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This Week in Longmont July 31, 2020

A recap of news and events from the city of Longmont.
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NEWS RELEASE
CITY OF LONGMONT
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Union Reservoir dog beach reopens, swim beach capacity increases
The Union Reservoir Dog Beach and off-leash area reopens Monday, Aug. 3 with capacity for 25 dogs. Visits are limited to 45 minutes or less to allow time for all to enjoy. Please plan your visit accordingly. The reservoir can reach capacity between 9:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. on weekends, and the wait to enter the park can be up to two hours. Learn more about Union Reservoir at bit.ly/union-reservoir-longmont. The full list of recreation and swim area COVID-19 guidelines and FAQs can be found online at bit.ly/recreationcovidguide. Questions may be directed to the Union Reservoir ranger station at 303-772-1265.

Have you completed your 2020 Census?

Census takers have begun interviewing households in person. If you haven’t completed your census, a representative from the U.S. Census will be knocking on your door to ask you the questions in person. You can decrease your chances of a knock by completing your census today. Visit my2020census.gov to respond. You also can respond by phone at 844-330-2020, or fill out the questionnaire that was mailed to your home in mid-March. 

If you need rental assistance
If you’ve been unable to pay rent due to financial hardship caused by COVID-19, you may be eligible for rental assistance. Call the Boulder County Housing Helpline at 303-441-1206 and leave a detailed message. Due to call volume, you will receive a call back in one to two business days. Tenants and landlords can find information on rental assistance from the state at cdola.colorado.gov/rental-assistance. The Boulder County Call Center at 720-776-0822 is available from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. to answer questions about food and housing assistance, unemployment applications, services for older adults, and health questions about COVID-19.

Free virtual affordable housing summit
Are you ready to be a champion for affordable housing in Boulder County? The Boulder County Home Wanted initiative is offering free admission to an online affordable housing conference. Visit HomeWanted.org to receive your free all-access pass to “Innovations in Naturally Affordable Housing,” an affordable housing “bootcamp” Aug. 11-12. This event will educate community members who support the Boulder County Regional Housing Partnership’s plan to triple the number of affordable homes in Boulder County in just 15 years, and attendees will learn practical tools and creative solutions for building a more affordable community.

Learn your business’ utility bills and save
To save money, you first have to understand where you’re spending it. Help your organization master that first step with “How to Read My Utility Bills,” a free virtual workshop for Longmont businesses at 8 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 3. The event will help you navigate rate structures, seasonal changes, types of service, and more for your Xcel Energy natural gas bill and your city of Longmont utilities (electric, water, wastewater, NextLight), and will include money-saving tips and efficiency options. Click here to learn more and register, email SBP@LongmontColorado.gov or call 303-651-8416. 

Help improve Colorado’s air quality
Summertime is ozone season in Colorado. Sign up for Ozone Action text alerts by texting “BetterAirCO” to 21000, or sign up for email alerts at SimpleStepsBetterAir.org/signup-for-alerts. Also find out what simple steps you can take to minimize ozone emissions at SimpleStepsBetterAir.org/simple-steps.

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