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Friday, September 28, 2012

Public Feedback Needed On Updated Draft Water Conservation Plan

By: Kate Rusch Public Information Officer The Town of Estes Park Water Division is seeking comments from residents on the proposed update to its current Water Conservation Plan. The proposed plan is available for review at Town Hall in Room 100 and at > Water > Water Conservation. Comments must be submitted by Nov. 19 to the Town Clerk's office, Room 130 of Town Hall, at 170 MacGregor Ave. The updated Water Conservation Plan will go before the Town Board on Nov. 27 for consideration. The Town's Water Conservation Plan is

If You Spot A Herd Of Elk This Weekend, Please Call!

Members of the Elk Fest Committee have a lot to do this weekend and they are seeking your assistance. During the Elk Fest celebration in Bond Park, tour buses take curious visitors out to our local elk herds, along with an experienced wildlife guide and tell folks what they want to know about elk behavior and the elk rut. Some years the elk cooperate, some years they don't. We want to make sure we have a place to take the buses to so we're asking for your help in locating the elk herds on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Please, if you see a herd of elk, especially if there is a bull or two, or several, exhibiting typical rut behavior, please call one of these numbers below and alert us. Your help is very much appreciated! Call Bo at 577-3901, or Gary 443-3138, or Kris at 231-2635.

Next Mayor's Coffee- Chat Is October 3

Estes Park Mayor Bill Pinkham will hold the next Coffee-Chat with the Mayor on Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 8 a.m. at the Estes Park Senior Center, 220 Fourth Street. Coffee-Chats are opportunities for community members to discuss local projects and issues with Town officials in an informal atmosphere. Coffee and pastries are provided. The meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month at 8 a.m. at the Senior Center. For more information, please call the Town of Estes Park Public Information Office at 970-577-3701. To receive Town news and/or meeting agendas in your email inbox, please email For this and other Town news, please visit designed to promote water efficiency through improved practices, techniques, and technologies by both the system demands and customer water demands. Under Colorado Revised Statute 37-60- 126(2), The State of Colorado Water Conservation Board requires water suppliers to develop, adopt, and implement a water conservation plan to help identify where future planning efforts need to be focused and to encourage its customers to use water more efficiently. Conservation measures outlined in the plan pertain to actions the Water Division can take to conserve more water, thereby extending water supplies and lowering operational costs, as well as From: Kate Rusch Public Information Officer The Town of Estes Park continues to adjust its Free Shuttles program to meet the needs of Estes Park residents and guests during the busy summer season. This year, more than 58,800 people rode the Town's Free Shuttles, a 3.5 percent increase over 2011, which was a record year as well. Each year, more local workers utilize the free shuttles to get to and from work, reducing the amount of cars on the road and freeing up valuable parking spaces. This year marked the seventh year of service, with shuttles operating the weekends of June 15-17 and June 22-24, as well as daily from June 29 through September 9. Four shuttles transported passengers to more than 50 stops on four routes throughout downtown and the Estes Valley. Enhancements to the shuttles this year included extended service hours, six additional service days, and new stops chosen to help local residents and guests gain easier access to the free transportation. The addition of a Real- Time Passenger Information Service allowed riders to see the shuttle's estimated times of arrival at each stop. And, new this year, a Shuttle Coordinator at the Estes Park Visitor Center facilitated the program. In order to evaluate and improve upon the system, in 2011 the Town gathered a group of Trustees, employees, volunteers, citizens, and representatives from local businesses, Rocky Mountain National Park, and the contracted shuttle company to form the Shuttle Committee. This committee provided guidance for 2012 service levels and operations. The committee recently reviewed data and comments from this past season in order to formulate recommendations for next year's services. These recommenda- programs to help consumers reduce consumption, such as using the free watersaving fixtures available from the Town. More than 5,000 customer accounts are served by the Town Water Division, which operates with a capacity of four million gallons per day. This accommodates the vast influx of visitors each year. With 10 employees, the division maintains water treatment facilities, more than 100 miles of distribution lines and 670 fire hydrants. For more information, contact the Utilities Department at 970-577-3588. To receive Town news in your email inbox, please email

Town's Free Shuttles Saw Another Increase In Riders This Year

tions will first be reviewed by the Town Board at the Oct. 19 budget study session, which begins at 8 a.m. in the Town Board Room of Town Hall, 170 MacGregor Ave. Partnerships with the Estes Area Lodging Association and Visit Estes Park allowed for extensive promotion of the shuttles to local businesses, guests and potential visitors. The Town, the National Park Service, the Federal Highway Administration (FHA) and the Colorado Department of Transportation continued a program to provide shuttle and transit information through highway message signs and radio along U.S. 36. FHA also assisted the Town in developing a new shuttle map. For more information on the completed 2012 shuttle season, routes and stops, please visit To receive Town news in your email inbox, please email For this and other Town news, please visit

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