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ARBOR DAY CELEBRATION

The City of Cañon City has been named Tree City, USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation for the 37th consecutive year. The public is invited to participate in the City’s observance of Arbor Day on Friday, April 28, 2017 at John D. Havens City Hall, 128 Main Street. The ceremony will take place at 10:00 am and will include the planting of a tree and presentation of a Tree City, USA plaque to Mayor Preston Troutman from the District Forester John Grieve with the Colorado State Forest Service. The City of Cañon City encourages everyone to come out and celebrate with us to recognize the valuable asset that we share as a Tree City, USA!

May 7-13, NATIONAL DRINKING WATER WEEK

The City of Cañon City Water Department Kicks Off National Drinking Water Week With Pride. The Water Department Celebrates 138 Years of Providing Cañon City with Safe Drinking Water!
 
The City of Cañon City Water Department invites you to join in commemorating 145 years of service to Cañon City’s public health. As part of National Drinking Water Week, the City Water Department is recognizing the generations of Cañon residents who ensured that our community had an ample supply of safe drinking water.
 
When you stop to think about it, the need for a safe supply of drinking water really can’t be overestimated. Clean water is essential to our lives and lifestyles, every single day.
 
American communities have not always enjoyed the benefits of having an ample supply of safe drinking water at their disposal. In fact, less than a century ago, thousands of Americans died every year from waterborne diseases like typhoid, cholera and dysentery. Because of the persistent threat from these illnesses, community public health officials, doctors and engineers banded together to form local systems for drinking water disinfection and delivery.
 
The City of Cañon City Water Department and City residents have worked together to help ensure the standard of living we all now enjoy. We would like to let you know a little bit more about how we have done it.
 
You are invited to an Open House at our Water Treatment Plant at 103 Tunnel Drive on Friday, May 12th from 9:00 pm to 2:00 pm for informative tours of our facility and have available staff to answer your questions about your water supply. Water Treatment Plant tours will begin at the top of each hour. If you have a group that would prefer a private tour or at another time, please contact Travis Payne, Cañon City Water Treatment Plant Chief Plant Operator, at 269-9019. Come join us!

Planning Commission Opening

This seven-member Commission meets regularly on the third Tuesday of each month, at 7:00 p.m., and functions as an advisory board to the City Council on matters concerning zoning, subdivisions and other land use and development issues. Special workshop sessions may also be conducted from time to time. The vacant positions will be filled at interviews to be conducted by the City Council on a date to be determined.

If you live within the city limits of Cañon City, and are willing to donate a few hours each month to serve this community, please send a letter of interest, outlining your abilities and reasons for wanting to serve on the Planning Commission to: Cañon City Council, c/o Cathy Rabe, MMC, City Clerk, P. O. Box 1460, Cañon City, CO  81215-1460. Letters of interest should be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 31st.  The City reserves the right to make the final decision on selection of Committee members.

CENTENNIAL PARK AND US 50 CROSSING PLANS

Information for the Centennial Park Renovations and US 50 Crossing Plans can be found on the Community Development Plans page.

ACCEPTING BIDS FOR CLEAN-UP

The City of Canon City is accepting bids for 1) yard clean-ups involving weed and limbs removal 2) junk removal and 3) boarding windows and doors. All interested parties please contact Brady at bremmerson@canoncity.org or Joelene at joinman@canoncity.org.

CENTENNIAL PARK PUBLIC WORKSHOP - OPEN HOUSE

Come to City Hall this Thursday, April 13th for the Centennial Park Public Workshop. Stop by anytime between the hours of 4 to 7 during this open house style event and learn about the first component of the Arkansas River Corridor Master Plan. Ask questions - be informed - get involved!

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US HIGHWAY 50 CROSSING PROJECT - OPEN HOUSE

Come to City Hall this Tuesday, April 11th anytime between 5:30 pm–7:30 pm to hear about the US Hwy 50 Crossing Project. Ask questions - be informed - get involved!

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Trash Vouchers

Citizens have taken advantage of Cañon Proud Clean-Up! The City has handed out all vouchers we had available to give to the public.

Veterans Park Restroom Closure

Veterans Park restrooms will be closed the week of the April 10th for remodel. Signs will be posted on the restroom doors.

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Review of Business Regulations Citizen Committee

CAÑON CITY COUNCIL
SEEKS MEMBERS TO THE
REVIEW OF BUSINESS REGULATION CITIZEN COMMITTEE

Cañon City Council is soliciting letters of interest from City residents, local business owners, contractor/special trade contractors who are willing to serve on the City’s newly created Business Regulation Review Citizen Committee.  This Committee will require a commitment of time from those willing to serve, as it will be reviewing the current building code/regulations and streamlining processes.  Letters should include the category (City resident, local business owner, contractor/trade contractor) you are applying for, a list of experiences, why you wish to serve, and what you will contribute to the Committee.  Such letters should be addressed to the Cañon City Council, c/o Cathy Rabe, MMC, City Clerk, P.O. Box 1460, 128 Main Street, Cañon City, CO  81215. Letters must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, May 8th. For more information or questions, contact City Clerk Rabe at 276-5242.  The City reserves the right to make the final decision on selection of Committee members.

ANNUAL FIRE HYDRANT TESTING & WATER MAIN FLUSHING

Beginning Monday April 10, 2017 the Cañon City Water Department will begin its annual program of exercising fire hydrants throughout the system. The purpose of this program is to remove sediment and tuberculation from the water mains, which improves the water quality.

Flushing will begin at the western end of the system and work toward the eastern end. It will take about 6 weeks to complete. You may experience cloudy water or low pressure for a short period of time during this flushing program. Should you have questions, please call the Cañon City Water Department at 269-9022.

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CCPL Presents

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Wanda Nettles will be teaching card making 101.  How to design and create beautiful cards with things you have around the house. 
Free event for all ages.

John D. Havens City Hall Ceremony

Mayor Troutman and City Council will be naming City Hall after the late City Attorney John Havens on Friday, April 7th at 3:00 pm at City Hall.

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CCPL Presents

The Cañon City Public Library located at 516 Macon Ave., will be hosting another Common Cents for Colorado event titled “Managing your Money in Retirement” on April 8th at 2:00 pm.  Sue Hitt will be the moderator.  Refreshments will be served.  Please call the library at 719-269-9020 to reserve your spot.
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City Council Promotes Child Abuse Prevention

City Council members Frank Jaquez, Kathleen Schumacher, City Administrator Tony O'Rourke, Mark Gill, Jim Meisner, Ashley Smith and Mayor Preston Troutman hold signs in support of the child abuse prevention awareness month campaign facilitated by the Fremont County Department of Human Services during Monday's meeting.
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2017 CANON PROUD! CLEAN-UP BEGINS MARCH 20th

Local officials and businesses are once again gearing up for the annual Cañon Proud Clean-Up Campaign. A limited number of trash vouchers for free disposal of household trash, furniture, construction debris, brush, logs, leaves and yard waste will be available on a first-come, first-served basis to Cañon City and Fremont County residents beginning on March 20th and ending on April 29th.  Trash vouchers are good for free disposal of ½ ton (one regular pick-up truck bed filled no higher than the sideboards) at Twin Enviro’s “Phantom Landfill” at 2500 Fremont County Road 67 (north of the airport) Penrose, 372-6671. (Amounts of trash in excess of ½ ton will be charged extra on site.) Hours of operation are from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Saturday. 

 
Cañon City residents may pick up a voucher from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday at City Hall, 128 Main Street. Those living outside the city limits may pick up a voucher from 7:30 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Thursday (they are closed on Friday) at Room 106 of the Fremont County Administration Building, 615 Macon Avenue. Proof of residency is required when obtaining a voucher. Only one voucher will be issued per household. Free disposal will end on April 29, 2017 at 4:00 pm.  All loads must be covered, and no commercial haulers or contractors qualify for these vouchers.

Partners in this event include Twin Enviro Services, R.D. Recycling, Junk Masters, and Call it Gone Metal Recyclers. In addition to the trash disposal vouchers, the following partners will accept recycling, appliances, vehicles, and specific metals; please contact them directly if their services are desired:

R.D. Recycling, located at 1501 High Street (719-641-0630 or 275-2052) will accept appliances Monday through Saturday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm for free disposal. They will also pick up large loads in bulk. Brass, aluminum, and copper will be purchased at prevailing rates. They will purchase automobile batteries for $5 each.

Junk Masters (429-4590 or 429-2219) will pick up scrap metal, appliances, vehicles/campers, batteries, pipe, wire, machinery, etc., for free. They will not accept TVs, wood, tires, furniture, paints or other household chemicals or trash.

Call It Gone Metal Recyclers (call or text 671-7062) will pick up all cars, trucks, and campers. They will also pick up all metals, appliances and batteries and they have clean up services.

As always, no tires, dead animals, or hazardous wastes will be accepted at any site.

CCPL Presents

The Cañon City Public Library is hosting a book folding event.  Kathy Boone will teach and share her talent of book folding.  March 25th at 10 a.m.  The Library will supply the books to be folded at 516 Macon Ave.
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CCPL Presents

CCPL is hosting a Chautauqua style program on March 18th at 2 pm at the Canon City Public Library 516 Macon Ave.

Robert Stovall will be performing as General William Palmer.

“Bob Stovall tells the story of General Palmer in a personal and entertaining style. Dressed in period costume, Stovall becomes Palmer as he relates first-hand the General’s voyage from his early days on a Delaware farm to creation of a vast enterprise of railroad, manufacturing and communities, and the many people who joined him on the adventure.”

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This program is free and will be entertaining as well as educational.

CCPL Presents

Sue Hitt will share Money Matters Pt 2
Saturday March 11th at 2 pm
Canon City Public Library
516 Macon Ave
Call 719-269-9020 to reserve your spot
Refreshments will be served.
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Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebration

Come to a Birthday party for Dr. Seuss. Special guest reader Kathy Herrin. Refreshments will be served, photo booth (bring a camera), games and lots of FUN!

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DITCH/CULVERT MAINTENANCE RESPONSIBILITY

Irrigation season is beginning soon and water will be flowing in the ditches again. First ditch (Oil Creek) turns on March 6th. Regardless of whether you own water rights or use the irrigation water it is the responsibility of the property owners/tenants to keep the ditches adjacent to the property free of obstructions allowing the free flow of water (City of Cañon City Municipal Code 12.16.020).

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Board of Adjustment Opening

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Councilman Meisner Recognized

Cañon City Noon Lions Bryan Cooper, left, and Art Welch, right, present Councilman Jim Meisner with the Colorado Lions Foundation Humanitarian Award during Monday's Regular City Council Meeting.
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City Council Recognizes

The Cañon City Council on Monday recognized members of the marijuana cultivation regulation committee who donated their time to review zoning and special use regulations to permit the cultivation of marijuana in either commercial or industrial zones. Pictured in the front row are Greg DiRito, Alison Helsley, Michael Schirado, Gary Peterson, Dave Heberly, and councilmen Mark Gill and Jim Meisner. Pictured in the back row are City Administrator Tony O'Rourke, Council members Dennis Wied, Kathleen Schumacher, Mayor Preston Troutman, and Ashley Smith. Also serving on the committee but not  pictured are Angela Bellantoni, Gregory Carlson, Rebecca Kelly, Richard Hilderbrand, Terri Bernath, Paul Schultz, David Del Vecchio, Kathy Ulsh, Corey Hoffmann and Kathryn Sellars.
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Media Release

The City Community Development Department is committed to working cooperatively with businesses to achieve success in meeting health and safety standards. Once a business successfully meets the City’s zoning, building, and land-use requirements, they are vested, which creates a legally binding agreement with the City.

Please click here to read a media release regarding the Hale Pet Door Special Review.

City Council Recognizes

Sgt. Timothy Bell of the Cañon City Police Department, left, receives a certificate from Interim Chief Allen Cooper and the Cañon City Council on Tuesday for his efforts in saving the life of a citizen Jan. 3.  Please click here to read the full story from the Daily Record. Also pictured in the front row are Cooper, Stephanie Masse, Director of Human Resources, and Commander Billy Ray; pictured in the back row are Councilwoman Kathleen Schumacher, City Administrator Tony O'Rourke, Mayor Preston Troutman, Councilman Scott Eckstrom, Councilman Jim Meisner, and Councilwoman Ashley Smith.

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City Council Recognizes

Mayor Preston Troutman and the Cañon City Council recognize members of the Citizens for Better Streets Committee for their efforts in helping to get the 1 percent sales tax increase approved in the Nov. 8 election. Pictured in the front row are Lisa Hyams, Bob Wier, Paul Fisher, John Mosher, Rob Brown and Councilwoman Ashley Smith; pictured in the back row are City Administrator Tony O'Rourke and Council Members Kathleen Schumacher, Dennis Wied, Mayor Troutman, Scott Eckstrom, Jim Meisner and Mark Gill.
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City Council Recognizes Michael Slusher

Mayor Preston Troutman, the Cañon City Council and Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Lisa Hyams recognize Michael Slusher for having volunteered his time and efforts in watering flowers on Main Street during the spring and summer months. He maintained the flowers every day, sometimes twice a day, for five months. Pictured are, in the back row, Dennis Wied, Troutman, Jim Meisner, Mark Gill and Ashley Smith; pictured in the front row are Slusher and Hyams. 
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Building Program Incentive

BUILDING INCENTIVE PROGRAM
SUNSETS ON DECEMBER 31

If you qualify for the program you must have a building permit issued no later than 12/31/2016 and have executed the City’s program agreement.

PLEASE PLAN ACCORDINGLY. 

CALL THE BUILDING DEPARTMENT 719-269-9011 FOR MORE INFORMATION

Community Video Project

Through the generosity of local businesses and in collaboration with CGI, the Cañon City community video project is completed and has been added to the City Website for the enjoyment of residents and visitors alike. Please visit here to view the new videos!

City Council Recognizes Former Planning Commission Members

Mayor Preston Troutman and the Cañon City Council recognize former Planning Commission members Justin Grantham and Erik Embry for their service during Monday's meeting. Also pictured are Council Members Kathleen Schumacher, Dennis Wied, Troutman, Scott Eckstrom, Mark Gill, Jim Meisner and Ashley Smith. Not pictured is former Planning Commission member Austin Dunderman.
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City Council Recognizes Music & Blossom Committee

City Administrator Tony O'Rourke, Mayor Preston Troutman and the Cañon City Council recognized some of the Cañon City Music & Blossom Committee members on Monday. Pictured are, back row, O'Rourke, Council Members Kathleen Schumacher, Dennis Wied, Troutman, Scott Eckstrom, Jim Meisner, Mark Gill and Ashley Smith; front row, Committee Members, Lisa Hyams, Holly Harp, Ann Guill, Phil Degarmo, Morgan Richardson, Cassie Grow and Mike Fry.
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2016 Citizen Survey

The National Research Center (NCR) has completed Cañon City’s first annual survey.  The NRC randomly selected 1,500 households in the City and mailed survey to them in order to solicit citizen input about Cañon City’s quality of life, community characteristics, governance, participation, City services and special topics.  Please click on the following link to view the results:
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City Council Recognizes Boys and Girls Club

Cañon City Mayor Preston Troutman, City Administrator Tony O'Rourke and the City Council recognize members and leaders of the Boys & Girls Club of Fremont County's Social Action Committee during Monday's meeting. Pictured in the back row are Council members Kathleen Schumacher, Scott Eckstrom, Dennis Wied, Troutman, O'Rourke, Ashley Smith, Mark Gill and Jim Meisner. Pictured in the front row are Program Coordinator Bernie Topash, Katie Fasold-Simler, President Rose Olsen; Kimberly Greene, Thomas Devonshire and CEO Terry Hamilton.
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Streets Information Page

City officials and department heads have developed a Frequently Asked Questions page to provide residents with the facts regarding the need for a 1% tax increase to reconstruct and/or repair/maintain city streets and roadways.  The page contains the proposed ballot question, most current information, graphs, plans, and charts and will be updated regularly. For more information or clarifications, contact council member ashley.smith@canoncity.org

Destination Downtown Photo Contest

Congratulations to our 2016 Colorado Cities & Towns Week Photo Contest winners!

Color Division Winner:
Color Winner 2016 
Ashlee Sack - "Classic"

Black & White Division Winner:
BW Winner 2016
Pam Stepleton - "First Friday Artwork"

Planning Commission Opening

This seven-member Commission meets regularly on the third Tuesday of each month, at 7:00 p.m., and functions as an advisory board to the City Council on matters concerning zoning, subdivisions and other land use and development issues. Special workshop sessions may also be conducted from time to time. The one vacant position will be filled by the City Council on a date to be determined.
If you live within the city limits of Cañon City, and are willing to donate a few hours each month to serve this community, please send a letter of interest, listing your experiences, why you wish to serve, and what you will contribute to the Commission to: Cañon City Council, c/o Cathy Rabe, MMC, City Clerk, P. O. Box 1460, Cañon City, CO  81215-1460. Letters of interest should be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, September 30th.  City Council reserves the right to reject any or all applicants.

City Council Recognizes Cub Scouts

Cañon City Council were honored to have Cub Scout Packs 519 and 520 join them for City Council Meeting on September 6th. The Cubs presented questions about community involvement, the roads, and taxes and led the flag ceremony and Pledge of Allegiance. The City Council was able to present letters of gratitude to their leaders for their service in impacting the lives of our young people and helping to raise future leaders and civically responsible adults.
Pictured in the back row are City Administrator Tony O'Rourke, Council members Kathleen Schumacher, Scott Eckstrom, Mayor Preston Troutman, Dennis Wied, Jim Meisner and Ashley Smith. Pictured in the second row are leaders Patti Jo Medina, Jeff Nutting, Alan Stark, Levi Pollard and Mickey Wells. Pictured in the front row are Hyrum Pontious, Cedric Smith, Dallin Blair, Nathan Liddell, Elijah Medina and Ammon Cash.
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City Council Seeks Members to the Newly Created Marijuana Cultivation Regulation Committee

Cañon City Council is soliciting letters of interest from individuals who are willing to serve on the City’s newly created Marijuana Cultivation Regulation Committee.  Available positions include City residents, local business owners, marijuana industry representatives, and medical experts.  This will be a very active Committee requiring a commitment of time from those willing to serve.  Letters should include the category (City resident, local business, marijuana industry, or medical expert) you are applying for, a list of experiences, why you wish to serve, and what you will contribute to the Committee.  Such letters should be addressed to the Cañon City Council, c/o Cathy Rabe, MMC, City Clerk, P.O. Box 1460, 128 Main Street, Cañon City, CO  81215. Letters must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 31st. For more information or questions, contact City Clerk Rabe at 269-9011.  City Council reserves the right to reject any or all applicants.

Road Closure

Fremont County DOT crews will be conducting repairs to the bridge located on CR 143A.  Beginning August 29, 2016, for approximately 2 weeks, the road will be closed.  Motorists will need to use alternate routes, and your patience is appreciated!  Expected re-opening will be September 12, 2016, but could change due to circumstances out of the control of Fremont County DOT.

Citizen Survey

In July, 1500 Cañon City households were randomly selected to participate in a mailed 2016 Cañon City Citizen Survey.  The citizen survey was requested by the Cañon City Mayor and City Council to seek community input on City services, community needs, and future community opportunities.
In addition to conducting this random, scientific citizen survey, the City is also conducting a non-scientific online version of the 2016 Citizen Survey so more residents can provide feedback related to City services, needs, expectations, and opportunities.  To that end, starting Friday, August 19th, Cañon City residents can take the online survey by going to the following link: www.n-r-c.com/survey/canoncitycitizensurvey.htm or the City of Cañon City website at canoncity.org.
Should citizens have any questions about the online survey, Tony O'Rourke can be contacted at 719-458-5002.

Destination Downtown Photo Contest

The City of Cañon City will be holding a photo contest as part of Colorado Cities & Towns Week (September 12-18, 2016).  City Hall will be accepting photographs of Downtown Cañon City from August 29 - September 2 during regular business hours. Winners will be announced Friday, September 9 on the City's website.  For the full contest rules and information, as well as an application for the Photo Contest, please click here.

Planning Commission

The Cañon City Planning Commission will meet for its regular meeting at 7 p.m.  on August 16, 2016 in the City Council Chambers at City Hall, 128 Main Street. The Commission will consider revisions to the FOOD CARTS/TRUCKS regulations and housekeeping items in various sections of Title 17, Zoning Regulations. A work session with the new City Administrator will be held at 6 p.m. in the committee room. The public is invited.

City Council Recognizes CCPD Officers

Mayor Preston Troutman, City Administrator Tony O'Rourke, the Cañon City Council and Cañon City Deputy Police Chief Allen Cooper, on Monday recognized officers Janel Langdon--Isaac and Chad Gary for their part in helping an elderly man who recently traveled by bus from Alamosa to Cañon City, and later was unable to remember how to return home. The officers, along with the staff at Hank's Travel Plaza and the owner of Cañon City Coins & Collectible, made sure the 92-year-old man was cared for and watched until they could place him on the next bus to safely return home.  Pictured are, back row, O'Rourke, council members Kathleen Schumacher, Dennis Wied, Troutman, Scott Eckstrom, Jim Meisner and Mark Gill. Front row: Cooper, Langston-Isaac and Gary.
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City Council Recognizes Hard Work

Mayor Preston Troutman, City Administrator Tony O'Rourke and the Cañon City Council on Monday recognized John McBride and Harry Patel, director of the City's finance department, for spending extra time preparing the annual budget and Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, in addition to their regular duties and completing workman's compensation renewal. Pictured are, back row, O'Rourke, council members Kathleen Schumacher, Dennis Wied, Troutman, Scott Eckstrom, Jim Meisner and Mark Gill. Front row: McBride and Patel.
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City Council Recognizes Heroic Efforts

Mayor Preston Troutman, City Administrator Tony O'Rourke, the Cañon City Council and Rex Brady, director of Parks and Open Space for the City of Cañon City, on Monday recognized Parks Foreman Gerry Buser and Cañon City Area Volunteer Fire Department volunteer Mykel Kroll  for their heroic efforts while recently responding to a fatal vehicle accident on city property. Pictured are, back row, O'Rourke, council members Kathleen Schumacher, Dennis Wied, Troutman, Scott Eckstrom, Jim Meisner and Mark Gill; front row: Brady, Buser and Kroll.

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City Council Recognizes Fremont Family Medical Center

Mayor Preston Troutman, City Administrator Tony O'Rourke and the Cañon City Council on Monday recognized Juan Recinos, clinic manager for Fremont Family Medical Center and presented him with an official proclamation declaring National Health Care Week in Cañon City from Aug. 7-13.   Pictured are, back row, council members Kathleen Schumacher, O'Rourke, Scott Eckstrom, Troutman, Dennis Wied, Jim Meisner and Mark Gill. Front row: Juan Recinos.
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Revised Drainage, Erosion and Sediment Control (DESC) Permit Requirements

With the issuance of the new Phase II General Stormwater Permit, the City of Cañon City has revised its requirements for DESC permits.  Under the previous permit, DESC permits were required for detached single-family residential projects less than one acre in size that were part of a larger development or project.  This applied to building permits in Dawson Ranch, Four Mile Ranch, Gold Cañon, Skyline Villas PUD and the Elizabeth Street PUD.  The new Phase II General Stormwater Permit further clarifies the applicability of permitting to construction activities that result in less than one acre of land disturbance.  Part I.E.3. of the permit describes “applicable construction activities” as including those construction activities that result in a land disturbance of greater than or equal to one acre or that is less than one acre, but is part of a larger common plan of development or sale that would disturb, or has disturbed since March 2, 2001, one acre or more, unless excluded below or the disturbed areas have been finally stabilized (emphasis added)As a result of this clarification, DESC permits are no longer required for single-family residential projects that disturb less than an acre for Dawson Ranch, Gold Cañon, Four Mile Ranch and Skyline Villas PUD.  DESC permits are still required for the Elizabeth Street PUD and any future subdivisions.  Even though DESC permits are no longer required for the above areas, please note that erosion and sediment control measures are still required during the land disturbance and construction and all projects are still subject to the City of Cañon City’s illicit discharge regulations.  Any pollutants coming from a construction site, or failure to implement soil and erosion control best management practices, can result in enforcement actions.  Please see this Fact Sheet for further details.

City asks residents to complete survey

City Administrator Tony O’Rourke, Mayor Troutman and Council members would like residents to know that 1500 surveys will be mailed to households in mid-July, and they strongly encourage the residents that receive the survey to complete it and return it according to the directions.  Persons completing the survey will not be identified as the surveys will be compiled by an outside company and a summarized report will be submitted to City officials.  Your voice is critical to the direction of the City, and this survey is your opportunity to be heard.  To better guarantee participation in the survey, each selected household will receive a second mailing approximately 1-2 weeks later.  If you’ve already completed and returned the first survey, you don’t need to complete and return the second one.  Thank you in advance for sharing your thoughts and being a partner in the future of Cañon City. 

City Council recognizes CCPD

The council congratulated the Cañon City Police Department and Council Recognized CCPDpresented Certificates of Recognition to individuals involved in a June 7 incident, where a man was tased by officers and later arrested after police responded to a call of shots fired at 508 Fairview Ave.

"The officers were confronted with a very dangerous situation, a very complex situation," Police Chief Paul Schultz said. "They didn't know if the people inside the house were being held hostage or not. There were three children, all toddler age, and this gentleman's wife."

Schultz said the officers followed protocol "to the letter" and did an excellent job taking steps according to program.

"As a result of this, no one was seriously hurt, none of the officers were hurt, and it really was handled quite well," Schultz said. "We're really excited it was resolved in that manner."

Galen Larson, 30, is facing several felony charges in the incident.

Those recognized include Schultz, William Ray, Robert Hill, Timothy Bell, Sterling Jenkins, Phil Snyder, Janel Langdon-Isaac, Peter Elliot, Derek Irvine, Robyn Vidmar, Andrew Saunders, John Dickens, Kelly Duncan, Clint Robertson, Valerie Lehne, Neal Cyr and his K-9 Duke, and Kim Wilson.

Greetings from your City Administrator

It’s been a busy month! I’ve been meeting with Department Heads,O'Rourke, Tony (pic) Council and community members; conducting a listening and learning tour and I am so excited for the future of Cañon City. 

I look forward to building upon past successes to help create an even better quality of life and experience for those living, working and visiting Cañon City. Please feel free to contact me with any questions at 719-458-5002. 

I hope to see you around town, Tony O’Rourke.

Outside Maintenance and Community Resources

It's been a great Spring and Summer with a lot of moisture and City Code Enforcement wants to remind residents that weeds, brush, trash and junk needs to be cleaned up and removed regularly from your property. You can view the manuals for Outside Storage and Outside Yard Maintenance here.

If you live on a corner with a stop sign, you may also want to consider checking your trees/etc. to make sure they aren't obstructing the stop sign from drivers view. If you are unable to trim a tree in the right of way that is obstructing the view of a stop sign, please call  719-269-9028.

Loaves and Fishes has a Day Labor Program that works to connect individuals who needs jobs done with individuals who are looking for work. Call 719-275-0593 for more information.

Thank you and enjoy the rest of summer!

US 50 & Dozier Intersection Construction to start on July 5th

The US 50 & Dozier Intersection project consists of a roundabout Road-Construction-Ahead-Signinstallation at the intersection of Dozier Avenue and Fremont Drive, traffic signal installation at new intersection of US 50 and Steinmeier Avenue, removal of traffic signal at US 50 and Dozier Avenue, and US 50 island modifications between Dozier Avenue and Berry Parkway. Tezak Heavy Equipment, Co., Inc. will begin construction on July 5, 2016 and the project completion date is December, 2016.

Traffic impacts are as follows:
Daytime Travel Conditions:
Portions of Fremont Drive will be closed. The Northbound and Southbound lanes of Dozier Avenue will be shifted to the West side of the existing road near the intersection at Fremont Drive. Access will be provided to local businesses.
Night Road Conditions: No night work is currently scheduled.
Weekend Road Conditions: No weekend work is currently scheduled.

For more information:
Project Information Line: 719-431-9595
Project Email Address: traffic@tezakheavyequipment.com
Road Condition & Traveler Information: www.cotrip.org or call 511
Colorado Department of Transportation Project Information: www.codot.gov
Email: Adele Swift, Contractor PIM: aswift@tezakheavyequipment.com
Email: Mario J. Jimenez, Contractor PIM, mjimenez@tezakheavyequipment.com

Motorists are urged to drive slowly through the work zone and maintain a safe following distance for the safety of other motorists and highway crews. We greatly appreciate your patience during this safety-improvement project.

Library to host Mini-Health Fair on July 14th 

HealthFair at Library on July 14 2016

Ute and Rhodes Paving June 20-23

Fremont County Department of Transportation has announced that crews will be conducting paving operations from June 20, 2016 thru June 23, 2016, on Ute & Rhodes and asks for your cooperation in avoiding parking on the shoulders along Ute and Rhodes during this time.  Your patience is appreciated as there will be delays during the paving operations. 

Please limit travel through the area as much as possible.  County crews are happy to be able to extend the life and use of these roadways through tax dollars, and look forward to another successful paving season.

Additional Library Programs During Summer Reading Program

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Library Kicks off Summer Reading Program June 1

The Cañon City Public Library kicks off its 2016 Summer Reading Program June 1 through July 23. There will be weekly events, prizes for reading, and even adults can participate. The event will also host PAL, a program where children can read to therapy dogs and to wrap it up, the library will host a pool party on July 29th! For more information call the library at 269-9020.

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Helpful Information for Rain Barrel Use

In May of this year, Governor Hickenlooper signed House Bill 16-1005 legalizing the use of rain barrels to capture rainwater from rooftops. HB 16-1005 includes specific rules which must be followed in order to legally use rain barrels. The basic rules are outlined below:

Rain barrels can only be installed at single-family residences and multi-family residences with four or less units;
Only two rain barrels are allowed at each household;
The two rain barrels cannot exceed a combined storage capacity of 110 gallons;
Rain barrels or other containers used to capture the rainwater must have sealable lids to prevent them from becoming mosquito breeding areas;
Only rainwater from rooftop downspouts can be captured;
The captured rainwater may only be used on the same property from which it was captured;
The captured rainwater may only be used for outdoor purposes, including watering outdoor plants, gardens and lawns;
The captured rainwater cannot be used for drinking or indoor water uses;
Homeowner’s Associations cannot ban the use of rain barrels by its members, but they can impose “reasonable” aesthetic requirements on the location and/or appearance of the barrels;
An additional tip to prevent mosquito breeding and stagnant water: The rain barrel(s) should be completely emptied at least once a month. If you are planning to be away from home for more than a week the rain barrel should be disconnected from the downspout.

For more information the Colorado Stormwater Center and the Colorado Water Institute have created a Rain Barrel Fact Sheet about rainwater collection in Colorado.

Digging It! Museum Exhibit Opening on June 3rd

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Joint Land Use Study to Survey Potential Land Use Impact

The Joint Land Use Study, sponsored by the Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments, is a community-driven process to examine local land use issues when military installations and communities are neighbors. The JLUS will ultimately produce a road map to address land use issues and promote compatible land use in the study area: El Paso, Teller, Fremont and Pueblo counties. 

To identify land use issues and generate solutions, the JLUS needs to consider all perspectives and hear from everyone who's affected, which includes Cañon City. Please help by clicking on the SURVEY.  If you are unable to respond the survey online, there are surveys printed in the Main Street lobby of City Hall. Thank you.

City of Cañon City named Tree City, USA

Arbor Day Group Photo 2016The City of Cañon City has been named Tree City, USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation for the 36th consecutive year.

Mayor Preston Troutman and representatives of the city council and city staff gathered Friday to plant a tree in celebration and in observance of Arbor Day. John Grieve with the Colorado State Forest Service presented a Tree City, USA plaque to the community. Read the rest of the article in the Cañon City Daily Record.

CCHS Drafting & Design students recognized by City Council

Cañon City High School Drafting & Design instrDRAFTING Group - Council Meeting 5-2-16uctor Mike Geesaman and his national award winning students pose for a photo Monday with City Council members Kathleen Schumacher, Mayor Preston Troutman, Scott Eckstrom, Mark Gill and Ashley Smith. Students are: Axel Bonney, Connor O’Rourke, Kyle O’Rourke, Josh Jones, Trace Hildebrand, Kendra Stapleton, Gia T. Zhuang, Kayli Gauna, Olivia Eurek, Kelsey Miles, Brittney Pearson, Mikayla Brewer, Whitney Boehm and Kacey Masse. Carie Canterbury/Daily Record 05-02-2016

Cañon City Police Department introduces Cadet Program

The Cañon City Police Department (CCPD) Cadet Program provides recent Cañon City High School graduates the opportunity to experience the challenges and rewards of a career with the CCPD.

This program also offers significant financial benefits including free college tuition and a full scholarship to the Pueblo Community College Police Academy. In order to be considered for the program, you MUST:
♦ Be a Cañon City resident;
♦ Be a graduate of Cañon City High School (or equivalent);
♦ Want to become a Police Officer at the age of 21, and;
Submit a City of Cañon City application (find it at www.canoncity.org) AND a 1,000 word essay on "Why you would like to be a Cañon City Police Officer."  For more information, please upload the FLYER

City Council recognizes High School Speech and Debate Team

The Cañon City Council on Monday recognized the Cañon City High School Speech & Debate Team memCity Council Speech and Debate Team Recognitionbers and coaches. The team competed in the Colorado High School Activities Association's State Speech and Debate Tournament at Fort Collins High School on March 18 and 19. Cañon City had two competitors emerge in the final round. Both juniors, Ariana Garcia won fourth place in Original Oration and Rachael Lamman was the second place winner in Humorous Interpretation. Students and coaches pictured are Ariana Garcia, Emily Reynolds, Cheyenne Hill, Alisha Chapman, Pauline Carochi, Everette Jensen, Matthew Manfredo, Gillian Hardy, Bill Summers and Matthew Logan. Cañon City Council members pictured are James Characky, Jr., Scott Eckstrom, Kathleen Schumacher, Mayor Pro Tem Dennis Wied, Jim Meisner, Mark Gill and Ashley Smith. Article and Photo courtesy of Carie Canterbury/Daily Record.

City Parks Department announces Street Tree Voucher Program

Residents who have lost a street tree or desire a first time new street tree may apply for a street tree voucher. Trees must be planted on the City right of way adjacent to their property (normally located between the street curb and sidewalk). Voucher holders may choose a tree from an approved list. Trees may NOT be planted on private property or outside the City Limits.

  1. Minimum spacing and height requirements must be met which will dictate the number of trees allowed.
  2. After the Parks Director approves the planting site, the home owner will be issued a voucher which may be taken to Seufer Tree Farm 345 S Raynolds Avenue or Brady’s Evergreen Nursery 829 Brewster Avenue and exchanged for an approved tree of your choice. Maximum value of a voucher is $125.00, if you choose a tree over this amount the voucher holder is solely responsible to pay the difference above and beyond the $125.00 limit.
  3. Property owners or occupants must agree to plant the tree according to provided planting instructions and water the planting(s) for up to 3 years, once a week or as needed during warm weather and once a month during cold weather. The City will prune the tree as needed. Prior to planting the tree the homeowner MUST contact 811 for utility locates. The City of Cañon City will not be responsible for damage to utility lines or other services. (CALL BEFORE YOU DIG!) 
  4. The City of Cañon City reserves the right to accept or reject orders.  Rules and regulations covered under Municipal Code chapter 5.52 shall be used to guide street tree planting(s).
For more information, contact the Cañon City Parks Department at(719) 269-9028.

Cañon City Police Department participates in Child Abuse Prevention Month

Chief Schultz and members of the Cañon City Police Department joined the Fremont County Department of Human Services to raise awareness of the importance of preventing child abuse.  FromCCPD Blue Ribbon the Fremont County Department of Human Services Child Abuse Prevention Month Proclamation: "The prevention of child abuse and neglect strengthens Fremont County's families and ensures the opportunity for children to develop in healthy, trusting family, schools and neighborhoods and where that consequently builds the foundation of our County. 

We must come together as partners to keep children safe, ensure that voices of our children are heard by all, and extend a helping hand to children and families in need.  Each of us plays a role in the prevention of child abuse and neglect"  There are so many ways that a person can make the difference in the life a child; some examples might be supporting a stressed parent by babysitting for an evening to give them a night off, volunteer for an organization such as CASA or volunteer to coach a t-ball team, listen to a child when they tell you a story, OR report any concern you have for the safety of a child to Law Enforcement, Fremont County Department of Human Services or 1-844-CO-4-KIDS" Southeast Living Ribbon

Coffee with the Mayor

"Coffee with the Mayor" is aMayor Speaking Robison 4-13 great opportunity to participate in casual conversations with the Mayor and members of Council, and stay informed and get involved in all the exciting happenings in and around Cañon City. If you are interested in hosting a Coffee with the Mayor, please call 719-276-5281.

Tunnel Drive Trail and Trailhead re-opens April 1!

Tunnel Drive Trail and Trailhead are re-opening on FrTunnel Drive Parkingiday, April 1 after City crews have built a new trailhead which involved grading an asphalt parking lot, installing a vault restroom, paving the trail, improving drainage and constructing a boulder wall.

The City appreciates your patience and understanding and hopes you will enjoy the improvements designed with your comfort and safety in mind. 

Golden Shuttle Volunteer Drivers Recognized

Golden Shuttle volunteersThe City of Cañon City is pleased to acknowledge, with gratitude, the many hours of service the 24 volunteer drivers for the Golden Shuttle/Fremont County Transit have donated to improve the lives of our citizens. 

In the year 2015 alone, the shuttle buses drove over 69,000 miles and clocked in over 5800 hours in order to bestow freedom, independence and access to medical care, shopping, employment and social interaction for all residents. 

Without their service, public transportation in rural areas like ours would not be possible.

Thank you for your contribution to the City of Cañon City!

BLM approves South Cañon City Trails project

The Bureau of Land Management Royal Gorge Field Office signed a decision to implement the proposed South Cañon City Trail Development project. This project will provide public access, high quality recreation opportunities and improve recreation management on the land between New York Avenue and Ecology Park. The trail system will also connect Ecology Park with the Section 13 trail system.

“We’re looking forward to working with the community on this project,” said recreation planner Kalem Lenard. “The new trails will provide additional access connecting local communities to their public lands.”

The public lands in the south Cañon City area provide important recreation opportunities for local residents who use a combination of designated trails, social trails and old roads for hiking, biking and riding horses. These lands provide a ‘backyard’ recreation destination that informally connects with neighborhoods and other trail systems. Construction is tentatively planned to begin on approximately 10 miles of new non-motorized trails identified in the project plan in fall 2016.

The BLM coordinated the project with the Cañon City Area Metropolitan Parks and Recreation District, Fremont County, the City of Cañon City, and the Lower Arkansas Mountain Biking Association.  In conjunction with an easement acquired by the Recreation District, the trail connections will provide access to BLM public lands. The Recreation District also purchased another parcel that will serve as a trailhead with parking.

Specific details about the project, including a description of the new trails and a map, are available on the Royal Gorge Field Office webpage at: http://blm.gov/84ld. For additional information, please contact Kalem Lenard at 719-269-8538 or email jlenard@blm.gov.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2014, the BLM generated $5.2 billion in receipts from public lands. 

Contact: Kyle Sullivan, Public Affairs Specialist, 719-269-8553

CCPD  Awards and Promotion Ceremony celebrates bravery and commitment

Several officers and staff members of the Cañon City Police Department were recognized for their bravery and commitment  Wednesday during an Awards & Promotion Ceremony at City Hall.

Allen Cooper was promoted to Deputy Chief, the second-highest ranking position in the department, Robert Hill and Billy Ray were promoted to Commanders, Andrew Sanders was promoted to Sergeant and John Sabatino was promoted to Corporal.

Sworn Officer of the Year was Commander Hill and Jen O'Connor was named the Non-Sworn Employee of the Year. Read the entire article in the Canon City Daily Record.

Central Colorado Housing's program helps homeowners trim trees

Homeowners needing their trees trimmed, to avoid damage to their or their neighbors' homes, may be able to get help from Central Colorado Housing's (CCH) Home Repair Program. The program can assist homeowners trim/remove trees, shrubs, bushes and other fire/wind dangers from around  homes.

In addition, the program can upgrade windows, add insulation, repair or replace furnaces and replace doors. With the sometimes extreme cold weather and heating costs on the rise, these upgrades/repairs will quickly pay for themselves. The program can also address other homeowner concerns such as plumbing problems, electrical problems and roof damage to name a few. Construction supervision is provided at no cost and payment assistance is available to homeowners who qualify.

This program is available to homeowners in Chaffee, Custer, Fremont, Lake, Park and Teller counties.

Homeowners needing an application or additional information can contact Erlin or Kevin at Central Colorado Housing, 3224-A Independence Road, or by calling  275-4191.

The City Website offers information and convenience to residents and visitors

Cañon City's website can help folks navigate City requirements, City business, and stay informed on Community Plans, and keep everyone aware of the many activities and events taking place throughout the year.  The Calendar on the home page lists City Council and Committee meetings and related events, and the website offers many convenient features; including online billing and limited online reporting through the Online Services link on the homepage.  Use these forms  to report potholes, code violations, stormwater issues, or non-emergency property crimes and incidents.  You can even print out an Identity Theft Report Form to help you gather all related information prior to making a police report. 

The Find It Here link takes you to a document center where you can search for documents related to city business without having to search the links in each separate department.  On the City Departments page, you’ll find a Department Directory and the Resident, Visitor, Business, and Government sections contain an enormous amount of important, interesting and educational information. The Climate Capitol of Colorado's website wouldn't be complete without a Fun Things to Do link that lists almost every activity available to those living in or visiting the Royal Gorge Region.  There's much more, so please take a look around. We think you’ll agree this new website offers something for everyone.  Comments or suggestions can be sent to contactus@canoncity.org 

City of Cañon City Recognizes Years of Service

Recently, the City of Cañon City held a breakfast potluck where City Administrator Doug Dotson presented awards to the following dedicated employees for years of service:
Award Recipients 2016

Award recipients, front row left to right:
George Meffley – 10 years
Lester Swisher – 25 years
Clint Robertson – 10 years
Pam Stepleton – 5 years
Kendra McFall – 15 years

Back row left to right:
Tim Hall – 20 years
Cole Mock – 5 years
Mike Pielow – 5 years
William Ray – 5 years
Bill Lennox – 25 years

State of the City: Mayor Preston Troutman Addresses Residents

"Unity and collaboration were the underlying themes Canterbury_StateoftheCityof Thursday night's State of the City address delivered by Mayor Preston Troutman at Cañon City High School."  Read the full article in the Daily Record.

Read the transcript of the State of the City.

Colorado's Best Training Runs: Cañon City Riverwalk and Tunnel Drive Trail

Alan Versaw with MileSplit Insider states in a December 31, 2015 article: "...I will venture to say that, from a runner's perspective, there is no better urban running route in Colorado than the Cañon City Riverwalk Trail and associated Tunnel Drive Trail. Together, they make for seven miles of nearly uninterrupted running bliss." Read the entire article HERE.

Stormwater Reminder to Manage Snow and Keep Drains Clear

It’s the season – colder temperatures, frost on the pumpkins and SNOW!  The Cañon City Stormwater Division would like to suggest that residents place shoveled snow back onto their lawns to provide extra water when it melts rather than putting it in the streets. 

And as always, keep storm drains clear of debris and please do not pile snow from parking lots, driveways, etc. on top of storm drains.  For more information on Stormwater regulations and fun and educational activities for kids, please visit http://www.canoncity.org/departments/departments/streets_stormwater_and_engineering/stormwater_division.php

City Officials Respond to Questions regarding the Proposed Downtown Development Authority

Over the past few months, City Officials have been working with business owners, property owners and lessees to introduce and
move forward with the development of a Downtown Development Authority (DDA).  City Hall recently received a number of questions from the owner of a downtown business that provided a great opportunity to clarify the process and potential benefits of DDA's to the community at large. Please feel free to read the entire document HERE.

New Mayor and New Council Members Swearing In and Regular Council Meeting

New Council 1-4-2016Our new Mayor and new Council Members were sworn in at City Hall on January 4, 2016 and went right to work.  The 2016-2017 Cañon City Council from left to right: District 3 Council Member Dennis Wied; Mayor Preston Troutman; At Large Council Member Scott Eckstrom; At Large Council Member Kathleen Schumacher; At Large Council Member Jim Meisner; District 4 Council Member Mark Gill; District 2 Council Member Ashley Smith (not pictured: District 1 Council Member Jimmy Characky, Jr.)

Royal Gorge and Royal Gorge Bridge named as one of 10 places to visit in Colorado

Check it out - a stunning photo and equally stunning description of our very own Royal Gorge Bridge and Park in a blog posted by Bea Castaneda, listing the Royal Gorge and Royal Gorge Bridge as one of "10 Places in Colorado Nature Lovers Should Visit Before They Die."

CCPD Lobby is a Safe Transaction Zone

Potential users of websites such as “CraigsList” and other online services will now be able to use the front lobby of the Cañon City Police Department as a safe transaction zone starting today, November 30th, 2015. 

“Typically someone is not going to want to transact a bad business deal inside a police department,” Cañon City Police Chief Paul Schultz said.

While a large number of Internet transactions go without issues, the Cañon City Police Department wants to reduce the chances of transactions going badly by making the front lobby a meeting spot and safe zone, with an emphasis during the holiday gift buying season. In Cañon City, police have dealt with victims of fraud resulting from online deals. In other jurisdictions across the county, some have been the victim of assaults and worse.

Creating a safe zone in the police lobby is really just about moving these transactions away from secluded parking lots, your home, or other areas they often occur and bring them to a very public place. Creating safe zones to finalize online sales has become a growing trend in policing.

“No matter what you are trying to sell or buy, it's not worth getting hurt,” said Schultz. He mentioned that when scheduling such meetings, that parties should be sure to let a family know where and when they are making the transaction.

The Cañon City Police Department is located at 161 Justice Center Road, just across from the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office, and is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm with the exceptions of holidays. 

A Friendly Reminder to Businesses in Caon City!

Almost all outside SIGNAGE, whether it’s new or replacement signage, requires an approved sign permit before it is installed.

Permit applications are available at City Hall and can be found online at www.canoncity.org. In the Departments tab go to Community Development, then Code Enforcement. Also see Chapter 17.30 of the Zoning Regulations for specifics.

Please call the Code Enforcement Division for more information at 719-269-9011.

Website Provides Opportunity for Local Businesses to Promote Services

The City's new website offers local businesses yet another opportunity to advertise their services to residents and visitors. Please click on http://cms4.revize.com/revize/canoncity/businesses/business_directory.php 
to sign up. The information you enter will typically be uploaded onto the website in less than three business days.

Cañon City Rated One of Best Towns to Raise a Family!

According to the 2015 Niche Ratings, Cañon City ranks #14 in Best Towns to Raise a Family in Colorado! Niche is a research site that blends community reviews with hard data to help people explore what a place is really like. The Best Towns to Raise a Family ranking provides a comprehensive assessment of key metrics that indicate how good an area is to raise a family at the town level. This grade takes into account key family-centered factors, such as public education, safety, community involvement, and access to shopping, affordable housing and childcare. If you already live here, you know how great Cañon City is, if you've considered moving here, come for a visit, we're confident you'll love it too!

Cañon City Rated #6 in Best Place to Start a Business in Colorado!

Cañon City has been rated #6 of Best Places to Start a Business in Colorado by NerdWallet. NerdWallet analyzed 85 places in Colorado, each with at least 500 businesses and a population of at least 5,000 and determined the overall score of each place by using data from the U.S. Census Bureau to assess a city’s business climate and economic health. Key factors included making the most of the great outdoors with activities like skiing, hiking, rafting, fishing, climbing and other outdoor activities draw millions of tourists to Colorado’s mountain towns each year, and proximity to Denver. Cañon City is just over 100 miles from Denver and only 35 miles from Colorado Springs, the largest City in Southern Colorado. Cañon City has it all; a small town feel, a thriving business environment, an extremely popular tourist destination, an enthusiastic workforce, and professional people to work with you to make your business a reality. For more information, contact City Hall at 719-269-9011.

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