Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Boulder Landlord-Tenant Q & A w/ Attorneys

City of Boulder Community Mediation Service sponsors Q&A for landlords and tenants affected by the flood

The City of Boulder Community Mediation Program is hosting a Q&A session with local landlord –tenant attorneys on Thursday, Sept. 26 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in Council Chambers, 1777 Broadway.

Attorneys will be on hand to answer flood-related questions and explain legal rights under the Colorado landlord tenant law including the warranty of habitability.

The program is free and open to the public.  Flyer is attached.

For more information, contact Community Mediation Service at 303-441-4364.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Trash Receptacles for Flood Debris

Sept. 15, 2013 - City, County to Provide Trash Receptacles for Flood Debris at Various Community Locations
Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013
Media Contacts: 720-564-2935 (EOC Media Line)
City, county to provide trash receptacles for flood debris at various community locations
The City of Boulder and Boulder County have been working collaboratively to place trash receptacles ("roll-off" containers or Dumpsters) at various locations to collect flood-damaged debris. Delivery begins Sunday, Sept. 15 and will take two to three days. Initial locations are listed below.
Residents are encouraged to use this resource for safe removal of spoiled food, damaged carpet, household materials and other flood-related debris. The trash receptacles will be emptied daily and will remain in place for a limited period of time, based on need.
Materials that CANNOT be placed in the receptacles include:
  • Electronics, such as computers, monitors and televisions. By state law these cannot be disposed in landfills. They can be recycled at various locations in the county including Western Disposal or the Eco-Cycle Center for Hard-to-Recycle Materials (CHaRM) at 5030 "Old" Pearl St. (1 block north of Pearl Parkway off 49th St.). 1-800-GOT-JUNK or Green Girl Recycling offer collection services for electronics.
  • Hazardous waste, such as paint, motor oil, car batteries and pesticides. Residents can take these materials to the Boulder County Hazardous Materials Facility at 1901 63rd St. This facility is open additional days on Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 16 and 17, and will then revert to its regular Wednesday to Saturday schedule starting on Sept. 18. For more information on residential and business services, visit
  • Refrigerators, freezers, air-conditioners, and other appliances that require Freon removal. Facilities that accept these items for special handling include: Western Disposal Services, CHaRM, and Bizzy B’s.
  • Lawn mowers and other equipment containing gasoline. Gas must be removed prior to recycling. These items can be recycled as scrap metal at Western Disposal or CHaRM. In addition, Western Disposal will continue to offer curbside recycling, composting, and trash pick-up services, assuming that crews can access the streets. Their transfer station at 5880 Butte Mill Rd. will be open Sunday Sept. 15, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m, and will then resume their Monday to Saturday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. schedule.
Initial community flood debris collection locations:
  • Foothills Community Park parking lot, 800 Cherry Ave., Boulder (opens Tuesday 9/17)
  • North Boulder Park parking lot, 9th Street and Dellwood Avenue, Boulder
  • Salberg Park parking lot, 825 Elder Ave., Boulder
  • Harlow Platts Park parking lot near playground, 1360 Gillaspie Dr., Boulder
  • Mapleton Ball Fields parking lot, (entrance just west of 30th Street) 2998 Mapleton Ave., Boulder
  • Valmont Park parking lot, south of Valmont Road, 3160 Airport Rd., Boulder
  • Scott Carpenter Park parking lot, 30th Street and Arapahoe Avenue (30th Street entrance), Boulder
  • East Boulder Community Park, south parking lot, 5660 Sioux Dr., Boulder
  • Martin Park parking lot, 3769 Table Mesa Dr., Boulder (Park and parking lot is accessible by turning east on Eastman Drive off of Broadway)
  • Chautauqua Park parking lot, 846 Baseline Rd., Boulder
  • Intersection of Broadway and 28th Street, across from Gateway Fun Park, Boulder
  • Flatirons Golf Course parking lot, 5706 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder
  • Eaton Park parking lot, east end of Nautilus Drive, Gunbarrel/Twin Lakes area
  • Carter Trail, east side of Carter Trail south of Bluegrass Court, Gunbarrel/Twin Lakes area, near 75th Street and Jay Road.
  • Twin Lakes, south side of Twin Lakes, west of Twin Lakes Inn, next to open space, Gunbarrel area
  • Spine Road, Deerfield subdivision. Wellington Drive, north side of road across from 4412 Wellington.  East of Pembrooke, Gunbarrel area
  • Cardinal Lane, south of Robin Drive on east side. Close to 63rd and Niwot, Haystack area.
  • Left Hand Grange Park on 83rd north of Niwot Road, Niwot
  • Eldorado Springs Fire Station, 4300 Eldorado Springs Rd., Eldorado Springs
  • Eldorado Springs Pool, 200 Eldorado Springs Dr., Eldorado Springs
  • Intersection of Marshall /Highway 93, informal park and ride  

Boulder Drinking Water

BARHA Members and residents of Boulder, BE CAREFUL with DRINKING WATER for now, even if they say it is OK.
There can be breaches and cracks in sewer pipes after flooding throughout urban areas, even if small, and certain waste-water plants in our area have been compromised, and when that happens, contaminated water can go anywhere, and follow any flow across flooded areas, parks,  on land or into any creeks, ditches, etc. and get into other water. 
Be careful with faucet drinking/cooking water for now, even if they say it is okay.
(You can fill 5 gal bottles at El Dorado or Indian Peaks...with El Dorado evacuation, might be easier to get to Indian Peaks on N Broadway across from YellowPine Rd or where N Bld Spruce Cafe is located....across Broadway from that...small funky little office on West side of Broadway, must go there first). Or whatever other way you can do to be safe. They recommend not using tap water for drinking, cooking, brushing teeth, at least.
Here is one example close to us, and doesn't mention other possible sewage pipe damage within network of all flooded urban areas:
The City of Boulder is reporting a significant breach in its main wastewater pipeline to the 75th Street Wastewater Treatment Plant.  As flood waters began to recede, staff had visual confirmation at about 8:20 p.m. of a breach southwest of the wastewater treatment plant.  There is no immediate threat to drinking water.
The breach is a result of flood waters destroying a section of pipeline northeast of 61st and Valmont, crossing Boulder Creek. The wastewater pipeline conveyed approximately 90 percent of Boulder’s untreated wastewater.
City officials have confirmed that an approximate 300-foot breach is allowing untreated wastewater to discharge directly into Boulder Creek.  There is no immediate threat to Boulder or Lafayette drinking water. Boulder’s drinking water is drawn from reservoirs upstream of the city; Lafayette has been drawing its drinking water from Baseline Reservoir and has not been drawing drinking water from Boulder Creek.
The City of Boulder has notified federal, state and local authorities and is working on a temporary bypass around the breach to restore wastewater flow to the treatment plant. Officials are advising residents to continue avoiding flood water, and residents are being asked to minimize discretionary indoor water use, such as washing laundry. Industrial users are being notified to minimize wastewater discharges until Boulder’s system repair is complete.
Boulder officials are working with local and national resources to deploy contractors to make the repair. The treatment plant is currently processing about 10 percent of the city’s wastewater through a second pipeline serving the Gunbarrel area.