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FAQ: SAFEbuilt code enforcement services in Nederland

Please see the below paragraphs for information addressing various concerns expressed by residents regarding SAFEbuilt code enforcement in Nederland.

Why has the Town contracted SAFEbuilt for code enforcement?

The Town’s motivation for contracting SAFEbuilt is largely due to a lack of personnel and resources for in-house enforcement. In the past, code enforcement was managed by the Nederland Police Department which not only created a punitive impression of code enforcement but also directed police attention and resources away from more important public safety issues. Furthermore, it is more cost-efficient to use a professional firm on a contracted basis than to employ an individual in a full-time position. Lastly, using an outside professional firm provides greater objectivity in enforcement. Using a local individual for code enforcement could present the risk of introducing personal bias and relationships into the process of enforcement. Using an outside individual ensures that there are no special favors or personal relationships between the code enforcement officer and residents undermining the process of balanced and objective enforcement. Also, while SAFEbuilt does serve communities nationwide, the company is based out of Loveland, Colorado.

 What authority does Safebuilt have?

SAFEbuilt’s authority extends to the issuing of citations for municipal code violations and eventually court summons. SAFEbuilt does NOT have any power to levy fines or any other such penalties. Only the Town judge has the ability to determine penalties for code violations. As such, any reference to a “SAFEbuilt fine” is erroneous.

 How are citations generated?

The code official issues citations based on resident-filed complaints AND based on their own observations. There has been some confusion on how citations are determined. It should be understood that the code official only issues citations based on what is contained in the Town code. Therefore, they will not be issuing summons for things such as long grass or cracked windshields, as these are not regulated under Town code. Prior use of the term “lawn care” refers to unkempt piles of garbage and refuse in a resident’s lawn and not the condition of their grass.

 Why has SAFEbuilt issued citations for vehicles?

There has been some contention regarding citations issued for inoperable vehicles. Early on in our contract, the code official did issue citations for inoperable vehicles; however, the Town code regarding inoperable vehicles was revised and updated by the Board of Trustees.

It is the Town’s hope that this response has provided some clarification on the service being provided by SAFEbuilt. We thank residents for sharing their concerns and ask that residents continue to share any additional concerns or inquiries that arise in the future.

Can I talk with the Code Official?

Yes. The code official does exercise an “open door policy” and is happy to address resident concerns directly.

You can contact code official Jake Cooke via email.  As such, the most expedient means of having concerns addressed may be by contacting Town Hall at (303) 258-3266.

CAUTION: Moose in the Area

The Nederland Police Department has noticed an increase of moose movement through town and would like to remind the community of the risks/dangers of getting to close to an adult moose and  it’s calves. Please remember to keep a safe distance and also the requirement to have your dog on a leash.  Thank you.

Solar Program to be Shared

You’ll find information below about Solar Benefits Boulder County. Boulder County and its municipalities are pooling our communities’ buying power to give us access to discounts on residential rooftop solar.

If you have ever thought of getting solar on your roof, now could be the best time to do so.
• Get the complete setup – The discount offered by Namaste Solar includes system design (using only premium, high-efficiency components), permitting costs, installation services, and monitoring. Namaste Solar also takes care of any repairs and maintenance, and guarantees the system’s production, for savings you can count on.
• Use Flexible Payment Options – Access low-interest financing at 1.99% interest
• Get Rewarded – $250 cash back to each customer once total installations reach 400kW
• Keep it Local – Competitively-selected Namaste Solar is a Boulder County company here to serve you for this limited time offer
• Act Soon – Residents must live in Boulder County and must sign-up by May 15th, 2016. You’ll receive a free, no-obligation quote.
Please consider a clean energy investment for yourself, our community, and future generations. Visit

2016 Residential Water Conservation Rebate

2016 Water Conservation Rebate Program

Residential customers with active utility accounts that are in good standing can receive a rebate for up to $200 towards the purchase of a new WaterSense® toilet to replace an old inefficient toilet.  We will not be able to reimburse for taxes or installation associated with this purchase.

  • The new toilet must be a WaterSense approved toilet rated to use 1.28 gallons per flush (gpf) or less.  Dual-flush toilets are eligible for this rebate, but they must also be WaterSense approved.
  • Toilets eligible for replacement must currently use 1.6 gpf or more.
  • Old toilets must be recycled at CHaRM or taken to the Nederland Transfer Station.  Proof of recycling must accompany the rebate form to qualify for the rebate.
  • There will be a limit of 1 toilet per address.
  • Toilets must be purchased by 4/15/16.
  • Completed rebate forms (see below) will be accepted on a first come, first served basis at Town Hall until 4/25/16 or until funds run out, whichever comes first.
  • Please call Kathy Weiss @ 303-258-3266 ext. 21 with any questions.

Residential Rebate Form

Eligible Toilets

Nederland’s Frozen Dead Guy Days Festival recognized with USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Travel Award for cultural festivals

Nederland’s annual Frozen Dead Guy Days Festival took the 5 spot in the USA  Today’s 10 Best Readers’ Choice Travel Awards category of best cultural festivals. Being selected as an entry in the poll was an honor in itself, as an expert panel vetted festival’s from around the country before choosing nominations. Once nominated, the festival maintained a strong position throughout the polling. Of course, FDGD is no stranger to the spotlight, and this tribute is just the latest in a long line of national and global acknowledgements for the eclectic event and further proof that life is, in fact, better at 8,236 feet.

Full Poll Results:





Become a trained weather spotter for the Office of Emergency Management

The Boulder County Office of Emergency Management is hosting a training on Tuesday, May 5 for individuals interested in becoming trained weather spotters. The training will run from 6:30-9 p.m. at the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office located at 5600 Flatiron Parkway. Registration is required to participate; interested parties can complete registration by emailing Francesca Gonzales at

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