Archive for March, 2017

Snow, colder temps lead Castle Rock Fire and Rescue to lift fire restrictions

Wet spring snow and cooler temperatures this week have reduced the risk of fires in our area. As a result, fire restrictions have been lifted.

Acting on authority granted by Town Council, Town Manager David L. Corliss and Fire and Rescue Chief Art Morales Friday rescinded all fire restrictions.

Activities that are allowed include:

  • Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, coal or wood-burning stove, any type of charcoal fueled broiler or open fire of any type in undeveloped areas
  • Smoking in open space areas and undeveloped areas
  • Using explosive material with appropriate permits
  • Welding, or operating acetylene or other similar torch with open flame in wildland areas
  • Fires in constructed, permanent fire pits or fire grates within developed recreation sites, or charcoal barbecues, fire pits, smokers, and chimineas operated on private property away from combustible materials
  • Any Federal, State, or local officer or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of an official duty

Fire restrictions are implemented to maintain public health and safety. CRFD will continue to monitor fuel models and will reinstate restrictions if necessary.

Stay tuned to CRgov.com/FireBans for current information. Inquiries regarding the current status of fire restrictions in Town should be directed to the Fire Chief’s Office, 303-660-1066.

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2017 water rebate program accepting applications; watering restrictions begin June 1

In Colorado, spring-time weather can be unpredictable. One minute it’s snowing, the next minute trees are blooming, and birds are chirping. As landscape season officially begins, the Town is encouraging residents to keep conservation top of mind. Castle Rock Water has a few programs in 2017 to help – some will even put money back in your pocket.

Town Council approved earlier this month the 2017 Conservation Rebate Incentive Program. The program encourages residents to be water-conscious and offers several rebates as part of an overall conservation plan.

The incentive program rewards residents transitioning from high-water-use landscaping and inefficient irrigation to other water-smart alternatives. It’s funded with water restriction violations and tier 4 conservation surcharges. Funds are limited, and rebates are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

A household can only qualify for each rebate once. The 2017 rebate program includes:

  • Smart irrigation controller retrofit – 50 percent of the controller cost up to $300 ($1,500 maximum for non-residential customers).
  • Rotary nozzle retrofit – Up to $5 per nozzle ($2,000 maximum for non-residential customers).
  • Rain sensors – 50 percent of the cost of the sensor up to $50 (residential only).
  • SmartScape renovations – $1 per square foot (250 square foot minimum) up to $1,500 for high-water-use plant material, such as Kentucky Bluegrass, removed and replaced with either xeriscape or hardscape.

Applications are available at CRgov.com/rebates and CRconserve.com/rebates.

Additionally, Town Council approved the 2017 Water Use Management Plan. Castle Rock Water uses watering restrictions to help residents efficiently use water outdoors during the warmer months.

By staggering water use on an every-third-day schedule, Castle Rock Water can maintain positive pressures throughout the water system, ensure appropriate fire flows, and allocate time for water reservoir recovery.

For the 2017 season, watering restrictions will be in place during June, July and August. Residents will be required to follow a circle, diamond, square schedule that will be mailed to their homes prior to May 1. The schedule is also posted at CRgov.com/waterschedule and CRconserve.com/waterschedule.

Also, in order to promote efficient water use, outdoor irrigation will not be allowed between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. However, there are no time or day restrictions associated with hand watering.

These restrictions will allow residents to water only during cooler, more humid times of day. This is when evapotranspiration – a measurement of how much water needs to be used to replace water lost through evaporation and transpiration – is at its lowest, and watering is most effective.

Find more information on everything happening with Castle Rock Water at CRgov.com/water.

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Ridgeline Open Space

Trail is spinning great. No need to clean the bike after this afternoon.-Vance Nixon 1 pm.

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Philip S. Miller Park

Based on feedback from the meeting. Our Open Space manager, John, just finished walking the purple loop at PSM Park and cut in numerous water diversions and chopped out a bunch on scrub oak stumps. That loop is in excellent shape.
Trail conditions are perfect.

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Soft-surface trails

The rain and snow is gone and the sun is trying to peak through the clouds, but don’t be fooled, muddy conditions exist and will need some time to dry out.  Please stay off the soft surface trails today.

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Give your input to help update Town Code related to animals, open house April 11.

As a home rule municipality, the Town of Castle Rock has its own set of local laws and codes. From time to time, those local laws need to be reviewed. A topic currently being discussed relates to animals, and the Town wants resident feedback.

The Town will host an open house from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 11, in Town Hall, 100 N. Wilcox St. Learn about the current ordinance, and give your feedback on provisions you agree with as well as what might need to change. If you can’t attend, visit CRgov.com/animals to provide feedback online.

Tell us about dogs, cats, chickens, bees, or other animals. The Town is also looking for feedback related to licensing requirements; the number and kinds of animals allowed; breed-specific bans; regulations related to pet shops, kennels or doggie daycares; as well as handling activities such as fostering, rescues and feral cats.

Resident feedback will be provided to Town Council and will be taken into consideration regarding changes that may be made to Town Code related to animals. An update to Council is anticipated as early as May. Please note that these codes are separate from HOA rules and regulations.

Updates will be posted at CRgov.com/animals.

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All soft-surface trails

It’s raining in Castle Rock and the trail will be too muddy to be used on Wednesday.

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Recent snow lessens fire risk. Stage 2 restrictions reduced to Stage 1

The spring snow we experienced last week has helped decrease the risk of fire in our area. As a result, Castle Rock Fire and Rescue has reduced fire restrictions.

Acting on authority granted by Town Council, Town Manager David L. Corliss and Fire and Rescue Chief Art Morales reduced restrictions from Stage 2 to Stage 1.

Stage 1 Fire Restrictions prohibit the following:

  • Open burning of any kind
  • Use of fireworks

Activities that are allowed include:

  • Fires within liquid-fueled or gas-fueled stoves, fireplaces within buildings, charcoal grill fires within developed residential or commercial areas, and fires within wood burning stoves within buildings only
  • Professional fireworks displays permitted according to section 12-28-103 of the C.R.S.
  • Fire suppression or fire department training fires
  • Small recreational fires at developed picnic or campground sites contained in fixed permanent metal/steel fire pits (rock fire rings are considered temporary and not permanent) with flame lengths not in excess of four feet or the residential use of charcoal grills, tiki torches, fires in chimineas or other portable fireplaces or patio fire pits, so long as said fires are supervised by a responsible person at least 18 years of age
  • Professional fireworks displays

People found to be in violation of the Town’s fire restrictions are subject to punishment of a $1,000 fine, 180 days in jail or both.

With additional snow and rain in the forecast, the Town will continue to monitor conditions. Stay tuned to CRgov.com/firebans for current information. Inquiries regarding the current status of fire restrictions in Town should be directed to the Fire Chief’s Office, 303-660-1066.

 

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soft surface trails

The snow fall from yesterday is starting to melt. Trails will be wet this morning and should start drying out this afternoon.

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Paved trails

Dry now and clear for use.

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