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The media is encouraged to contact the Communications and Community Engagement team at email@example.com or call 303-827-9648.
The Board of Trustees are not full-time employees of the Town. For the most expeditious reply, please email Town Staff at firstname.lastname@example.org. This is also the best place to ask any administrative or process questions.
For policy questions, or other comments directed at the Board, you may email the Board of Trustees or call 303-926-2777 to leave the Board a voicemail. Follow the prompts to leave a message for the entire board or individual members. For individual email addresses visit the Board of Trustees webpage.
The Mayor serves a two-year term and the six other Trustees serve staggered four-year terms. The Town of Erie conducts its regular municipal election in April of even-numbered years. During regular municipal elections, registered voters elect a Mayor to serve a two-year term, and three Trustees to serve four-year terms.
This could change in the event that the Town decides to pursue a Home Rule Charter.
Yes. Public Comment during regularly scheduled Board of Trustees meetings is available for each person to speak for three minutes. Each meeting includes a Public Comment agenda item to provide the public an opportunity to discuss items that are not on the agenda. The Board of Trustees is not prepared to decide on matters brought up during Public Comment, but if warranted, will place them on a future agendas for further discussion or decisions. View Board of Trustee Agendas.
Erie is a statutory Town and its sales tax is collected by the State of Colorado. Colorado imposes a sales tax on retail sales/rental/lease of tangible personal property, prepared food and drink, and certain services, as well as the furnishing of rooms and accommodations.
When a business applies for a State Sales tax license, it will be assigned a 12 digit-number. The first eight digits make up your Colorado Account Number (CAN) and the last four is the Site/Branch ID. Please provide the 12-digit number on your Erie Business License Application. If this is not available at the time of Business License Registration, please follow-up with Erie Finance Department within five business days after you receive a State Sales Tax License.
Licenses are non-transferable. A separate sales tax license is required for each separate physical location. For more information on how to apply for a Sales tax License, visit https://tax.colorado.gov/how-to-apply-for-a-colorado-sales-tax-license.
Yes. After receiving your local license, post it in a prominent location inside your business along with your State sales tax license. This is required by State Statute. Posting tells your customer you are licensed to collect the sales tax and it allows for easy verification of licensing by inspectors.
The Town of Erie sales tax rate is 3.5%. Depending on where the retail sale is sourced in, the total sales tax rate will vary.
Visit a map to look up sales tax rate by address. Type in the delivery address in the search bar. In general, a sale takes place within Erie if it is delivered to the purchaser at a location within Erie.
You can also visit the Colorado State Geographic Information System to look up tax rate for location outside of Erie: https://colorado.ttr.services/.
Below is an excerpt from the Colorado Sales Tax Guide on “destination sourcing rules” when determining which sales tax rate applies to the transaction:
These sourcing rules do not apply to leased property. See Department Publication Sales & Use Tax Topics: Leases for sourcing rules for lease payments.
Yes, if you deliver goods and taxable services to the purchasers at a location within Erie.
Erie residents may register for Camp on Monday, February 28 at 7a.m. - Non-residents may register for Camp on Monday, March 7 at 7 a.m.
You can register online or in person at Guest Service at the Erie Community Center. Please note that over the phone registrations will not be accepted. - Be sure to set up your new Amilia account if you haven’t already. You can do so online here or with any one of our Guest Service representatives over the phone or in person at the Erie Community Center (450n Powers Street).
Camp Erie will run Monday through Friday from 7 a.m.-6 p.m.. The first day of Camp is Tuesday, May 31 and will end on Friday, August 5.
For Erie residents the total cost for Camp will be $1750/camper; non-residents Camp will cost $2187.50/camper. Payment plans will be available for parents upon request at Guest Services. A $50 non-refundable deposit will be due at time of registration. The deposit helps fund weekly games/activities, assemblies, and your child’s camp shirt.
A $50 non-refundable deposit will be due at time of registration. From there, you can choose to pay the remaining balance upfront or enroll in a payment plan. The remaining balance of $1700 will be withdrawn from a credit card we have on file on the following 10 dates: May 27, June 3, June 10, June 17, June 24, July 1, July 8, July 15, July 22, and July 29.
Yes, local field trips and/or assemblies will be offered most weeks this summer.
Yes, we are planning on doing swim times throughout the week for our campers. Detailed swim time information will be available at our Parent Meeting scheduled on May 5. Please note that this could change at any point during the summer, so please visit our Camp Erie website for the most up-to-date news and information.
Camp has been working diligently with Weld and Boulder County Health Departments, the Colorado Department of Public Health, and the state of Colorado Department of Childcare to ensure a healthy and safe atmosphere for your camper.
Camp Erie is committed to following the most current and up-to-date information released by the CDC and CDPHE. With the dynamic nature of this pandemic and virus, this information is subject to change and will be updated as soon as possible. Please be patient with us as we get updates at the same time you do!
Camp Erie has reached capacity (per state licensing requirements) each of the past six summers and we have not been able to provide for all families in need of full and part-time care. We made the difficult decision to only offer full-summer registration based on feedback received and the belief that it provides for the greatest need of full-time care. We also believe this creates the best camp experience for each child as they get to know each other and their counselors very well without the introduction of new children every week.
Understanding there are many families in your situation that only need part-time care, we have worked very hard to improve and increase part-time camp options. These include many single day, single week, full and half-day camps in arts & crafts, enrichment, climbing, dance, sports, and STEM activities.
100% refund if requested prior to the registration deadline minus the $50 non-refundable deposit. Refunds requested after the registration deadline are not guaranteed but will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. All refunds are subject to a $5 processing fee (excludes household credits). The registration deadline for summer camp is Monday, April 25. Refunds will not be given for missed days, vacations, sickness, or any other unplanned emergencies. - In the event that there is a COVID-19 outbreak through Camp in which the facilities need to be temporarily closed, prorated refunds will be given.
Unfortunately, we do not offer single day/week refunds for camps. However, we have adjusted our prices to reflect that campers may miss a few days due to illness, emergencies, and preplanned family vacations.
List updated May 9, 2022
Please note that themes and assemblies are subject to change. All information will be updated here throughout the summer.
Camp Erie’s tax identification number is 84-0198350.
Campers must bring (and wear) a face mask, balanced and nutritious lunch, two snacks, a water bottle, sunscreen, a towel/swimsuit (on swim days), and an extra pair of clothes in the event of a spill or accident. Additionally, please make sure that all of your belongings are clearly marked and labeled.
At this point, we do not currently offer sibling discounts or returning camper discounts for families.
Yes! Campers will be broken up into groups by their age. Participants will also be divided into smaller groups of no more than 12 participants. This allows for all campers to participate and activities along with similarly aged peers.
Absolutely! Campers will be split into groups based off of their age. Camp Erie will utilize both the Erie Community Center and Aspen Ridge Preparatory School.
We anticipate being able to use our aquatics area this summer. However, this could change at any point during the summer. As it currently stands, swim time will work as follows:
Unfortunately, floaties and swim vests will not be allowed. Erie Community Center pool rules require children who use floaties or swim vests to be within arm’s reach of an adult or in this case, Camp staff member, at all times. To ensure the safety of all campers, we will not allow campers to use these items. Campers who would need floaties or a swim vest will be limited to the zero depth pool.
Camp activities begin at 9:30 a.m. and ends at 4:30 p.m. each day. Before and after care is available at no additional cost and is included in your registration fees. Before care will begin at 7 a.m., and after care will end at 6 p.m..
Sign-In and Sign-Out Locations:
*Only those indicated as an Authorized Pick-Up person on forms will be allowed to sign-out the campers. Please be sure to bring a valid photo ID for drop off and pick up*
We follow the guidelines set by the Colorado Child Care Licensing Standards for camp staff screening and training. Camp staff are at least 16 years of age with most being 18+. All camp staff are CPR, First Aid and AED certified and receive certification in Universal Precautions. Additionally, camp staff are also thoroughly background checked. Prior to the start of Camp Erie, camp staff attend 20 hours of mandatory training on various topics including: camp policies, safety training, facilitating games, behavior management, and learning how to work successfully with children.
If Camp Erie fills up there are a few options listed below:
Please contact Austin Russell, Recreation Coordinator - Youth and Families, at 303-926-2797 or email email@example.com.
Question from Info Session Participant CW: Does a previous conviction disqualify someone from running?
Answer: Having a prior conviction does not disqualify someone from running for office in the Town of Erie.
Question from Info Session Participant Brandon Bell: How many Candidate Petitions can a person sign? One for each open position?
Answer: Yes, a person can sign a Candidate Petition for as many positions as there are open. So for this election we have three open Trustee seats which means a person could sign three Candidate Petitions. If someone signs more than that, the Petitions signed the latest will be removed. If all were signed on the same date, all signatures are invalidated.
Question from Info Meeting Participant Jeff Percell: Are there any campaign contribution limits or restrictions on spending?
Answer: There are no limits on contributions to candidates. The only caveat is that if you are receiving physical cash, it cannot be more than $100 for any given donation because there has to be a paper trail. For expenditures, you must track those and complete the expenditure reporting forms with all the details about about what funding has been used for.
Shredding service is available during the fall clean-up event only from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. (or until the truck is full) at LAWS Service Center (150 Bonnell). A limit of two banker box sized loads per resident.
TVs are accepted at the LAW Service Center (150 Bonnell Ave) from 8 am - 2 pm only. The disposal will cost a flat fee of $20 per TV, payable at the time of drop off directly to the vendor.
No. Any items that will not fit in your regular waste bins should be dropped off at an appropriate location. All services offered during regular cleanup day events are offered either at the LAW Service Center (150 Bonnell Ave) or the Front Range Landfill.
Paint can be taken to one of the household hazardous waste facilities throughout the year. Click for more information:
During the Town's cleanup events, we partner with 3R Technology Solutions. They accept: Adding Machines, All-in-One PCs, Cameras, CD Players, Cell Phones, Copiers, CRT Monitors, Desktop Phones, DVD – VCRs, DVRs, Fax Machines, Flat Panel Monitors, Game Consoles, Gaming, Systems, Hard Drives, Hubs, Keyboards, Laptops, Mice, Modems, MP3 Players, Network Switches, Optical Drives, PCs, Phone Systems, Printers, Remote Controls Routers, Servers, Software – Games, Stereos – Speakers, Surge Protectors, Toner, Two-way Radios, Typewriters, UPS.
Fall 2021: Yes. Lawn mowers can be donated during the metal recycling option on Sept. 11 from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the LAWS Center. Please make sure all the gas is removed.
Glass doors with metal framing can also be donated on Sept. 11 at the metal and electronics recycling event. Wood-framed doors can be taken to the landfill.
Yes, but will be subject to appropriate charges.
All are accepted at the landfill.
Click here to go to the Front Range website and see what items are accepted.
Small appliances would include microwaves, toasters, blenders, coffee machines, and George Foreman-type grills.
The National Research Center is contracted with the Town of Erie to conduct this survey. Your address was sampled at random from a list of all addresses from the post office. This is a standard service offered by the post office. It is not a Town of Erie government file and no household member is named in the file.
We would prefer that the person in your household who most recently had a birthday complete the survey. The “birthday method” described in the letter creates the most representative sample of our jurisdiction. You’ll be surprised at how much you can contribute.
The resident of the property should complete the survey.
Yes, the Town of Erie government is here to serve all residents, and it is important to us that we get results from a complete cross-section of our residents.
It is an industry best management practice that multiple contacts increases the response rates. Each household will receive a postcard announcement telling you to watch for a paper survey, a survey packet and a reminder packet.
No, please don’t fill it out again. Since we only want one response from each person, those who already sent in a survey should not return another one. The second copy is distributed only as a reminder to complete and return your survey. Thank you for completing the first survey.
An opt-in online survey will be available on the Town’s website to all residents. If your household did not receive a survey in the mail, you are encouraged to participate in the online survey.
Yes. The Town of Erie Community Survey is a scientific survey conducted by the National Research Center (NRC). NRC has over 20 years conducting survey research for local governments and literally wrote the book on citizen surveying. The survey has a statistically valid margin of error of +/- 3%. With this margin of error, you may conclude that when 60% of survey respondents report that a particular service is “excellent” or “good” somewhere between 57% and 63% of all Erie residents are likely to feel the same way.
Information obtained through the survey will assist the Town of Erie Board of Trustees and Town staff with:
The more our community upgrades to electric vehicles, the less tailpipe emissions there will be and the better the Town’s air quality will become. EVs also have many cost benefits, are fun to drive, and are more energy efficient than conventional vehicles due to the fact that:
Erie’s Sustainability Plan identifies “Encouraging the use of electric vehicles by providing incentive to purchase vehicles and installing publicly available charging stations” as a priority in the Transportation Sector and “Increasing the share of electric vehicles registered in the community by 25% by 2025 (with a stretch goal of 50%)" as a target.
Absolutely! The Town currently has three electric vehicles and, “Switch(ing) government fleet vehicles to electric vehicles or other high-efficiency vehicles within the replacement cycle (or sooner) and when appropriate models are available” is a High Priority Level Strategy in the Sustainability Plan’s Transportation Sector.
You can take advantage of our local EnergySmart EV advising which provides an expert to walk you through what options are right for you, including tax credits and charging options. Contact EnergySmart for one-on-one help to answer questions, assess your needs, and receive expert advice from a non-biased, non-sales person.
An Electric Vehicle (EV) is a type of vehicle that runs on electricity, powered by rechargeable battery packs. There are two main types of EVs:
Each individual dealer should have the most updated tax credit information, costs, and savings. Before you visit a dealer, if you are interested in comparing prices of total cost of ownership (TCO) you can visit Drive Electric NoCo. TOC is more accurate than MSRP because it shows the full cost of ownership and operation of the vehicle over five years.
Erie residents and businesses that install electric vehicle charging stations may be eligible for a federal tax credit* for Alternative Fuel Vehicle Refueling Property. This may include a credit of up to $1,000 for the purchase and installation of a charging station for personal use. Additionally, federal law allows a 30% percent tax credit, capped at $30,000, for business/investment use per site.
Fueleconomy.gov offers an updated list of tax credits per vehicle that you can visit. Plugstar also offers a database of tax credits in our area.
Local Credit Unions such as Colorado's Clean Energy Credit Union is pleased to announce that they now offer EV and Hybrid auto loan rates as low as 2.39% for qualifying members. Check out the current rates and learn how you can take advantage of them to purchase or refinance a clean energy vehicle. New members can also qualify for this rate, so spread the news to fellow clean energy enthusiasts.
Yes, EVs are held to the same national safety standards. Charging your EV is just as safe as charging your cell phone.
Charging at home is easy. You can use a regular three prong outlet and charge your EV when you get home in the evening and let your car charge overnight just like your cell phone. This regular outlet charge will meet your needs so long as your usually drive 30 miles or less per day. More than 80% of Coloradans travel less than 30 miles per day and this option may work for you.
If you drive more than 30 miles most days, consider installing a more powerful electric car charger at home. These are called “Level 2” chargers. Search online for “home electric vehicle charger”. You can find these chargers on Amazon, Home Depot, Lowe’s, and more. Common chargers include: Juicebox 48, ChargePoint Home Flex, and ClipperCreek LCS-30P. You will need to hire an electrician to install the charger. Once the charger is installed, plug your car in!
For qualified electricians near you, Plugstar also provides a database for use: https://plugstar.com/electricians
The cost varies with different brands of chargers, labor, and need for any electrical upgrades. On average, installation of a Level 2 charger at home may cost between $400-$1,000. If your EV home charging unit requires an increase in size of your electrical panel’s main breaker, please check with your electric utility for costs associated with modifying your electrical service.
Yes, an Electrical Permit is required to install an electric vehicle charger in a home.
The charging cost associated with an EV is about the same or less than the cost required to operate an average central air conditioner or water heater for a few hours. Charging during off-peak hours (overnight) maximizes your cost savings.
The cost depends on several factors such as how depleted your EV battery is when you plug it in, if you’re charging during on-peak or off-peak hours, and what your kWh rate is with either Xcel Energy or United Power. For example, if you charge your vehicle off-peak hours, your battery size is a 24-kilowatt-hour, and your electricity cost is $0.07 per kWh, then the cost to charge your EV at home would be $1.68 per session (assuming the battery is fully depleted/0% battery life).
There is an extensive electric vehicle charging station network throughout Colorado that is growing by the day. Finding public charging stations is easy and can be found on Google Maps, PlugShare, ChargeHub, and many other resources. Public chargers are not like gas stations - they can be found everywhere from public parks, grocery stores, hardware store or pharmacies, public parking garages, shopping centers, and outside parking lots, or even curbside like at 625 Pierce Street.
Emerald Ash Borer - EAB - is a highly destructive, non-native insect that infests and kills all North American true ash species (Fraxinus spp.) including green, white, black and blue ash, and their cultivars (including autumn purple ash, a popular white ash varietal in Colorado). The larval stage of EAB feeds under the bark of trees, cutting off the flow of water and nutrients. Infested trees gradually die over a period of approximately two to four years.
This invasive insect has cost municipalities, property owners, nursery operators and forest products industries billions of dollars, and it is responsible for the death of millions of ash trees in at least 25 states and Canada.
An estimated 15% or more of Colorado’s urban and community trees are ash, and many of these trees are located on private property. Ash trees comprise an estimated 15% of the Town of Erie's urban forest, or 11,000 ash trees. Many of these ash trees are quite large and provide significant eco-benefits to the community. EAB infestation is almost always fatal to infested ash trees, unless chemically treated, and infested trees will be dead within approximately four years. EAB is the most destructive forest pest in recorded history.
Once an ash tree is infected, it can become extremely fragile and the likelihood of large branches, or the whole tree, falling onto people or property rises exponentially. Treatment of ash trees or removal of trees is recommended.
EAB adults are dark metallic green in color, with a coppery red or purple abdomen under the wings. The insect is approximately 1/2-inch long and 1/8-inch wide. Adults may be present from late May to September, but are most commonly active and visible in June and July, when they feed on ash leaves and lay eggs on the bark of ash trees
EAB larvae are creamy white in color and are found in the cambium layer under the bark. S-shaped galleries (tunnels) can be located if the bark is removed or when the barks splits as the tree dies Larvae can only be located using destructive branch peeling techniques.
Note that other metallic-green beetles and larval insect stages can be confused with EAB. Talk to a professional forester, arborist, or other tree care professional if unsure about the presence of EAB in an ash tree.
EAB is a strong flier, but adults typically fly less than ½-mile from their emergence tree. Most long-distance movement of EAB has been directly traced to human movement of ash firewood or ash nursery stock. Movement of other untreated ash wood, wood chips greater than one inch, and ash products (green lumber, pallets, etc.) also present a risk.
The inter-agency Colorado Emerald Ash Borer Response Team, comprised of nine agencies/organizations*, is working with partner organizations and communities to help manage the spread and impacts of EAB. Starting in 2013, the EAB Response Team and partners worked to complete an initial survey to determine the extent of spread of EAB in Colorado, and the team continues working with local governments to determine and map the extent of infestation.
The team hosts EAB identification workshops targeting green industry professionals and volunteers and leads EAB education and outreach efforts to inform the media and public. Also, in the fall of 2014, the team released stingless, parasitic wasps that target and kill EAB in Boulder to help control the borer’s spread.
The Town’s goal is to preserve the healthiest, largest, and most significant ash trees on Town maintained property. Mature ash trees provide the greatest economic, social, and ecological benefits.. The EAB management strategy for the Town of Erie will employ a proactive, integrated strategy that utilizes the following management tools:
EAB is presumed present in low or undetectable levels throughout Erie. We strongly encourage the public to act now, not to wait until ash trees are dying in their neighborhood. If you'd like to preserve your Ash tree, treat it this year! If you choose not to preserve your Ash tree, budget for removal in the next few years.
The CSFS is currently recommending that property owners consider treatment of desirable ash trees if they are located within 5 miles of a confirmed EAB infestation. As of Fall 2021, this includes the entire Town of Erie. It is appropriate for Erie residents to begin EAB pesticide treatments of worthy ash trees in 2022.
The Town will not treat any trees located on private property or on Town-owned properties that are privately maintained, such as areas maintained via Home Owners Associations (HOA), Metro Districts, and the public right-of-way adjacent to private property.
There are numerous EAB pesticide options available. The most effective are trunk injected emamectine benzoate formulations and must be applied by qualified professionals. All EAB pesticide must be reapplied every 1-3 years based on manufacturers recommendations. Erie Forestry encourages residents to work with a licensed pesticide applicator when utilizing EAB pesticides. Only, licensed pesticide applicators shall apply pesticides to Town owned property. This includes privately maintained public street trees growing in the public right-of-way adjacent to private property.
Residents should consider the following when determining if a particular ash tree is a good candidate for long term preservation utilizing pesticides:
Untreated ash trees will become infested and killed by Emerald Ash Borer. Trees killed by EAB become brittle very quickly and present safety hazards. Dead and dying trees of any species should be removed as soon as possible. Dead trees, especially ash, present a higher risk to the tree removal crew and are usually more expensive to remove than living trees. Residents are encouraged to contact a local licensed arborist to determine the cost of removing a privately maintained tree.
Please be aware: Dead private trees that threaten public safety will receive enforcement action through the Town of Erie’s municipal code. Right – of – way trees are the responsibility of the adjacent property owner.
More information about identifying ash trees can be found here. Site includes information regarding a FREE app developed by CSFS to assist the public with identifying ash trees.
View Emergency Alert Notification and follow the instructions. This system allows all Erie residents and businesses to be notified of an emergency situation in a variety of ways, including on their cell phones, home and work phones, text messaging and email.
Those who want to receive severe weather alerts as soon as they are issued by the National Weather Service should consider purchasing a NOAA Weather Alert Radio. (NOAA stands for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.) NOAA Weather Alert radios are available at many Front Range pharmacies and grocery stores. The radios may be programmed to narrow weather alerts for the Erie area by entering in the S.A.M.E. codes for Boulder and Weld counties.
Fireworks will start at approximately 9:30 pm, and will last between 15-20 min.
A central location was determined so all residents have the opportunity to view the show on-site or from neighboring parks/neighborhoods, minimal impact on roadways and room for event growth in future years.
The Town of Erie began celebrating Independence Day on July 3 more than 20 years ago. The festivities have varied, and changed over time. From parades to concerts, speeches, and baseball games to pie eating and pageants. But one thing will never change; a celebration among friends under an illuminated sky.
This is a fireworks show only. Additional activities may be provided in future years. Patrons are encouraged to visit local businesses throughout the weekend!
Yes, reserve yours today! Available for purchase now (limited quantities).
The fireworks display will be choreographed to coincide with highs and lows in the music and the overall tenor of the song, greatly increasing the enjoyment of those in attendance.
Food vendors will be provided in the south parking lot located in our newest park area, just east of the skate park beginning at 6 p.m.. Do your part to help make this a low to no waste event! Waste stations will be placed around the park with options for landfill, recycling, and compost (click the links below to find out what goes in each bin). Avoid bringing single use plastics into the event by bringing your own reusable water bottle.
Zero Waste Resources:
These type of fireworks will make a similar boom sound to traditional firework shows.
There will be a 100' perimeter set around the Erie Community Center for the fallout zone. Our pyrotechnics team indicated that Civic Green and Mitchell Field will be the best viewing locations for the show.
We encourage patrons in proximity to the Erie Community Center to view from their homes or neighborhood parks.
Parking will open at 6 p.m. with access to the Erie Community Center main lot and will be on a first come, first serve basis. Additional parking available at Boulder Community Health (101 Erie Pkwy). No parking on Erie Parkway, or E County Line Road. Coal Creek Center, located on the southeast corner of Erie Parkway and County Line Rd, is privately owned and therefore public parking is not available. We strongly encourage alternate modes of transportation to the show, as parking is very limited. View our trail and alternative parking access map for nearby parking locations.
ADA accessible parking will be located at the north end of the Erie Community Center parking lot. Signage and parking services will direct patrons upon arrival.
Yes. Permanent bike racks are located around the Erie Community Center and Erie Community Park. Patrons are encouraged to bring their own locks, as the Town of Erie is not responsible for lost or stolen property.
Restrooms will be available at Erie Community Park at Garfield Shelter, the Post Shelter, and the concession stand. Additional port-a-potties and hand washing stations will be located in a central location near the handicap parking area.
Tennis courts will be closed and locked at 2 p.m. for remainder of the afternoon/evening. Skate park will be closed at dusk, and no lights will be programmed for the evening.
The Erie Community Center will operate with amended hours on Sunday, July 3 and remain open from 6 a.m.-1 p.m.. The Center will remain closed on Monday, July 4 and open with regular hours at 5 a.m. on Tuesday, July 5.
Yes, the Town of Erie is working towards reducing the amount of waste that ends up in the landfill at all of our events, including July 3rd.
This takes an all hands on deck approach! When attending events in Erie, be a zero waste champion in three easy steps:
Tailgating, RV's/campers, glass bottles, drones, personal grills, drugs, alcohol, firearms, and personal fireworks are prohibited.
Yes, tents and/or shade structures are allowed. However, they must be properly weighted and secured using sand bags, tent weights, etc. All structures must be taken down prior to 9 p.m. as to not intrude on fireworks viewing for other participants.
Pets must be on leash at all times. For your pet’s comfort, it is recommended to leave them at home during the fireworks display.
The Front Range Landfill is responsible for properly closing and maintaining the completed landfill. It is expected to operate through 2051. Once the landfill is closed, it will be capped with several feet of soil. Vegetation will be planted to stabilize the soil and provide an aesthetically pleasing landscape.
Randy TourvilleDistrict ManagerFront Range LandfillRandyTo@wasteconnections.com 405-694-9727
Waste is collected Monday through Saturday, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Covering occurs between 8-10 p.m.
The landfill is actively working to bring the south end up to grade. Operations will then move to the northern portion which will be out of view from Vista Ridge. The south end is expected have the final grades completed and temporary seeding finished within 9 months (as of April 2019). The seeding will depend on weather. This will not be “final closure” of that area, that will happen at a future date.
Waste is covered nightly with either six inches of dirt or an alternate daily cover which is approved per the Engineering Development and Operation Plan (EDOP). The alternate daily cover is a bentonite clay spray that is applied daily in the evenings. Weekly an additional six inches of soil is added. This cover creates a fire break and is an odor suppressant. When applied the cover takes the shape of the compacted refuse.
The strategy for ultimately reducing the view of the landfill involves firstly focusing efforts on bringing the southern portion to full capacity. Working primarily on this southern portion will allow for quicker remediation with top soil and vegetation. Next, waste collection will then be centralized in the north portion, out of view from the currently affected southern neighborhoods.
Trucks have been travelling up the perimeter road for quite some time, actually with the same frequency. However, since the operations are now quite visible to the south than in prior months it may appear to be out of the ordinary. As the southern part of the landfill is being filled to the permitted height the slopes at the exterior must also increase to follow the approved engineering design. This establishes required surface water controls.
The complete footprint of the landfill is based on an engineering design with the goal of accepting waste. Accepting waste includes horizontal and vertical scooping of waste. The area on top of the south portion of landfill is currently where waste is being actively placed. Within 6-9 months the southern portion will be filled to the permitted height and grades. Operations will then work back to the north, and west, and finally east. The goal is to keep the active area farthest from the neighbors to the south. The result will be a more aesthetically pleasing view that is covered and vegetated.
There are two operating landfills and one closed landfill in Erie.
Front Range Landfill, is located southeast of Weld County Roads 5 and 6. The entrance to this landfill is from CR 5, south of CR 6.
The Denver Regional Landfill is located southwest of CR 5 and CR 6 and is accessed off CR 6.
The Denver Regional Landfill North, is located northwest of CR 5 and CR 6, and is closed.
Waste Connections Inc. owns and operates the Front Range Landfill and the Denver Regional Landfill.
The property on which Denver Regional Landfill North, which is closed, was is owned by Denver Regional Landfill North, Incorporated.
The certificate of designation was issued by Weld County on July 22, 1991. The property was owned by Sanifill of Colorado, Inc. and was annexed in May of 1996 into the Town of Erie.
The State of Colorado holds regularly scheduled state general elections every two years. During a typical election year, a Primary election is held in June, followed by the General election in November. During a Presidential Election year, a presidential primary is also held in March.
The purpose of the Primary election is to nominate candidates from each party's primary ballot for the November General Election. The candidates who are successful in the primary election are placed on the General Election ballot.
A coordinated election is one that the county clerk and recorder conducts on behalf of two or more political subdivisions that are hosting an election on the same day in November. Specifically, for a coordinated election to take place, the election must:
A municipal election is one that is run by a municipality and may or may not be coordinated. The Town of Erie will be conducting a municipal election via mail ballot on April 5, 2022 to elect a Mayor and 3 Trustees, and this election will not be coordinated.
In a mail ballot election, every voter receives a mail ballot. Your mail ballot will be sent to the mailing address you provided when you registered to vote. To check what address you provided when registering to vote, please visit www.govotecolorado.gov. If you wish to vote in person, you may do so at a voter service and polling center. To find your local polling locations, please visit www.govotecolorado.gov.
Yes. If you choose not to vote for a candidate or a ballot question, and your ballot is otherwise valid, the rest of the votes on your ballot will be counted.
In a mail ballot election, there are 3 ways you can vote:
Every valid mail ballot is counted. To be sure your ballot is valid, follow the instructions on the mail ballot envelope. This includes making sure your ballot is signed when it is returned.
For your ballot to count, you must return your ballot no later than 7:00 p.m. on Election Day (or later, if you are a military or overseas voter). If you are unsure whether your ballot will arrive through the mail on time, drop it off in person at either a drop-box or a designated drop-off location. There are drop-box and drop-off sites located throughout your county. Dropbox locations are open 24 hours per day. If you have trouble finding a drop-box or drop-off location, contact your county clerk and recorder. Instructions will be provided by your county clerk with your mail ballot.
“In Colorado, municipal “home rule” is a form of government under the control of local citizens rather than state government, with powers and authority derived from the municipality’s locally enacted charter and ordinances, rather than state statutes. It affords citizens of cities and towns who adopt a local charter freedom from the need for state enabling legislation and protection from state interference in “local and municipal matters”.- Colorado Municipal League, Home Rule Handbook for Colorado’s Cities & Towns (January 2017)
In laymen’s terms – “home rule” is a form of government based on a charter written by residents rather than following state statute. It is based upon the theory that the residents in the community know best how to solve local issues. Home Rule is all about YOU! If the community votes to “go Home Rule”, the Charter the Town uses to govern the community will be created by residents for residents.
1. Broader and more flexible taxing powers, including:
*If the Town expands sales and use tax bases, then we would potentially have to self-collect. The State does not collect use tax, so if voters approved a use tax, the Town would need to self-collect.. Self-collecting taxes could require expanding the Town’s Finance Department.
2. Within limits, establish a tax base that is not uniform with the State of Colorado tax base (numerous home rule municipalities have a broader tax base, with fewer tax exemptions).
3. Simplify or otherwise revise procedures for budget and appropriation adoption, amendment, and transfer of funds.
4. Establish maximum debt limitations.
5. Establish limitations for the repayment of municipal bonds.
1. Have greater control over zoning issues.
2. Modify the composition and powers of the Planning Commission and Board of Adjustment.
1. Establish procedures and dates for municipal elections differing from those established by State statute, including such matters as regular and special election dates and the dates when elected officials will take office.
2. Modify local procedures for initiative, referendum, and recall.
3. Modify procedures for filling vacancies in elected offices.
4. Specify a minimum age for elected officials or other requirements.
1. Determine the form of government and administrative structure, including:
2. Establish procedures for the adoption of ordinances and resolutions; determining:
3. Modify procedures pertaining to regular and special meetings and executive sessions.
4. Expand the jurisdiction of municipal courts (e.g. increased nuisance abatement authority).
5. Establish procedures for the sale or disposal of public property and the awarding of contracts.
6. Determine the qualifications of municipal officers and employees.
7. Establish maximum terms for public utility franchises.
Adopting a Home Rule Charter involves three primary steps:
Visit: Visit the EngageErie project page for Home Rule for all the latest ways to ask questions, complete polls/surveys, join Community Conversations, and more.
Watch: The Board of Trustees reviewed a public engagement plan on March 16, 2021. Watch the discussion in full.
Watch: The Town of Erie Board of Trustees had a Home Rule representative give a detailed home rule presentation at their Sept. 17, 2019 meeting.
The Town of Erie Police Department does not have a recruitment schedule. If you are interested in becoming a police officer, please check back regularly.
All commercial or home occupation businesses located in or doing business within the town limits of Erie are required to apply for a Business / Home Occupation License. For more information, visit: https://www.erieco.gov/1444/Business-Licenses.
The Town of Erie holds a Regular Municipal Mail Ballot Election the first Tuesday of April in even-numbered years to elect a Mayor and three Trustees. Trustees serve four-year staggered terms, the Mayor's term is two years and thus that position is on the ballot each Election. .
The purpose of the signature on the outside of the return envelope is to allow election officials to examine the return envelope and compare the information on the envelope to the voter registration records. This is to determine whether the ballot was submitted by an eligible elector who has not previously voted in the election.
Ballots are mailed to all registered voters with an address within the Town of Erie. If you didn't get a ballot it could be because:
Ballots will be mailed to voters beginning March 14, 2022. Please allow up to a full week for delivery. Please double check your address at www.GoVoteColorado.gov.
There are three ways you can vote:
Any resident of Erie who is at least 18 years of age by Election Day and who has lived in Colorado for at least 22 days preceding the election may vote in the Town election.
Residents can register with their COUNTY clerk or at www.govotecolorado.com. Same-day registration is also available at a Voter Service Center during the Center's open hours.
The Town of Erie does not use Ballot Track for local elections at this time, if you want to find out if your mailed or dropped-off ballot has been received by the Town Clerk - call 303-926-2733.
For Coordinated Elections (in November) Sign up for Ballot Track at either www.WeldVotes.com or www.BoulderCountyVotes.org. This allows you to track your mail ballot with the free service that will notify you when your ballot is printed, mailed, and received for processing.
There were many questions posed to the COGCC in particular during this Q&A session. The COGCC requests that interested residents view the responses given live in the meeting, live in the meeting.
The Mae J site is not located within the Town limits so the Town’s regulations and requirement do not apply to sites outside of the Town. Operations at this site are subject to COGCC regulations and inspections and/or any regulations and inspections by Weld County.
Answer from Weld County:
The original permits were considered using the rules and regulations at the time - for both Weld County and the State - and the Operator was issued a valid permit for development. They are currently not subject to re-evaluation.
Answer from Occidental:
Audio, visual, and olfactory (AVO) inspections are completed daily when an operator is on location. Potential leaks are reported to our emissions team to follow-up with an infrared (IR) camera. Weekly AVO inspections are completed by a member of our emissions team. Any detected leaks are recorded, repaired, and re-screened with an IR camera to verify repair. In addition, our Integrated Operations Center monitors the wells from Platteville and is staffed 24/7.
At the end of the well life cycle, we will retire the wells and reclaim the pad to match the existing landscape. This procedure is commonly referred to as plugging and abandonment and is regulated by the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC).
Answer from Occidental:
Local emergency response agencies determine the evacuation distance required to protect the health, safety, welfare, environment, and wildlife resources.
In 2021 we paid approximately $169,000,000 to Weld County in Ad Valorem taxes for our 2020 operations; approximately $24,000,000 of which was designated for Fire Agencies. We are founding members and on the board of the Colorado Preparedness Response Network (CPRN). This is a non-profit, member-owned, oil and gas industry-driven initiative that promotes best management practices and shared resources, with an emphasis on responding to oil and gas emergencies. CPRN develops and fosters relationships between industry and public emergency response organizations to build preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation solutions.
The Mae J, Papa Jo, and Yellowhammer wells are the last wells we have in the area that are drilled and awaiting the completions phase
Background checks are conducted on all Occidental employees prior to employment. The completions contractors operating at this location are required to conduct background checks on their employees. This process is done in full compliance with the Federal Fair Credit Reporting Act ("FCRA”) requirements.
All water used for the completions locations near Erie will be piped in via our water-on-demand system eliminating an estimated 46,800 truck trips. Wastewater will be removed by truck. We estimate 167 truck trips per day during the completions process. The completions process at each location is expected to last 30 days
We have developed a rigorous process for analyzing and mitigating surface impacts at each of our locations. For the pads near Erie, this includes a quiet completions fleet, sound walls, our water-on-demand system, continuous air quality monitoring, and paved access roads.
Per COGCC rules, baseline water quality samples were collected from nearby water wells prior to drilling the wells. Subsequent water samples will be collected after the completions activity is complete to ensure water quality in the area has not been affected. All water well sample results are provided to the COGCC and can be accessed on the COGCC website.
We contract with a third-party environmental air quality expert to perform continuous air monitoring during the drilling and hydraulic fracturing phases. Please see our air monitoring plan for more details.
Permits expire after three years. In this case, the Weld County WOGLA permit for the MAE J 14-8HZ pad was approved on June 6, 2019. The COGCC 2A was approved on Aug. 9, 2019. Development of the MAE J 14-8HZ pad has commenced and therefore the three-year operations were commenced prior to the expiration of either permit in compliance with local and state rules.
We estimate 167 truck trips per day during the completions process. Truck routes include HWY 52, CR 3, CR 7, and CR 10. The travel distribution to the proposed location is expected to be approximately 50% from the north (HWY 52 to CR 3 or CR 7) and approximately 50% from the east (HWY 1-25 to CR 10).
The walls are designed for noise mitigation. The outer material that is used to reinforce the acoustic material is "emboss" and is fire resistant. The acoustic material is technically ethyl vinyl acetate (EVA) or a mass loaded vinyl.
During the hydraulic fracturing and flowback all produced water will be diverted to enclosed water tanks. After flowback, during the cleanout phase, the water and sand removed from the well is stored in open tanks. The cleanout process lasts approximately 8-10 days and is permitted under new COGCC rules which go into effect on May 1, 2021.
There will be 12 flowlines on the MAE J 14-8HZ pad which will flow from the well heads to the production facility. All flowlines will be mapped in accordance with COGCC regulations.
Halliburton Oilfield Services and Cutters Wireline Service will be providing hydraulic fracturing and wireline services, respectively.
The industrial water pumped through our water-on-demand system will save an estimated 46,800 truck trips avoiding water transportation emissions and the resulting traffic, dust, road wear, and disturbance to stakeholders. The water used in our operations is sourced from multiple locations. As such, it would be inaccurate to identify an exact source(s) that will be used during our operations near Erie.
Please refer to the Fact Sheet.
We utilize an enclosed flowback method. All hydrocarbons and fluids from the well are diverted to enclosed production facilities. Continuous air monitoring will be conducted during the flowback process. Flowback operations are anticipated from March 18 to April 17 for Mae J, and April 12-28 for Papa Jo and Yellowhammer.
You are encouraged to contact the Occidental Response Line at 1-866-248-9577 or email at ColoradoStakeholder@oxy.com.
Other communities near our operations have reported that the completions phase is quieter than the drilling phase. Residents should not expect to hear or feel C-scale noise. Residents will not be able to feel the actual completion operations.
The completions engines are classified as tier four engines, which produce the least amount of emissions. We have contracted with an environmental air quality expert to conduct continuous air monitoring at these three locations during development.
During cold weather situations, water and steam evaporation might be seen from freshwater tanks, and exhaust might be seen from vehicles and engines.
Twelve flow lines will flow from the well head to the production facility location. The size of flow lines is typically two inches in diameter. Flow lines will be constructed from steel pipe, are typically buried 3-7’ deep, and will equal the distance between the well heads and the production facility. All flowlines will be mapped in accordance with COGCC regulations.
Our security team is actively involved with the Northern Colorado and Denver Metro Joint Terrorism Task Force that are staffed by local law enforcement as well as the FBI and Homeland Security.
The locations and monitoring equipment are equipped with cameras and operational alarms.
Our Integrated Operations Center (IOC) is staffed 24 hours per day, seven days per week, 365 days per year. It enables real-time monitoring of the majority of our wells, water tanks, and pipeline system pressures. The IOC enables employees to shut-in many of the wells remotely, and enhances collaboration with local emergency response agencies.
The completions engines are classified as tier four engines, which produce the least amount of emissions. We have contracted with a third-party environmental air quality expert to conduct continuous air monitoring at these three locations during development.
More frequent proximity inspections will be performed according to Table 3 Section II.E.4.e. All leaks will be repaired within five days or equipment will be shut in to repair the leaks where possible. We have an internal emissions team that performs all inspections and completes most of the repairs, so repairs and rescreens are typically complete very quickly. For leaks that cannot be repaired within 5 days and are not eliminated by shutting in equipment, notification will be provided to the CDPHE and local government within seven days of the leak detection.
The facility will not have any natural gas actuated pneumatic controllers, no oil storage tanks, no vapor recovery units or other compressors (other than an electric air compressor for instrument air pneumatics). In addition, there is automation at the facility that allows remote and/or automatic shut ins at facilities when there are instances of high or low pressures or temperatures, when pilots are not lit and when tank pressures are approaching relief points. We have an integrated operations center that is staffed 24/7 to view and respond to automated data.
Communities do not have the legal ability to require another jurisdiction to justify a particular land-use decision made within that other jurisdiction.
Weld County permits are valid for three (3) years, but only expire after that period if construction has not started. Once construction begins, it is then treated as an "active" site. Active sites are then held to conditions and development standards for the life of the Location. Active Locations and their permits do not expire, until the Operator chooses to plug and abandon the location, which can be and usually is multiple years after production begins.
For the Mae J site, the Town could only require the land developer of the Colliers Hill development to comply with the setback requirements from various oil and gas facilities that were in development at the time of the initial land plot within the Colliers development area. Those setback requirements have been met.
We do not have a Town contact for these types of concerns. We would encourage residents to send complaints to the developer of any given well site and to CDPHE if the concerns are health-related.
- Oil and Gas Health Information and Response Program (residents can report health concerns to this program and find information about the community investigations the program has conducted so far, the health risk assessment one resident referenced tonight as well as a glossary of common oil and gas terms): www.colorado.gov/oghealth (direct link to memo about Health Guideline Values available here)
- Air quality monitoring 101 and continuous monitoring 101: https://cdphe.stg.colorado.gov/oil-and-gas-methane-other-hydrocarbons-monitoring-forum
- Sign up for APCD Updates (including oil and gas): https://cdphe.stg.colorado.gov/air-pollution-contacts
- Air Quality Control Commission (AQCC) Regulations: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/aqcc-statutes-and-regulations
- AQCC Website (with rulemaking calendar)- https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/aqcc
- Getting Involved in the Rulemaking Process: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ajTTHzQuJC1obnYmk35x7LV1_3Xe3LqW/view
- Oil and Gas Compliance and Recordkeeping: https://cdphe.stg.colorado.gov/apens-and-air-permits
- Air quality monitoring, modelling, and data (including forecasts and advisories): https://www.colorado.gov/airquality/
The Town cannot require this area to be annexed into the Town. If this area were to be annexed into the Town of Erie in the future, by the request of the land owner, any new development of the land would need to comply with the applicable regulations in effect at that time.
Town of Erie employees do submit to a standard background check when hired. There are also more stringent background check requirements for employees at the Police Department and for those in roles working with youth. Please contact HR for more specific details about background check requirements per each job classification.
There may be ways to require this during the permitting process if a well site were proposed within the Town’s jurisdiction. We would need to consult with our Town Attorney.
At the time of this specific permit being submitted to and considered by Weld County, there were no air monitoring rules or requirements in County Code. The Operator has voluntarily committed to air monitoring at this Location. Even in our updated County Code, air monitoring is not a requirement at all Locations, and the Code specifically mentions that Operators must follow State and Federal rules. Many Operators are voluntarily agreeing to air monitoring to have evidence of compliance with all State and Federal rules. Current County Code addresses Air Permits in Sec. 21-5-480.
Any Air Quality Monitoring required under Article 12 of the Town’s oil and gas regulations would only apply to operations within the Town limits.
The Town of Erie - like all municipalities and local governments in Colorado - are not legally able to ban oil and gas development. There are increased opportunities for local control and regulations under SB-19-181 that was passed through the State legislature in 2019, but that does not allow any local government to add a blanket ban on this type of development.
The Town of Erie sends Oil & Gas Operations email and text alerts to subscribers. Subscribe with the Notify Me menu or view the archive of all oil and gas notifications that have been sent to the Town of Erie Oil & Gas subscribers.
All oil and gas applications are reviewed at a Public Hearing by the Planning Commission and Board of Trustees during regularly scheduled meetings.
All Public Hearings are published for public notice. To receive meeting notifications that include a link to the meeting agenda, visit the Notify Me webpage. Once on the Notify Me site, choose “Town Event Calendar” and select to receive notices via email and/or text on your mobile device.
The Board of Trustees are not full-time employees of the Town. For the most expeditious reply, please email Town Staff at firstname.lastname@example.org. This is also the best place to ask any administrative or process questions.
For policy questions, or other comments directed at the Board, you may email the Board of Trustees or call 303-926-2777 to leave the Board a voicemail. Follow the prompts to leave a message for the entire board or individual members. For individual email addresses visit the Board of Trustees webpage.
Trash and recycling haulers operating within the Town of Erie offer various levels of recycling services and options. Please contact your hauler directly for more information. Additionally, the Town of Erie Department of Public Works maintains the Recycling Center drop-off location.
Visit the Economic Development webpage to see more information about:
Yes. The Erie Police Department has a dedicated Code Enforcement Officer. See more and find contact information on the Code Enforcement & Animal Control webpage.
The Town of Erie Parks and Recreation Department accepts applications for facility rentals such as park shelters, meeting rooms, and athletic fields. View the Rentals webpage for more information.
To assess if your property is located in or near an area that has a high flood risk, or is near either a Federal Emergency Management Agency regulated floodplain or a local regulatory floodplain:
For floodplain questions and recent floodplain changes in your property, contact your local floodplain contact Wendi Palmer, at email@example.com or 303-926-2875.
For questions on preparing for an emergency, contact your office of emergency management, or Chief Kim Stewart at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-441-4444.
Effective Oct. 1, 2010, licensed drivers 21 years of age or older may drive their golf carts on streets that have speed limits of 25 miles per hour or less. Golf carts are NOT permitted on Town of Erie trails. Further details are provided below.
According to Town Ordinance: "Golf Cars shall be restricted to operation on streets and roadways within the Town of Erie which have a speed limit of Twenty-five miles per hour (25 mph) or less, and to operation on Mountain View Boulevard; except that a Golf Car may be operated to directly cross a roadway that has a speed limit greater than Twenty-five miles per hour (25 mph) at an at-grade crossing to continue traveling along a roadway with a speed limit equal to or less than Twenty-five miles per hour (25 mph). If the owner of the Golf Car resides at a street address where operation of a Golf Car is not allowed due to this speed restriction, the owner shall be allowed to drive the shortest route to and from the owner’s residence to a street where the Golf Car is allowed to operate."
The ordinance does not allow one to drive on streets that are greater than 25 mph except:
The ordinance applies to either electrical or gas powered Golf Cars, but is restricted to Golf Cars as defined by the State. This ordinance is effective Oct. 1, 2010. “Golf Car”, as set forth in Colorado Revised Statutes § 42-1-102, means a self-propelled vehicle not designed primarily for operation on roadways and that has: at least three wheels in contact with the ground; an empty weight of not more than one thousand three hundred pounds; and a carrying capacity of not more than four persons. Every Golf Car shall be equipped, at a minimum, with the following equipment:
The ordinance also includes but is not limited to the following:
Download a Golf Car flyer, courtesy of the Erie Police Department.
The Colorado Department of Health and Environment (CDPHE) is the entity that can issue these sort of waivers. Typically, only landfills with specific operations intended for asbestos mitigation are certified to accept that type of material. For this specific case, CDPHE issued a temporary waiver to Front Range Landfill for 60 days to accept debris from the Marshall Fire. The Town was consulted by CDPHE and ultimately supported the decision.
To be clear, just because this waiver is in place, this does not guarantee that asbestos will indeed end up in the landfill. It is not clear how many, if any, of the homes that were damaged or destroyed in the Marshall Fire had any asbestos within them. This waiver allows for bringing this debris to the closest landfill, Erie, for expediting cleanup of the devastation, regardless of the presence of asbestos.
As an operational matter, the decision to give consent for the CDPHE 60-day waiver was the responsibility of the Public Works Director. The Board of Trustees focuses on policymaking for the Town, and staff is responsible for operational issues. So in this case, the Board of Trustees did not need to vote or give consent for this decision.
When originally approached by CDPHE to help with the recovery efforts, the Town reviewed the waiver thoroughly. Staff then asked that CDPHE limit the waiver to 60 days rather than the duration of the recovery event. While the recovery will take much longer, the Town wanted to have an opportunity early on to review how the debris disposal was going. This means that after 60 days, the Town can re-evaluate whether to continue accepting this debris.
The Town also asked that the waiver include specific terms by which the debris would be contained and covered as it is dropped at the landfill.
Please use the ErieSubmit service to submit more questions about this. At this time, please use the "Other" category topic.
To use ErieSubmit:
The Town of Erie is not the only entity CDPHE contacts. They also requested that Foothills Landfill in Golden (which accepted similar waste during last summer's wildfires) accept this waste as well. At this time, it is unclear whether that consent has been given from the Foothills Landfill.
The next closest landfill would be Tower Road, near the Denver International Airport. The distance to travel between the affected homes and the landfill on Tower Road is more than double the distance to Erie. If the debris had to be trucked that distance, it would also have the consequence of drastically extending the length and cost of cleanup and recovery for our neighbors.
A small percentage of the waste collected at the burn site could contain asbestos. Due to the fact that this debris could contain asbestos, it has to be handled as if it does contain asbestos.
Significant precautions are in place to ensure any debris - including asbestos - is contained thoroughly as outlined in the temporary waiver.
According to the definition from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration: Asbestos is the name given to a group of naturally occurring minerals that are resistant to heat and corrosion. Asbestos has been used in products, such as insulation for pipes (steam lines for example), floor tiles, building materials, and in vehicle brakes and clutches. Asbestos includes the mineral fibers chrysotile, amosite, crocidolite, tremolite, anthophyllite, actinolite and any of these materials that have been chemically treated or altered. Heavy exposures tend to occur in the construction industry and in ship repair, particularly during the removal of asbestos materials due to renovation, repairs, or demolition. Workers are also likely to be exposed during the manufacture of asbestos products (such as textiles, friction products, insulation, and other building materials) and during automotive brake and clutch repair work.
Building materials (siding, flooring, etc.) leading up to the 1970's included asbestos, partly due to its resistance to fire. As health issues related to asbestos became more known this practice of using asbestos in building materials was mostly halted in the 1980's.
Some homes built before the '80s have had asbestos mitigation measures taken, some have not. At this point, it is unknown how many (if any) of the homes in the Marshall Fire had asbestos in their building materials.
All debris from the Marshall Fire burn area will be bagged at the burn site. Then material is then placed in covered bins for transport by an approved list of haulers.
Yes, the Town of Erie has an existing air quality monitoring program throughout Town limits with monitoring sites at the northern and southern ends of the landfill. These monitoring stations are equipped with multiple particulate sensors and real-team notifications.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is the regulatory authority for the landfill permit. Additionally, CDPHE staff and Town staff can and will make site visits to inspect this debris as it is brought to the landfill site.
Front Range Landfill management has agreed to these additional measures:
The Town does not make profit as an entity.
The Town receives funding from a surcharge fee which is charged by the landfill. The fee is intended to offset impacts to Town roads from the large hauling trucks.
We have been informed by the Front Range Landfill that they are charging standard fees and intending to donate a portion of those fees to those impacted by the disaster.
If you would like to donate fund to the families who have damaged or destroyed homes, please visit the Community Foundation.
At this time, physical donations of items are not able to be accommodated. You can list what items you have to donate on a donation form and if someone can use you item or service, you will be contacted.
You can sign up to volunteer for clean-up or restoration work. This sign-up will put you on a list to be contacted as soon as volunteer projects are started.
All trainer biographies can be found online or paper copies are available at the Erie Community Center Guest Service desk. These bios provide insight into a trainers certifications and specialties. Clients can choose a trainer from the various biographies or they can choose to be assigned a trainer by Fitness Management.
Training sessions need to be purchased before the personal trainer can schedule your first session. All session can be purchased online as a punch pass.
All our personal training services require prepayment prior to scheduling of the first session.
Your request form and contact information will be given to the trainer you requested. Within 24-48 hours of receiving your information, they will contact you via a phone call to set up your first session. Availability will be based on both the trainer’s schedule and yours.
Your request form and contact information will be given to the trainer you requested, and they will contact you within 24-48 hours to schedule your first session.
The first session will be an in-depth consultation to assess exercise needs, goals, and constraints based on your health history. Your trainer will then create an individualized training plan to fit your needs.
All packages/sessions are non-transferable and will expire after one year from the purchase date.
A 24-hour notice is required for all cancellations. For cancellations received less than 24-hours prior to your scheduled appointment, you will be charged a late cancellation fee equivalent to a prepaid session. To re-schedule an appointment, please contact the trainer directly at the number provided to you by your trainer.
Signage has been and continues to be posted at the entrance of roads leading into and through Erie. Yes, some of the signs provide quick notice but the Town is not allowed to place them in other jurisdictions. What does this mean for a truck driver? For a truck driver not doing business in the Town of Erie, the driver should exit (right or left turn as appropriate) on the first road available. The Town has not and would never expect a truck driver to “back up or complete a U-turn”. This is simply unsafe.
All sworn Police Officers of the Erie Police Department share the responsibility of responding to code enforcement complaints. In addition, the Town of Erie Building Inspector/Code Enforcement Officer is responsible for all building and zoning complaints and violations.
While the Erie Police Department appreciates the interest and support, they are unable to provide police patches due to security concerns.
What can I do if I become a victim of Identity Theft or Fraud?
If you become the victim of identity theft, it is important to act immediately to stop the thief’s further use of your identity. Immediately make a report to the Erie Police Department by contacting Dispatch at 303-441-4444. You may be required to complete an Identity Theft or Fraud Packet. These packets, and additional information can be found online at https://www.erieco.gov/258/Report-A-Fraud.
There are several common frauds/scams we have seen an influx in.
Phone scams are pretty common. The criminal(s) call, identifying themselves as someone such as being a police officer, being with the IRS or being with a financial institution. The criminal may attempt to gain personal identifying or banking information by asking you to confirm your name, date of birth, social security number and account numbers.
The criminal may also request you purchase a gift card or multiple gift cards of their specified choosing (such as Amazon or Apple gift cards). The criminal may make threats such as putting a warrant out for your arrest if you don’t comply and provide the gift card number on the back of the gift card(s).
Criminals also try to commit fraud by calling on Ad’s such as Craigslist and attempt to negotiate or send more money than what the item is selling or renting for. The criminal then persuades you to send them the amount over paid or provided account or personal identifying information.
Things to remember;
* The police do not accept any sort of payment via gift card.
* If you suspect a call is fraudulent involving a banking institution request, call the bank by looking up the number yourself and not calling the number provided by the possible criminal.
* Never provide any personal information to unsolicited phone calls.
* If it sounds too good to be true or sounds suspicious then trust your judgment and don’t provide information which would leave you open for being a victim of fraud.
It is unlawful for any person under the age of eighteen (18) years to be or remain in or upon any street, alley, park, playground, schoolyard, or other public area subsequent to the hour of ten o’clock (10:00) P.M., or prior to the hour of five o’clock (5:00) A.M., Sunday through Thursday, or subsequent to the hours of twelve o’clock (12:00) midnight on Friday and Saturday and prior to five o’clock (5:00) A.M. of the following day; provided, however, that the provisions of this subsection do not apply to a minor who is:
1. Engaged in lawful employment; or
2. Accompanied by a parent, guardian or other person of the age of twenty one (21) years, when that parent, guardian or person has permission to have the custody and care of such minor from the minor’s parent or guardian; or 3. Accompanied by any person between the age of eighteen (18) years and twenty one (21) years, having in his or her possession written permission from the parent or guardian of the minor to have the care or custody of such minor; or 4. Upon an emergency errand or legitimate business directed by the parent, guardian, or other adult person having the care and custody of the minor.
We are authorized 46 sworn officers. We also have one Code Enforcement Officer.
No. Officers are expected to enforce traffic laws every shift and have complete discretion on issuing a ticket or not. Overall, officers give significantly more warnings than tickets.
Officers are not trained or equipped to handing raccoons, skunks or other wild animals. These animals require special training and handling. Several local companies provide services for their relocation/removal. If the animal is considered to be wildlife (fox, deer, elk, etc) the correct contact would be Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
No, the Erie Police Department will not capture and relocated wildlife from private property. However, some incidents involving wildlife will be documented with a case repot.
Safe Gun StorageThousands of firearms are stolen in Colorado each year. Attorney General Phil Weiser has partnered with local law enforcement officials across Colorado to remind firearm owners to secure guns when not used to save lives. The Erie Police Department and 20th Judicial District Attorney Michael Dougherty, have collaborated to create public service announcements and share responsible ownership and safe storage tips. To view the recommendations and public service announcements, visit www.coag.gov/firearmsafety.
Some common safety tips include the following:
Contact the Utility Billing Department at 303-926-2700.
Verbal requests are not accepted; for the purchase or sale of a home, the title company will transfer services. For rental properties, the landlord must request to add, change, or remove a tenant.
No. The Town asks that residents voluntarily limit their outdoor water irrigation to twice weekly between the hours of 7:00 pm and 7:00 am. Learn more by visiting the Water Conservation Plan web page.
The primary contact is Cory Weiner, Streets Supervisor, at 303-926-2883. The secondary contact is Chris "George" Hubert, Assistance O&M Manager at 303-926-2889.
A deposit of $3,000 must be paid at Town Hall (645 Holbrook Street). This receipt should be taken to the Leon A Wurl Service Center (150 Bonnell Ave) for further processing and pick up of a hydrant meter.
Sewer and storm jetting is the process of cleaning sewer pipelines that carry waste water from homes, offices and industries. It is an important responsibility of every home and city to keep sewers clean to prevent overflow, blockages, and foul smell. The jet truck is designed to move wet and slurry material helps clean the sewer and storm lines.
Conducting fire flow tests and flushing hydrants are a routine component of a good water distribution maintenance program. When a fire hydrant is opened, the velocity of the flowing water disturbs sediment at the bottom of the pipes and the water turns cloudy. To correct this, open multiple faucets in your home until the water becomes clear.
Flushing hydrants is an important preventive maintenance activity that verifies proper operation of the hydrant and ensures adequate water flow will be available in the event of a fire emergency. Flushing also removes sediment and deposits that naturally accumulate in water pipes.
Drinking a refreshing cold glass of water is a great feeling. Cloudy tap water, sometimes referred to as milky or white water is likely due to trapped air or a build-up of dissolved particles in the water pipes. It is important to note the cloudy water from the tap is completely harmless.
"All stormwater management systems, whether gray or green, require maintenance. Appropriate operation and maintenance activities ensure that stormwater practices will continue to function properly and yield expected water quality and environmental benefits, protect public safety, meet legal standards, and protect communities’ financial investment." – EPA.gov
CCTV is the use of remote systems and video inspection to help the Town of Erie not only create a historical timeline of the system, but to also find the following;
Sewer & Storm Jetting
If you’re looking to get solar panels installed on your roof, always get at least three quotes.
Check out Xcel Energy’s tips on hiring a solar contractor or United Power’s list of questions to help you navigate your selection process.
Use a pre-approved list of businesses, like the one provided by Boulder County’s EnergySmart program. Even if you don’t live in Boulder County, all of the contractors listed have demonstrated interest in helping residents complete renewable energy projects. The Colorado Solar and Storage Association can also help you navigate potential contractors. Or check out the contractors authorized through the Colorado RENU loan program.
Get an estimate of your home’s solar potential using free online tools, such as Google Project Sunroof or NRELS’s PVWatts Calculator.
Adding solar to your home now can increase its resale value by as much as $15,000
According to EnergySage: “Colorado’s average cost of a solar panel installation ranges from $13,302 to $17,998. On a cost per watt ($/W) basis, you can expect a solar panel installation in Colorado to range in price from $2.66 to $3.60”
Depending on a variety of factors (system size, financing, incentives) roof top solar systems typically pay back in 8 years. Solar panels have an average expected lifetime of 25 years.
Since 2013, the Town’s Community Survey results have shown consistently strong support for the Town to organize curbside waste, recycling, and composting collection services for residents. Survey results show support between 65% - 86%, depending on how the question was asked biennially for the past nine years.
On November 2, 2021, staff presented to the Board of Trustees the results of an extensive community engagement campaign and provided them with recommendations for Waste Diversion Programs & Polices. A single hauler contract for residents who are not represented by a HOA was identified as one of the most impactful actions to take to increase waste diversion, provide access and equitable service rates, lower traffic and therefore tailpipe emissions, and increase service levels and public safety.
Since the 1920s, communities that have implemented a Pay as You Throw (PAYT) system have realized benefits of fair and equitable fees for service, increased recycling and composting, and less trash being buried in the landfill. PAYT charges for only what you throw out and provides financial incentives to compost and recycle more, creating less landfilled trash. The EPA recognizes the PAYT model as encompassing environmental stability, equity, and economic stability. As of 2018, more than 7,000 cities and towns across America operate under a PAYT model; many examples can be found in local municipalities such as Loveland who have had PAYT since the 1990s.
Your monthly price depends on the size of your landfill cart. Recycling collection, organics collection, annual large item pickup, and yard waste pickup are all included in the base service price. In other cities and towns that operate under the same PAYT model, customers will receive one 96 gallon recycling cart and one 32 gallon organics cart as standard, however, if you would like a smaller 64 gallon recycling cart or a larger 96 gallon organics composting cart your monthly price will not be affected. These details will all be determined during the contract negotiations with the Town in Fall 2022.
This will be determined by the hauler during the contract negotiations with the Town in Fall 2022. The Town will grade the bids through a triple bottom line matrix based on social, environmental, and economic merits. The more homes that sign up for this service, the more affordable it becomes.
The Town will either add the new waste collection service to your existing monthly utility bill or the hauler will charge once per month. This will be determined during the contract negotiations with the Town in Fall 2022.
If your HOA contracts with a waste company to provide service to all of the households within your neighborhood, you are not included in the city program, although your HOA may voluntarily opt into the program at any time. If your HOA does not provide waste collection, your household is included in the program.
Multi-family buildings with eight residential units or more are not required to participate in the Town waste program, although they can voluntarily join. In March 2020, the Town of Erie Board of Trustees approved Ordinance 15-2020 to expand the Pay-As-You-Throw (PAYT) rate system to all residential areas in Erie. This ordinance affects waste haulers who operate in Erie. All waste haulers are required to submit documentation showing compliance as part of the Town’s licensing regulations, which provide for the following:
Curbside service with pricing based on volume, with a 32-gallon minimum size and increasing increments (e.g. 32-, 64-, and 96-gallon sizing).
Provision for unlimited recycling service to be included in the total monthly cost.
Curbside composting collection is offered to all residents.
All haulers who provide hauler service to Erie residents must be licensed in Erie. Additional licensing requirements such as reporting of overall diversion of materials, equipment standards, and proof of insurance.
Yes, residents may hire any waste hauler licensed to operate within the Town. However, if your household is included in the Town waste program, you will still be billed at the minimum level of service.
This will be determined by the hauler during the contract negotiations with the Town in Fall 2022.
No, in order to maintain the lowest possible pricing, each household in the program will be billed for monthly service. You may request the lowest 32-gallon level of service if your home is vacant for long periods of time. If you are moving, the trash bill will be switched to the next resident at the same time the water bill is switched over. Please leave your Town carts safely stored at the property for the next resident. Properties with active demolition permits can be removed from the program.
Please see the list of acceptable materials . *
* Please note that the above list is what is currently acceptable items. This list may change depending on which hauler is awarded the final contract.
Please see the list of acceptable materials .*
You can email ContactUs@erieco.gov or SustainableErie@erieco.gov.
The trail system will be open daily from sunrise to sunset when the trail status is posted as open. The trail system may be closed when snow, ice, wet, or muddy conditions are present or for occasional maintenance operations or a permitted special event is scheduled to occur.
Subscribe to text or email alerts for all closure notification. Closures will be posted on the Erie Singletrack web page.
Parks & Recreation staff have the right to close the facility at any time without notice. Staff will enact closures if the following criteria are met: wet/muddy conditions present, snowy/icy conditions present, Parks Division maintenance operations, and/or Town-permitted special event. Staff will not implement partial closures – Entire trail closures will be enacted if any conditions are present that meet the established trail closure protocols. If closures are enacted, they will remain in effect for a minimum of a 24 hour period from the time that they were last assessed.
We appreciate your patience during these times.
Staff will assess trail conditions on a daily basis at 7 a.m. during peak usage months (March through November) and post the status of the trails if there is a change in the closure status. Staff will assess conditions during winter months (December through February) less frequently than during peak usage months. Staff will assess and post closures on an as needed or weekly basis.
Closures will be posted on the Erie Singletrack web page.
Sign up for the singletrack trail closure alerts and text message notifications at www.erieco.gov/notifyme
Helmets are required, other protective equipment is strongly recommended.
Yes, portable toilets are located at the parking lot.
There is no access to drinking water on-site. Please bring water to remain adequately hydrated when utilizing the trail system.
The trail system is open to all user groups, with the exception of horseback riding. However, the trails located within the Erie Singletrack trails at Sunset Open Space were specifically designed for downhill bike usage. Hiking and trail running are highly discouraged in these areas as bikes are often traveling at high speeds and can quickly approach any other users and pose safety hazards. Bikers have the right of way at all times on these trails. The trails located at Sunset West Trails (located to the west of the singletrack trails) are better suited for trail running, hiking, and dog walking.
Dog walking on these trails are highly discouraged in these areas as bikes are often traveling at high speeds and can quickly approach any other trail users and pose safety hazards. Bikers have the right of way at all times on these trails. The trails located at Sunset West Trails (located to the west of the singletrack trails) are better suited for trail running, hiking, and dog walking. Dogs are allowed but must be on-leash and attended at all times.
Individual use of the park is FREE--there is no charge for admission.
The Town maximizes efficiency by managing meter readings with Smart Meters. More than 80 percent of Erie homes are equipped with the meters.
By creating an EyeOnWater account, residents are able to...
To get started, create an account, and be sure to download the app!
More information available on the Smart Meters webpage.
The Town of Erie makes a concerted effort to provide resources to residents and businesses to help achieve water conservation goals. Check out the water efficiency programs such as:
.... and more on the Water Conservation webpage.
Not exactly. Meters cannot display the breadth of information - but, there is have an app for that!
Meter information is stored and transmitted once a day. View daily, weekly, and monthly usage on the EyeOnWater tool (available as an app!). Learn more on the Smart Meters webpage. Please do not tamper with meters.
The Town of Erie makes a concerted effort to provide resources to residents and businesses to help achieve water conservation goals.Check out the water efficiency programs such as:
The Town of Erie Smart Meters specifically utilize radiofrequency (RF) technology. This frequency is part of the electromagnetic spectrum which represents no known health hazards. Radio and television broadcasting, cellphones, personal communications services (PCS), pagers, cordless telephones, business radio, radio communications for police and fire departments, amateur radio, internet routers, smart TVs, and any satellite communications are just a few of the many telecommunications applications of RF energy.
When considering any risks to exposure - key factors are the power and frequency of the emission as well as distance from the device and time of exposure. Smart Meters emit significantly lower exposure levels than most other typical devices and meet or exceed all Federal Communications Commission testing and certification. Additionally, the transmitter for the Smart Meter is almost always located outside of your home and much further away than other typical devices that use higher frequencies of RF technology.
The Town of Erie Public Works does not currently have an option for opting out of this service and as a utility customer, Erie finds it in the best interest of the Town to have Smart Meters installed on every home by 2026. Please refer to Municipal Code 6-6-5 “Tampering with utility meter” for additional reference. For more information regarding RF technologies please visit: www.fcc.gov/general/radio-frequency-safety-0
The Smart Meters used in Erie have been certified by the FCC and should not interfere with devices in or around your home or business. A study by the American Cancer Society examined the effect of Smart Meters on pacemakers and implantable defibrillators and found they did not interfere with these devices. Modern pacemakers are shielded and have built-in features that insulate them against outside interference, including transmission from meters and household appliances like microwaves, cell phones, and Wi-Fi.
No appointment, or prompting by customers is necessary. Upgrades have already been pre-planned and scheduled by the Public Works Department. You will be notified in advance if an upgrade will occur, and you can expect little interruption to service.
Town Staff will knock on your door to inform you that your water will be shut-off for approximately 10-15 minutes. If you are home and that timeframe does not work, they will coordinate a time that does.
Once the meter has been installed, a door hanger will be left on your front door with information on how to create an account to view your water usage and how to download the app. Your meter will operate as normal with or without creating an EyeOneWater account and/or downloading the app.
For more information visit the Smart Meters webpage.
Welcome to Erie! Smart Meters are automatically installed in new builds after 2016. Standard meters installed before 2016 are being updated by the Town to Smart Meters. In 2020, more than 80% of the Town’s meters are smart! By 2026, the Town hopes to have 100% of meters replaced to Smart Meters.
Congratulations on becoming a water conscious waterer ! Not only are you reducing water waste, but you’re likely to see other benefits as well!
Have you created an EyesOnWater account and downloaded the app? Your Smart Meter can inform results of your water conservation efforts within 24 hours!
Get started on the Smart Meters webpage.
So glad you asked! The Town of Erie makes a concerted effort to provide resources to residents and businesses to help achieve water conservation goals. Check out the water efficiency programs such as:
From physical restrictions, to layered security approaches, to unique identities, multiple levels of cyber security protect Smart Meters, Erie customers’ data, and our energy grid. The system is continuously monitored to safeguard against potential threats.
Congratulations on becoming a water conscious neighbor! Not only are you reducing water waste, but you’re likely to see other benefits as well!
Your meter might have been previously already replaced since you moved in and therefore scheduled for a different replacement year than your neighbors. Meters are generally replaced on a 10-year cycle.
The most dangerous street conditions may occur when the day has been warm enough to melt snow and ice and then the temperature drops in the afternoon refreezing the melted snow and ice.
Residential streets may be plowed if snow accumulation and weather conditions dictate. When snowstorms leave large accumulations that are expected to remain for several days, plows may move in to residential streets after completing service on primary and secondary streets.
When plowing residential streets the goal is to keep as much snow as possible off the road. We do not plow down to the pavement. The quickest way to plow snow is to push it to the side. This may mean that you will have to clear your driveway.
The Town uses large plow trucks for snow removal and light weight pickup trucks are used during heavy snow fall to assist in accessing residential streets. The Town also has heavy equipment that can be used for cutting ice in trouble areas and clearing specific intersections.
The Town also contracts with local snow removal vendors for assistance during large storms.
There are approximately 250 single lane miles of streets in Erie. Snow crews work in rotating shifts until the snow event has ended. It can take crews up to two hours to initially cover their assigned route.
Please keep in mind; crews put forth the utmost effort during snowstorms. Extended storms may present various challenges for our crews, for example, equipment breakdowns and abrupt changes in the weather.
To help our crews perform in a safe and efficient manner:
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Parking will be available in the overflow lot just east of the venue (see map). We will have signage and staff directing you to the appropriate location. We strongly encourage alternate modes of transportation to the show, as parking is very limited. View our trail and alternative parking access map for nearby parking locations.
We have reserved spaces in our main lot. See site map.
YES! We have Edge Gourmet Street Kitchen & Mountain Dogs Cafe & Coffee Roastery joining us for the event.
Of course! There will be a variety of domestic and craft beers available for purchase to attendees 21 & older.
Live music will be provided by Pandas & People. Kick back, enjoy some food/beverages, and hang out with all of the doggos!
No, this is a BYOS “bring your own seat” event. We will have an area blocked off for you to set up your chairs.
View either the Boulder County Election Office website or the Weld County Election Office website and follow the directions specified on these sites.
Please visit the Boards and Commission webpage to view vacancies and apply.
Good question - artificial turf is allowed in the front yard, but it cannot be used as a means to comply with the landscape regulations. It is also allowed in the back and side yards so long as it makes up no more than 50% of the total square footage of area. However, it is not eligible for the turf replacement rebate. This is the current code as it is written:
2. Single-family and Duplex Dwelling Units In addition to the right-of-way landscaping described in Section 10-6-4.E.1, the property owner shall:
5. Artificial Materials Prohibited Artificial plants, artificial grasses, and other artificial plant material are prohibited as a means of complying with these landscaping regulations. However, they may be used for athletic fields and similar uses as approved by the Town, but shall not be used in any manner to satisfy the requirements of these landscape regulations.
All turf replacement projects require a full design submittal. One of the steps of a design submittal for this program is HOA approval if it is applicable. We encourage all interested homeowners to check in with your HOA about major changes to landscaping.
Senate Bill (SB) 13-183 is a state bill that requires HOA's to allow xeric landscaping as long as the landscaping follows the laws put forth in your municipalities Unified Development Code. A link to the Town of Erie UDC can be found here.
There is no limit to how many gardens you can purchase with the discount. After you've put as many gardens as you would like to purchase in the cart on the Resource Central website, the discount will be applied at the time of purchase.
NOTE: The $25 discount will be applied to the full purchase price, not to each individual garden in the online cart.
If you just plan to add Garden In a Box contents to your existing landscape in a flower box or something similar, then yes, this meets the requirements of the Town without any additional process.
If you are going to undergo a Turf Replacement project you will need to go through the approval process outlined in the design submittal process. Your project will need to fit the parameters set forth in the Town's Unified Development Code. Also, for further information on Xeriscaping (low-water use landscaping) you can visit the Town's website here for more resources.
The Town of Erie is committed to providing our more than 30,000 water customers with safe, reliable, high-quality water services essential to everyday life. The Town’s primary water source is the Colorado-Big Thompson Project, which originates on the western slope. Other sources include water stored in Windy Gap and Gross Reservoirs. In emergencies, we have access to Lafayette Water and Lefthand Water.
Diverting water from the western slope to the Front Range is a very lengthy, complex, and expensive process. Water is governed in Colorado by the Prior Appropriation Doctrine – or as it’s known in shorthand, “first in time, first in right.” Older cities typically hold senior water rights and younger cities typically have junior rights; Erie is among the latter group, which means our raw water costs are often higher than some of our neighbors.
But youth has its advantages too. For instance, in Colorado and nationwide, many utilities are grappling with funding the expensive prospect of replacing aging infrastructure. Fortunately, as Erie is a younger community, our water customers enjoy the benefits of our modern, efficient infrastructure.
Summary of Responsible Parties' InformationIn the upper right of the Utility Bill is the summary of responsible parties’ information; bill due dates, bill amount, and how the bill is set to be paid. (It will only say Paid By Draft if that is set up).
Customer Account InformationAcross the top are the responsible parties' name, address, and account number:
Current Billing PeriodThe next row is the information for the current billing period. Going from left to right; view the:
Meter Readings and VolumeMoving down a row (and left to right) is the:
Sewer Base Charge: This charge of $10.30 is a base fee for all users.Sewer Usage Charge: This charge of $28.35 is based on the volume of water used.
Bar graph: In the example, the bar graph depicts 9 months of water volume use for this service address from May through January. This address used just under 10,000 gallons in May and over 30,000 gallons in August.
Tiers:Tier 1 use is 0 through 5,000 gallons at $5.53 per gallonTier 2 use is 5,001 through 15,000 gallons at $6.92 per gallonTier 3 use is 15,001 through 25,000 gallons at $10.35 per gallonTier 4 use is over 25,001 gallons at $15.49 per gallonIf John Doe had used 7000 gallons of water, his usage charge would be $41.49:Tier 1, $5.53 x 5 = $27.65Tier 2, $6.92 x 2 = $13.84
Single-family and Townhomes: Water monthly charge per 1,000 gallons:
Your utility bill includes charges for water, wastewater, and stormwater drainage services. The rates you pay on your utility bill cover the costs to provide these services to you. These services are paid for by the revenue generated from utility billing, and these utilities receive no funding from taxes.
Under the new rates, higher users pay more, and lower users pay less because the rates more closely reflect the actual costs of service. Water is a precious and limited natural resource, and this year’s drought and wildfires underscore this issue.
In 2020, 11 percent of customer accounts consumed 21 percent of all water used!
In 2021, to promote affordability, the monthly service charge for water will be reduced from $30 to $19.36, and wastewater service charges reduced from $15.68 to $10.30.For 2021 rates, assuming the same amount of water used in 2020:
Plus, the tiered system charges users based on how much water is consumed and has been adjusted to reward those who use less.
For high users, yes, water rates (aka monthly service charges or demand charges) may increase. Overall bills are decreasing for low and average water users, and base rates for monthly service charges decrease by 35 percent.
The Town offers a number of free or discounted conservation programs that help customers use water wisely. Customers that participate in the Town’s free irrigation consultations save at least 20% on their annual water bill on average. Learn more about these programs on the water conservation webpage.
Here are a few ways to reduce water usage and associated bill increases:Indoor water usage: Discover Erie’s water efficiency rebatesOutdoor water usage: Signup for a sprinkler/irrigation consultationConsider xeriscape options, and discounted Garden in a Box starter kits
The best way to lower your water bill is to lower your water usage, especially on outdoor irrigation. Contact us, we can help!
The Town of Erie financial policies require a formal rate study be performed on the utility fund (water, wastewater, and storm drainage) charges at least every five years. This is an industry best practice to ensure costs are recovered equitably from customer payments.
The most recent study was completed by Raftelis, a nationally recognized independent financial consultant specializing in rate and fee studies for water provider clients across the country. They recommended changes to rates and charges for water and wastewater, with no changes to stormwater drainage charges.
After review, the Board of Trustees then voted to establish the new rates and charges effective in 2021. The changes are revenue-neutral, meaning that the utility fund is anticipated to receive the same amount of revenue in 2021 as it did in 2020. Still, the changes do reflect a focus on the following:
The Town is changing how we charge for water and wastewater service in 2021 to provide affordable, high quality, reliable service that rewards water efficiency. Did you know the cost of water and wastewater services are paid entirely by the rates you pay, not by taxes? Additionally, the Town can use the revenue from water and wastewater rates only for those services; in this way, the Town’s utilities operate as financially distinct “Enterprise” services. To make sure we are consistent with the enterprise approach, the Town, through a nationally-recognized independent consultant, recently reviewed how we charge for these services. Based on this review, we are adjusting rates into a new structure that balances these priorities: affordability, conservation, revenue stability, and equity.
Under the new rates, higher users pay more and lower users to pay less because the rates more closely reflect the actual costs of service. In the new design, about 60 percent of customers will pay less than they do today, and 17 percent will see an increase of less than $50 a year. Learn more about the rates and the Town’s water conservation programs at www.erie.co.gov/waterrates.
With input from the Board of Trustees and Town staff, Raftelis designed a rate structure that balances these Town priorities:
Water is a precious and limited resource in Colorado, and most utilities along the Front Range use tiered rates. Tiered water rates reward customers who use less water by charging the least amount per thousand gallons for use in the first tier, and increasingly more as customers use more water and graduate into higher levels.
The lowest rate tier corresponds to an amount of water sufficient to meet essential indoor household needs. Each subsequent tier charges a higher rate and is designed to send a price signal to households when using water for outdoor irrigation.
Your monthly utility bill has three components for water, wastewater, and storm drainage services.
Customers are charged for water service through a fixed service charge and a tiered volume charge. The fixed service charge covers billing costs and customer costs such as field service crews, meter replacement, and repair. The tiered volume charge recovers the cost to collect, treat, and distribute water, as well as fire protection. Water is charged on an actual basis and typically fluctuates each month.
Customers are charged for wastewater service through a fixed service charge determined by your average winter usage for December, January, and February. We do this because typically, all water used is used indoors in these months, so it is a reasonable estimation of your wastewater service needs. Wastewater charges are consistent month-to-month after being updated annually.
Customers are charged for stormwater drainage through a fixed monthly charge.
Changes to charges and rates are summarized in the tables below:
How we charge for water and wastewater service in 2021 will promote affordability in two key ways. First, the water monthly service charge for residential users with typical service line sizes of 5/8 inch or 3/4 inch will be reduced to $19.36 from the current fee of $30, and the wastewater service charges will be reduced from $15.68 to $10.30.
Also, the tiered system charges users based on how much water they use has been adjusted to reward those who use less.
If customers use the same amount of water in 2021 as in 2020, 60 percent of customers will pay less than they do today.
Tap fees and raw water dedication fees ensure costs that growth incurs on our water, wastewater, and stormwater systems are fully recovered. Often paid by the developer – and passed along to the new homeowner in the purchase price – these are one-time fees charged by the Town at the permitting stage.
In 2021, a 3/4 inch tap fee will increase from $5,200 to $8,860. The raw water dedication fee will increase from $15,300 to $16,243.
Yes. Monthly service charges are being reduced from $15.68 today to $10.30 in 2021. Volume rates – calculated in thousand-gallon increments based on how much water is used – will increase from $8.20 to $9.45.
Here are a few ways to reduce water usage and associated bill increases:
Indoor water usage: Discover Erie’s water efficiency rebatesOutdoor water usage: Signup for a sprinkler/irrigation consultationConsider xeriscape options, and discounted Garden in a Box starter kits
Erie encourages xeriscape. Additionally, in March 2019, Colorado HB19-1050 was updated to encourage the use of xeriscape. The bill amended sections of the Colorado Revised Statutes prohibiting restrictive covenants, rules, or regulations (ie. HOAs) that limit the installation or use of drought-tolerant vegetative landscapes and deems those covenants, rules, or regulations as contrary to public policy. Associations may adopt and enforce design, and aesthetic guidelines or rules, regulate the type, number, and placement of drought-tolerant plantings.
We are! Since 2016, the Town has been replacing residential water meters with Smart Meters that conform to all industry standards. Once installed, your new Smart Meter will give you access to your water consumption data, providing an opportunity to gain a greater understanding of and control over the water you consume on a daily, monthly, and annual basis.
The EyesOnWater customer portal stores all of your water usage in one place. View your history, discover your water trends, detect leaks, and personalize a water savings plan. Today, more than 60 percent of Erie’s meters are Smart Meters. Learn more about the EyeOnWater tool on the Smart Meter webpage.
Water meters report usage. The Town collects the usage on a rotating basis throughout the month according to the cycle billing schedule. Since 2016, the Town has been replacing residential water meters with Smart Meters that conform to all industry standards set by the American Water Works Association. Once installed, your new Smart Meter will give you access to your water consumption data, and gain a greater understanding and control of the water you consume on a daily, monthly and annual basis. The EyesOnWater customer portal stores all of your water usage in one place. View your history, discover your water trends, detect leaks, and personalize a water savings plan. Today, more than 60 percent of Erie’s meters are Smart Meters. Learn more about the EyeOnWater tool on the Smart Meter webpage.
For more information regarding cycle billing, please click here.
Customers may contact the Town’s Utility Billing team to learn more about case-by-case payment arrangements for those having difficulty paying their bills.
Also, part of the Town’s commitment to affordability is working with customers to investigate possible causes of high water usage. If you have questions or concerns, please reach out to our team anytime via email at email@example.com, by phone at 303-926-2700, or online via ErieSubmit.
Low-Income Household Water Assistance ProgramThe Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) received $15 Million in federal funding for the Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) to assist low-income households with their overdue water and wastewater bills.
The Town of Erie highly encourages residents struggling to pay their utilities to apply for this program. Funds are extremely limited and are distributed on a first come, first serve basis. To qualify for this assistance, the household must: Apply and been approved for LEAP during November 1, 2021 - April 30, 2022. Complete the addendum within the LEAP application and submit a copy of your overdue utilities bill. Services must be disconnected, facing disconnection, or have a past due amount on the bill. Apply here.
We currently have a number of payment options available and accept cash, check, money orders and/or credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express).
Online Payments and Credit Card AutoPay: To make your payment online or set up credit card autopay, please log into your account here. Detailed instructions for setting up credit card autopay can be found here.
Automatic Payments Using a Checking Account (ACH): Please fill out the ACH Authorization form and either drop it off, mail it back, or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. More information regarding ACH payments can be viewed here.
Mail or Drop Off: Please enclose the bill stub or write the service address on the check. Payments can be mailed to the Town of Erie, Finance Department, PO Box 750, Erie, CO 80516. Payments can also be dropped off at the Town Hall receptionist/cashier desk or in the black drop box at the front of the Town Hall. The Town Hall is located at 645 Holbrook Street.
We send out bills on a rotating basis throughout the month according to the cycle billing schedule. Bills are mailed approximately 1 week after the read date for each cycle. For more information regarding cycle billing, please click here.
Bills are due 1 day prior to the next read date for your cycle. For more information regarding the scheduled read dates, please click here.
The Town of Erie provides a high-quality supply of available drinking water to over 10,350 residential and commercial customers 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We continue to meet increasingly high water quality standards in a cost-effective manner for the citizens of Erie. We are proud that Erie meets and exceeds all federal and state drinking water standards. We do this while protecting the environment, community, and economic interests that we all value.
Read more about Erie’s water quality in the Consumer Confidence Report.
We considered this option as a way to maintain traffic flow through WCR 5 during the work. After much discussion with the contractor, EPD, and the school districts we found that this option was not the best choice for two main reasons:
This project timeline is already condensed at tightly as it could feasibly be while still giving allowances for possible weather or supply delays. There is logistically no way the project could be completed during the summer break.
This means our project team, along with SVVSD, and EPD discussed the best possible timing to either coincide with the end of a school year, or the beginning of the next. Based on the most efficient phasing of the project, it made the most sense and caused the least negative impacts to begin the project begore the end of the school year.
There are two main contacts to consider based on your specific issue:
Your HOA must allow its residents to use Xeric landscaping. C.R.S. (§ 37-60-126, et seq.) states that HOA’s are prohibited from creating restricting covenants that forbid xeriscape or drought tolerant vegetation or require ground covering consisting of only turf. You must still follow the town laws put forward in the Unified Development Code (UDC), so you can’t cover your entire lawn with rock or concrete.
Estimating the water savings associated with xeriscaping can be a bit complicated because of the wide variety of options and projects. Some studies have shown that xeriscaping can save households 120 gallons of water/day.
Yes. If the project encompasses any part of a public right of way, you will need to acquire a right of way permit.
As with any new landscaping, you will need to change the way its watered. You can water by hand, or change up your existing irrigation system to fit the needs of the new plants.