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

City of Glenwood Springs: Live Facebook webcast COVID-19 updates in Spanish and English

Glenwood Springs, CO – The City of Glenwood Springs will host two COVID-19 updates for the week in Spanish and English. The Spanish update will be on Wednesday June 24 and the English update on Friday June 26, 2020. These webinars will share information about contact tracing and information on preventing the spread of the disease from Garfield County Public Health. Sergeant Mayfield, of the Parachute Police Department will also share his personal experience with COVID on the Friday webcast.

The scheduled Live webcasts will happen on the City’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/GlenwoodSpringsCO/live. Mayor Jonathan Godes will host the English webcast. The schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, June 24, 2020 3 p.m. Spanish Language Update

Tendencias de COVID-19 en el Condado de Garfield
Información actualizada presentada por:

Dr. Maria Roques, Mountain Family Health
Brisa Chavez -Salud Pública del Condado de Garfield

Información actualizada presentada por Dr. Maria Roques, Mountain Family HealthBrisa Chavez -Salud Pública del Condado…

Posted by City of Glenwood Springs, Colo. Government on Friday, June 19, 2020

Friday, June 26, 2020 10:30 a.m. English Language Update
COVID-19 Trends in Garfield County

Information presented by:
Sara Brainard RN, MSN, Garfield County Public Health
Sergeant Justin Mayfield, Parachute Police Officer

City of Glenwood Springs: Live Facebook webcast COVID-19 updates in Spanish and English

Prohibiting use of fireworks has been added to the Stage 1 fire restrictions which remain in effect within the City of Glenwood

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, CO – Prohibiting use of fireworks has been added to the Stage 1 fire restrictions which remain in effect within the City of Glenwood.  The use of fireworks has also been prohibited in unincorporated Garfield County effective 12:00 AM, June 15, 2020.

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

By definition:

A “Developed Area” is an area, whether within city limits or rural, that is groomed, manicured and or watered, where grasses, brush and trees are regularly attended to by landowner. This includes residential and business areas, improved recreational areas, parks and other common areas.

An “Undeveloped Area” are lands that are not groomed, manicured, or watered, where grasses, brush and trees have been allowed to grow in a natural environment. This includes green belts that are not landscaped or manicured, open space lands, non-manicured park lands, and other areas where the fire hazard presented by the vegetation is determined by the authority having jurisdiction or designee to be an undue wildland fire hazard.

The following Stage 1 fire restrictions shall be strictly enforced:

•     Campfires are only allowed within designated fire grates in Developed Areas (i.e. a permanent in-ground containment structure or store-bought fire pit) A temporary fire pan or rock campfire ring is not acceptable.

•     No fires of any type, including charcoal, in Undeveloped Areas. Only natural gas or propane grills with a shut off valve shall be permitted.

•     No smoking, except within a designated area, an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed area or in an area free of combustibles.

•     No use of any explosives. All explosives are prohibited, including blasting caps, “exploding” targets, bullets, tracer rounds, model rockets, etc.

•     No use of fireworks.  The ignition and setting-off of all fireworks are prohibited.

•     Hot work. Exercise common sense and industry safety practices when welding or operation of an acetylene or other similar torch with open flame.

These restrictions were made with consideration of the rapidly drying fuel sources, due to the high temperatures and high winds recently experienced in the area; in conjunction with the limited availability of resources to fight an expanding fire.

The Glenwood Springs Police Department will be strictly enforcing these fire restrictions. Violations can be reported to the Police Department at 970-384-6500 or to the Garfield County non-emergency line at 970-625-8095. Violators will receive a summons into Municipal Court.

Prohibiting use of fireworks has been added to the Stage 1 fire restrictions which remain in effect within the City of Glenwood

City of Glenwood: Glenwood Springs Community Center to Partially Reopen Beginning June 15, 2020

PRESS RELEASE
June 11, 2020

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, CO – The City of Glenwood Springs Community Center will partially reopen on Monday June 15, 2020. Reservations will be required to use the Community Center and will be available Monday – Thursday between 6:00 am – 7:00 pm.

“We are reopening cautiously, with limited facilities at first, and phasing in others as guidelines and staff capacity allow. We will be following very strict standards for sanitation and social distancing to keep our members safe as we welcome back this very important city amenity. It is important to remember that these regulations can change overnight, so our policies and procedures will need to be flexible. With the help of our patrons following guidelines we aim to continue our phased reopening plan with more amenities available soon,” said Parks and Recreation Director Brian Smith.

Access is limited to two fitness areas and the lap pool and guests may only enter the area for which they have a reservation. Reservations must be made online prior to arriving at the Community Center as no transactions will occur at the front desk.

Separate entrances will exist for pool and fitness users. Guests should reference their reservation and pay attention to specific entry information provided.

All guests must maintain a minimum of six feet distance from other guests. Masks are required while entering and exiting the facility and highly recommended for all persons while using the facility. Staff will be cleaning areas after each use. Patrons who are feeling sick or believe they may have come in contact with the virus are highly encouraged to stay home.

There will be no recreation programs offered at this time. The Community Center is following State and County regulations and guidelines and making plans to offer programs as soon as possible.

Additional information and Frequently Asked Questions are available on the Community Center’s website at http://glenwoodrec.com/

“It is exciting to reopen parts of the community center as it is personally something that my family and I have missed during this time. I would like to commend our Parks and Recreation staff for working tirelessly to make this happen. We would like to thank everyone for their patience as we navigated the complicated process of making sure we could reopen to the highest safety standards,” said Mayor Jonathan Godes.

City of Glenwood: Glenwood Springs Community Center to Partially Reopen Beginning June 15, 2020

Glenwood Springs City Council extends face covering requirement, playgrounds and park facilities to reopen Saturday, June 6

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, CO – Glenwood Springs City council voted to extend Public Health Order No. 2-20 requiring face coverings for all residents when entering and while inside of a place open to the public, and in such other public indoor or outdoor places where persons are unable to maintain safe social distancing from others. The public health order will become effective immediately and will remain in effect until a vaccine is widely available, CDC and State recommendations change and/or council rescinds this order.
Exceptions for wearing face coverings is granted for the following persons:

  1. Persons under the age of two years; and
  2. Persons for whom a face covering would cause impairment due to an existing health condition.
  3. Persons working in a professional office who do not have any face-to-face interactions with the public.
  4. Persons seated at a table in a restaurant and otherwise complying with the Garfield County variance(s) or state regulations related to restaurants.

    Full public health order is available HERE

    Playgrounds and park facilities reopening
    Glenwood Springs Parks and Recreation Department announced that city playgrounds, pavilions, courts, and park rentals are reopening with guidance from the Garfield County variance and CDPHE State reopening guidelines. This includes the following:
    • Playgrounds open – up to 10 people at a time.
    • All sports courts open and sports fields open – up to 25 people. Spectators are discouraged.
    • Reservations for pavilions and shelters available.
    • Park Rentals and Special Event Permits for groups under 50 people. Group capacity determined by activity type, area spacing, and distancing measures in place. Outdoor recreation and programs limited to 25 people or less.
    • South Canyon hot springs open with distancing measures.
    • White water park remains open – up to 25 people.
    • Skate park remains open.
    • All trails are open.
    • Hanging Lake open by permit, self-parking with permit at the trailhead, no shuttle service.
    • All parks and boat ramps are open.
Glenwood Springs City Council extends face covering requirement, playgrounds and park facilities to reopen Saturday, June 6