Posts tagged West Boulder Senior Center
City to collect input/host public meeting on disposable bag use
The city’s Local Environmental Action Division (LEAD) is evaluating a variety of options for reducing disposable plastic and paper bag use in Boulder. Spurred by community concerns, City Council requested that staff develop potential options to reduce the use of disposable checkout bags in the city.
The potential options under development include bag bans; bag fees; or a combination of both.
The city is currently seeking public feedback. Residents can provide input in
- Take the Bag Use in Boulder Survey; and/or
- Attend the Bag Use in Boulder public meeting (details below).
The Bag Use in Boulder public meeting is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, April 23, in the Creekside Room of the West Boulder Senior Center, 909 Arapahoe Ave. At the meeting, residents will have the opportunity to review and provide feedback on the proposed options. Meeting materials will be posted to the project website for those unable to attend.
Potential options will be presented to the Environmental Advisory Board (EAB) on Thursday, April 26. The EAB will then make a recommendation to City Council.
Deadline to apply is in June
Each year, the City of Boulder provides rebates to help compensate lower income residents for the city sales tax they pay on food. Those seeking a rebate must fill out an application documenting their eligibility.
The application period begins Thursday, March 1. Applications can be picked up starting March 1 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, at the West Boulder Senior Center, 909 Arapahoe Ave. Completed application forms must be received by Friday, June 29, or postmarked by Saturday, June 30. Applicants from 2011 will automatically receive an application in the mail.
Rebates are $73 for low-income individuals and $224 for low-income families. To be eligible to receive a rebate, people must have been a resident of Boulder for the entire 2011 calendar year and be:
• a low income senior, age 62 or over for the entire 2011 calendar year,
• a low income person with disabilities, or
• a low income family with children younger than 18 in the household for the entire 2011 calendar year;
The Food Tax Rebate Program is administered by the Department of Housing & Human Services, Division of Senior Services. Additional information on the program is available online at www.boulderseniorservices.com or call John Bunzli, program manager, at 303-441-1836.
The plan aims to address the following key issues:
Public communication enhancements about bear and lion activity in the urban area;
Ongoing public education on how to minimize potential human/wildlife conflicts;
Management of trash and other urban environment attractants; and
Policies and laws pertaining to intentionally/unintentionally feeding wildlife and how that affects human/wildlife conflicts.
To view the draft plan and submit feedback, visit www.boulderwildlifeplan.net. Feedback provided prior to Sept. 28 will be incorporated into the Oct. 18 City Council memo.
Accepted by City Council in 2006, the first component of the UWMP covered the management of the black-tailed prairie dog. This is the second component of the plan to be presented to council for consideration on Tuesday, Oct. 18.
For more information, contact Valerie Matheson at 303-441- 3004 or via e-mail at Mathesonv@bouldercolorado.gov.
The West Boulder Senior Center, located at 909 Arapahoe Ave., will be closed for annual maintenance beginning Sunday, July 10 and reopening Monday, July 18. Café Classico lunch and Tuesday night dinner on July 12 will not be served during this closure. Meal delivery for Meals on Wheels will continue.
As an alternative, the East Boulder Senior Center, located at 5660 Sioux Dr., is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
City of Boulder Senior Services is a division of the city’s Department of Housing and Human Services. For more information, please call 303-441-3148 or 303-441-4150.
Property owners asked to remove obstructions from public right-of-ways
The City of Boulder is requesting property owners’ assistance in trimming back any foliage that is currently obstructing public right-of-ways.
During July, city maintenance crews will be helping to mitigate the effects of excessive vegetative overgrowth in public right-of-ways. Work will take place at various right-of-way locations throughout Boulder, between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Occasional lane closures may be necessary, as technicians may be temporarily blocking a bike and/or driving lane or multi-use path. These brief closures will last for no more than 15 minutes before the maintenance work is complete.
Public right-of-ways are areas of land that are legally owned by the city for the purposes of constructing, operating and maintaining public facilities and infrastructure such as streets, alleys, sidewalks, bike paths and utilities. Although these public right-of-ways belong to the city, property owners are responsible for maintaining the right-of-ways adjacent to their property.
Some of the branches and plants that are blocking visibility to signs and other traffic control devices originate from landscaping on private properties. City sign shop technicians will first attempt to make contact with property owners to provide them with the option of trimming their own landscaping. If the technicians are unable to contact property owners, then the technicians will remove the obstructions for them.
These projects are part of an ongoing maintenance effort to reduce obstructions to traffic control devices. Additional maintenance work may be scheduled for later in the year, depending on the amount of vegetative overgrowth that occurs within the public right-of-ways.
For more information, visit www.boulderconezones.net. You can also follow Cone Zone Man on Twitter for the most up-to-date travel impacts.
Boulder Senior Services Summer 2011 Magazine now available
The Boulder Senior Services Summer 2011 Magazine has been mailed to City of Boulder seniors and can also be picked up at the East Boulder Senior Center, 5660 Sioux Drive, the West Boulder Senior Center, 909 Arapahoe Ave. or viewed online at: www.boulderseniorservices.com.
Registration for summer programs begins on Tuesday, May 17, for Encore members and Thursday, May 19, for all others. Walk-in and phone registration begins at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, May 20.
The minimum age for participation in events and classes has been reduced to 55. However, seniors seeking assistance from Senior Resources must be at least 60 for a consultation.
The Senior Resources staff offers individualized consultation and resource referrals. Call to learn about and understand the resources available to adults age 60 and over, as well as their families. Staff can help you clarify needs, understand what your options are, learn how to maneuver the application processes, balance caregiving and develop a plan of action.
New offerings in the magazine include:
- “The Civil War: Causes and Effects,” 11 a.m. to noon on Monday, June 27; free at the East Boulder Senior Center;
- “Cuba Day,” noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 23, $7 at the East Boulder Senior Center;
- DIA Tour, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 16, $25 to $32.
Both the East and West Senior Centers have a number of rooms of different sizes that are available for rent for your party or meeting. For room rentals at either center, call David Coile at 303-441-3146. Or visit our web site: www.boulderseniorservices.com, click on “facilities” and choose from the drop down menu.
Police host bike training
On Wednesday, April 27, the Boulder Police Department hosted a joint-agency training involving mountain bikes. Uniformed officers from six agencies (Boulder Police Department, City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks, Boulder County Sheriff’s Office, University of Colorado-Boulder Police, City of Lafayette Police, and City of Longmont Police) participated in a comprehensive one-day refresher on basic skills, field maintenance, fundamental bike handling skills, vehicular cycling and patrol tactics.
The participants trained throughout the streets and parks in Boulder. Instructors certified by the International Police Mountain Bike Association (IPMBA) conducted the training.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Sarah Huntley, Media Relations, 303-441-3155
The City of Boulder will hold an open house on Monday, May 2, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the West Boulder Senior Center at 909 Arapahoe Ave. to discuss the planned stream bank and riparian habitat improvements at Eben G. Fine Park along Boulder Creek.
At the open house, the city will solicit public input on various conceptual ideas for improvements along the south bank of Boulder Creek at Eben G. Fine Park. The proposed goals of the project include erosion control, habitat restoration, better recreational access and improved water quality. These improvements are necessary to maintain the aesthetic quality and ecological health of the area, which has deteriorated over time due to continuous usage.
Located along the western end of the Boulder Creek Path, Eben G. Fine Park is a popular recreation and relaxation destination for groups, families and individuals.
For more information, visit www.boulderwater.net, and click on “Projects & Programs.” For information on flood preparation, go to boulderfloodinfo.net.
Annual review of the Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan released
The City of Boulder has released the annual review of the Utilities Division Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan (MHMP), available at www.boulderwater.net. The annual review is part of the city’s voluntary participation in the National Flood Insurance Program’s (NFIP) Community Rating System (CRS).
The City of Boulder participates in the CRS program and in 2010, had a community rating of seven out of 10 (one being the highest rating). This rating provides an annual flood insurance premium discount of approximately 15 percent for property owners. Resident flood insurance premium rates are discounted based on a community’s efforts to reduce flood losses beyond the minimum requirements.
Participating communities must submit documentation annually to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for recertification.
For more information about the MHMP and to see the annual review, visit www.boulderwater.net and click on “Projects & Programs.”
The Boulder Seniors Foundation presents a lunch and learn on the subject of Estate Planning – Wills and Trusts. This lunch and learn will be held at the West Boulder Senior Center, 909 Arapahoe Ave., from noon to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 26. The fee is $15, which includes lunch provided by Café Classico.
After lunch, local attorney Sharon Svendsen, who specializes in estate planning and elder law, will give a presentation on the most important steps any person can take to make sure their final property and healthcare wishes are honored.
This seminar is sponsored by the Boulder Seniors Foundation as a fundraiser for Senior Resources. The Senior Resources staff offers individualized consultation and resource referrals. Call to learn about and understand the resources available to adults age 60 and older, as well as their families. The staff can help you clarify needs, understand what your options are, learn how to maneuver the application processes, balance care giving and develop a plan of action. Senior Resources is a program of the City of Boulder, Department of Housing and Human Services.
Look at this and other activities online at www.boulderseniorservices.com For information or to register by the deadline of Monday, April, 18, call 303-441-3148 or 303-441-4150.
Boulder Senior Services is a division of the Department of Housing and Human Services. For further information please call 303-441-3148 or 303-441-4150.