us/selectalert to sign up.

Roger's River Run 5K Run/Walk

Sign up now for the annual Roger’s River Run 5K Run on Saturday, July 12. Participants will enjoy a new course around Golden Ponds with a beautiful mountain view. Free parking is at the Boulder County Fairgrounds, and the race begins at 7:30 am in the parking lot on Boston Avenue across from the fairgrounds. Race includes a free Prairie Breakfast that spectators can enjoy for $3 cash. Preregistration is $17 for adults and $15 for youth 14 and younger and seniors 60 and older. Race-day fees increase $5. For information or to register, call 303-651-8406 or visit http://www.ci.longmont.co.us/rotr.

Longmont Voters Approve $20 Million Bond Issue

Longmont voters have approved the issuance of $20 million in bonds to rebuild the St. Vrain creek through Longmont to safely carry the 100 year flood flows. With approximately 69% support, voters recognized the destruction and devastation of the September 2013 floods and decided to rebuild the community to be more resilient and safe for current and future generations. The project will extend from Martin Street on the east to Airport Road on the west and will be one of the largest public works projects ever undertaken by our City.

Range Safety Volunteers Needed

Range Safety Volunteers help prevent problems on the firing range at the City of Longmont Firearms Training Facility through their diligence in educating users on range safety rules, providing range supervision, and enforcing safety rules, policies and procedures. For more information visit http://www.ci.longmont.co.us/police/volunteer/sj_volunteers.htm.

Volunteer at Rhythm on the River

Join more than 300 citizen volunteers to help make this year’s Rhythm on the River festival, July 11 and 12 at Roger’s Grove, a huge success! Several positions are available, and all volunteers receive a keepsake T-shirt to wear at the event. Register to volunteer at http://www.ci.longmont.co.us/rotr. For more information call 303-651-8415 or 303-651-8495.

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