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RESIDENTIAL TRASH RECEPTACLES

On May 21, 2018 City Council passed Ordinance No. 13, Series 2018. This ordinance pertains to trash disposal city-wide, and will modify residential regulations.

The ordinance becomes effective May 26, 2018. Code Enforcement will issue warnings through June for those not in compliance in order to provide residents a chance to become familiar with and in compliance with the new regulations.

The changes primarily focus on permitted:

Trash Containers – can be up to 2 cubic yards.

Place of Storage –must be behind the front façade of a building, or along side a fence or building if stored in an alleyway.

Place of Collection – may be placed in the street against the curb, on private property near the sidewalk, or against a fence/building if in an alleyway. Placement must not impede the flow of vehicles or pedestrian movement.

Construction dumpsters placed on public property require a permit with the City Engineer. Construction dumpsters placed on private property do not need a permit. Dumpsters must be emptied or removed within 24 hours after being full.

Persons needing an exemption from the requirements based on 1) physical ability to move trash receptacle or 2) unique property conditions, may contact Code Enforcement at City Hall and fill out an application.

The updated ordinance can be read in full online at
http://www.canoncity.org/Departments/MayorandCouncil/Agendas/RegularCouncil/2018/05-21/052118_Council_Agenda.PDF

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Stage 1 Fire Restrictions

The Canon City Area Fire Protection District is enacting Stage-1 Fire Restrictions effective 8:00 am, Monday, May 21st. The specific restrictions are listed in the document below.

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HISTORIC BIKE TOUR

Cañon City, CO—The Royal Gorge Regional Museum & History Center will lead a historic bike tour around the downtown and surrounding streets of Cañon City. The program will be led by Kathleen Eaton and Ashlee Sack. Tour highlights will include information on historic properties and biographies of prominent figures from Cañon City’s history. Interested parties should meet at the historic clock tower at the corners of Main and 3rd Street. This program will be held on Saturday, June 2nd at 6:00 PM. Participants should arrive 15 minutes early to sign a waiver. The program is free and open to the public. Participants are strongly advised to wear a helmet. Bicycles and helmets will not be provided. The ride will be leisurely with plenty of stops.

The museum and history center is located in the City of Cañon City’s former Municipal Building at 612 Royal Gorge Blvd. The hours of the museum and history center are Wednesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  For more information, call the museum at (719) 269-9036 or send an email to historycenter@canoncity.org.

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Denver Museum of Nature and Science Program

The Canon City Public Library and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science have partnered in “Be A Member For A Day” program.

If you are a Canon City Public Library cardholder in good standing, you are able to check out a Denver Museum of Nature and Science day pass from the library and be a member for a day.

This unique program is free for a family up to 7 members, it also includes a 10% discount to the café and gift shop.

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Growing Readers Event

Join the library on Monday, May 21st at 4 pm for their Growing Readers Event. Recycle plastic bottles to use in the Summer Reading Program kickoff event Water Play! This event is free and for all ages.

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Red Day Project

In March 2018, Jessica Unruh of Keller Williams contacted code enforcement officer Joelene Inman concerning “Red Day”. Jessica explained that she and a group of volunteers were looking for someone who had a property that was in dire need of assistance with clean-up.

Code enforcement spoke with a property owner who had a number of property violations that were unable to be addressed due to the owner’s medical and financial issues. This owner stated they had every intention of having a nice property but unfortunately were unable to take care of things right now. After discussing the “Red Day” project the owner stated they were very interested.

Code enforcement spoke to Jessica concerning the property and the owner’s position. Jessica stated that this sounded like a project they had been looking for and she already had 25 volunteers lined up.

On May 10, the volunteers for “Red Day” hauled off 2 trailers full of trash and filled up a dumpster, trimmed shrubs and trees, cleared the sidewalks of all debris, cut all weeds on the property, installed a new screen door and a new clothesline, and painted the whole outside of the house. All in one day! The group plans on possibly going back to finish the trim on the house and fix the back deck.

The owner of the property along with code enforcement would like to personally thank Jessica Unruh of the Keller Williams Performance Realty and all the volunteers for doing such a great job. This was a property that code enforcement received numerous complaints about and is located in a highly visible/traveled area.

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Older Americans Month

This month is Older Americans Month. The City of Cañon City is recognizing, celebrating, and honoring older adults, their families, and the people that serve them, as vital parts of our community. This year's theme is "Engage at Every Age".

We acknowledge the importance of taking part in activities that promote physical, mental, and emotional well-being—no matter your age. 

We also acknowledge the Golden Age Center includes countless older adults who enrich and strengthen our community. The Golden Age Center can enrich the lives of individuals of every age by promoting home and community based services that support independent living; involving older adults in community planning, events, and other activities; and providing opportunities for older adults to work, volunteer, learn, lead, and mentor.  #OAM18

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Lakeside Cemetery Tour

Cañon City, CO—The Royal Gorge Regional Museum & History Center will lead a cemetery walking tour in Lakeside Cemetery focusing on local veterans in recognition of Memorial Day. The program will be led by Nancy Masimer, the museum’s curator and Luise Barton who has spent many hours researching burials at Lakeside and works with “Find A Grave”. Tour highlights will include biographies of veterans, symbolism on markers, and cemetery etiquette. The tour will start at the cemetery and those interested should plan to meet by the flagpoles at Lakeside Cemetery at the corners of 9th and Elm. This program will be held at the cemetery on Saturday, May 26 at 1:00 PM. The program is free and open to the public.

The museum and history center is located in the City of Cañon City’s former Municipal Building at 612 Royal Gorge Blvd. The hours of the museum and history center are Wednesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For more information, call the museum at (719) 269-9036 or send an email to historycenter@canoncity.org.

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Video of Code Enforcement 101 Presentation

The Code Enforcement 101 presentation will air on local Channel 191 starting today at 9 a.m., noon, 3 p.m. & 6 p.m. and from Sunday until Tuesday it will air at 9 a.m., noon and 3 p.m. You can also view it online here.

Relocation of UAACOG Recycle Bins

The UAACOG recycle bins that were were previously outside of Big R along Fremont Drive have been relocated. They are now in the parking lot across the street from Safeway!

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Historic Preservation and the Rudd House

Cañon City, CO—The Royal Gorge Regional Museum & History Center will hold a program for anyone interested in learning more about historic preservation. The program will explore how places become local historical landmarks and the process it takes to restore and preserve buildings. This will be an opportunity for anyone interested in placing a building onto the local historical registry to understand the process. The program will include a tour of the historic Rudd House. Anyone interested should contact the museum to sign up and reserve their spot because space is limited. This program will be held in the museum’s program room on Saturday, May 19 at 1:00 PM and is free and open to the public.

The museum and history center is located in the City of Cañon City’s former Municipal Building at 612 Royal Gorge Blvd. The hours of the museum and history center are Wednesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  For more information, call the museum at (719) 269-9036 or send an email to historycenter@canoncity.org.

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Food For Fines

The Canon City Public Library is partnering with The Pantry of Fremont to be a drop off point to donate non-perishable food items to the pantry.  The library has user friendly hours M-Th 10-6 and F and S 10-5, and we are conveniently located at 516 Macon Ave.  

If you want to donate non-perishable food items to The Pantry of Fremont you are able to drop them off at the library. If you want to pay your fines with non-perishable food items we will accept the items and give them to the pantry. 

It is a win win!

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Fire/Wind Mitigtation Help for Homeowners

This is the season to think about fire and wind mitigation. Did you know that Central Colorado Housing has a Home Repair Program to help home owners trim/remove trees, shrubs, bushes and other fire/wind dangers from around your home. For more information about this program call 719.275.4191 x111.

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Fremont Drive Property Owner Meetings

Property owners on Fremont Drive, if you have not done so yet, please call the City Engineer at 719.276.5291 to schedule your one-on-one meeting to discuss the US 50 East Access Control Plan.

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Kiewit Work on 2017 2A Street Punchlist Items

Kiewit construction crews will be completing punch list items from the 2017 2A Street Improvement Project beginning this spring. Canon City residents should expect to see intermittent temporary lane restrictions as punch list items are completed. Remaining work includes infrared heat treat at water valves, finishing manholes and joints, touch-up shoulder work, and landscaping. Completing required punch list items will begin mid-May and wrap up in late summer.

NOTICE OF CONSTRUCTION

CAÑON CITY 4TH STREET BRIDGE REHABILITATION

Beginning the week of May 7th, a City contractor will be replacing the bridge rail and repairing the surface concrete and asphalt surfaces of the 4th Street Viaduct. The bridge will be closed for the duration of the work. Construction should be complete by mid-June 2018.

The City appreciates your patience and cooperation. Questions or concerns about this project should be directed to the City Engineer at 269-9011 8am-5pm M-F.

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Canon City Safeway Raises Funds to Protect Local Police Officers

The Safeway Foundation is currently in the midst of a campaign to raise funds to benefit local law enforcement officers and trying to help outfit local police departments with body armor provided by the Shield 616 group. Whenever a customer purchases items at Safeway, the customer is asked if they would like to donate money to “Support the Shield.” With a simple donation of $1, $3, or $5, the customer will be donating to equip a local police officer with body armor. This campaign is currently underway now thru May 9.


On Saturday, April 28, 2018 from 10 am to 1 pm, Canon City Police Officers will be on-hand at the Safeway location at 1414 Main St. to educate the public on the body armor being provided. Please stop by and see us. We appreciate the efforts of our local Safeway and the public in helping to accommodate in the protection of our officers.

~Tim Bell, Administrative Sergeant
Cañon City Police Department

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National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

The Cañon City Police Department and the Florence Police Department are taking back unwanted prescription drugs.

When:
April 28, 2018 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Where:
Cañon City Police Department, 161 Justice Center Rd., Cañon City
FCSO, Garden Park building, 201 N. 6th St., Canon City
Florence Police Department, 600 W. 3rd Street, Florence

On Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Cañon City Police Department, Florence Police Department, Fremont County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public its 15th opportunity in 8 years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to the Cañon City Police Department at 161 Justice Center Road or the Florence Police Department at 600 W. 3rd Street, or the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office Garden Park Building, 201 N. 16th St. (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last October Americans turned in 456 tons (912,305 pounds) of prescription drugs at almost 5,321 sites operated by the DEA and 4,274 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 14 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 9 million pounds—more than 4,500 tons—of pills.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.


For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the April 28 Take Back Day event, go to the DEA Diversion website.

Timothy Bell
Administrative Sergeant
Cañon City Police Department

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LIBRARY CLOSURE

The Canon City Public Library will be closed Saturday, May 5th for Blossom.

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Schools Community Town Hall

On Monday, April 9th, the Canon City School District hosted a Schools Community Town Hall meeting on local school safety, security response, and prevention efforts. This meeting featured a panel discussion with community school officials, law enforcement, and service agencies. The video is available to view at https://youtu.be/a76YAxDmbl0

Keep Canon Clean Team Application Deadline

The volunteer application deadline for the Keep Cañon Clean Team is Monday, April 30th by 4:30 pm. The prerequisite to get involved was attending the Code Enforcement 101 Presentation held on Tuesday, April 24th. For questions please contact Code Enforcement Officer Joelene Inman at 719.269.9011.

Old-Timers Coffee

The Royal Gorge Regional Museum & History Center will hold an open discussion about the cement industry in Fremont County. Longtime residents of Fremont County are welcome to join the discussion about their experiences and stories of companies such as Holcim, Ideal, and Ritzman and supporting towns over coffee and a light snack. Related documents and images are encouraged. The discussion will be filmed so it can be added to the oral history collection within the museum. This program will be held in the museum’s program room on Thursday, May 3rd at 9 AM and is free and open to the public.

The museum and history center is located in the City of Cañon City’s former Municipal Building at 612 Royal Gorge Boulevard. The hours of the museum and history center are Wednesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For more information, call the museum at 269-9036 or send an email to historycenter@canoncity.org.

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May 4th Star Wars Movie & Cookout Party

The Cañon City Public Library is hosting a “May the 4th Be With You” party on May 4th at 2 pm. Come dressed as your favorite Star Wars character and watch a Star Wars film. Free, fun, food (we will have a cookout) for all ages!

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WATER TREATMENT PLANT OPEN HOUSE

The City of Cañon City Water Department invites you to join in commemorating 146 years of service to Cañon City’s public health. As part of National Drinking Water Week, the City Water Department is recognizing the generations of Cañon residents who ensured that our community had an ample supply of safe drinking water.

The City of Cañon City Water Department and City residents have worked together to help ensure the standard of living we all now enjoy. We want to let you know a little bit more about how we have done it. You are invited to an Open House at our Water Treatment Plant at 103 Tunnel Drive on Friday, May 11th from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm for informative tours of our facility and have available staff to answer your questions about your water supply. Water Treatment Plant tours will begin at the top of each hour. If you have a group that would prefer a private tour or at another time, please contact Travis Payne, Cañon City Water Treatment Plant Chief Plant Operator, at 269-9019. Please come join us!

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HAPPY EARTH DAY!

The following article "Earth Day 2018: How You Can Make a Difference Today & Every Day!" discusses a variety of ways that you can make a difference, one of which is to recycle.

Did you know there are four recycling locations in Cañon City that are provided in conjunction with the UAACOG? These are generally located:
a) 6th & Royal Gorge Blvd, behind the Municipal Museum
b) 1401 Oak Creek Grade Road, front of WinNelson (near Starpoint)
c) 330 Royal Gorge Blvd, under the 4th Street bridge
d) 1711 Fremont Drive, in the BIG R parking lot

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EARTH DAY IS 48 YEARS OLD

The Community Development team that includes Strategic Planning, Current Planning & Zoning, Code Enforcement, and Building Division joins the community in being uniquely Cañon in celebrating Earth Day this Sunday April 22, 2018.

Earth Day is 48 years old. This is a perfect time to enjoy the beautiful outdoor environment of the Cañon City region. It is also a great time for a teaching opportunity, a learning opportunity, and a Keep Cañon Clean opportunity.

Teach someone a fact about how human impact can affect the natural environment. 

Learn something new about how a simple shift in a habit can reduce negative impact to the environment.

Advocate for Keep Cañon Clean by picking up a piece of trash in the street or on the trail when you see it, or reaching out to a neighbor and helping them clean up.

Let’s participate in a uniquely Cañon Earth Day challenge – doing one thing different from your normal routine to support Earth Day!

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Tree City, USA - Arbor Day

"The City of Cañon City has been named Tree City, USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation for the 38th consecutive year", Parks Director Rex Brady said today.

"Municipalities entering the nationwide program receive the designation on the recommendation of the state foresters. Communities must meet the following standards to qualify: they must have adopted a city tree ordinance; have a comprehensive urban forestry program; and annually observe Arbor Day", Brady added. The City first received recognition in 1980 as a result of its tree maintenance and planting program and its Dutch Elm Disease Program.

The public is invited to participate in the City’s observance of Arbor Day on Friday, April 27th 2018 at Centennial Park Playground, 221 Griffin Avenue. The ceremony will take place at 10:00 am and will include the planting of a tree and presentation of a Tree City, USA plaque to Mayor Preston Troutman from the District Forester John Grieve with the Colorado State Forest Service.

A community's tree planting program is a living memorial to the citizens' concern for our quality of life. The beauty of the trees, their practical benefits, will last for years to come", John Rosenow, Executive Director for The National Arbor Day Foundation said. “An effective community forestry program is an ongoing process of renewal and improvement, a program of tree planting and care that continues through the years", Rosenow said. "The Tree City, USA award is an excellent indication that there is a solid foundation for that process of improvement."

The City of Cañon City encourages everyone to come out and celebrate with us on Friday, April 27th at 10:00 a.m. at Centennial Park to recognize the valuable asset that we share as a Tree City, USA.

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE

The City of Cañon City and the Colorado Department of Transportation with their consultant Stolfus & Associates will hold a Public Open House for the US Highway 50 East Cañon Access Control Plan on Thursday, April 26, 2018 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at City Hall, 128 Main Street, Cañon City, CO 81212.

The Access Control Plan is a long-range plan for future access to US 50 as growth occurs between 15th Street and Raynolds Ave. For more information, contact the consultant project manager, Michelle Hansen, Stolfus & Associates, Inc. at (303) 221-2330.

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CCHS MOVIE NIGHTS AND DISCUSSION

The Canon City Public Library (516 Macon Ave) is honored to be hosting the Canon City High School Student’s movie nights and discussion events!

The students have picked the movies and will have concessions available for a fee. Money collected will be donated to a charity. The students are encouraging the public to join in on the event and contribute to the discussion after the viewing. Movie ratings are R and PG. 

There are 5 different movies and dates in April and May.

  • Thursday, April 19th
  • Thursday, April 26th
  • Thursday, May 10th
  • Tuesday, May 15th
  • Thursday, May 17th

All showings are at the library 516 Macon Ave at 5:30 pm after regular hours.

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Volunteer Application

The "Keep Cañon Clean Team" Volunteer Application and Liability Waver are available to download and fill out. Completed applications may be submitted to City Hall at 128 Main Street or emailed to Code Enforcement Officer Joelene Inman at joinman@canoncity.org

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KEEP CANON CLEAN TEAM

Code Enforcement has initiated a program for volunteers to assist Code Enforcement with community patrolling of violations. Code Enforcement’s Keep Cañon Clean Team program will consist of 5-6 volunteers who will patrol assigned neighborhoods within Cañon City. The program will run from May to August. Volunteers will be scheduled to make their inspection tours on weekdays between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Volunteers will leave courtesy door hangers at a residence concerning the violation found.

Training

  • Prerequisite: Code Enforcement 101 presentation on Tuesday, April 24th.
  • Three key violations: weeds, litter, and inoperable vehicles. These are the most common nuisance violations, city-wide.

Timeline
Volunteer applications can be submitted starting April 24th after the Code Enforcement 101 presentation. Training to begin May 9th at 10:00 am.

Should you have questions, please call Joelene Inman at 269-9011. To sign up for the program email Joelene at joinman@canoncity.org.

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CODE ENFORCEMENT 101 PROGRAM

Code Enforcement has initiated a program to educate the public about Code Enforcement’s purpose and objectives. A PowerPoint presentation followed by Q&A concerning codes and violations will be held on Tuesday, April 24th from 1-2pm and again from 6-7pm at City Hall. Refreshments and cookies will be provided.

Should you have questions, please call Joelene Inman at 269-9011. To sign up for the program email Joelene at joinman@canoncity.org and let her know which session you will be attending.

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CCPD DRUG TAKE BACK EVENT

The Canon City Police Department is hosting a Drug Take Back event on April 28th, 2018 at the Canon City Police Department at 161 Justice Center Road in Canon. The Florence PD will also be hosting the event at the Florence Police Department at 600 W. 3rd St. in Florence and the Fremont County Sheriff’s Department will be hosting theirs at the Garden Park Building at 201 N. 6th St. in Canon City. All events will run from 10:00am-2:00pm. We cannot accept liquids, needles or sharpsflyer

Downtown Canon City Consumer Survey

The Cañon City Economic Development Office in collaboration with the Downtown Merchants Association is launching a Live, Work, and Play consumer survey for Cañon City’s downtown core. The survey responses will be used to improve the shopping experience Downtown and to help recruit retailers, restaurants, and other consumer amenities to the Downtown.

Survey participants will be entered into a drawing for a prize basket worth $425 with prizes from Bella Capelli, Cell House, Chrysalis Consignment, Classic Furniture, Dungeon Inc., M&M Decorating, and Tailored West.

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ANNUAL FIRE HYDRANT TESTING & WATER MAIN FLUSHING

Beginning Monday April 16, 2018 the Cañon City Water Department will begin its annual program of exercising fire hydrants throughout the system. The purpose of this program is to remove sediment and tuberculation from the water mains, which improves the water quality.

Flushing will begin at the western end of the system and work toward the eastern end. It will take about 6 weeks to complete. You may experience cloudy water or low pressure for a short period of time during this flushing program. Should you have questions, please call the Cañon City Water Department at 269-9022.

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Youth Empowerment Program

The Canon City Public Library will be hosting an informational and organizational meeting for parents and families on Saturday, April 14th at 10:30 am. 

Toni Goggans will be the moderator of the meeting. Toni hopes to have classes for children and youth here at the library in the future months to help with youth empowerment, as well as teaching courtesy, kindness, generosity.   

It is a program that is fun and engaging as well as learning morals and the mentoring of our youth to have a heart toward service. This meeting will be hands on and explain the future classes in detail, any questions will be answered.

This is a free program, and the classes will be free. Come on Saturday April 14th at 10:30 am if you have children or youth in your care. 

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Street Painting

The Street Department will start street painting, including parking stalls/crosswalks/center lines/fog lines, beginning Tuesday, April 10th and continuing thru Friday, April 27th. Please slowdown in the work zones and around the painting equipment. The paint being used is water-based and will wash off with a pressure washer if addressed as soon as possible. Any questions can be directed to Street Superintendent Tony Falgien at 719.269.9027.

Growing Readers Earth Day Event

The Canon City Public Library is hosting another Growing Readers Event on April 16th at 4 pm. Earth Day is in April and what better way to celebrate but by making paper by recycling? This hands on event is going to be fun, educational, and is open to kids of all ages. Refreshments will be served and everyone is welcome.

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Avengers Movie Showing

The Cañon City Public Library will be showing the first two Avengers movies in preparation for Avengers 3: Infinity War!

The Avengers will be shown on April 7th at 2 pm and Avengers: Age of Ulton will be shown on April 14th at 2 pm. This event is free for all ages.

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Looking for volunteers?

The Canon City Public Library has a new resource that we hope will grow and benefit our community.

Looking for volunteers? The Canon City Public Library has a new service to help you do just that. At the front desk there is a three ring binder waiting for your volunteer requests. Put your request on a 8 ½ by 11 inch piece of paper, describing what you need, and be sure to include your contact information. Give it to the person at the front desk and they will get it into the binder. The binder will be treated like a reference book and not leave the library. Potential volunteers are encouraged to look at the binder and contact the persons whose request sound interesting to them.

1992 Electric Utility Franchise Agreement

The 1992 Electric Utility Franchise Agreement is up for renewal this year. Voters will be given an opportunity to vote on this matter and details will be provided as information becomes available.

Canon Proud Clean-Up Trash Vouchers

The City of Cañon City is now out of trash vouchers and will not have any more.

The 2018 Cañon Proud Clean-Up is still on-going.


Partners in this event include Twin Enviro Services, R.D. Recycling, Junk Masters, and Call it Gone Metal Recyclers. In addition to the trash disposal vouchers (free disposal will end on April 30, 2018 at 4:00 pm), the following partners will accept recycling, appliances, vehicles, and specific metals; please contact them directly if their services are desired:

Twin Enviro’s “Phantom Landfill” at 2500 Fremont County Road 67 (north of the airport), Penrose, 372-6671. Hours of operation are from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm; Monday through Saturday.

  • R.D. Recycling, located at 1501 High Street (719-641-0630 or 275-2052) will accept appliances Monday through Saturday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm for free disposal. They will also pick up large loads in bulk. Brass, aluminum, and copper will be purchased at prevailing rates. They will purchase automobile batteries for $3 each.
  • Junk Masters (call or text 429-4590 or 429-2219) will pick up scrap metal, appliances, vehicles/campers, batteries, pipe, wire, machinery, etc., for free. They will not accept TVs, wood, tires, furniture, paints or other household chemicals or trash.
  • Call It Gone Metal Recyclers (call or text 671-7062) will pick up all cars, trucks, campers. They will also pick up all metals, appliances and batteries. They also have clean up services.
For a list of other maintenance providers in our community please view the following flyer.

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DITCH/CULVERT MAINTENANCE RESPONSIBILITY

Irrigation season begins soon and water will be flowing in the ditches and laterals again. The Oil Creek Ditch and South Cañon Ditch are already on and the Hydraulic Ditch should be on within a week or two.
 
Regardless of whether you own water rights or use the irrigation water, it is the responsibility of the property owners/tenants to keep the ditches adjacent to the property free of debris which may cause obstructions to the free flow of water (City of Cañon City Municipal Code 12.16.020).
 
Remember also that our irrigation ditches and laterals are not to be used for dumping of trash, pet/animal waste, vegetative matter or any other substance. The water that flows in the ditches is used for irrigating crops, yards and gardens. The water eventually makes its way back to the Arkansas River and anything dumped into the ditch has the potential to be carried to the river. Trash and debris may also plug trash racks along the ditches, which may lead to the ditch overflowing during heavy storm events. You can help keep trash and debris out of the ditches by not throwing anything into them, not littering City Streets, and by making sure the lids to your garbage dumpsters are kept securely closed to prevent blowing trash from entering the ditches.

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Introduction to Genealogy: An Overview of Records and Where to Find Them

The Royal Gorge Regional Museum & History Center will hold a program for anyone interested in learning more about genealogy and how to research their ancestry. The program will be led by Terri Meeks and will explore how to use census, vital, land, and military records. Anyone interested should contact the museum to sign up and reserve their spot. This program will be held in the museum’s program room on Saturday, April 14 from 1:00-3:00 PM and is free and open to the public.

The museum and history center is located in the City of Cañon City’s former Municipal Building at 612 Royal Gorge Blvd. The hours of the museum and history center are Wednesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  For more information, call the museum at (719) 269-9036 or send an email to historycenter@canoncity.org.

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Poetry Open Mic

April is National Poetry Month and The Canon City Public Library will be hosting an open mic event on First Friday, April 6th, from 6-7 pm.

All ages are welcome; come and share a poem, rap or story. Read something that speaks to you or that you have written! Light refreshments will be available. This is a free event.

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Extended Road Closure CR 123

Due to unforeseen circumstances CR 123 from 4-Mile Lane to 4-Mile Parkway will remain closed until Tuesday, April 3rd. If there are any questions, please contact Street Superintendent Tony Falgien at 719.269.9027.

Library Support through Amazon Smile

You can now support the "Canon City Public Library Foundation" by using Amazon Smile.

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District 4 City Council Opening


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Old-Timers Coffee Discussing Estes Industries

The Royal Gorge Regional Museum & History Center will hold an open discussion about Estes Industries in Penrose. Longtime residents of Fremont County are welcome to join the discussion about their experiences and stories of this local company and their products over coffee and a light snack. The discussion will be filmed so it can be added to the oral history collection within the museum. This program will be held in the museum’s program room on Thursday, April 5th at 9 AM and is free and open to the public.

The museum and history center is located in the City of Cañon City’s former Municipal Building at 612 Royal Gorge Boulevard. The hours of the museum and history center are Wednesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For more information, call the museum at 269-9036 or send an email to historycenter@canoncity.org.

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"DINO DAZE" SCULPTURES MAP

Wondering where to find all of the "Dino Daze" Public Art Sculptures. Here is a map to help guide you on your search for the Bighorn Sheep, Brachiosaurus, Rebbachisaurus, Stegosaurus, Triceratops, and Tyrannosaurus Rex.
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GOCO awards $350,000 to the City for River Corridor Improvements

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On Thursday, March 15th, the Great Outdoors Colorado board awarded a $350,000 grant to the City of Cañon City for River Corridor Improvements. 

Grant details read "The City of Cañon City will make a variety of updates to enhance the experience of residents and visitors when recreating along the Arkansas River. The city will build an outdoor classroom along the river, update the existing Centennial Park play wave and construct a new “Ice House” play wave, designate an in-river play area for children, improve the existing boat take-out ramp, and add a gate system for competitive slalom paddlers."

For more information visit http://www.goco.org/news/goco-awards-43-million-community-parks-outdoor-recreation-projects-across-colorado

Chess Club

The Canon City Public Library will host a chess club meeting in the Carnegie room every Wednesday at 10:00 am.

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Road Closure

The City will be closing County Road 123 from 4-Mile Lane to 4-Mile Parkway for culvert installation/patching. This closure will run from Tuesday, March 20th thru Tuesday, March 27th weather permitting. Businesses will be accessible from 4-Mile Parkway. If there are any questions, please contact Street Superintendent Tony Falgien at 719.269.9027.

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Harry Potter Trivia Challenge

The Cañon City Public Library will be hosting a Harry Potter Trivia Challenge on Tuesday, March 20th at 4:15 pm. Test your knowledge of the Wizarding World!  All ages are welcome. Event will be held in the Carnegie Room.

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Canon City Police Lockout Participation with Canon City RE-1 Schools

NEWS RELEASE

On March 13, 2018 at approximately 9:45 a.m., the Canon City School District called for a lockout status for all schools today. This was a precautionary measure in response to a threat directed at another school district in Fremont County. The student walk-out planned nationally to show support for the victims of the Marjory Stoneman-Douglas High School shooting was also a factor in determining whether to conduct a district wide lockout. The walk-out was originally anticipated only at the High School, and students were being allowed to “walk-out” to the gym to show support.

The Canon City RE-1 School District decided to expand the precautionary lock-out district wide. There are no current threats to the Canon City School District, but the Canon City Police Department was present in support of the district’s lockout. The Canon City Police Department intends to support the school district’s efforts to prepare and plan for any possible threats. Together we will continue to train and modify response protocols to more effectively keep the public informed and protect our children.

For Immediate Release Date: March 14, 2018
Contact: Timothy Bell
Administrative Sergeant
Cañon City Police Department
161 Justice Center Rd.
Cañon City, CO. 81212
trbell@canoncity.org

Growing Readers and Plants Together

The Canon City Public Library is hosting another Growing Readers Together event on Monday, March 19th at 4:00 pm.

With Spring just around the corner, we are planning a planting event! We will have pots, seeds and dirt. Libraries grow readers and readers grow plants and flowers.

Everyone is welcome to this free program—bring a friend. Let’s get ready to play, plant, and grow together!

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2018 CANON PROUD! CLEAN-UP BEGINS MARCH 19th

Local officials and businesses are once again gearing up for the annual Cañon Proud Clean-Up Campaign. A limited number of trash vouchers for free disposal of household trash, furniture, construction debris, brush, logs, leaves and yard waste will be available on a first-come, first-served basis to Cañon City and Fremont County residents beginning on March 19th and ending on April 30th. Trash vouchers are good for free disposal of ½ ton (one regular pick-up truck bed filled no higher than the sideboards) at Twin Enviro’s “Phantom Landfill” at 2500 Fremont County Road 67 (north of the airport), Penrose, 372-6671. (Amounts of trash in excess of ½ ton will be charged extra on site.)  Hours of operation are from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm; Monday through Saturday.

Cañon City residents may pick up a voucher from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday at City Hall, 128 Main Street. Those living outside the City limits may pick up a voucher from 7:30 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Thursday (they are closed on Friday) at Room 105 of the Fremont County Administration Building, 615 Macon Avenue. Proof of residency is required when obtaining a voucher.  Only one voucher will be issued per household. Free disposal will end on April 30, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.  All loads must be covered, and no commercial haulers or contractors qualify for these vouchers.

Partners in this event include Twin Enviro Services, R.D. Recycling, Junk Masters, and Call it Gone Metal Recyclers. In addition to the trash disposal vouchers, the following partners will accept recycling, appliances, vehicles, and specific metals; please contact them directly if their services are desired:

  • R.D. Recycling, located at 1501 High Street (719-641-0630 or 275-2052) will accept appliances Monday through Saturday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm for free disposal. They will also pick up large loads in bulk. Brass, aluminum, and copper will be purchased at prevailing rates.  They will purchase automobile batteries for $3 each.
  • Junk Masters (call or text 429-4590 or 429-2219) will pick up scrap metal, appliances, vehicles/campers, batteries, pipe, wire, machinery, etc., for free. They will not accept TVs, wood, tires, furniture, paints or other household chemicals or trash.
  • Call It Gone Metal Recyclers (call or text 671-7062) will pick up all cars, trucks, campers.  They will also pick up all metals, appliances and batteries. They also have clean up services.

As always, no tires, dead animals, or hazardous wastes will be accepted at any site.

K-9 Officer Shred-a-Thon Fundraiser

CCPD is having a SHRED-A-THON fundraiser! Stop by the CCPD parking lot on March 8th from 10:30-11:30 and drop off all your unwanted shred items. Federal Shredding will be there to shred your documents (they ask that all paper clips, staples, binder rings, etc be removed). Cpl. Cyr, K9 Officer Duke, and Officer Ownbey will be doing a demonstration as well!

All donations made will go to raise funds for a new K9 Officer.


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NIGHT IN THE MUSEUM

The Royal Gorge Regional Museum and History Center will be hosting a “Night in the Museum” where families with children between the ages of 7-13 are welcome to spend the night within the museum. The event will begin at 7 PM on Saturday, March 17th and will end at 8 AM the next day. Families will be provided a behind the scenes tour of the collections, hands-on activities with artifacts and a movie.

Small snacks will be provided in the evening. The event is free and open to the public. All families must have at least one adult guardian attend. To register, please call or email the museum by March 3rd. Once registered, families will receive a packet with more information. Space is limited.

For any questions, please visit us, email historycenter@canoncity.org, or call (719)269-9036. The hours of the museum and history center are Wednesday through Saturday, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. 

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VOLUNTEER VICTIM ADVOCATES SOUGHT

(Canon City) -- A young parent who has just become a victim of domestic violence. A family grieving over the death of a loved one. A teenage girl who has been sexually assaulted. All of these and many other victims of crime in Canon City find comfort and resources through the Victim Assistance Unit of the Canon City Police Department.

Sheri Warnock, CCPD Victim Assistance Coordinator is accepting applications for VOLUNTEER victim advocates to help serve the needs of crime victims and others impacted by traumatic events. Applicants must be at least 21 years old and have a genuine concern for victims. The selection process includes completion of the application, a background check and personal interview. No prior experience is necessary. Successful applicants will be provided with training.

Volunteer advocates will assist in providing victim assistance, emotional support and resource information to local crime victims. Advocates will be asked to help fill on-call shifts of their choice during evening hours and on weekends. The volunteer advocates are supervised and evaluated by the Victim Assistance Coordinator.

For more information about this rewarding opportunity to help others in the community, contact Warnock at 276-5617. Applications may be picked up at the Canon City Police Department Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm. Volunteer today!

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Free Chautauqua Event

Charles Everett Pace will be performing as Malcolm X in a Chautauqua performance at the old Skyline Theater located at 606 Main St. during First Friday on March 2nd at 6:00 pm.

This free performance is brought to you by Colorado Humanities and the Canon City Public Library Foundation. The venue is generously provided by Skyline Theater.

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Municipal Building & Museum Celebrating 90 Years

It seems like only yesterday, the Cañon City Municipal Building first opened its doors to the public on March 1, 1928. Hold On! What? That was 90 years ago!

Yes, the Old Municipal Building and the History Museum (formerly called the City Municipal Museum) will be celebrating its 90th birthday on Thursday, March 1st, 2018 with an “Open House” and “Behind the Scenes” tour of this local relic.

Exactly ninety years ago to the day, the city opened this building with great fanfare and we hope to commemorate that historic occasion with a birthday cake. The 90th Birthday “Open House” and “Behind the Scenes” Tour will be from 6pm – 8pm. And just like all those years ago, it will be free and open for everyone to enjoy. Please join us in celebrating 90 wonderful years of preserving our local history.

For more information, please visit the Royal Gorge Regional Museum or call Lisa Studts at (719)269-9036. The hours of the museum and history center are Wednesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

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Grand Opening of New Playground at Centennial Park

New playground equipment at Centennial Park has been installed and will be ready for children to play on come March 10th! Please join us at Centennial “Duck” Park on Saturday, March 10th at 10:00 am for the Grand Opening of our new playground. For questions please contact Rex Brady, Parks Director at 719.269.9028.

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Coffee with a Cop

Come visit with officers of the Cañon City Police Department over a cup of coffee! They would love to see you there to answer any of your questions, or just chit chat for while! Wednesday, March 7th at 8:30 am at Village Inn.

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Dino Daze Round 2

We are still accepting applications for Round 2 of the "Dino Daze" public art project. Applications can be viewed and downloaded at http://www.rgmhc.org/dinodaze
 
Be sure to submit your applications before the Friday, March 2nd deadline!

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Lead and Copper Water Sampling

The City of Cañon City Water Department has worked to control lead in its water system for many years; it is one of our standard operating procedures to keep the drinking water clean and safe. Many City water customers may not know what we do to control lead, or why.

Please read this document on Lead and Copper sampling in Cañon City.

If you have questions or believe the plumbing in your home dates from 1983-1986, has lead plumbing from any date and would like to be in our sampling plan please contact Travis Payne, Chief Plant Operator, at the Water Treatment Plant at 719-269-9019.

Citizens Police Academy

The Cañon City Police Department will be holding their Citizens Police Academy from March 26th thru April 26th. Sessions will start on Monday, March 26th at 6pm and held over the course of five weeks on the following Thursday's from 6-8pm. View and download the enrollment application and syllabus here. Applications are due by Thursday, March 15th.

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Dr. Seuss Birthday Party

The Canon City Public Library is hosting our annual Dr. Seuss Birthday Party on Thursday March 1st from 4-6 pm!

We have many things planned for the afternoon; movie, stories, games, prizes, activities, refreshments will be served. Come dressed as your favorite Seuss character.

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CAÑON CITY COUNCIL SEEKS MEMBER TO THE ROYAL GORGE REGIONAL TOURISM COUNCIL

An exciting opportunity exists for an individual who wishes to serve on the Regional Tourism Council. Letters of interest are being accepted for the vacated seat held by Kristyn Econome. This member must be a “current or past tourist industry leader”. This council was created to promote, market, manage, and coordinate tourist-related activities within Cañon City and the Royal Gorge region. If you are interested in serving on this council, please submit a letter of interest along with your tourism experience to City Council, c/o Cathy Rabe, MMC, City Clerk, P.O. Box 1460, 128 Main Street, Cañon City, CO  81215. Letters must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 28th. For more information or questions, contact City Clerk Rabe at 276-5242. The City Council reserves the right to make the final decision on selection of members. 

Pop Culture Trivia Challenge

The Canon City Public Library will be hosting a pop culture trivia event for all ages on Tuesday, February 20th at 3 pm. Come and test your knowledge of pop culture!

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Proposed Stormwater Fee Increase

City Council is prepared on February 19th to adopt an increase to stormwater fees in order to fund the annual operating, maintenance, and capital stormwater costs in 2018. The fee has not increased in ten years and the city has an operating fund deficit in the stormwater fund compounded by a $75 million capital project backlog. Please view the following FAQ document on stormwater and utility fees.

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Canon City Council Seeks Resident To Fill Council Seat

An exciting opportunity exists for a resident of Cañon City who wishes to serve on the Cañon City Council. Letters of Interest are being accepted for the At-Large Seat recently vacated by Kathy Schumacher. As the current City Council wishes to move the community forward, they seek a progressive individual who is willing to contribute the necessary time and energy to assist the current Council in achieving their goals in progressing Cañon City into the future.

Letters should include a list of experiences and why you wish to serve in this capacity. Such letters should be addressed to the Cañon City Council, c/o Cathy Rabe, MMC, City Clerk, P.O. Box 1460, 128 Main Street, Cañon City, CO  81215. Letters must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 28th. Candidates must have lived inside city limits of Cañon City for a minimum of one year. The successful applicant will serve out the remaining four-year term which expires December 31, 2019. For more information or questions, contact City Clerk Rabe at 269-9011. The City Council reserves the right to make the final decision on selection of Council members. 

Dino Daze Instagram Contest

Have you noticed all of the public art sculptures throughout town? Well get ready to see if you can find them all. The City of Cañon City, together with the Community Engagement in Public Art committee and Fremont Adventure Recreation (FAR), is hosting an Instagram Contest to find all 11 sculptures. See the flyer for details, rules, and prizes! #dinodazergr

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Custody and Visitation FREE Self-Help Clinic

Ric Morgan has created a new FREE self-help legal clinic for custody and visitation and we are honored to be able to host this valuable clinic for our community. 

The clinic will be held on the third (3rd) Wednesday of each month starting February, 21 2018 from 1:00-2:30 pm. 

Pro se attorneys will assist one-on-one via computer link. Appointments are required for this clinic and can be scheduled by calling 719-269-2015.

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Growing Readers Together Event: Brain Games

The Canon City Public Library will be hosting yet another Growing Readers Together event on Monday, February 19th at 6 pm.

Amber Conover from Learning RX will be sharing memory building practices, as well as brain games, and since it is on President’s Day she will help us in a practice to remember the names of the Presidents of the United States.

The event is free, activities are designed for all ages, and refreshment will be available. Everyone is welcome!

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Community Engagement in Public Arts

The City Council and the Community Engagement in Public Arts Committee are again seeking community involvement for round two of the successful public art project, “Dino Daze”. We are encouraging more local schools, community organizations, businesses, etc. to participate in painting a new set of 10 animal sculptures for the city. The sculptures will include two of the following animals:  Stegosaurus, Tyrannosaurus Rex, Brachiosaurus, Triceratops, and Big Horn Sheep.

Interested groups, schools, artists, businesses, and clubs can submit a proposal or draft drawing and/or concept description for one of the sculptures, along with an application form, to the Royal Gorge Regional Museum & History Center P.O. Box #1460, 612 Royal Gorge Blvd. Cañon City, CO 81215. Deadline for submitting a proposal is Friday, March 2nd at 5pm.

A list of guidelines for applications and selection criteria is available online here, at the Royal Gorge Regional Museum, City Hall, Cañon City Public Library and other galleries and businesses in town. The Committee will review each application of proposal and recommend to City Council the best designs for each of the 10 animals based on the guidelines set. City Council will choose the final selected designs on March 19th. For more information, please visit the Royal Gorge Regional Museum or call Lisa Studts at (719)269-9036. The hours of the museum and history center are Wednesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

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AARP Free Tax Preparation Help

Correction: Hours on Tues and Saturday are 12:00 to 4:00 pm.
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AARP will be offering free tax preparation for individuals of any age, with an annual income under $250,000 per year.

The Cañon City Public Library will be hosting this event on Saturdays and Tuesdays.
Saturdays from 12:00-4:00 starting February 10th thru April 7th.
Tuesdays from 12:00-4:00 starting February 13th thru April 3rd.

Walk-ins only, no appointments are taken.

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Tom Peffers Poetry Reading

The Cañon City Public Library is hosting a poetry reading on Saturday, February 10th at 10:30 am. Tom Peffers will be sharing his interesting life experiences and some of his beautifully written poetry with our community. The Canon City Public Library is located at 516 Macon Avenue.

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Old-Timers Coffee

The Royal Gorge Regional Museum & History Center will hold an open discussion about the ranching history of Fremont County. Longtime residents of Fremont County are welcome to join the discussion about their experiences and stories of ranching in the area over coffee and a light snack. The discussion will be filmed so it can be added to the oral history collection within the museum. This program will be held in the museum’s program room on Thursday, February 8 at 9 AM and is free and open to the public.

The museum and history center is located in the City of Cañon City’s former Municipal Building at 612 Royal Gorge Boulevard. The hours of the museum and history center are Wednesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For more information, call the museum at 269-9036 or send an email to historycenter@canoncity.org.

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Liquid Gold: the Story of Water in Fremont County

The Royal Gorge Regional Museum & History Center is hosting the Annual Friends of the Museum program titled “Liquid Gold: the Story of Water in Fremont County” Saturday, February 3rd at 1pm. The program will be a panel presentation/discussion on one of our most valuable resources: Water. The panel will feature a presentation by Jim Nelson, Debbie Mitchell, and Rick Romano with Mannie Colon moderating. The general history of the Arkansas River and local ditches as well as local water conservation will be topics covered by the panelists. This program is free and open to the public.

The Museum and History Center is located in the City of Cañon City’s former Municipal Building at 612 Royal Gorge Boulevard. The hours of the Museum and History Center are regularly Wednesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For more information, call the museum at 269-9036, or send an email to historycenter@canoncity.org.

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Canon City Police Department Hosts a Scam / ID Theft Prevention Presentation

On Wednesday, January 24, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., the Canon City Police Department will be hosting a Scam and Identity Theft Prevention presentation at City Hall, located at 128 Main St. The presentation will include information and details on common scams, what to look for, and tips on how to protect yourself from becoming a victim of fraud. The presentation will also include online shopping tips and what steps to take in the event of becoming a victim of identity theft.

The Canon City Police Department took 86 verified fraud reports in 2017, with numerous other information reports surrounding fraudulent activity associated with attempted scams. Therefore, the community would benefit from this informational presentation. Don’t be a victim in 2018.

The presentation is free of charge and open to the public. Please RSVP with Rochelle Reiter at 719-276-5600 ex: 3917, or email her at rlreiter@canoncity.org

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Updates to Trash Regulations: Chapter 8.16 of the Municipal Code

Cañon City Council passed Ordinance No.44, Series of 2017 on December 4, 2017. This Ordinance will be effective sixty days after adoption, which is February 2, 2018. Residents using a dumpster for their residential trash will need to change to a 96 gallon tote or smaller. This applies to all residential property with three (3) or less units on a parcel, unless it is a mobile home park or residential use where livestock is allowed and lawfully kept. Construction dumpsters are allowed with a permit.

During the month of February, Code Enforcement will give warnings to residents using a large dumpster for their residential trash. Enforcement will begin in March.

8.16.040 Use of Trash Receptacle:
B. Except as otherwise provided in this Chapter, no approved trash receptacle used in a residential zone district of the City for regular trash service shall have a capacity exceeding ninety-six (96) gallons.

C. No trash receptacle shall be located at a place of collection in the front yard area of any property within a residential zone district for any period longer than 24 hours before or after collection.

D. No trash receptacle shall be placed on a sidewalk or in any other location that interferes with the regular flow of vehicles or pedestrian movement on the traveled portions of any street, alley, or other public right-of-way.

Please refer to Title 8 Chapter 16 of the Cañon City Municipal Code. Contact Code Enforcement at 719.269.9011 for any questions.

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Pajama Party at the Public Library

On January 22nd at 6pm the Canon City Public Library will host our 4th Growing Readers Together event with a PAJAMA PARTY! Come dressed in your jammies for fun, door prizes, a raffle, refreshments, and a short family film. Everyone is welcome!


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City Hall closed Monday, January 15th

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Regional Stormwater Educational Seminar

“The City of Cañon City Stormwater Program is proud to once again be a co-sponsor of the Regional Stormwater Conference, along with the City of Pueblo, Pueblo County Engineering, Roads & Bridges, Pueblo City County Health Department and Pueblo West Metro District. The seminar is designed to assist developers, contractors, builders, engineers, municipalities and others interested in learning about stormwater related issues. The seminar will be held on February 8, 2018 at the Colorado State University-Pueblo Campus. Cost is $20 per attendee and includes a continental breakfast. Please click on the image below for registration information.”

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2017 City Accomplishments

The City wrapped up a number of projects in 2017 and is looking forward to 2018! Please click the image below to view and read about these accomplishments and future projects.

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Library Closure Monday, January 15th

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New Drop Boxes for Water Billing

City Hall now has TWO…yes TWO Water Bill Drop boxes! One in the front of City Hall, 128 Main Street, and a “drive through” box off of the Hwy 50 entrance to City Hall.

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Scam/ID Theft Prevention Presentation

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Fossil Prep

Andrew Smith, a Bureau of Land Management paleontologist, is currently prepping a fossil at the Royal Gorge Regional Museum & History Center. The fossil was recently found in the Garden Park Fossil Area outside of Cañon City. Visitors are welcome to stop by this week at the museum during our open hours to see the work that goes into prepping a fossil. The museum is free and open to the public.

The museum and history center is located in the City of Cañon City’s former Municipal Building at 612 Royal Gorge Boulevard. The hours of the museum and history center are Wednesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For more information, call the museum at 269-9036 or send an email to historycenter@canoncity.org.

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A Celebration of State Capitols

Richard Gibson, author of “A Celebration of State Capitols”, will be presenting information about the 50 US state capitols at the Cañon City Public Library (516 Macon Ave.) on January 13th at 10:30 a.m.

Mr. Gibson has traveled extensively researching this book and compiling the facts about the capitols across our nation. This is a free program and all ages are welcome. There will be a Q&A after the presentation and copies of his book will be available for purchase. For more information visit http://capitolcelebrations.com/  

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Free Legal Self-Help Clinic at Public Library

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City offices closed on Monday, January 1, 2018

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Water Billing and Rate Changes

During the Special City Council meeting on December 18, 2017, City Council approved a change to water billing and rates. Effective January 1, 2018, water billing will occur on a monthly basis instead of quarterly. Monthly bills will go out approximately on the 26th of the month and will be due by the 25th of the following month. All auto payments will be taken the 20th of the month. During this time, residences and businesses will continue to be billed under the 2017 water rates. Starting April 1, 2018, the new water rates will be in effect.

The adopted Ordinance No. 45, Series 2017: Schedule D can be viewed on the City’s website at: www.canoncity.org/departments/agenda121817.php. An insert regarding the new monthly billing will be included in every billing cycle.

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City Hall Christmas Closures

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Library Holiday Closures

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2A Street Updates for Week of Dec 18th

2A Street Construction updates for the week of Dec 18th. Any citizen that has a question or complaint regarding 2A street work please use the project email 2Astreets2017@kiewit.com or hotline 719.900.4810 or refer to website www.2astreets.com for updates. Thank you!

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Vouchers for Tire and TV Disposal

There are a few more vouchers left at City Hall for tire and/or TV disposal. You have the rest of today and tomorrow to pick one up (8am-5pm) before this program closes. It's the perfect time to get rid of those unwanted and unsightly items!

Final Week of Caon City's Fall Cleanup Program

There are only 3 days left to pick up your vouchers for Tire and/or TV disposal. A reminder that TV size limits have been reduced to 26" or larger. Come to City Hall this week to get your voucher(s)!

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2A Street Construction Update week of Dec 11th

2A Street Construction updates for the week of Dec 11th. Any citizen that has a question or complaint regarding 2A street work please use the project email 2Astreets2017@kiewit.com or hotline 719.900.4810 or refer to website www.2astreets.com for updates. Thank you!

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SCAMS TIP SHEET

‘Tis the Season…For Scams!!! “Help, the IRS called and told me that I have a warrant for my arrest, due to unpaid taxes! What should I do?” Please take a look at this scams tip sheet. Be safe Cañon City!!!

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Growing Readers Together Event

The Cañon City Public Library's third Growing Readers Together Event will be held on Monday, December 18th at 6pm. This event will be a family craft and play night featuring Santa! Bring your camera and have a photo with Santa. Light snacks will be served. Craft and family fun are in store!

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Caon City High School Tiger Pride Marching Band

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The Cañon City High School Tiger Pride Marching Band was recognized by the Cañon City Council during Monday's meeting. The band took first place at the Class 3A Colorado Bandmasters Association State Championship, hosted at Parker's EchoPark Stadium, on Oct. 30. "You brought honor to Cañon City and we are very proud of you," Councilwoman Ashley Smith said.

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Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

Please join us on Saturday, December 9th at 5:00 pm for the City of Cañon City’s 2017 Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Depot Park (9th & Royal Gorge Blvd). Live holiday music will be performed by The Cañon City High School Marching Band Brass Ensemble and the Cañon City High School Madrigal Singers. The Mayor will be turning on the Christmas Tree lights. In addition, the Community Engagement in Public Art Big Horn Sheep and Dinosaur sculptures will be on display for all to see. Complementary coffee, hot chocolate, and cookies will be available.

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2A Street Construction Updates Week of Dec 4th

2A Street Construction updates for the week of Dec 4th. Any citizen that has a question or complaint regarding 2A street work please use the project email 2Astreets2017@kiewit.com or hotline 719.900.4810 or refer to website www.2astreets.com for updates. Thank you!

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DINOSAURS ON PARADE

These guys are looking forward to riding down Main Street during the 29th Annual Christmas Parade of Lights! Come join us downtown this Saturday, December 2nd at 6pm as eight of the Dino Daze Public Art Sculptures make their debut.

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2A Street Construction Update for week of Nov 27th

2A Street Construction updates for the week of Nov 27th. Any citizen that has a question or complaint regarding 2A street work please use the project email 2Astreets2017@kiewit.com or hotline 719.900.4810 or refer to website www.2astreets.com for updates. Thank you!

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HISTORIC HOLIDAY CRAFTS

The Royal Gorge Regional Museum & History Center will be presenting a drop-in program on historic holiday crafts. Participants will have the opportunity to create their own Victorian holiday card. There will also be examples of other historic holiday crafts with take home instructions available. The event will be held in the museum’s program room on Saturday, Dec. 9th from 10 am – 3 pm and is free and open to the public.

The museum and history center is located in the City of Cañon City’s former Municipal Building at 612 Royal Gorge Boulevard. The hours of the museum and history center are regularly Wednesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  For more information, call the museum at 269-9036, or email a message to historycenter@canoncity.org.

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City Hall Closed for Thanksgiving

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FOOD 4 FINES

The Canon City Public Library will offer forgiveness of fines for overdue books starting November 20th thru January 31st

Bring one unopened/non-expired non-perishable food item for each overdue item on your account.  We will remove your fines and donate the food items to local food banks. 

Great way to start the New Year fine free!

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Growing Readers Together

Through a second generous grant from the Temple Hoyne Buell Foundation, the Colorado State Library (CSL) is partnering with Canon City Public Library (and 14 other libraries in South Eastern Colorado) to undertake Growing Readers Together, a pilot project designed to support Family, Friend, and Neighbor (FFN) childcare providers in early literacy.

By combining caregivers’ desire to learn with librarians’ expertise in early literacy, Growing Readers Together will improve access to early literacy-focused resources and training in local communities.

Registration is required. You can register on our website, by calling 719-269-9020, or you can email aagonzales@canoncity.org.

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2A Street Construction Updates

2A Street Construction updates for the week of Nov 20th. Any citizen that has a question or complaint regarding 2A street work please use the project email 2Astreets2017@kiewit.com or hotline 719.900.4810 or refer to website www.2astreets.com for updates. Thank you!

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Finding Balance in Holiday Spending

Common Cents for Colorado and Sue Hitt will present a wonderful program "Finding Balance in Holiday Spending" How to manage the holidays without breaking the bank. All are welcome. Free, refreshments will be provided.

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City Park Crime Initiative Nets Felony Arrest and Numerous Citations

The Cañon City Police Department is committed to keeping our community and citizens safe. Please read the press release below regarding yesterday's operation at Rudd Park.

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Grant Funds Available for Businesses Affected by 2013 Royal Gorge Fire

Recover Colorado Business Grants and Loans for Small Businesses and Non-Profits are now available for businesses affected by the Fires and Floods of 2012/2013, including the 2013 Royal Gorge Fire. Applications must be submitted by December 31, 2017.

For more information contact Alexis Lee, Disaster Recovery Counselor for Colorado OEDIT at 719.315.4215 or alexis@lextekllc.com or visit http://bit.ly/2st9RCd

2017 Fall Cleanup

Do you have a 45" or larger projection tv you need to get rid of? How about tires? The City of Cañon City is offering vouchers to help citizens RETIRE THE TIRE and GET RID OF THE BEAST BEFORE THE FEAST. Get rid of those unwanted items now!

Vouchers are available to residents (address must be within city limits) at City Hall, Monday-Friday, 8-5pm. See details below.

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2017 LEAF PICK-UP PROGRAM

The City of Cañon City announces its 2017 Leaf Pick-up Program. 

Program pickup of bagged leaves will begin on November 27th, concluding on December 14th. The City crews will be picking up leaves only one time.

Again this year, residents who wish to have their leaves picked up must bag their leaves due to federally mandated stormwater regulations. Leaves may no longer be raked into the gutter for loose pickup by the City. Bagged leaves should be placed on the property owner’s property near the curb, NOT in the street or the gutter as in past years. No loose leaves will be picked up by the City, and raking leaves into the street and gutter is a violation of water quality regulations for which property owners may be ticketed.

Residents who have their leaves bagged, but do not wish to wait until the scheduled pickup, can drop the bags at the Public Works Facility at 1525 South 9th Street between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, starting Monday November 13th. All leaves must be bagged and should be dropped in the posted area, no drop offs will be accepted during off-business hours.

Leaf Pickup Schedule
Schedule may change subject to inclement weather.

• Nov. 27:  1st to 5th Streets from Macon to Pike

• Nov. 28–29:  5th to 6th Streets from Macon to Harding

• Nov. 30–Dec. 4:  7th to 9th Streets from Macon to Candlewood

• Dec. 5–6:  10th to 11th Streets from Macon to Monroe

• Dec. 7–11:  12th to 19th Streets from Main to Harding/Central

• Dec. 12–13:  Fremont Drive–Central from 19th to Raynolds to include Central North to City limits and East Main from Cameron to Raynolds and HWY. 50 to Fowler Ave.

• Dec. 14:  From the Arkansas River to Highland Ave. from Grape Street to Logan Street.

2A Street Construction Updates

2A Street Construction updates for the week of Nov 6th. Any citizen that has a question or complaint regarding 2A street work please use the project email 2Astreets2017@kiewit.com or hotline 719.900.4810 or refer to website www.2astreets.com for updates. Thank you!

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NOTICE OF CONSTRUCTION

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2A Street Construction Updates for Oct 30th

2A Street Construction updates for the week of Oct 30th. Any citizen that has a question or complaint regarding 2A street work please use the project email 2Astreets2017@kiewit.com or hotline 719.900.4810 or refer to website www.2astreets.com for updates. Thank you!

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Bagged Leaves Pick-Up to Begin in November

It’s Autumn – and the leaves are falling! Remember leaves cannot be raked or blown into the street. They must be bagged for pickup by your local waste disposal company or by the City later this fall. Residents may be fined if caught depositing leaves into the gutter or street. Leaves and yard waste blown into the street can block runoff or be washed down into the nearest storm drain or drainage channel. There they can cause clogging which may result in flooding or they may release excess nutrients while they decay which can impact the quality of the Arkansas River or Four Mile Creek. You can help prevent blockages of storm drains and improve water quality by also cleaning fallen leaves out of the gutter along your property.

City crews will be picking up bagged leaves later in November. A schedule will be released mid-November for pickup dates and drop-off locations. No loose leaves will be picked up by the City crews.

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Planning Commission Opening!

This seven-member Commission meets regularly on the fourth Wednesday of each month, at 6:00 p.m., and functions as an advisory board to the City Council on matters concerning zoning, subdivisions and other land use and development issues. Special workshop sessions may also be conducted from time to time. The vacant positions will be filled at interviews to be conducted by the City Council on a date to be determined.

If you live within the city limits of Cañon City, and are willing to donate a few hours each month to serve this community, please send a letter of interest, outlining your abilities and reasons for wanting to serve on the Planning Commission to: Cañon City Council, c/o Cathy Rabe, MMC, City Clerk, P.O. Box 1460, Cañon City, CO 81215-1460. Letters of interest should be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, November 27th. The City reserves the right to make the final decision on selection of Committee members.

Halloween Short Story Contest

The Cañon City Public Library is having a Halloween Short Story contest. All ages (1-100+) are invited to send the library your scary short story (1000 to 7500 words). The deadline is Saturday November 4th at 5 pm. Get your story published!

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2017 Online and Mail-in Citizen Survey Results

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Dog on Leash Law

A reminder to all dog owners to please keep your dogs on leash while using our trail systems!

Letting your dog run loose is unsafe for your dog, other dogs, and people. Many people feel that they have gentle non-aggressive dogs, and this may be true when a dog is safe in your own home or backyard, however, once dogs are outdoors there are a variety of factors that are out of the dog owner's control. Dogs can get spooked and attack people or other dogs; they can get overstimulated by their environment and bite in response, they can run over to dogs that are on leash that are aggressive and be attacked, etc. Please be courteous to others and KEEP YOUR DOG ON THEIR LEASH! This is for everyone's safety–children, dogs, dog-owners, non dog-owners.

For those of you looking to have your dog off leash, the Dog Park to the East of the Cañon City Rec District Office at 575 Ash Street is there for your use. This is a wonderful place for your dog to play with others in a contained environment!

CODE: 6.08.050 RUNNING AT LARGE PROHIBITED.
It is unlawful for the owner of any dog to permit the same to run at large, either within the corporate limits of the city or in areas outside the city the use of which the City has jurisdiction and authority to regulate, including but not limited to Temple Canyon Park, Red Canyon Park and Royal Gorge Park. (Prior code § 6.10.040)

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Website Server Updating

Please use the following to access our website while the server is being updated. Thank you for your patience while this is being completed! http://cms4.revize.com/revize/canoncity/

Texting while Driving Ordinance

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City Council Vision Committee Listening Session

Come to the City Council Vision Committee meeting on Wednesday, October 18th at 4pm to hear and give input on building code and zoning regulations.

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2017 CITIZEN SURVEY RESULTS

The results for the mail-in 2017 Citizen Survey are in! The online survey results will be posted as soon as those are tallied.

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Building Bridges for Canon City Kids

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Members of the Cañon City Council pose with representatives of the Building Bridges for Cañon City Kids committee and students from Cañon City High School during Monday's council meeting. The committee members and students provided information to the council about the proposed 3A and 3B ballot questions. Pictured are Councilwoman Ashley Smith, Councilwoman Kathleen Schumacher, Cañon City Schools Superintendent George Welsh, Andrea Davis, CCHS TOP instructor, Councilman Frank Jaquez, Neva Carriger, Brandon Bouchard, Destene Taylor, Della Rieger of the bridges committee, Gillian Hardy, Jamie Davis of the bridges committee, Mayor Preston Troutman, and councilmen Jim Meisner, Dennis Wied and Mark Gill.


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RIVER CORRIDOR OPEN HOUSE

The public is invited to the River Corridor Open House next Monday, October 9th from 5-7pm at City Hall to view the river corridor designs spanning from 1st St. to 4th St. along the Arkansas River.

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2A STREETS UPDATE

2A Streets Construction Update for Week of October 2nd

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2A CONTACT INFORMATION

REMINDER: Any citizen that has a question or complaint regarding 2A street work (Washington, Fairview, Whipple, Yale, South, 16th, E. Main, Steinmeier, 10th, 1st, Mariposa, Greenwood, Orchard) please use the project email 2Astreets2017@kiewit.com or hotline 719.900.4810 or refer to website www.2astreets.com for updates. Thank you!

NATIONAL PUBLIC LANDS DAY

Saturday, September 30th, is National Public Lands Day. This is a fee-free day for all federal public lands and many state parks. Did you know that over 30% of land in the US is public land? This includes our neighborhood parks, mountain parks, state & federal lands.

We encourage you to take the day to visit and enjoy our parks and public lands. As you do so, please celebrate and respect the area and other visitors by placing all trash in any provided receptacles or by packing it out. Please also pick up any pet waste and dispose of it properly. Litter and pet waste impact our quality of life and enjoyment of our natural landscapes. Both litter and pet waste can eventually end up in our waterways where it impacts water quality, humans and wildlife.

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CHIP SEAL UPDATE

A-One Chip Seal, the City's Contractor for the 2017 Chip Seal Program, has decided to not pursue any chip seal operations this week due to the extended weather forecast. The forecast looks to be more favorable next week and chip seal operations are now scheduled to start Monday, October 2nd.

TRAFFIC ADVISORY

Road Closure - South 3rd Street
 
The City and the Rock & Rail Railroad will be doing track crossing maintenance on S. 3rd Street between the River Station and US Highway 50.
 
Road closures are expected for Tuesday, September 26th through Friday, September 29th.
 
During this time there will be no access to the Royal Gorge Route train station, the River Station parking lot or recreation area, Riverwalk, or Rocky Mountain Cannibis via S. 3rd Street. Pedestrian access via the pedestrian bridge from Centennial Park will be open.
 
Motorists are reminded to please Slow for the Cone Zone, stay alert and pay attention to and obey all work zone/advisory signs and flaggers.

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2A Streets Construction Update for Week of September 25th

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BANNED BOOKS WEEK

September 24th–30th

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers — in shared support of the freedom to seek and express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

Here is a link to the list of 2016 most challenged and banned books. (American Library Association webpage.) http://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/frequentlychallengedbooks/top10

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CHIP SEAL UPDATE

The chip seal program scheduled for today and tomorrow has been canceled due to a mechanical breakdown with the Contractor. The pending weather forecast for tomorrow thru Tuesday (9/23 – 9/26) does not look conducive for applying chip seal. The Contractor is looking to get started Wednesday 9/27. We will continue to update as we move forward.

Road Closure

The Fremont County Department of Transportation will be conducting roadway repairs at the intersection of Ash & Elm Streets today and tomorrow. The road will be closed today from approximately 8:00 am to 12:00 pm; and the road will be closed tomorrow, September 20, 2017, all day.

NOTICE OF CONSTRUCTION

STREET CHIP SEALING

Chip Sealing city wide will begin this week through the weekend and last until the end of next week.

Roads will be closed to traffic during for a short period during chip seal operations. Crews will attempt to complete all work in a way that minimizes disruption within all means possible. Please observe all “No Parking” signs on affected streets.

The City appreciates your patience and cooperation.

Questions or concerns about this project should be directed to the City Engineering Department at 269-9011 8am-5pm M-F.

NOTICE OF CONSTRUCTION

RECONSTRUCTION OF DOWNTOWN ALLEY PAVEMENT
600 & 700 BLOCKS - BETWEEN MAIN STREET AND ROYAL GORGE BLVD

Construction will begin this week and last until the end of October.

The alleys will be closed to traffic during construction. Crews will attempt to complete all work in a way that minimizes disruption within all means possible.

The City appreciates your patience and cooperation.

Questions or concerns about this project should be directed to the City Engineering Department at 269-9011 8am-5pm M-F.

Adventures in Artifacts

The Royal Gorge Regional Museum & History Center will be hosting a program during Fremont Fall Heritage Days about artifacts in the museum and their care and research. Participants will have the chance to handle real museum artifacts and investigate the purpose of each object. The program will be held in the museum’s program room on Thursday, September 21st and again on Saturday, September 23rd at 2 pm. This program is free and open to the public, but space is limited to 15 people per session. Please register in advance.

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2017 General Municipal Election

The 2017 General Municipal Election ballot issues and candidates have been announced!

Two items up on the ballot include issue #2A and #2B. Issue #2A is the TABOR time-out extension and Issue #2B is the adoption of a Lodging Tax. 

Candidates running for Mayor/City Council include: Preston R. Troutman for Mayor (unopposed), Frank J. Jaquez for City Council District #1 (unopposed), John S. Hamrick for City Council District #3 (unopposed), and Ron Bates, Randy R. Smith, and Dolly Gonzales for City Council Member At-Large.

Citizen Survey Online

The online opt-in Citizen Survey is now open and available to citizens who did not receive a mailed paper survey. Please visit the link at https://nrc.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_egoIZbKOR632vel to complete a survey. The opt-in survey will be available online for two weeks until end of day Monday, September 11th.

Although the results from the opt-in survey will not be included in the scientific data from the mail in surveys, citizen input and data are still measured and will be compared against the mail-in surveys. These surveys give city council insight to what areas our citizens feel the city needs to focus on.

Fremont County DOT Fog Seal Operation

The Fremont County DOT will be conducting fog seal operations on CR 11 tomorrow, August 22, 2017. The road will be closed from 6:00 am to 4:30 pm. Please plan travel accordingly by using alternate routes. Your patience and cooperation is appreciated!

ARCMP PUBLIC COMMENT DEADLINE EXTENDED

The deadline for public comment on the Arkansas River Corridor Master Plan draft recommendations has been extended through Monday, August 28th. For questions call City Community Development Director Deana Swetlik at 719.269.9011 or email inquiries/comments to ARCMP@canoncity.org.

Boards can be viewed online at
http://www.canoncity.org/…/comm…/arkansas_river_corridor.php

2A Street Construction Update for Week of Aug 21

2A Street construction updates for the week of August 21st. For more information visit www.2astreets.com

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CANON CITY COUNCIL SEEKS MEMBERS TO THE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT IN PUBLIC ART COMMITTEE

Cañon City Council is soliciting letters of interest from City residents willing to serve on the City’s Community Engagement in Public Art Committee. Their mission will be to celebrate and honor the community’s heritage, character, culture, and identity through public art, increasing the understanding, enjoyment, and experience amongst persons living, working and visiting Cañon City.
 
Letters should include a list of experiences, why you wish to serve, and what you will contribute to the Committee. Such letters should be addressed to the Cañon City Council, c/o Cathy Rabe, MMC, City Clerk, P.O. Box 1460, 128 Main Street, Cañon City, CO 81215.
 
Letters must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, August 28th.
 
For more information or questions, contact City Clerk Rabe at 269-9011. The City reserves the right to make the final decision on selection of Committee members.

Streets Scheduled for Crack Sealing

The City’s contractor A-1 Chip Seal will be crack sealing City streets next week. The portions of the following are the streets affected:

• S. 6th Street
• N. 6th Street
• N. 8th Street
• Barr Ave
• Beech Ave
• Elizabeth St
• Fairview Ave
• All streets in Gold Canon Subdivision
• Greenwood Ave
• Griffin Ave
• Juliana Ct
• Meadows Ave
• Monroe Ave
• Myrtle Lane
• Mystic Ave
• Orchard Ave
• Pear Street
• Phay Ave
• Pine Ave
• Rio Bravo Drive
• Zona Street
• Eagle Drive
• Kodiak Circle
• Valley Road

All the affected portions of the streets will be posted "No Parking" for the duration of the work. Chip Seal will follow the crack seal in several weeks.

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Canon City Regular Election

Canon City Regular Election
Tuesday, November 7, 2017


Positions / Terms
     • Mayor
- two year term (2018-2019)
     • District One - four year term (2018-2021) dist 1 map
     • District Three - four year term (2018-2021) dist 3 map
     • One At-large seat - four year term (2018-2021)

Candidates are required to complete an affidavit and acquire a petition from the City Clerk prior to circulation. Petitions can be circulated from August 8th through August 28th. Those interested in running for office or have questions please contact City Clerk Cathy Rabe at 276-5242 to schedule an appointment.

Requirements:
• Candidates must submit 25 valid signatures by August 28th.
• Potential candidates must be a resident and qualified elector of the City of Cañon City for one year immediately preceding the date of the election.
• District candidates must meet district candidacy requirements.

2A CONSTRUCTION UPDATES WEEK OF AUGUST 7

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Final Open House for Arkansas River Corridor Master Plan

Join us next Thursday, Aug 10th from 6-8 pm for the third and final open house for the Arkansas River Corridor Master Plan. #askquetions #getinvolved #beinformed

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Call to Artists for Public Art Project

The City Council and the Community Engagement in Public Art Committee are seeking community involvement in a new public art project, “Dino Daze”. Visit http://www.rgmhc.org/dinodaze for guidelines, application, and blank dinosaur sheets.

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Fremont County DOT fog seal operations

Fremont County DOT crews will be conducting fog seal operations on High Park Road Tuesday, August 8, 2017. The road will be closed from 6:30 am to 4:30 pm.

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT

There was a great turnout at Rudd Park tonight for National Night Out. Music, food, games, informational booths, prizes and fun. Thank you to all who attended this annual community-building campaign to promote police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer places to live!

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NATIONAL CITIZEN SURVEY

The first round of National Citizen Survey's for Cañon City are being mailed out today! Please take time to honestly fill out and return your survey in order to give input and insight on our strengths and how we can work to improve our community and city government.

FAQ's

HOW DID YOU GET MY ADDRESS?
Your address was sampled at random from a list of all addresses from the post office. This is a standard service offered by the post office. It is not a city government file and no household member is named in the file.

I RECEIVED YOUR SURVEY, AND WHILE I OWN THE PROPERTY IT WAS SENT TO, I DON'T LIVE THERE. WHAT SHOULD I DO?
The resident of the property should complete the survey.

I WAS NOT SENT A SURVEY, BUT I WOULD BE HAPPY TO COMPLETE ONE, AND I THINK YOU SHOULD BE INTERESTED IN MY OPINION.
The sample was designed to be as representative as possible of the population of our city, so by sending copies of the survey to people who request a copy, we would skew the sample and make the results less meaningful.

An online opt-in survey will be available to citizens who did not receive a paper survey. More information on this will be available at the end of August.

2A CONSTRUCTION UPDATES WEEK OF JULY 31

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2A Construction and School On-site Registration

2A Street Construction will be ongoing during Cañon City school district's on-site registration August 1-3. Cañon City High School, Harrison K-8, and Mountain View Core Knowledge are the three schools that will be affected. The High School orientation access will be from College Avenue due to construction on Yale. Harrison and Mountain View will still be accessible from Field Avenue but closed off at South Street for construction. The City appreciates your patience and cooperation. For questions or concerns call the project hotline at (719) 900-4810.

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Movie Night at the Public Library

The Teen Advisory Group is showing the movie "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" Saturday July 29th at 2pm. Free admission, refreshments will be served. Everyone is welcome.

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SOLAR ECLIPSE VIEWING

Come to The Cañon City Public Library and view the solar eclipse in Cara Fisher Park/Macon Plaza. The library will have solar viewing glasses available. The eclipse will start at 10:22 am and the total eclipse is expected to occur at 11:43 and last for only a couple of minutes. Bring chairs or blankets. There will be eclipse themed activities. Fun for all ages!

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2A CONSTRUCTION UPDATES WEEK OF JULY 24

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News Release

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NOTICE OF CONSTRUCTION

Field Avenue Replacement of Storm/Irrigation Pipe

 
Beginning next week, a City contractor will be installing and replacing the storm/irrigation pipe on the west side of Field Ave from Central Ave to South Street.

The street should remain open to traffic during construction.  Crews will attempt to complete all work in a way that minimizes disruption within all means possible.

The City appreciates your patience and cooperation. Questions or concerns about this project should be directed to the City Engineer at 269-9011 8am-5pm M-F.

Fremont County DOT chip seal updates

The Fremont County DOT will be finishing up CR 12 today.

• Thursday, July 20th they will chip seal 3rd St and K St in Penrose

• Tuesday, July 25th they will chip seal High St and Red Canyon in Cañon City

They ask that motorists slow down in the work zones and drive with caution. Fremont County DOT appreciates your patience and cooperation during this time.

Thank you!

2A Street Construction Update for Week of July 17th

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Final Summer Reading Program Event

The Summer Reading Program is almost over but it is not too late to get involved. Last day to turn in reading logs or bingo cards is Saturday July 22 at 5:00 pm.

With the final program we are proud to present: Fremont Civic Theater “Shrek the Musical”. Come and see behind the scenes and meet the cast. We are honored to be able to present this opportunity to our community on July 20th at 3 pm @ 516 Macon Ave.

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Citizen Surveys

Citizen Surveys will once again be mailed to Cañon City residents from July 24th to August 7th. 1,500 surveys will be mailed out to randomly selected households that represent the demographics of the city. Surveys will be sent out twice to each household to ensure that every household receives it and to give them multiple chances to fill it out.

These surveys have been instrumental in guiding the city’s direction as the results of the 2016 citizen survey were used to create the City’s 2017-2020 Strategic Plan. These surveys give citizens a chance to comment on the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats of the community and city government in the following areas:
    •Economic Development
    •Public Safety
    •Infrastructure
    •Attractive Built Environment             
    •Community Investment Opportunities
    •Public Trust, Transparency and Accountability.
Completion of the survey also gives city council insight to what areas our citizens feel the city needs to focus on.

An online opt-in survey will be available to citizens who did not receive a paper survey. More information on this will be available at the end of August.

2A Street Construction Update for Week of July 10th

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ROYAL GORGE REGIONAL TOURISM COUNCIL

Cañon City Council seeks members to the
ROYAL GORGE REGIONAL TOURISM COUNCIL
 
Cañon City Council is in the process of creating a Regional Tourism Council to promote, market, manage, and coordinate tourist-related activities within Cañon City and the Royal Gorge region. The Tourism Council will consist of nine (9) members: three (3) current lodging industry leaders; three (3) current or past tourist industry leaders; one (1) member shall be a senior management representative of the Royal Gorge Bridge Company; one (1) member shall be a senior management representative of the Royal Gorge Route Railroad; and one (1) member shall be a senior management representative of the outdoor recreation industry.
 
If you are interested in serving on this Council, please submit a letter of interest along with your marketing, tourism, lodging and/or promotional experience to City Council, c/o Cathy Rabe, MMC, City Clerk, P.O. Box 1460, 128 Main Street, Cañon City, CO 81215.
 
Letters must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 13th. For more information or questions, contact City Clerk Rabe at 276-5242. The City reserves the right to make the final decision on selection of Council members.

FCDOT Chip Seal Operations

The Fremont County DOT will complete chip seal operations in Acres of Ireland today. Following is their schedule for next week:

   Monday July 10, 2017: CR 45 MM5, MM6, and MM12.
   Tuesday July 11, 2017: CR 6
   Wednesday July 12, 2017: CR 40

As always, your patience and cooperation are appreciated during this time. Please drive safely and slow down while traveling through work zones.

2A Street Construction Update for Week of July 3rd

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FCDOT Chip Seal Operations

Fremont County Department of Transportation has completed their chip seal operations on CR 11, and will be conducting chip seal operations in Acres of Ireland on Wednesday, July 5th, and Thursday, July 6th. They will also try to work on CR 47, time and weather permitting. They appreciate your cooperation during this time as crews work to complete summer projects.

2A Street Construction Update for Week of June 26th

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Groundbreaking Ceremony for 2A Street Project

Tuesday morning's groundbreaking was a success! Mayor Preston Troutman, City Councilwoman Ashley Smith, and Kiewit representative Will White discussed the goals of the 2A Street Project and the positive impact the passing of the 2A Referendum will have on our community. We are as excited as our citizens to begin the work on fixing our streets! For construction updates please visit www.2Astreets.com.

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2A Street Construction Update for Week of June 19th

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Open House for Arkansas River Corridor Master Plan

The public is invited to the ARKANSAS RIVER CORRIDOR MASTER PLAN Open House on Thursday, June 22nd, 2017 from 6-8 pm at City Hall. This is the second open house for this project. Attendees will be asked to evaluate alternatives for redevelopment at key locations along the Arkansas River Corridor. Please come to provide your input on the Arkansas River Corridor Master Plan.

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Library Closed Friday June 16th

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General Government Committee Recognizes

The General Government Committee on Wednesday recognized members of the Monument and Wayfinding Committee. Pictured are City Engineer Adam Lancaster, City Councilwoman Kathleen Schumacher, Committee Chair Lisa Hyams, City Community Development Director Deana Swetlik, Mike Bandera, Public Information Officer and graphic designer Kristy Gotham, Director of Parks and Open Spaces Rex Brady, City Councilwoman Ashley Smith, Councilman Jim Meisner, Mayor Preston Troutman and Councilman Mark Gill.
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City Council Recognizes

The Cañon City Council recognized members of the U.S. 50 Pedestrian Committee during Monday's regular meeting. More than 20 local individuals took part on the committee. Pictured are Councilman Scott Eckstrom, City Engineer Adam Lancaster, Councilwoman Kathleen Schumacher, Kim Smith of First Stitches Quilt Shop, Dr. Shirley Squier, Councilman Jim Meisner, City Community Development Director Deana Swetlik, Mayor Preston Troutman,  Councilman Dennis Wied, Councilwoman Ashley Smith and Councilman Mark Gill.
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City Council Recognizes

The Cañon City Council on Monday recognized members of the Centennial/Mountain View Park Improvement Committee, as well as members of the Cañon City Rotary organization. Pictured are Councilman Frank Jaquez, City Administrator Tony O'Rourke, Rosanne Gain, Rex Brady - Director of Cañon City Parks and Open Spaces; Bob Stovall, Shirley Baney, Teri Madigan, George Turner, Patti Jo Medina, Councilman Dennis Wied, Elijah Medina, Kristyn Econome, Councilman Scott Eckstrom, Councilwoman Kathleen Schumacher, Councilman Mark Gill, Mayor Preston Troutman, Councilman Jim Meisner, Councilwoman Ashley Smith and Lydia Beels.
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City Council Recognizes

The Cañon City Council on Monday recognized Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Lisa Hyams, center, for her work and collaboration the last two and a half years. Her last day at the Chamber is May 31. Also pictured are City Administrator Tony O'Rourke, Frank Jaquez, Kathleen Schumacher, Scott Eckstrom, Hyams, Mayor Preston Troutman, Jim Meisner, Dennis Wied, Ashley Smith and Mark Gill.
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Open House for 2A Street Improvements

There will be an Open House at City Hall for the 2A Street Improvement Projects on June 13th from 5 to 7 pm. Come by to learn about what streets will be focused on throughout 2017, why they are priority at this time, and to ask any questions you may have. #beinformed #getinvolved

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Water Wars at Canon City Public Library

Our first event of the Summer Reading Program is WATER WARS in the plaza on Macon on Thursday, June 1st at 3pm. All ages are welcome! Bring your own soaker and be prepared to get wet.

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Road Paving-Fremont County Dept of Transportation

The Fremont County Department of Transportation will be conducting paving operations for 2017. The following is a tentative schedule:

ROSEDALE LANE: Wednesday, May 31 thru Thursday, June 1 from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm

MOORE DRIVE: Tuesday, June 6 thru Wednesday, June 7 from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm

CR 143: Monday, June 12 thru Wednesday, June 14 from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm

All work will be within this schedule, weather permitting. We ask that motorists not park on the streets and to turn irrigation water off during operations. There will be limited travel while operations are underway.  We appreciate your patience and cooperation during this time.

Presenting CU Buffs Football Head Coach & Staff

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Memorial Day Ceremony

Join us for our Memorial Day Ceremony at Greenwood Pioneer Cemetery on Saturday, May 27th at 11:00 a.m.
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Public Library Reading Program

The Canon City Public Library is gearing up for our 2017 Summer Reading Program "Build a Better World". Each week we will have a special program on Thursday at 3:00 pm. Our reading program starts June 1st and ends July 20th. The last day to turn in reading logs is July 22nd.    

All are welcome and the programs are free. We invite everyone to read all summer to avoid the summer slide and to also have fun!

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City Council Adopts Centennial Park Master Plan

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Arkansas River Corridor Master Plan – Open House

Come to City Hall Tuesday, May 16th for the Arkansas River Corridor Master Plan open house. Stop by anytime between the hours of 6 to 8 pm and give your input on enhancing recreation, connectivity, future land uses, economic development opportunities, and aesthetic improvements along the river corridor. Ask questions - be informed - get involved!

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City Council Presents

Mayor Preston Troutman, fourth from the right, presents Bob Hartzman, Water Superintendent for the City of Canon City, with a proclamation declaring May 7-13 Drinking Water Week in Canon City. Also pictured are council members Frank Jaquez, Scott Eckstrom, Dennis Wied, Kathleen Schumacher, Ashley Smith, Jim Meisner and Mark Gill.
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ARBOR DAY CELEBRATION

The City of Cañon City has been named Tree City, USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation for the 37th consecutive year. The public is invited to participate in the City’s observance of Arbor Day on Friday, April 28, 2017 at John D. Havens City Hall, 128 Main Street. The ceremony will take place at 10:00 am and will include the planting of a tree and presentation of a Tree City, USA plaque to Mayor Preston Troutman from the District Forester John Grieve with the Colorado State Forest Service. The City of Cañon City encourages everyone to come out and celebrate with us to recognize the valuable asset that we share as a Tree City, USA!

May 7-13, NATIONAL DRINKING WATER WEEK

The City of Cañon City Water Department Kicks Off National Drinking Water Week With Pride. The Water Department Celebrates 138 Years of Providing Cañon City with Safe Drinking Water!
 
The City of Cañon City Water Department invites you to join in commemorating 145 years of service to Cañon City’s public health. As part of National Drinking Water Week, the City Water Department is recognizing the generations of Cañon residents who ensured that our community had an ample supply of safe drinking water.
 
When you stop to think about it, the need for a safe supply of drinking water really can’t be overestimated. Clean water is essential to our lives and lifestyles, every single day.
 
American communities have not always enjoyed the benefits of having an ample supply of safe drinking water at their disposal. In fact, less than a century ago, thousands of Americans died every year from waterborne diseases like typhoid, cholera and dysentery. Because of the persistent threat from these illnesses, community public health officials, doctors and engineers banded together to form local systems for drinking water disinfection and delivery.
 
The City of Cañon City Water Department and City residents have worked together to help ensure the standard of living we all now enjoy. We would like to let you know a little bit more about how we have done it.
 
You are invited to an Open House at our Water Treatment Plant at 103 Tunnel Drive on Friday, May 12th from 9:00 pm to 2:00 pm for informative tours of our facility and have available staff to answer your questions about your water supply. Water Treatment Plant tours will begin at the top of each hour. If you have a group that would prefer a private tour or at another time, please contact Travis Payne, Cañon City Water Treatment Plant Chief Plant Operator, at 269-9019. Come join us!

Planning Commission Opening

This seven-member Commission meets regularly on the third Tuesday of each month, at 7:00 p.m., and functions as an advisory board to the City Council on matters concerning zoning, subdivisions and other land use and development issues. Special workshop sessions may also be conducted from time to time. The vacant positions will be filled at interviews to be conducted by the City Council on a date to be determined.

If you live within the city limits of Cañon City, and are willing to donate a few hours each month to serve this community, please send a letter of interest, outlining your abilities and reasons for wanting to serve on the Planning Commission to: Cañon City Council, c/o Cathy Rabe, MMC, City Clerk, P. O. Box 1460, Cañon City, CO  81215-1460. Letters of interest should be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 31st.  The City reserves the right to make the final decision on selection of Committee members.

CENTENNIAL PARK AND US 50 CROSSING PLANS

Information for the Centennial Park Renovations and US 50 Crossing Plans can be found on the Community Development Plans page.

ACCEPTING BIDS FOR CLEAN-UP

The City of Canon City is accepting bids for 1) yard clean-ups involving weed and limbs removal 2) junk removal and 3) boarding windows and doors. All interested parties please contact Brady at bremmerson@canoncity.org or Joelene at joinman@canoncity.org.

CENTENNIAL PARK PUBLIC WORKSHOP - OPEN HOUSE

Come to City Hall this Thursday, April 13th for the Centennial Park Public Workshop. Stop by anytime between the hours of 4 to 7 during this open house style event and learn about the first component of the Arkansas River Corridor Master Plan. Ask questions - be informed - get involved!

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US HIGHWAY 50 CROSSING PROJECT - OPEN HOUSE

Come to City Hall this Tuesday, April 11th anytime between 5:30 pm–7:30 pm to hear about the US Hwy 50 Crossing Project. Ask questions - be informed - get involved!

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Trash Vouchers

Citizens have taken advantage of Cañon Proud Clean-Up! The City has handed out all vouchers we had available to give to the public.

Veterans Park Restroom Closure

Veterans Park restrooms will be closed the week of the April 10th for remodel. Signs will be posted on the restroom doors.

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Review of Business Regulations Citizen Committee

CAÑON CITY COUNCIL
SEEKS MEMBERS TO THE
REVIEW OF BUSINESS REGULATION CITIZEN COMMITTEE

Cañon City Council is soliciting letters of interest from City residents, local business owners, contractor/special trade contractors who are willing to serve on the City’s newly created Business Regulation Review Citizen Committee.  This Committee will require a commitment of time from those willing to serve, as it will be reviewing the current building code/regulations and streamlining processes.  Letters should include the category (City resident, local business owner, contractor/trade contractor) you are applying for, a list of experiences, why you wish to serve, and what you will contribute to the Committee.  Such letters should be addressed to the Cañon City Council, c/o Cathy Rabe, MMC, City Clerk, P.O. Box 1460, 128 Main Street, Cañon City, CO  81215. Letters must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, May 8th. For more information or questions, contact City Clerk Rabe at 276-5242.  The City reserves the right to make the final decision on selection of Committee members.

ANNUAL FIRE HYDRANT TESTING & WATER MAIN FLUSHING

Beginning Monday April 10, 2017 the Cañon City Water Department will begin its annual program of exercising fire hydrants throughout the system. The purpose of this program is to remove sediment and tuberculation from the water mains, which improves the water quality.

Flushing will begin at the western end of the system and work toward the eastern end. It will take about 6 weeks to complete. You may experience cloudy water or low pressure for a short period of time during this flushing program. Should you have questions, please call the Cañon City Water Department at 269-9022.

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CCPL Presents

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Wanda Nettles will be teaching card making 101.  How to design and create beautiful cards with things you have around the house. 
Free event for all ages.

John D. Havens City Hall Ceremony

Mayor Troutman and City Council will be naming City Hall after the late City Attorney John Havens on Friday, April 7th at 3:00 pm at City Hall.

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CCPL Presents

The Cañon City Public Library located at 516 Macon Ave., will be hosting another Common Cents for Colorado event titled “Managing your Money in Retirement” on April 8th at 2:00 pm.  Sue Hitt will be the moderator.  Refreshments will be served.  Please call the library at 719-269-9020 to reserve your spot.
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City Council Promotes Child Abuse Prevention

City Council members Frank Jaquez, Kathleen Schumacher, City Administrator Tony O'Rourke, Mark Gill, Jim Meisner, Ashley Smith and Mayor Preston Troutman hold signs in support of the child abuse prevention awareness month campaign facilitated by the Fremont County Department of Human Services during Monday's meeting.
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2017 CANON PROUD! CLEAN-UP BEGINS MARCH 20th

Local officials and businesses are once again gearing up for the annual Cañon Proud Clean-Up Campaign. A limited number of trash vouchers for free disposal of household trash, furniture, construction debris, brush, logs, leaves and yard waste will be available on a first-come, first-served basis to Cañon City and Fremont County residents beginning on March 20th and ending on April 29th.  Trash vouchers are good for free disposal of ½ ton (one regular pick-up truck bed filled no higher than the sideboards) at Twin Enviro’s “Phantom Landfill” at 2500 Fremont County Road 67 (north of the airport) Penrose, 372-6671. (Amounts of trash in excess of ½ ton will be charged extra on site.) Hours of operation are from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Saturday. 

 
Cañon City residents may pick up a voucher from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday at City Hall, 128 Main Street. Those living outside the city limits may pick up a voucher from 7:30 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Thursday (they are closed on Friday) at Room 106 of the Fremont County Administration Building, 615 Macon Avenue. Proof of residency is required when obtaining a voucher. Only one voucher will be issued per household. Free disposal will end on April 29, 2017 at 4:00 pm.  All loads must be covered, and no commercial haulers or contractors qualify for these vouchers.

Partners in this event include Twin Enviro Services, R.D. Recycling, Junk Masters, and Call it Gone Metal Recyclers. In addition to the trash disposal vouchers, the following partners will accept recycling, appliances, vehicles, and specific metals; please contact them directly if their services are desired:

R.D. Recycling, located at 1501 High Street (719-641-0630 or 275-2052) will accept appliances Monday through Saturday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm for free disposal. They will also pick up large loads in bulk. Brass, aluminum, and copper will be purchased at prevailing rates. They will purchase automobile batteries for $5 each.

Junk Masters (429-4590 or 429-2219) will pick up scrap metal, appliances, vehicles/campers, batteries, pipe, wire, machinery, etc., for free. They will not accept TVs, wood, tires, furniture, paints or other household chemicals or trash.

Call It Gone Metal Recyclers (call or text 671-7062) will pick up all cars, trucks, and campers. They will also pick up all metals, appliances and batteries and they have clean up services.

As always, no tires, dead animals, or hazardous wastes will be accepted at any site.

CCPL Presents

The Cañon City Public Library is hosting a book folding event.  Kathy Boone will teach and share her talent of book folding.  March 25th at 10 a.m.  The Library will supply the books to be folded at 516 Macon Ave.
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CCPL Presents

CCPL is hosting a Chautauqua style program on March 18th at 2 pm at the Canon City Public Library 516 Macon Ave.

Robert Stovall will be performing as General William Palmer.

“Bob Stovall tells the story of General Palmer in a personal and entertaining style. Dressed in period costume, Stovall becomes Palmer as he relates first-hand the General’s voyage from his early days on a Delaware farm to creation of a vast enterprise of railroad, manufacturing and communities, and the many people who joined him on the adventure.”

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This program is free and will be entertaining as well as educational.

CCPL Presents

Sue Hitt will share Money Matters Pt 2
Saturday March 11th at 2 pm
Canon City Public Library
516 Macon Ave
Call 719-269-9020 to reserve your spot
Refreshments will be served.
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Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebration

Come to a Birthday party for Dr. Seuss. Special guest reader Kathy Herrin. Refreshments will be served, photo booth (bring a camera), games and lots of FUN!

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DITCH/CULVERT MAINTENANCE RESPONSIBILITY

Irrigation season is beginning soon and water will be flowing in the ditches again. First ditch (Oil Creek) turns on March 6th. Regardless of whether you own water rights or use the irrigation water it is the responsibility of the property owners/tenants to keep the ditches adjacent to the property free of obstructions allowing the free flow of water (City of Cañon City Municipal Code 12.16.020).

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Board of Adjustment Opening

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Councilman Meisner Recognized

Cañon City Noon Lions Bryan Cooper, left, and Art Welch, right, present Councilman Jim Meisner with the Colorado Lions Foundation Humanitarian Award during Monday's Regular City Council Meeting.
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City Council Recognizes

The Cañon City Council on Monday recognized members of the marijuana cultivation regulation committee who donated their time to review zoning and special use regulations to permit the cultivation of marijuana in either commercial or industrial zones. Pictured in the front row are Greg DiRito, Alison Helsley, Michael Schirado, Gary Peterson, Dave Heberly, and councilmen Mark Gill and Jim Meisner. Pictured in the back row are City Administrator Tony O'Rourke, Council members Dennis Wied, Kathleen Schumacher, Mayor Preston Troutman, and Ashley Smith. Also serving on the committee but not  pictured are Angela Bellantoni, Gregory Carlson, Rebecca Kelly, Richard Hilderbrand, Terri Bernath, Paul Schultz, David Del Vecchio, Kathy Ulsh, Corey Hoffmann and Kathryn Sellars.
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Media Release

The City Community Development Department is committed to working cooperatively with businesses to achieve success in meeting health and safety standards. Once a business successfully meets the City’s zoning, building, and land-use requirements, they are vested, which creates a legally binding agreement with the City.

Please click here to read a media release regarding the Hale Pet Door Special Review.

City Council Recognizes

Sgt. Timothy Bell of the Cañon City Police Department, left, receives a certificate from Interim Chief Allen Cooper and the Cañon City Council on Tuesday for his efforts in saving the life of a citizen Jan. 3.  Please click here to read the full story from the Daily Record. Also pictured in the front row are Cooper, Stephanie Masse, Director of Human Resources, and Commander Billy Ray; pictured in the back row are Councilwoman Kathleen Schumacher, City Administrator Tony O'Rourke, Mayor Preston Troutman, Councilman Scott Eckstrom, Councilman Jim Meisner, and Councilwoman Ashley Smith.

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City Council Recognizes

Mayor Preston Troutman and the Cañon City Council recognize members of the Citizens for Better Streets Committee for their efforts in helping to get the 1 percent sales tax increase approved in the Nov. 8 election. Pictured in the front row are Lisa Hyams, Bob Wier, Paul Fisher, John Mosher, Rob Brown and Councilwoman Ashley Smith; pictured in the back row are City Administrator Tony O'Rourke and Council Members Kathleen Schumacher, Dennis Wied, Mayor Troutman, Scott Eckstrom, Jim Meisner and Mark Gill.
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City Council Recognizes Michael Slusher

Mayor Preston Troutman, the Cañon City Council and Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Lisa Hyams recognize Michael Slusher for having volunteered his time and efforts in watering flowers on Main Street during the spring and summer months. He maintained the flowers every day, sometimes twice a day, for five months. Pictured are, in the back row, Dennis Wied, Troutman, Jim Meisner, Mark Gill and Ashley Smith; pictured in the front row are Slusher and Hyams. 
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Building Program Incentive

BUILDING INCENTIVE PROGRAM
SUNSETS ON DECEMBER 31

If you qualify for the program you must have a building permit issued no later than 12/31/2016 and have executed the City’s program agreement.

PLEASE PLAN ACCORDINGLY. 

CALL THE BUILDING DEPARTMENT 719-269-9011 FOR MORE INFORMATION

Community Video Project

Through the generosity of local businesses and in collaboration with CGI, the Cañon City community video project is completed and has been added to the City Website for the enjoyment of residents and visitors alike. Please visit here to view the new videos!

City Council Recognizes Former Planning Commission Members

Mayor Preston Troutman and the Cañon City Council recognize former Planning Commission members Justin Grantham and Erik Embry for their service during Monday's meeting. Also pictured are Council Members Kathleen Schumacher, Dennis Wied, Troutman, Scott Eckstrom, Mark Gill, Jim Meisner and Ashley Smith. Not pictured is former Planning Commission member Austin Dunderman.
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City Council Recognizes Music & Blossom Committee

City Administrator Tony O'Rourke, Mayor Preston Troutman and the Cañon City Council recognized some of the Cañon City Music & Blossom Committee members on Monday. Pictured are, back row, O'Rourke, Council Members Kathleen Schumacher, Dennis Wied, Troutman, Scott Eckstrom, Jim Meisner, Mark Gill and Ashley Smith; front row, Committee Members, Lisa Hyams, Holly Harp, Ann Guill, Phil Degarmo, Morgan Richardson, Cassie Grow and Mike Fry.
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2016 Citizen Survey

The National Research Center (NCR) has completed Cañon City’s first annual survey.  The NRC randomly selected 1,500 households in the City and mailed survey to them in order to solicit citizen input about Cañon City’s quality of life, community characteristics, governance, participation, City services and special topics.  Please click on the following link to view the results:
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City Council Recognizes Boys and Girls Club

Cañon City Mayor Preston Troutman, City Administrator Tony O'Rourke and the City Council recognize members and leaders of the Boys & Girls Club of Fremont County's Social Action Committee during Monday's meeting. Pictured in the back row are Council members Kathleen Schumacher, Scott Eckstrom, Dennis Wied, Troutman, O'Rourke, Ashley Smith, Mark Gill and Jim Meisner. Pictured in the front row are Program Coordinator Bernie Topash, Katie Fasold-Simler, President Rose Olsen; Kimberly Greene, Thomas Devonshire and CEO Terry Hamilton.
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Streets Information Page

City officials and department heads have developed a Frequently Asked Questions page to provide residents with the facts regarding the need for a 1% tax increase to reconstruct and/or repair/maintain city streets and roadways.  The page contains the proposed ballot question, most current information, graphs, plans, and charts and will be updated regularly. For more information or clarifications, contact council member ashley.smith@canoncity.org

Destination Downtown Photo Contest

Congratulations to our 2016 Colorado Cities & Towns Week Photo Contest winners!

Color Division Winner:
Color Winner 2016 
Ashlee Sack - "Classic"

Black & White Division Winner:
BW Winner 2016
Pam Stepleton - "First Friday Artwork"

Planning Commission Opening

This seven-member Commission meets regularly on the third Tuesday of each month, at 7:00 p.m., and functions as an advisory board to the City Council on matters concerning zoning, subdivisions and other land use and development issues. Special workshop sessions may also be conducted from time to time. The one vacant position will be filled by the City Council on a date to be determined.
If you live within the city limits of Cañon City, and are willing to donate a few hours each month to serve this community, please send a letter of interest, listing your experiences, why you wish to serve, and what you will contribute to the Commission to: Cañon City Council, c/o Cathy Rabe, MMC, City Clerk, P. O. Box 1460, Cañon City, CO  81215-1460. Letters of interest should be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, September 30th.  City Council reserves the right to reject any or all applicants.

City Council Recognizes Cub Scouts

Cañon City Council were honored to have Cub Scout Packs 519 and 520 join them for City Council Meeting on September 6th. The Cubs presented questions about community involvement, the roads, and taxes and led the flag ceremony and Pledge of Allegiance. The City Council was able to present letters of gratitude to their leaders for their service in impacting the lives of our young people and helping to raise future leaders and civically responsible adults.
Pictured in the back row are City Administrator Tony O'Rourke, Council members Kathleen Schumacher, Scott Eckstrom, Mayor Preston Troutman, Dennis Wied, Jim Meisner and Ashley Smith. Pictured in the second row are leaders Patti Jo Medina, Jeff Nutting, Alan Stark, Levi Pollard and Mickey Wells. Pictured in the front row are Hyrum Pontious, Cedric Smith, Dallin Blair, Nathan Liddell, Elijah Medina and Ammon Cash.
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City Council Seeks Members to the Newly Created Marijuana Cultivation Regulation Committee

Cañon City Council is soliciting letters of interest from individuals who are willing to serve on the City’s newly created Marijuana Cultivation Regulation Committee.  Available positions include City residents, local business owners, marijuana industry representatives, and medical experts.  This will be a very active Committee requiring a commitment of time from those willing to serve.  Letters should include the category (City resident, local business, marijuana industry, or medical expert) you are applying for, a list of experiences, why you wish to serve, and what you will contribute to the Committee.  Such letters should be addressed to the Cañon City Council, c/o Cathy Rabe, MMC, City Clerk, P.O. Box 1460, 128 Main Street, Cañon City, CO  81215. Letters must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 31st. For more information or questions, contact City Clerk Rabe at 269-9011.  City Council reserves the right to reject any or all applicants.

Road Closure

Fremont County DOT crews will be conducting repairs to the bridge located on CR 143A.  Beginning August 29, 2016, for approximately 2 weeks, the road will be closed.  Motorists will need to use alternate routes, and your patience is appreciated!  Expected re-opening will be September 12, 2016, but could change due to circumstances out of the control of Fremont County DOT.

Citizen Survey

In July, 1500 Cañon City households were randomly selected to participate in a mailed 2016 Cañon City Citizen Survey.  The citizen survey was requested by the Cañon City Mayor and City Council to seek community input on City services, community needs, and future community opportunities.
In addition to conducting this random, scientific citizen survey, the City is also conducting a non-scientific online version of the 2016 Citizen Survey so more residents can provide feedback related to City services, needs, expectations, and opportunities.  To that end, starting Friday, August 19th, Cañon City residents can take the online survey by going to the following link: www.n-r-c.com/survey/canoncitycitizensurvey.htm or the City of Cañon City website at canoncity.org.
Should citizens have any questions about the online survey, Tony O'Rourke can be contacted at 719-458-5002.

Destination Downtown Photo Contest

The City of Cañon City will be holding a photo contest as part of Colorado Cities & Towns Week (September 12-18, 2016).  City Hall will be accepting photographs of Downtown Cañon City from August 29 - September 2 during regular business hours. Winners will be announced Friday, September 9 on the City's website.  For the full contest rules and information, as well as an application for the Photo Contest, please click here.

Planning Commission

The Cañon City Planning Commission will meet for its regular meeting at 7 p.m.  on August 16, 2016 in the City Council Chambers at City Hall, 128 Main Street. The Commission will consider revisions to the FOOD CARTS/TRUCKS regulations and housekeeping items in various sections of Title 17, Zoning Regulations. A work session with the new City Administrator will be held at 6 p.m. in the committee room. The public is invited.

City Council Recognizes CCPD Officers

Mayor Preston Troutman, City Administrator Tony O'Rourke, the Cañon City Council and Cañon City Deputy Police Chief Allen Cooper, on Monday recognized officers Janel Langdon--Isaac and Chad Gary for their part in helping an elderly man who recently traveled by bus from Alamosa to Cañon City, and later was unable to remember how to return home. The officers, along with the staff at Hank's Travel Plaza and the owner of Cañon City Coins & Collectible, made sure the 92-year-old man was cared for and watched until they could place him on the next bus to safely return home.  Pictured are, back row, O'Rourke, council members Kathleen Schumacher, Dennis Wied, Troutman, Scott Eckstrom, Jim Meisner and Mark Gill. Front row: Cooper, Langston-Isaac and Gary.
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City Council Recognizes Hard Work

Mayor Preston Troutman, City Administrator Tony O'Rourke and the Cañon City Council on Monday recognized John McBride and Harry Patel, director of the City's finance department, for spending extra time preparing the annual budget and Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, in addition to their regular duties and completing workman's compensation renewal. Pictured are, back row, O'Rourke, council members Kathleen Schumacher, Dennis Wied, Troutman, Scott Eckstrom, Jim Meisner and Mark Gill. Front row: McBride and Patel.
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City Council Recognizes Heroic Efforts

Mayor Preston Troutman, City Administrator Tony O'Rourke, the Cañon City Council and Rex Brady, director of Parks and Open Space for the City of Cañon City, on Monday recognized Parks Foreman Gerry Buser and Cañon City Area Volunteer Fire Department volunteer Mykel Kroll  for their heroic efforts while recently responding to a fatal vehicle accident on city property. Pictured are, back row, O'Rourke, council members Kathleen Schumacher, Dennis Wied, Troutman, Scott Eckstrom, Jim Meisner and Mark Gill; front row: Brady, Buser and Kroll.

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City Council Recognizes Fremont Family Medical Center

Mayor Preston Troutman, City Administrator Tony O'Rourke and the Cañon City Council on Monday recognized Juan Recinos, clinic manager for Fremont Family Medical Center and presented him with an official proclamation declaring National Health Care Week in Cañon City from Aug. 7-13.   Pictured are, back row, council members Kathleen Schumacher, O'Rourke, Scott Eckstrom, Troutman, Dennis Wied, Jim Meisner and Mark Gill. Front row: Juan Recinos.
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Revised Drainage, Erosion and Sediment Control (DESC) Permit Requirements

With the issuance of the new Phase II General Stormwater Permit, the City of Cañon City has revised its requirements for DESC permits.  Under the previous permit, DESC permits were required for detached single-family residential projects less than one acre in size that were part of a larger development or project.  This applied to building permits in Dawson Ranch, Four Mile Ranch, Gold Cañon, Skyline Villas PUD and the Elizabeth Street PUD.  The new Phase II General Stormwater Permit further clarifies the applicability of permitting to construction activities that result in less than one acre of land disturbance.  Part I.E.3. of the permit describes “applicable construction activities” as including those construction activities that result in a land disturbance of greater than or equal to one acre or that is less than one acre, but is part of a larger common plan of development or sale that would disturb, or has disturbed since March 2, 2001, one acre or more, unless excluded below or the disturbed areas have been finally stabilized (emphasis added)As a result of this clarification, DESC permits are no longer required for single-family residential projects that disturb less than an acre for Dawson Ranch, Gold Cañon, Four Mile Ranch and Skyline Villas PUD.  DESC permits are still required for the Elizabeth Street PUD and any future subdivisions.  Even though DESC permits are no longer required for the above areas, please note that erosion and sediment control measures are still required during the land disturbance and construction and all projects are still subject to the City of Cañon City’s illicit discharge regulations.  Any pollutants coming from a construction site, or failure to implement soil and erosion control best management practices, can result in enforcement actions.  Please see this Fact Sheet for further details.

City asks residents to complete survey

City Administrator Tony O’Rourke, Mayor Troutman and Council members would like residents to know that 1500 surveys will be mailed to households in mid-July, and they strongly encourage the residents that receive the survey to complete it and return it according to the directions.  Persons completing the survey will not be identified as the surveys will be compiled by an outside company and a summarized report will be submitted to City officials.  Your voice is critical to the direction of the City, and this survey is your opportunity to be heard.  To better guarantee participation in the survey, each selected household will receive a second mailing approximately 1-2 weeks later.  If you’ve already completed and returned the first survey, you don’t need to complete and return the second one.  Thank you in advance for sharing your thoughts and being a partner in the future of Cañon City. 

City Council recognizes CCPD

The council congratulated the Cañon City Police Department and Council Recognized CCPDpresented Certificates of Recognition to individuals involved in a June 7 incident, where a man was tased by officers and later arrested after police responded to a call of shots fired at 508 Fairview Ave.

"The officers were confronted with a very dangerous situation, a very complex situation," Police Chief Paul Schultz said. "They didn't know if the people inside the house were being held hostage or not. There were three children, all toddler age, and this gentleman's wife."

Schultz said the officers followed protocol "to the letter" and did an excellent job taking steps according to program.

"As a result of this, no one was seriously hurt, none of the officers were hurt, and it really was handled quite well," Schultz said. "We're really excited it was resolved in that manner."

Galen Larson, 30, is facing several felony charges in the incident.

Those recognized include Schultz, William Ray, Robert Hill, Timothy Bell, Sterling Jenkins, Phil Snyder, Janel Langdon-Isaac, Peter Elliot, Derek Irvine, Robyn Vidmar, Andrew Saunders, John Dickens, Kelly Duncan, Clint Robertson, Valerie Lehne, Neal Cyr and his K-9 Duke, and Kim Wilson.

Greetings from your City Administrator

It’s been a busy month! I’ve been meeting with Department Heads,O'Rourke, Tony (pic) Council and community members; conducting a listening and learning tour and I am so excited for the future of Cañon City. 

I look forward to building upon past successes to help create an even better quality of life and experience for those living, working and visiting Cañon City. Please feel free to contact me with any questions at 719-458-5002. 

I hope to see you around town, Tony O’Rourke.

Outside Maintenance and Community Resources

It's been a great Spring and Summer with a lot of moisture and City Code Enforcement wants to remind residents that weeds, brush, trash and junk needs to be cleaned up and removed regularly from your property. You can view the manuals for Outside Storage and Outside Yard Maintenance here.

If you live on a corner with a stop sign, you may also want to consider checking your trees/etc. to make sure they aren't obstructing the stop sign from drivers view. If you are unable to trim a tree in the right of way that is obstructing the view of a stop sign, please call  719-269-9028.

Loaves and Fishes has a Day Labor Program that works to connect individuals who needs jobs done with individuals who are looking for work. Call 719-275-0593 for more information.

Thank you and enjoy the rest of summer!

US 50 & Dozier Intersection Construction to start on July 5th

The US 50 & Dozier Intersection project consists of a roundabout Road-Construction-Ahead-Signinstallation at the intersection of Dozier Avenue and Fremont Drive, traffic signal installation at new intersection of US 50 and Steinmeier Avenue, removal of traffic signal at US 50 and Dozier Avenue, and US 50 island modifications between Dozier Avenue and Berry Parkway. Tezak Heavy Equipment, Co., Inc. will begin construction on July 5, 2016 and the project completion date is December, 2016.

Traffic impacts are as follows:
Daytime Travel Conditions:
Portions of Fremont Drive will be closed. The Northbound and Southbound lanes of Dozier Avenue will be shifted to the West side of the existing road near the intersection at Fremont Drive. Access will be provided to local businesses.
Night Road Conditions: No night work is currently scheduled.
Weekend Road Conditions: No weekend work is currently scheduled.

For more information:
Project Information Line: 719-431-9595
Project Email Address: traffic@tezakheavyequipment.com
Road Condition & Traveler Information: www.cotrip.org or call 511
Colorado Department of Transportation Project Information: www.codot.gov
Email: Adele Swift, Contractor PIM: aswift@tezakheavyequipment.com
Email: Mario J. Jimenez, Contractor PIM, mjimenez@tezakheavyequipment.com

Motorists are urged to drive slowly through the work zone and maintain a safe following distance for the safety of other motorists and highway crews. We greatly appreciate your patience during this safety-improvement project.

Library to host Mini-Health Fair on July 14th 

HealthFair at Library on July 14 2016

Ute and Rhodes Paving June 20-23

Fremont County Department of Transportation has announced that crews will be conducting paving operations from June 20, 2016 thru June 23, 2016, on Ute & Rhodes and asks for your cooperation in avoiding parking on the shoulders along Ute and Rhodes during this time.  Your patience is appreciated as there will be delays during the paving operations. 

Please limit travel through the area as much as possible.  County crews are happy to be able to extend the life and use of these roadways through tax dollars, and look forward to another successful paving season.

Additional Library Programs During Summer Reading Program

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Library Kicks off Summer Reading Program June 1

The Cañon City Public Library kicks off its 2016 Summer Reading Program June 1 through July 23. There will be weekly events, prizes for reading, and even adults can participate. The event will also host PAL, a program where children can read to therapy dogs and to wrap it up, the library will host a pool party on July 29th! For more information call the library at 269-9020.

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Helpful Information for Rain Barrel Use

In May of this year, Governor Hickenlooper signed House Bill 16-1005 legalizing the use of rain barrels to capture rainwater from rooftops. HB 16-1005 includes specific rules which must be followed in order to legally use rain barrels. The basic rules are outlined below:

Rain barrels can only be installed at single-family residences and multi-family residences with four or less units;
Only two rain barrels are allowed at each household;
The two rain barrels cannot exceed a combined storage capacity of 110 gallons;
Rain barrels or other containers used to capture the rainwater must have sealable lids to prevent them from becoming mosquito breeding areas;
Only rainwater from rooftop downspouts can be captured;
The captured rainwater may only be used on the same property from which it was captured;
The captured rainwater may only be used for outdoor purposes, including watering outdoor plants, gardens and lawns;
The captured rainwater cannot be used for drinking or indoor water uses;
Homeowner’s Associations cannot ban the use of rain barrels by its members, but they can impose “reasonable” aesthetic requirements on the location and/or appearance of the barrels;
An additional tip to prevent mosquito breeding and stagnant water: The rain barrel(s) should be completely emptied at least once a month. If you are planning to be away from home for more than a week the rain barrel should be disconnected from the downspout.

For more information the Colorado Stormwater Center and the Colorado Water Institute have created a Rain Barrel Fact Sheet about rainwater collection in Colorado.

Digging It! Museum Exhibit Opening on June 3rd

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Joint Land Use Study to Survey Potential Land Use Impact

The Joint Land Use Study, sponsored by the Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments, is a community-driven process to examine local land use issues when military installations and communities are neighbors. The JLUS will ultimately produce a road map to address land use issues and promote compatible land use in the study area: El Paso, Teller, Fremont and Pueblo counties. 

To identify land use issues and generate solutions, the JLUS needs to consider all perspectives and hear from everyone who's affected, which includes Cañon City. Please help by clicking on the SURVEY.  If you are unable to respond the survey online, there are surveys printed in the Main Street lobby of City Hall. Thank you.

City of Cañon City named Tree City, USA

Arbor Day Group Photo 2016The City of Cañon City has been named Tree City, USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation for the 36th consecutive year.

Mayor Preston Troutman and representatives of the city council and city staff gathered Friday to plant a tree in celebration and in observance of Arbor Day. John Grieve with the Colorado State Forest Service presented a Tree City, USA plaque to the community. Read the rest of the article in the Cañon City Daily Record.

CCHS Drafting & Design students recognized by City Council

Cañon City High School Drafting & Design instrDRAFTING Group - Council Meeting 5-2-16uctor Mike Geesaman and his national award winning students pose for a photo Monday with City Council members Kathleen Schumacher, Mayor Preston Troutman, Scott Eckstrom, Mark Gill and Ashley Smith. Students are: Axel Bonney, Connor O’Rourke, Kyle O’Rourke, Josh Jones, Trace Hildebrand, Kendra Stapleton, Gia T. Zhuang, Kayli Gauna, Olivia Eurek, Kelsey Miles, Brittney Pearson, Mikayla Brewer, Whitney Boehm and Kacey Masse. Carie Canterbury/Daily Record 05-02-2016

Cañon City Police Department introduces Cadet Program

The Cañon City Police Department (CCPD) Cadet Program provides recent Cañon City High School graduates the opportunity to experience the challenges and rewards of a career with the CCPD.

This program also offers significant financial benefits including free college tuition and a full scholarship to the Pueblo Community College Police Academy. In order to be considered for the program, you MUST:
♦ Be a Cañon City resident;
♦ Be a graduate of Cañon City High School (or equivalent);
♦ Want to become a Police Officer at the age of 21, and;
Submit a City of Cañon City application (find it at www.canoncity.org) AND a 1,000 word essay on "Why you would like to be a Cañon City Police Officer."  For more information, please upload the FLYER

City Council recognizes High School Speech and Debate Team

The Cañon City Council on Monday recognized the Cañon City High School Speech & Debate Team memCity Council Speech and Debate Team Recognitionbers and coaches. The team competed in the Colorado High School Activities Association's State Speech and Debate Tournament at Fort Collins High School on March 18 and 19. Cañon City had two competitors emerge in the final round. Both juniors, Ariana Garcia won fourth place in Original Oration and Rachael Lamman was the second place winner in Humorous Interpretation. Students and coaches pictured are Ariana Garcia, Emily Reynolds, Cheyenne Hill, Alisha Chapman, Pauline Carochi, Everette Jensen, Matthew Manfredo, Gillian Hardy, Bill Summers and Matthew Logan. Cañon City Council members pictured are James Characky, Jr., Scott Eckstrom, Kathleen Schumacher, Mayor Pro Tem Dennis Wied, Jim Meisner, Mark Gill and Ashley Smith. Article and Photo courtesy of Carie Canterbury/Daily Record.

City Parks Department announces Street Tree Voucher Program

Residents who have lost a street tree or desire a first time new street tree may apply for a street tree voucher. Trees must be planted on the City right of way adjacent to their property (normally located between the street curb and sidewalk). Voucher holders may choose a tree from an approved list. Trees may NOT be planted on private property or outside the City Limits.

  1. Minimum spacing and height requirements must be met which will dictate the number of trees allowed.
  2. After the Parks Director approves the planting site, the home owner will be issued a voucher which may be taken to Seufer Tree Farm 345 S Raynolds Avenue or Brady’s Evergreen Nursery 829 Brewster Avenue and exchanged for an approved tree of your choice. Maximum value of a voucher is $125.00, if you choose a tree over this amount the voucher holder is solely responsible to pay the difference above and beyond the $125.00 limit.
  3. Property owners or occupants must agree to plant the tree according to provided planting instructions and water the planting(s) for up to 3 years, once a week or as needed during warm weather and once a month during cold weather. The City will prune the tree as needed. Prior to planting the tree the homeowner MUST contact 811 for utility locates. The City of Cañon City will not be responsible for damage to utility lines or other services. (CALL BEFORE YOU DIG!) 
  4. The City of Cañon City reserves the right to accept or reject orders.  Rules and regulations covered under Municipal Code chapter 5.52 shall be used to guide street tree planting(s).
For more information, contact the Cañon City Parks Department at(719) 269-9028.

Cañon City Police Department participates in Child Abuse Prevention Month

Chief Schultz and members of the Cañon City Police Department joined the Fremont County Department of Human Services to raise awareness of the importance of preventing child abuse.  FromCCPD Blue Ribbon the Fremont County Department of Human Services Child Abuse Prevention Month Proclamation: "The prevention of child abuse and neglect strengthens Fremont County's families and ensures the opportunity for children to develop in healthy, trusting family, schools and neighborhoods and where that consequently builds the foundation of our County. 

We must come together as partners to keep children safe, ensure that voices of our children are heard by all, and extend a helping hand to children and families in need.  Each of us plays a role in the prevention of child abuse and neglect"  There are so many ways that a person can make the difference in the life a child; some examples might be supporting a stressed parent by babysitting for an evening to give them a night off, volunteer for an organization such as CASA or volunteer to coach a t-ball team, listen to a child when they tell you a story, OR report any concern you have for the safety of a child to Law Enforcement, Fremont County Department of Human Services or 1-844-CO-4-KIDS" Southeast Living Ribbon

Coffee with the Mayor

"Coffee with the Mayor" is aMayor Speaking Robison 4-13 great opportunity to participate in casual conversations with the Mayor and members of Council, and stay informed and get involved in all the exciting happenings in and around Cañon City. If you are interested in hosting a Coffee with the Mayor, please call 719-276-5281.

Tunnel Drive Trail and Trailhead re-opens April 1!

Tunnel Drive Trail and Trailhead are re-opening on FrTunnel Drive Parkingiday, April 1 after City crews have built a new trailhead which involved grading an asphalt parking lot, installing a vault restroom, paving the trail, improving drainage and constructing a boulder wall.

The City appreciates your patience and understanding and hopes you will enjoy the improvements designed with your comfort and safety in mind. 

Golden Shuttle Volunteer Drivers Recognized

Golden Shuttle volunteersThe City of Cañon City is pleased to acknowledge, with gratitude, the many hours of service the 24 volunteer drivers for the Golden Shuttle/Fremont County Transit have donated to improve the lives of our citizens. 

In the year 2015 alone, the shuttle buses drove over 69,000 miles and clocked in over 5800 hours in order to bestow freedom, independence and access to medical care, shopping, employment and social interaction for all residents. 

Without their service, public transportation in rural areas like ours would not be possible.

Thank you for your contribution to the City of Cañon City!

BLM approves South Cañon City Trails project

The Bureau of Land Management Royal Gorge Field Office signed a decision to implement the proposed South Cañon City Trail Development project. This project will provide public access, high quality recreation opportunities and improve recreation management on the land between New York Avenue and Ecology Park. The trail system will also connect Ecology Park with the Section 13 trail system.

“We’re looking forward to working with the community on this project,” said recreation planner Kalem Lenard. “The new trails will provide additional access connecting local communities to their public lands.”

The public lands in the south Cañon City area provide important recreation opportunities for local residents who use a combination of designated trails, social trails and old roads for hiking, biking and riding horses. These lands provide a ‘backyard’ recreation destination that informally connects with neighborhoods and other trail systems. Construction is tentatively planned to begin on approximately 10 miles of new non-motorized trails identified in the project plan in fall 2016.

The BLM coordinated the project with the Cañon City Area Metropolitan Parks and Recreation District, Fremont County, the City of Cañon City, and the Lower Arkansas Mountain Biking Association.  In conjunction with an easement acquired by the Recreation District, the trail connections will provide access to BLM public lands. The Recreation District also purchased another parcel that will serve as a trailhead with parking.

Specific details about the project, including a description of the new trails and a map, are available on the Royal Gorge Field Office webpage at: http://blm.gov/84ld. For additional information, please contact Kalem Lenard at 719-269-8538 or email jlenard@blm.gov.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2014, the BLM generated $5.2 billion in receipts from public lands. 

Contact: Kyle Sullivan, Public Affairs Specialist, 719-269-8553

CCPD  Awards and Promotion Ceremony celebrates bravery and commitment

Several officers and staff members of the Cañon City Police Department were recognized for their bravery and commitment  Wednesday during an Awards & Promotion Ceremony at City Hall.

Allen Cooper was promoted to Deputy Chief, the second-highest ranking position in the department, Robert Hill and Billy Ray were promoted to Commanders, Andrew Sanders was promoted to Sergeant and John Sabatino was promoted to Corporal.

Sworn Officer of the Year was Commander Hill and Jen O'Connor was named the Non-Sworn Employee of the Year. Read the entire article in the Canon City Daily Record.

Central Colorado Housing's program helps homeowners trim trees

Homeowners needing their trees trimmed, to avoid damage to their or their neighbors' homes, may be able to get help from Central Colorado Housing's (CCH) Home Repair Program. The program can assist homeowners trim/remove trees, shrubs, bushes and other fire/wind dangers from around  homes.

In addition, the program can upgrade windows, add insulation, repair or replace furnaces and replace doors. With the sometimes extreme cold weather and heating costs on the rise, these upgrades/repairs will quickly pay for themselves. The program can also address other homeowner concerns such as plumbing problems, electrical problems and roof damage to name a few. Construction supervision is provided at no cost and payment assistance is available to homeowners who qualify.

This program is available to homeowners in Chaffee, Custer, Fremont, Lake, Park and Teller counties.

Homeowners needing an application or additional information can contact Erlin or Kevin at Central Colorado Housing, 3224-A Independence Road, or by calling  275-4191.

The City Website offers information and convenience to residents and visitors

Cañon City's website can help folks navigate City requirements, City business, and stay informed on Community Plans, and keep everyone aware of the many activities and events taking place throughout the year.  The Calendar on the home page lists City Council and Committee meetings and related events, and the website offers many convenient features; including online billing and limited online reporting through the Online Services link on the homepage.  Use these forms  to report potholes, code violations, stormwater issues, or non-emergency property crimes and incidents.  You can even print out an Identity Theft Report Form to help you gather all related information prior to making a police report. 

The Find It Here link takes you to a document center where you can search for documents related to city business without having to search the links in each separate department.  On the City Departments page, you’ll find a Department Directory and the Resident, Visitor, Business, and Government sections contain an enormous amount of important, interesting and educational information. The Climate Capitol of Colorado's website wouldn't be complete without a Fun Things to Do link that lists almost every activity available to those living in or visiting the Royal Gorge Region.  There's much more, so please take a look around. We think you’ll agree this new website offers something for everyone.  Comments or suggestions can be sent to contactus@canoncity.org 

City of Cañon City Recognizes Years of Service

Recently, the City of Cañon City held a breakfast potluck where City Administrator Doug Dotson presented awards to the following dedicated employees for years of service:
Award Recipients 2016

Award recipients, front row left to right:
George Meffley – 10 years
Lester Swisher – 25 years
Clint Robertson – 10 years
Pam Stepleton – 5 years
Kendra McFall – 15 years

Back row left to right:
Tim Hall – 20 years
Cole Mock – 5 years
Mike Pielow – 5 years
William Ray – 5 years
Bill Lennox – 25 years

State of the City: Mayor Preston Troutman Addresses Residents

"Unity and collaboration were the underlying themes Canterbury_StateoftheCityof Thursday night's State of the City address delivered by Mayor Preston Troutman at Cañon City High School."  Read the full article in the Daily Record.

Read the transcript of the State of the City.

Colorado's Best Training Runs: Cañon City Riverwalk and Tunnel Drive Trail

Alan Versaw with MileSplit Insider states in a December 31, 2015 article: "...I will venture to say that, from a runner's perspective, there is no better urban running route in Colorado than the Cañon City Riverwalk Trail and associated Tunnel Drive Trail. Together, they make for seven miles of nearly uninterrupted running bliss." Read the entire article HERE.

Stormwater Reminder to Manage Snow and Keep Drains Clear

It’s the season – colder temperatures, frost on the pumpkins and SNOW!  The Cañon City Stormwater Division would like to suggest that residents place shoveled snow back onto their lawns to provide extra water when it melts rather than putting it in the streets. 

And as always, keep storm drains clear of debris and please do not pile snow from parking lots, driveways, etc. on top of storm drains.  For more information on Stormwater regulations and fun and educational activities for kids, please visit http://www.canoncity.org/departments/departments/streets_stormwater_and_engineering/stormwater_division.php

City Officials Respond to Questions regarding the Proposed Downtown Development Authority

Over the past few months, City Officials have been working with business owners, property owners and lessees to introduce and
move forward with the development of a Downtown Development Authority (DDA).  City Hall recently received a number of questions from the owner of a downtown business that provided a great opportunity to clarify the process and potential benefits of DDA's to the community at large. Please feel free to read the entire document HERE.

New Mayor and New Council Members Swearing In and Regular Council Meeting

New Council 1-4-2016Our new Mayor and new Council Members were sworn in at City Hall on January 4, 2016 and went right to work.  The 2016-2017 Cañon City Council from left to right: District 3 Council Member Dennis Wied; Mayor Preston Troutman; At Large Council Member Scott Eckstrom; At Large Council Member Kathleen Schumacher; At Large Council Member Jim Meisner; District 4 Council Member Mark Gill; District 2 Council Member Ashley Smith (not pictured: District 1 Council Member Jimmy Characky, Jr.)

Royal Gorge and Royal Gorge Bridge named as one of 10 places to visit in Colorado

Check it out - a stunning photo and equally stunning description of our very own Royal Gorge Bridge and Park in a blog posted by Bea Castaneda, listing the Royal Gorge and Royal Gorge Bridge as one of "10 Places in Colorado Nature Lovers Should Visit Before They Die."

CCPD Lobby is a Safe Transaction Zone

Potential users of websites such as “CraigsList” and other online services will now be able to use the front lobby of the Cañon City Police Department as a safe transaction zone starting today, November 30th, 2015. 

“Typically someone is not going to want to transact a bad business deal inside a police department,” Cañon City Police Chief Paul Schultz said.

While a large number of Internet transactions go without issues, the Cañon City Police Department wants to reduce the chances of transactions going badly by making the front lobby a meeting spot and safe zone, with an emphasis during the holiday gift buying season. In Cañon City, police have dealt with victims of fraud resulting from online deals. In other jurisdictions across the county, some have been the victim of assaults and worse.

Creating a safe zone in the police lobby is really just about moving these transactions away from secluded parking lots, your home, or other areas they often occur and bring them to a very public place. Creating safe zones to finalize online sales has become a growing trend in policing.

“No matter what you are trying to sell or buy, it's not worth getting hurt,” said Schultz. He mentioned that when scheduling such meetings, that parties should be sure to let a family know where and when they are making the transaction.

The Cañon City Police Department is located at 161 Justice Center Road, just across from the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office, and is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm with the exceptions of holidays. 

A Friendly Reminder to Businesses in Caon City!

Almost all outside SIGNAGE, whether it’s new or replacement signage, requires an approved sign permit before it is installed.

Permit applications are available at City Hall and can be found online at www.canoncity.org. In the Departments tab go to Community Development, then Code Enforcement. Also see Chapter 17.30 of the Zoning Regulations for specifics.

Please call the Code Enforcement Division for more information at 719-269-9011.

Website Provides Opportunity for Local Businesses to Promote Services

The City's new website offers local businesses yet another opportunity to advertise their services to residents and visitors. Please click on http://cms4.revize.com/revize/canoncity/businesses/business_directory.php 
to sign up. The information you enter will typically be uploaded onto the website in less than three business days.

Cañon City Rated One of Best Towns to Raise a Family!

According to the 2015 Niche Ratings, Cañon City ranks #14 in Best Towns to Raise a Family in Colorado! Niche is a research site that blends community reviews with hard data to help people explore what a place is really like. The Best Towns to Raise a Family ranking provides a comprehensive assessment of key metrics that indicate how good an area is to raise a family at the town level. This grade takes into account key family-centered factors, such as public education, safety, community involvement, and access to shopping, affordable housing and childcare. If you already live here, you know how great Cañon City is, if you've considered moving here, come for a visit, we're confident you'll love it too!

Cañon City Rated #6 in Best Place to Start a Business in Colorado!

Cañon City has been rated #6 of Best Places to Start a Business in Colorado by NerdWallet. NerdWallet analyzed 85 places in Colorado, each with at least 500 businesses and a population of at least 5,000 and determined the overall score of each place by using data from the U.S. Census Bureau to assess a city’s business climate and economic health. Key factors included making the most of the great outdoors with activities like skiing, hiking, rafting, fishing, climbing and other outdoor activities draw millions of tourists to Colorado’s mountain towns each year, and proximity to Denver. Cañon City is just over 100 miles from Denver and only 35 miles from Colorado Springs, the largest City in Southern Colorado. Cañon City has it all; a small town feel, a thriving business environment, an extremely popular tourist destination, an enthusiastic workforce, and professional people to work with you to make your business a reality. For more information, contact City Hall at 719-269-9011.

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