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Notice of Public Hearing – Biosolids Handling Project Nederland, CO

Date: September 19, 2017
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 P.M.
Location: Nederland Community Center
Address: 750 Highway 72 North
Nederland, CO 80466
Topic: Town of Nederland Biosolids Handling Project

A public hearing will be conducted for the purpose of informing citizens and soliciting public input, written or oral, regarding the Town of Nederland Biosolids Handling Project. The project consists of adding solids handling capabilities to the existing wastewater treatment facility (WWTF). The public hearing will focus on the Project Needs Assessment (PNA) for the Biosolids Handling Project. The PNA is a report evaluating the potential alternatives, existing system information, and details on the selected alternative. This includes adding an aerobic digester for solids stabilization and a screw press for mechanical dewatering. The PNA was submitted to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) to qualify the Town of Nederland Biosolids Handling Project for a State Revolving Fund (SRF) Loan.

The opinion of probable cost for the solids handling addition is estimated at $2,000,000 as submitted in the PNA.

Copies of the PNA are available for public review prior to the Public Hearing at Town Hall, 45 West 1st St, Nederland, CO 80466. The report will also be available for public review on the City’s website: http://nederlandco.org/category/news/.

The point of contact for the Town of Nederland Biosolids Handling Project is Chris Pelletier, Public Works Director, (303) 258-3167. All interested persons are invited to attend personally and provide input at the hearing. For written comments or questions submit on or before September 19, 2017 by e-mail to chrisp@nederlandco.org or drop off at Town Hall, 45 West 1st St, Nederland, CO 80466.

Town of Nederland
Chris Pelletier
Public Works Director

Listen to the Board of Trustee Meetings without even being there!

The Town of Nederland is now LIVE STREAMING all Board of Trustee meetings as they happen every first and third Tuesday of the month. Streaming will begin just prior to the start of the meeting at about 6:55 PM. The stream can be accessed through our website on the “Civic Web” page and by then clicking on the “LIVE STREAM” tab in the bottom left or can also be accessed directly by clicking here.

 

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UPDATE – Cell Service Interruption

Century Link has been dispatched and is currently working on the repair to restore cellular service.  They anticipate having the work completed by this evening (no specific time can be promised) at the latest.  They are working towards completion as early as possible.

The Town of Nederland Police Department is accepting applications for full-time and part-time Police Officer position(s)

Job duties include performing routine and technical police work in all aspects of Law Enforcement and Police activities. Providing honest, professional, integrity-driven, community policing techniques and assistance to all citizens, residents and visitors to Nederland.

Those interested should submit a resume to Police Clerk Carole Maser, 303-258-3250 or carolem@nederlandco.org

For additional details please see the linked document below.

Nederland Police Department Job Posting

Old Town Water Pressure

Please be advised that the Utilities Dept. will need to perform hydrant flushing and pressure testing in the Old Town area on Monday, July 10th.  This may cause decreased water pressure in your homes.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Boulder Ranger District Enacts Fire Restrictions as of June 30, 2017

BOULDER, Colo. – Stage I Fire Restriction went into effect this morning for all Boulder County portions of the Boulder Ranger District of the Roosevelt National Forests due to a forecast of dry, warm conditions.

The Stage 1 fire restrictions limit where and what type of fires visitors can have, along with other restrictions. They are in place until October 1, 2017, or rescinded, whichever is first.  See the order and map for details.

Within the fire restriction area, forest visitors cannot:

·        Build or maintain a fire or use charcoal, coal, or wood stoves, except within a developed recreation site (e.g., campgrounds where fees are charged).

·        Smoke, except in an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while in an area at least three feet in diameter cleared of all flammable materials.

·        Operate a chainsaw without a USDA or SAE approved spark arrester properly installed and in effective working order, a chemical pressurized fire extinguisher kept with the operator, and one round point shovel with an overall length of at least 35 inches readily available for use.

·        Weld or operate acetylene or other torch with open flame except in cleared areas of at least 10 feet in diameter and in possession of a chemical pressurized fire extinguisher.

·        Use explosives, including fireworks.

·        Discharge a firearm EXCEPT a person possessing a valid Colorado hunting license lawfully involved in hunting and harvesting game.

Violation of any of these provisions of Stage 1 fire restrictions could result in a maximum fine of $5,000 for an individual or $10,000 for an organization, or imprisonment for more than six months, or both. If responsible for causing a wildfire, one could be held accountable for suppression costs of that fire.

Forest Service staff will continue to monitor conditions and consider the variety of options to address those conditions, including additional restrictions if weather remains dry and lessening or rescinding restriction if a rainy weather pattern starts.

Excel Energy Scam

The Nederland Police Department would like to warn all local business about an ongoing Excel energy scam. Local business’ have been contacted and notified that they are delinquent on their utility bill. The suspects convince the business owner that they need to pay upwards of $1000 and provide them with details on how to make the payment. Excel Energy is aware of this scam. If  you are contacted by the suspects, refuse to pay and report this contact to Excel Energy (800-895-4999) and/or the Nederland Police Department (303-258-3250).

National Weather Service invites residents to share their experiences about wildfire weather communication and messaging

The National Weather Service (NWS) in Boulder cordially invites you to participate in a community workshop on “Wildfire Weather”.  This is a wonderful opportunity for you to share your experiences about wildfire weather events in Boulder.  The workshop will be offered twice on Monday, June 12, 2017: in the City of Boulder from noon-2pm at the Boulder Public Library and in the town of Nederland from 6-7:45pm at the Nederland Community Center.  You may attend either session. See below for info and registration details.

In particular, the NWS seeks to gather feedback to understand your community’s communication and messaging needs related to wildfire weather events. The NWS will use your feedback to improve its products, with the ultimate goal of saving lives and reducing wildfire weather impacts to property.

Dr. Gina Eosco, with Eastern Research Group, will conduct and facilitate the workshop, which will last approximately two hours. We look forward to your participation. If you have any questions or need additional information, please let us know.

Nederland Session:

Date: Monday, June 12, 2017

Time: 6:00 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. (Refreshments will be served)

Location: Nederland Community Center, 750 CO-72, Nederland, CO 80466

RSVP: Please register for the event here.

Contact: Garry Sanfacon at (720) 564-2642 or gsanfacon@bouldercounty.org

Boulder County Parks & Open Space Seeking Volunteer Angler Hosts

Deadline to apply is June 3, training day is June 10

Boulder County, Colo. – The Boulder County Parks & Open Space Department is in need of Volunteer Angler Hosts for the summer season. Volunteer Angler Hosts help at kids fishing clinics and family fishing events where they teach beginner fishing skills such as knot tying, casting, and fish handling. As needed, these volunteers also provide park visitors with information about fishing opportunities at the park and help Wildlife Biologists determine fish species and populations in local streams and rivers.

Angler Hosts have volunteer duties at Cattail Pond at the Boulder County Fairgrounds, Lagerman Reservoir near Niwot, Stearns Lake at Carolyn Holmberg Preserve, and Walden Ponds Wildlife Habitat near Gunbarrel.

Volunteers are required to complete one full-day training on Saturday, June 10 and commit to working at least three special events between June and October. This is roughly 15-20 hours of volunteer service for the season.

Application deadline for volunteers is Saturday, June 3.

For more information, contact Michelle Marotti at mmarotti@bouldercounty.org or 303-678-6219, or visit www.BoulderCountyOpenSpace.org/volunteer

Nederland Saws & Slaws is Now Nederland Defensible Space

At a May 16th meeting of the Nederland Saws & Slaws core group, members reaffirmed an earlier decision to split from Saws and Slaws for the 2017 season. The organization will now be known as Nederland Defensible Space (or neD-Space for short). Why the change? There are a number of reasons that we are stepping away from our sister organization in Coal Creek Canyon:

  • Since its inception in 2012, the Nederland group has technically been a sub-committee of the Nederland Parks, Recreation & Open Space Advisory Board (PROSAB). As a Town-sponsored group, we have enjoyed robust liability insurance protection under the Town’s policy at no extra cost to the Town, and we therefore have had no need to charge the owners of event site properties for our work to pay for expensive insurance protection. Coal Creek Canyon Saws & Slaws incorporated as Saws & Slaws, Inc. in January. Had we opted to be a part of the Saws & Slaws, Inc. organization, we would have lost our relationship with the Town and been forced to begin charging property owners for mitigation work. The Town is willing to continue its sponsorship, and we are most comfortable continuing with a model that has worked well for us.
  • Nederland Saws & Slaws had a wake-up call last autumn, when a volunteer was injured by a falling tree. While we have always taken safety seriously, this unfortunate mishap that involved a well-trained sawyer has prompted us to double down on safety protocols and make other changes in the way we conduct our mitigation events. The core group felt strongly that we needed to be in charge of setting and enforcing these standards ourselves, not a corporate board of directors that might not share our convictions.
  • The Nederland core group volunteers don’t feel that they have time to participate in Saws & Slaws, Inc. governance. By keeping our focus locally, we ensure that local Nederland-area needs stay front and center.

Nederland Defensible Space will continue to collaborate and cooperate with Saws & Slaws, as we’ve developed strong relationships with our Coal Creek Canyon counterparts over the years, and we share a commitment towards preparedness for and adaptation to wildfire. We are leaving open the possibility of affiliating with that organization sometime in the future.

Additional Changes in Store for 2017

Event participants will notice a number of changes in the way we conduct mitigation events this season:
Safety, Safety, Safety—our top three priorities. There will be a designated Safety Officer at each event who will draw up a formal safety plan and will be responsible for enforcing it. The Safety Officer must have attained certification as a National Wildland Coordination Group(NWCG) Faller 1 or 2.

Sawyers—We’ll have two categories of sawyers this season. Qualified Sawyers must have completed an NWCG S-212 Power saw class, and be currently qualified as a Faller 3 or higher. Trainee Sawyers must have taken a qualifying power saw class, and attend an annual refresher class. All sawyers must have appropriate PPE to participate. All Trainee Sawyers will be paired with Qualified Sawyers; the former will observe for the initial 2 hours of cutting and then cut with supervision and coaching for the final 2 hours. The number of Trainee Sawyers will necessarily be limited, so those desiring to cut should sign up early.

Event Hosts—All participating properties must be enrolled in Boulder County’s Wildfire Partners program and have had their home assessment completed prior to the event. Nederland Defensible Space will be working closely with Wildfire Partners, and all neD-Space event volunteers will be eligible for a free Wildfire Partners risk assessment!

Event Scope of Work—Care will be taken not to take on too much cutting during an event. neD-Space also hopes to begin giving adequate attention to other defensible space matters besides tree removal, such as removing flammable material from around exterior walls and decks. Not up to the rigorous exercise that swamping involves? We can find other ways for you to help that are equally important.

Education—We mentioned above the fantastic opportunity for Trainee Sawyers to receive one-on-one instruction with S-212 Qualified Sawyers, but we would like each event to be an educational experience for all participants. To this end, we will seek to have a Wildfire Partners representative present at each event to describe the property risk assessment and explain how the work performed lowers the wildfire risk for the host properties.

2017 Kickoff Event May 27th in St. Antons

It’s become a tradition to hold our first mitigation event of the season in partnership with the St. Antons HOA. This year’s event is on May 27th; the goal of this event is to help homeowners in St. Antons HOA with wildfire mitigation around their homes.  All volunteers are requested to meet at the intersection of Cougar Run and Conifer (136 Cougar Run in Google Maps) at 7:45am to sign in, complete a liability waver, and go through a quick safety briefing.  Our event will run until 12 noon and then we will gather for a potluck BBQ.  This is a fantastic opportunity to get some work done that benefits the entire community and then enjoy a well-earned meal together.

Here is what you need to bring:

Sawyers: Full PPE, chainsaw, fuel mix, bar oil, and accessories

Swampers (people dragging slash): long sleeve shirt, pants, gloves, sturdy shoes, safety glasses, ear protection

Everyone: A potluck side dish or dessert to share (Burgers, Brauts, and nonalcoholic beverages will be provided)

SAWYERS:
We will have a sawyer’s meeting at 7:15am to go over the scope of the day’s cutting.
RSVP (and questions) please to mailto:nedforesthealth@ned-space.com

2017 neD-Space Event Hosts Needed

If you are a Nederland-area resident who has signed up with Wildfire Partners, consider banding with your neighbors to host a Nederland Defensible Space mitigation event this season. There is no better way to get to know your neighbors and get some free defensible space mitigation work done! Event hosts are needed from the Big Springs and Sunnyside neighborhoods. Contact nedforesthealth@ned-space.com for more information.

Annual Firewise Town Cleanup June 3rd

The Town of Nederland and Boulder County are again co-sponsoring this annual event. The cleanup site is once again at the cluster of County facilities on Ridge Road (forestry sort yard, waste transfer station and transportation yard). The Firewise Town Cleanup event is a great time to clear the combustible materials that have accumulated in your home ignition zone, and haul them off before wildfire season gets underway. The event starts at 8:00 am (note that the sort yard opens at 9:00) and lasts until the dumpsters are full (expected to be mid-morning). For fees, materials accepted and other cleanup event information, please visit nederlandco.org/firewise.