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Helping Hail Victims 

 

I wanted to start this week by writing about the recent hailstorm, which affected many in our Fountain Valley region. 

Most of the reported damage from the storm was in the southern portion of El Paso County extending from the southside of Colorado Springs through Security-Widefield, the Fountain Valley, Fountain and southeast toward the Hanover area.  The county has been working with local leadership, including the City of Fountain, to help address issues.  In particular, I wanted to thank Fountain Mayor Pro Tem Phil Thomas, and Jim Reid and Tim Wolken from the county for their coordinating efforts this past week.

El Paso County Community Services has scheduled with vendors to place dumpsters this week in Fountain Creek Regional Park to assist with the removal of storm debris.  The county will provide additional information on scheduling and restrictions as those details are finalized (go to www.elpasoco.com for the latest updates).  Also, residents facing immediate needs as a result of the storm are encouraged to call 2-1-1 for information and connection to various volunteer groups and organizations with resources and expertise including:

- temporary covering for badly damaged rooftops and broken glass

- roof tarping

- emergency debris removal and tree cutting

- immediate needs home repair

- initial damage assessment

Residents who call 2-1-1 will be asked to leave their contact information and the nature of the assistance required, and are reminded to check with Pikes Peak Regional Building to ensure that contractors offering to do work are properly licensed and/or that required permits have been issued.

Additionally, the private company Waste Connections notified the county that they are offering discounts (up to 40%) for hail damage residents and their contractors for disposal services.  Their Disaster Relief Discount is valid through 7/31/18.  For additional information contact their locations at Landfill PH: 719-382-9661, Transfer Station PH: 719-390-1859, or contact Wendi Pacheco at Waste Connections at PH: 719-591-5000.

Volunteers Needed On Boards

Finally, the  El Paso County Board of Commissioners is seeking volunteers to serve on a couple of county boards, including the El Paso County Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Advisory Board.  Applications for these two open positions are due by June 29.  One member must be from the public sector and one must be from the private sector.  CSBG meetings are held quarterly; March, June, September on the second Friday of the month from 2-3:30 p.m. at Centennial Hall.  The county is also seeking volunteers to serve on the Innovation and Technology Committee (ITC).  Applications for these open positions are due by July 2.  The ITC requires one new member representing the field of transportation and two at-large El Paso County residents with interests in the missions and goals of the ITC.  The volunteer application for all volunteer positions is located at www.elpasoco.com and can be accessed by clicking on the "Volunteer Boards" link.

 

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