Community conversation on Oct. 6: Serving our Latinx community

Virtual Town Hall

October 6, 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Purpose:

  • The City of Glenwood Springs in conjunction with Voces Unidas, Towards Justice, Valley View Hospital and Garfield County Public Health will present a facilitated discussion to:
    • Better understand the Latinx community needs and highest priorities
    • Provide a public health update, inclusive of best practices and mandates, infection rates, mortalities, testing (including locations, prices, turn-around times).
    • Provide an overview on workplace rights and resources in the context of COVID-19
  • Questions and answers

This online listening session will be interactive and will be simultaneously interpreted from Spanish into English.

Spanish news flash: https://cogs.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=506
Facebook event: https://fb.me/e/1unxFxFIS

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Conversación comunitaria: Servir a nuestra comunidad latina

Ayuntamiento Virtual

6 de octubre, 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Propósito:

  • La ciudad de Glenwood Springs en conjunto con Voces Unidas, Towards Justice, Valley View Hospital y Salud Publica de Garfield County presentarán una discusión facilitada para:
    • Comprender mejor las necesidades de la comunidad latina y las prioridades más altas
    • Proporcionar una actualización de salud pública, que incluye las mejores prácticas y mandatos, las tasas de infección, las muertes, las pruebas (incluidas las ubicaciones, los precios, los horarios de respuesta).
    • Proporcionar una visión general de los derechos y recursos en el lugar de trabajo en el contexto de COVID-19
  • Preguntas y respuestas

Esta sesión de escucha en línea será interactiva y se interpretará simultáneamente del español al inglés.

Spanish news flash: https://cogs.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=506
Facebook event: https://fb.me/e/1unxFxFIS

Community conversation on Oct. 6: Serving our Latinx community

Glenwood Springs City Council enacts downtown face covering requirement zone, effective July 30, 2020

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, CO. – Citing increasing case numbers specific to Glenwood Springs as presented by Garfield County Public Health, City Council enacted a mandatory face covering zone for downtown Glenwood Springs, amending Public Health Order 2020-2. The zone is effective July 30, 2020 until August 20, 2020 unless otherwise renewed. A new Public Health Order will be published upon amendment.

The mandatory face covering zone follows the boundaries of the existing smoking ban area. This area includes portions north of the Grand Avenue bridge in the Hot Springs district, as well as most of downtown on the south side of the Grand Avenue bridge. Map boundaries are listed here.

Garfield County Public Health Specialist Mason Hohstadt presented information to Council at the Special Meeting Tuesday night on Glenwood Springs COVID-19 data that showed a 62 percent increase in cases since June 1st, 2020 with 99 cases from June 1 to present. Glenwood Springs City Council voted 4-2 in favor of the face covering zone, which will go into effect on July 30, 2020 and is set to expire on August 20, 2020 with review by Council.

The order requires face coverings for all members of the public while within the zone, excepting commuter pass through traffic. Exceptions for wearing face coverings is granted for the following persons:

  1. Persons aged two years and under; and
  2. Persons for whom a face covering would cause impairment due to an existing health condition.
  3. Persons seated at a table in a restaurant and complying with other regulations related to restaurants.
    Masks are available to downtown visitors at the Glenwood Springs Visitor Center located at 802 Grand Avenue downtown.
    Attached is a document detailing face covering requirements within Glenwood Springs as mandated by State and Local Public Health Orders.
    “The ability to maintain social distance, even on a Monday night, in downtown Glenwood Springs right now is difficult. The restaurants and businesses are full and many people are out enjoying the wonderful downtown experience. We need to make sure that this environment is not only fun but safe for residents and tourists alike. This is just one more measure that is intended to keep our citizens healthy,
    and our economy vibrant and moving forward. Our community cannot put itself at risk for being shut
    down again, “said Mayor Jonathan Godes.
    The CDC has reported that up to 25% of people infected with the coronavirus may be asymptomatic. The
    face covering is aimed at lowering the risk of the disease spreading through someone who may be sick
    but not realize it.
    Face coverings can be bandanas, scarves, neck gaiters or other clothing that does not have visible holes
    and can stay in place without the use of one’s hands. People should wash their masks after every trip out
    of their homes either in a washing machine or with hot water in their sinks.

Glenwood Springs City Council enacts downtown face covering requirement zone, effective July 30, 2020

City of Glenwood Springs Community Center to reopen July 20, 2020, to reservations only

Glenwood Springs, CO – The Glenwood Springs Community Center will reopen to fitness and pool reservations July 20, 2020 after being closed due to an employee testing positive for COVID-19 on July 5, 2020. In addition, the Basketball Gymnasium will also be available for reservation beginning Monday July 20.

The closure was necessary due to lack of adequate staffing while some employees completed self-isolation as recommended by Garfield County Public Health. In an email to Community Center users that had reservations between June 29 and July 2, Garfield County Public Health officials wrote that “All recommended safety protocols were being practiced, and [the] risk of contracting COVID-19 from exposure to this individual is very minimal.

The use of masks, social distancing and necessary cleaning procedures were in place to ensure the safest environment possible for staff and those using the facility.” Social distancing protocols will remain in place for all community center users including; limited access, separate entrances to the fitness area and the lap pool as well as entry and exit to each area, and guests can only enter the area for which they have a reservation. All Reservations are made online. Guests are also required to maintain social distance while using the facilities and strict cleaning occurs after each use of fitness areas.

Reservations must be made to enter the Community Center for any reason. To make a reservation or for more information about available amenities visit the Parks & Recreation website, www.glenwoodrec.com. Glenwood Springs is committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of employees and Community Center users. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Garfield County Public Health at 970-945-6614.

City of Glenwood Springs Community Center to reopen July 20, 2020, to reservations only

Fire in Three Mile area near Glenwood Springs

UPDATE: 7.12.20 at 11:18 pm:

Glenwood Springs, Colo – At 7:04 p.m. on July 12, 2020, Glenwood Springs Fire Department was called to a brush fire in the Three Mile area.

Upon arrival, firefighters found a small residential structure fully engulfed in flames and 20-foot-high flames in mature oak brush where the risk for wildfire spread was high. 

Two water tenders, seven fire engines, and seven command vehicles responded with 42 firefighters which included mutual aid from Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District, Colorado River Fire Rescue, Roaring Fork Fire Rescue, Interagency and the Forest Service.  Garfield County Sheriff, Garfield County Road and Bridge, Excel Energy, Colorado State Patrol and Glenwood Electric also responded to this incident.

Pre-evacuation orders were quickly put into place for Three Mile residents, with evacuation order soon after.  Evacuees reported to the Glenwood Springs High School until the orders were lifted around 9:00 pm.  Mountain Springs residents had a Shelter In Place order until around 10:00 pm.

Incident Commander, Harlan Nimmo, said, “The rapid response by firefighters kept this 2-acre fire from turning into a very large and destructive wildfire.”  The Glenwood Springs Fire Department would like to thank our mutual partners for their impressive response.

The fire is currently controlled and will be monitored throughout the night.

No injuries have been reported at this time.

The Garfield County Fire Investigation team is investigating this incident.

There will be no further information released.

UPDATE: 7.12.20 at 9 pm:
City of Glenwood reports Three Mile evacuation orders have been lifted; Mountain Springs residents are to continue to shelter in place.

At about the same time, the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office reports that Fire Command was able to control the blaze and limit the spread without air support. While the evacuation order was lifted, the road is closed above the 1.2 mile mark.

7.12.20 at approximately 7:30 pm:
The City of Glenwood Springs reports evacuation orders are in place for Three Mile this evening. There is an active fire in the Three Mile area near Glenwood Springs, with structure damage and high potential for spread. Multiple agencies are responding.

Glenwood Springs Fire is reporting 20 foot flames in heavy oak with high spread potential. Mutual aid, as well as air support is ordered and en route.

The trailer park is not included in the evacuation order. Evacuation orders are in place at the .5 mile marker.

Evacuees should report to the south side of Glenwood Springs High School.

Fire in Three Mile area near Glenwood Springs

City of Glenwood Springs employee tests positive for COVID-19

Glenwood Springs, CO – On Sunday, July 5, 2020, the City of Glenwood Springs was notified that an employee in the Parks and Recreation Department tested positive for COVID-19.  The employee works at the Community Center.  The Community Center will be closed until further notice to accommodate reduced staffing due to precautionary isolation measures.

Following guidelines set forth by the CDC and Garfield County Public Health, the employee who tested positive, as well as others in their immediate work area, are self-isolating. The employee had taken time off for a couple of days preceding the holiday, last working at the pool on Wednesday July 1, 2020, but was tested Sunday at Valley View Hospital after becoming symptomatic.

The City of Glenwood Springs is committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of employees and Community Center users. Garfield County Public Health has begun contact tracing for all individuals that may have been in contact with the employee. People with questions should contact the public health office via email or call 970-945-6614 in Glenwood Springs or 970-625-5200 in Rifle.

The Community Center had partially reopened on June 15, 2020 to reservations. Access was limited with separate entrances to the fitness area and the lap pool and guests could only enter the area for which they had a reservation. All Reservations were made online and no transactions occurred at the front desk. Guests were also required to maintain social distance while using the facilities and strict cleaning guidelines were adopted after each use of fitness areas.

“We knew this was a possibility when we reopened the Community Center and other city facilities. Fortunately, our staff has implemented social distancing and other safety measures to limit, as much as possible, contact with Community Center users, and we hope that this proved beneficial in keeping this an isolated case. Our number one priority is the health and safety of our employees and we will do what is necessary to maintain that goal,” said Mayor Jonathan Godes.

The city will continue to work with Garfield County Public Health throughout this situation and follow recommended procedures.

City of Glenwood Springs employee tests positive for COVID-19

Fire at Mile Marker 109

PRESS RELEASE

July 1, 2020

109 Fire

Glenwood Springs, Colo – At 7:32 a.m. on July 1, 2020, Glenwood Springs Fire Department was called to a brush fire on the south side of I-70 near mile marker 109.5.

Upon arrival, firefighters found a one-acre fast-moving grass fire between the interstate and railroad tracks.  Firefighters quick response contained the fire within 20 minutes of arrival.  Incident Commander, Jesse Hood, said, “Great team effort with quick response was critical in extinguishing this fire in the high winds.”

The right lane of eastbound I-70 was closed in the area of the fire.  Union Pacific also stopped train traffic due to the proximity of the railroad tracks to the fire.  Both have since been reopened.

A brush truck, two water tenders, a state water truck, two command vehicles and nine firefighters responded to this incident.

Colorado River Fire Rescue, Colorado State Patrol, Garfield County Sheriff, and Colorado Department of Transportation responded to this incident.

No evacuations were ordered as structures were not threatened.

No injuries have been reported at this time.

This was likely a human caused fire.  The Garfield County Fire Investigation team is investigating this incident.

There will be no further information released.

Fire at Mile Marker 109

Glenwood Springs to host community conversation on June 30

Glenwood Springs, CO – The City of Glenwood Springs will host a virtual Town Hall Community Conversation at 5:30pm on Tuesday, June 30.  To register in advance go to: cogs.us/townhall

The purpose of the meeting is to listen and better understand community questions as Glenwood Springs seeks to balance public health and opening the economy.   During the virtual Town Hall, Sara Brainard from Garfield Public Health, and Dr. David M. Brooks, Chief Medical Officer for Valley View Hospital, will provide a public health update. Other speakers will include:

  • Angie Anderson, Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association 
  • Sumner Schachter from Imagine Glenwood
  • Beatriz Soto, Directora Defiende Nuestra Tierra for Wilderness Workshop
  • Steve Beckley, owner of the Iron Mountain Hot Springs and Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park 
  • John Bosco – COO and Vice President, Hot Springs Pool
  • Erin Zalinski – owner, Treadz
  • Jonathan Godes – Glenwood Springs Mayor

In advance of the interactive town hall meeting, please visit www.gwscommunityconversations.com to provide input that will help shape the topics for the Town Hall conversation.  We are soliciting ideas for balancing health and reopening the economy; how we might best communicate with visitors to our city; thoughts on specific policies and any other questions or comments.  This virtual “bulletin board” will inform the agenda on Tuesday’s Town Hall.

There will also be a Question and Answer session during the town hall. Questions will be taken from participants on the phone and online. 

  • Text Glenwood to 833-TXT-LIVE to be added to the registration list in advance of the event (and to receive a call for the event)
  • To register in advance, and to watch the live event, go to: cogs.us/townhall
  • To call in on Tuesday, June 30 at 5:30 p.m., dial 866-416-5235 or Dial 833-380-0618 (Spanish)

During the event, individuals who choose to participate on the phone will be able to “raise their hand” to ask a question by pressing *3 on their phone. Those watching the live stream on the Glenwood Springs website at cogs.us/townhall can enter their name and question in the fields below the streaming player.

Glenwood Springs to host community conversation on June 30

Water use restrictions continue to 5 pm June 25, 2020

Glenwood Springs, Colo.- All non-essential use of water is restricted until 5PM June 25, 2020. The City of Glenwood Springs is continuing the water usage restrictions to allow the Water Plant to refill water levels after the raw water line broke Wednesday June 24, 2020.

City Crews worked until 2AM Thursday morning to repair the broken raw water line and a section of Red Mountain Drive that was damaged. Work began refilling water tanks at midnight and morning crews continue to recharge and test the system. The water line that broke is approximately 50 years old and made of ductile iron. The City estimates the work and repair to cost $25,000, however are still finalizing numbers.

Eagle Sanitation District and Glenwood Hot Springs pool assisted the effort by providing materials. Eagle Sanitation District was able to provide pipe fittings that the City will replace. The Glenwood Hot Springs pool provided a section of new pipe. 

Notification of the water line break and water restrictions was sent out via Garfield County Emergency Communications Authority to subscribers. Residents can go to www.GarCo911.org  and sign up to receive notifications tailored to geographic area and type.

To sign up for notifications from the City go to http://cogs.us/list.aspx?Mode=Subscribe#newsFlash and enter a phone number or email to receive timely updates.

Water use restrictions continue to 5 pm June 25, 2020

Water line break and essential water use guidelines

UPDATE: All ingress/egress to Mountain Springs Ranch, Red Mountain and the area above Glenwood Springs water plant is closed. The only road access to this area will be via Three Mile Road. Expect notification when the road is repaired and open for use.

Glenwood Springs, Colo. – On June 24 at 11:37 a.m., the City of Glenwood Springs notified residents of a raw water supply line break, and to cease all non-essential use of water until further notice.

For the purpose of clarifying these restrictions the following guidelines are offered.

Essential water usage includes: drinking, toilets, water necessary for cooking and basic hygiene. Restaurant operations are also considered essential.

Non-essential water usage includes showers, irrigation, dishwasher, washing machine, and car wash.

The cause of the disruption was a break in the raw water line servicing the Water Treatment plant. Maintenance was not being performed on the line at the time of rupture and the break is believed to be a factor of aging infrastructure. Water Department staff was alerted to the issue by an audible noise when the line broke. Staff quickly assessed the issue and shut off the effected water line.

Water usage restrictions are necessary until the line can be repaired and the Water Treatment Plant can refill. The plant has approximately 5 million gallons of volume in reserve tanks, which fluctuate depending on daily usage. Currently City water is being provided from these tanks.

A large section of road on Red Mountain Drive was impacted by the rupture and City crews are actively working to repair the impacted area. All residents above the water treatment plant are being rerouted to an alternate route. There is no current time for reopening the damaged road.

“Thank you so very much to our local contractors who have offered assistance without even being asked. That kind of teamwork and sacrifice is what our community is all about. I am proud of our staff that acted quickly, as well as staff working tirelessly to fix the issue.  Thank you to all water users for their efforts to reduce water usage while we work to fix the line,” said Mayor Jonathan Godes.

Water line break and essential water use guidelines

City of Glenwood Springs water notice

This is a notification from Garco911:

The raw water supply for the City of Glenwood has been disrupted. ALL NON essential water use should STOP immediately, including irrigation for at least the next 24 hours, or until further notice.

Expect notification when these restrictions are lifted.

Do not use NON ESSENTIAL water until you are notified. Please do not call dispatch for updates.

Please be advised the area on Red Mountain Drive is experiencing flooding and some roads will be inaccessible. Additional information will be released as soon as it is available.

City of Glenwood Springs water notice