Street projects that will be starting up in the next few days:
September 8th we will chip seal Industrial Park Rd; Cambridge St, north of Emerson St to Mill St; north side of the quiet zone on Clayton St.
September 11th a top coat will be placed on all the above streets, alternate routes are advised.
September 11th we will slurry seal Edmunds St from Colorado Ave to Edison St; Mill St from Cambridge St to the west side of City limits. There will be disruptions to accessing Bob Blvd and Beaver Valley, alternate routes are advised.
Pedal the Plains is in search of some volunteers for the 2018 Tour through Kiowa, Bennett, and Limon, and wanted to extend the outreach to the wonderful people of Brush!
What do Volunteers Get?
If you are interested, or if you know anybody in mind who would like to give back, contact Suzi Jolly, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Southern Baptist Disaster Relief, a volunteer organization to help with disaster recovery, has come to the community to help with the aftermath of Sunday's storm. They are currently providing assistance with cleanup of the tree debris and other damage throughout the county. If you are in need of assistance, please come by City Hall for an application for their services, or print it from the link below and drop it off at Brush! City Hall.
Request for Volunteer Assistance
The latest updates from recovering from Sunday's storm:
- Electricity has been restored to the the City of Brush! water system, therefore the water restriction has been lifted.
- Xcel Energy has make great progress in restoring power to it's customers, and should have service within the hour. Since 17:00 yesterday, 6,971 customers have experienced an outage. 4,507 have had a momentary outage, and 2,464 experienced a momentary outage. They have restored power to 4,495 customers or 99.7% Since the tornadoes occurred, Xcel received 107 orders, replaced 35+ poles, numerous cross arms, and replaced or repaired several miles of overhead conductor.
- Continue to bring tree debris to the empty lot south of the Post Office on Cameron St. Due to limited resources, this is for City of Brush! residents only. For contractors and larger loads of tree cleanup, please contact City Hall (842-5001) to be told where you can dispose the debris.
- As residents are cleaning up their yards, we encourage them to check their sprinkler system as sprinkler heads could have been damaged by the branches that fell and have been moved around, and any vehicles that were brought onto the property for cleanup.
- As repairs are done to fences and roofs from the storm, a reminder that any new or replacement of fences or roofs, does require a permit, which you can get here at City Hall.
An update on the recovery from the storm:
- The City of Brush! has all non-essential personnel working clean-up on the east side of town, where the heaviest of the damage occurred. The City of Fort Morgan has been assisting in the clean-up, which we thank them for!
- No outside watering until further notice due to the current use of our emergency water reserves, and the work being done in getting electricity running up to full capacity at the pumps for our water wells.
- Xcel Energy is still working on restoration of electricity for all customers, but we recommend those without power to anticipate another night with no electricity.
- If you are able, bring branches to the empty lot south of the post office. This is a service currently provided for City of Brush! residents only. If you have a large load, please contact City Hall to receive information on where to take the load (842-5001). Please do not put branches in the alley, as that blocks vehicle passage. Trash service has not been interrupted and is being provided according to the normal schedule.
- A lot of broken branches still remain in trees, so please be careful as those can come down at any time in coming days and weeks, but especially when the wind comes in.
- Please share this information. Thanks for being great community members!
The City of Brush! experienced a severe storm event on Sunday, July 29th with high wind, rain and hail. Trees and power lines are down. City crews have been out responding, and addressing the most critical areas first. Xcel Energy has also had a lot of areas impacted, beyond what is strictly within City limits, and is tending to the needs as quickly as they can. If you see any electric lines down, STAY CLEAR and and contact Xcel Energy at (800) 895-1999. Please be patient through this process.
Electricity is currently out at our water well fields. Running out of water should not be an issue, but to be cautious, we are asking residents to please conserve water over the next 12 hours while we work to get pumps up and running again.
If you are able to help, you can haul branches to the empty lot across from the City garages on Carson Street.
The City Facebook page will be the main location we will be bringing updates regarding the cleanup of the storm.
2018 July 4th TRASH PICK-UP NOTICE
The City of Brush will be closed on Wednesday, July 4th. Wednesday's recycling will be picked up on Thursday, July 5th. Please be patient, crews will get to both the recycling and regular trash pick-up on July 5th. Thank you.
Testing of Emergency Sirens
Friday May 25, 2018
The Brush Police Department will be testing the emergency sirens for five (5) continuous minutes at noon on Friday, May 25.
In the event of adverse weather conditions, the testing will be done at a later date.
Brush Police Department
Brush Memorial Cemetery
Memorial Day 2018
Memorial Day decorations must be picked up by 7 p.m. on Monday, June 4, 2018. City staff will dispose of any decorations left on the grass.
Next Monday & Tuesday (Apr 23-24), the City of Brush! Water Dept we will be flushing fire hydrants from 2am-10am. If you see some brown water coming out of your faucets during that time frame, just let the water run until it's clear again.
On Wednesday, March 7th, 2018, Mill Street will be closed in the vicinity of The Course entrance for the installation of a storm water sewer main. The closure will occur after the school traffic has left for the morning, and will remain in place for the rest of the day. It is anticipated to open it back up in the evening. We thank you for your patience as we improve the water drainage in this area.
For an alternate routes map, click here.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Pet Clinic on Monday (February 19th) will be rescheduled to a date yet to be determined. We apologize for any inconvenience and will update accordingly.
City closures for upcoming holidays:
Trash scheduled for pickup on the half day Fridays will be that morning; and on the Mondays when City offices are closed, trash will be picked up the next day. Thanks and enjoy the holidays!
We will begin the Williams Street drainage project on Monday, December 11th. Information will be given to residents in the area in coming days.
City offices will be closing Friday, December 1st, at 11am for the annual Employee Christmas Party. Friday's trash route will be picked up before 11am. Offices will be open Monday morning at 8am.
Due to an internal technical oversight, the City Council meeting on October 9th was not recorded, and therefore is not available for viewing. We apologize for the mistake and any frustration it may cause. However, as soon as the minutes from the meeting are finalized and approved by City Council, you can view them here. If you have any questions, please contact us at City Hall, 842-5001.
The Brush! campground will be closing Friday evening, September 15th, and reopening Sunday, September 17th, for the Pedal the Plains event happening, which will be utilizing portions of the campground.
City of Brush Election - November 7, 2017
Citizens interested in becoming candidates for Mayor or City Council will be circulating a nomination petition between August 8-28, 2017. They may be coming door to door asking for your signature. Make sure you are registered to vote! You may register to vote or check your voter registration status at the following website: www.sos.state.co.us.
If you are interested in being a City Council member, the Mayor and each of the three wards will have openings. If you have general candidate questions or questions about the city election, contact City Clerk Andrea Strand at 970.842.5001 Ext 250 or email@example.com.
Mayor: Entire City limits
Ward 1: Running north and south - west side of Hospital Road to west City limits
Ward 2: Running north and south - east side of Hospital Road to west side of Carson Street
Ward 3: Running north and south - east side of Carson Street to east City limits
As part of the Pedal the Plains event happening in Brush! on Sept 16th, bringing in over 1200 cyclists, we will be looking for community members who would be willing to open up their homes for some of the riders for that one night.
Host homes will need to provide cyclists with a bed and a bathroom (including a shower) and transportation to and from the Pedal The Plains Headquarters site. It is not mandatory for host families to provide meals for the cyclists, but they may do so if they'd like. Some host families really enjoy having guests in their home and spending time getting to know them, whereas others prefer to simply house the cyclist.
You will be able to contact your guest(s) prior to the event, and get to know them a little beforehand. If you are interested, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 842-5001. And pass this on to others who might be interested!
Morgan County Youth TRIathlon
Saturday August 12, 2017
8:00 AM Start
Morgan Marlins Swim Team and the City of Brush Recreation Department are hosting a youth triathlon at Brush Memorial Park, Brush Colorado.
Registration Fee: $35.00 before August 7, 2017 and $50.00 after August 7, 2017
Two age and distance divisions:
Minnows (11 and Under)
Marlins (12 and Over)
The top 3 boys and girls finishers in each division will receive awards. Registered race participants will receive a swag bag and the event will be professionally timed.
Register at: www.mcjammst.org
Email questions to: email@example.com
Proceeds will benefit the Morgan Marlin Swim Team, a seasonal swim team serving local youth for over 20 years.
Members are needed for the City of Brush Recreation Focus Group to provide input for a Recreation Master Plan.
If you are interested in serving, please contact Community Services Director Lance Schwindt on or before July 19, 2017.
He can be reached at:
Phone: (970) 842-5280
In Person: 600 Edison Street
Fourth of July City Closures:
City Hall – Closed on Tuesday, July 4
Trash – Tuesday's trash will be picked up on Wednesday, July 5
Swimming Pool – Closed July 4 (due to location for the fireworks July 4) open 1-5 p.m. Sat, Sun and Mon
Golf Course – Open daily 7 a.m. to dark
The Course Restaurant – Closed Monday, July 3 and Tuesday, July 4
Police Administration office closed Tuesday, July 4 – dispatch 842-5021
Road barricades for the parade will be set out on Monday, and pulled to location on Tuesday morning and removed after the parade. These are placed along the parade route.
The Mill Street Repair Project
City of Brush! Public Works Department
Contact: Dale Colerick, Director of Public Works (970) 842-5001
When: Starting on June 19th, 2017 through July 12th, 2017.
What Times: 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (0700 to 1900) Monday through Friday.
What Will Happen:
How This Will Impact Residents:
Will My Property Taxes Go Up? No, this project is being funded by 2A and Federal Aid monies. 2A was the ballot measure passed in 2006, adding a 0.6¢ increase in the City's sales tax for roadways.
With subgrade stabilization and a thicker mat of asphalt, this section of roadway, which has been failing for some time, is expected to hold up for long time.
The City understands the inconvenience this may cause some residents, but it is a short term project that will provide a quality road section. The City appreciates everyone's patience and understanding.
The Emerson Street Repair Project
City of Brush! Public Works Department
Contact: Dale Colerick, Director of Public Works (970) 842-5001
When: Starting on June 6th, 2017 through June 16th, 2017.
What Times: 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (0700 to 1900) Monday through Friday.
What Will Happen:
How This Will Impact Residents:
Will My Property Taxes Go Up? No, this project is being funded by 2A and FEMA monies. 2A was the ballot measure passed in 2006, adding a 0.6¢ increase in the City's sales tax for roadways.
With improved drainage, subgrade stabilization and a thicker mat of asphalt, this section of roadway, which has been failing for some time, is expected to hold up for long time.
The City understands the inconvenience this may cause some residents, but it is a short term project that will provide a quality road section. The City appreciates everyone's patience and understanding.
Brush Memorial Cemetery
Memorial Day 2017
Memorial Day decorations must be picked up by Monday, June 5, 2017. City staff will dispose of any decorations left on the grass.
CITY OF BRUSH!
PLEASE BE ADVISED the City will be flushing the fire hydrants on April 24, 25, and 26, 2017 from 2 a.m. until 6 a.m. During this process you may notice a red color to the water. Should this occur, allow the water to run from the faucet until clear. Washing clothes prior to 9 a.m. is discouraged.
We appreciate your cooperation while we perform this necessary task.
BNSF is doing maintenance on the rail line at the intersection of Hospital Road beginning Friday, March 17. The intersection will be closed through Monday, March 20, until 7pm.
TRASH PICK-UP NOTICE
The City of Brush will be closed on Monday, February 20, 2017 in honor of President's Day. Trash will be picked up on Tuesday, February 21.
The City of Brush! will begin doing updates on our web server on February 16th. Our online bill pay will be unavailable February 16-18, and possibly the 19th. Any payments can be received directly at City Hall during that time, or waiting until access returns to the online bill pay system. We apologize for any inconvenience caused. Contact City Hall with any questions, 842-5001.
We would like to know if there is interest in the community in having a weekly curbside single stream recycling service available; and if so, how much you would be willing to pay for such a service. Please contact Tyler Purvis with your response at City Hall, 842-5001, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Single stream recycling is simply combining all the recyclable materials - paper, plastic, etc, together into one 'stream').
City of Brush offices will be closing at noon on Friday, December 23, trash will be picked up as normal. They will also be closed on Monday, December 26, trash will be picked up on Tuesday, December 27.
Sturgeon Electric will be around town over the next two weeks replacing the bulbs on the streetlights with new LED lights. The new bulbs will emit light that will be focused more directly down, reducing light pollution as well as electrical costs. If there is any serious safety concerns with the new lights, please let us know.
The City of Brush will be closed on Thursday, November 24 and Friday, November 25. Thursday's trash will be picked up on Wednesday November 23, and Friday's trash will be picked up on Monday, November 28.
The City of Brush will be closed to observe Veteran's Day on Friday, November 11, 2016. Trash will be picked up on Thursday, November 10.
Mill St. Water Line Project Update:
As a project update, the asphalt pavers will not be in until September 19th. The contractor has opened Mill St. for travel until Friday, September 16th, when they will close the road again to prepare for paving the following Monday.
The City of Brush! wants to recognize Don Marymee, our Water Foreman. On September 1st, it will be 40 years that Don has been working with the City of Brush!. Thanks Don for the great service you have provided, and continue to provide to the community! We appreciate you!!!
Downtown Project Update – Starting on Tuesday, August 30th, J-2 Contractors will begin the installation of a 36" storm water main in the 400 block of Edmunds, (Equitable Savings and Carrillo's Restaurant block). Traffic disruption will be the closure of the 400 block of Edmunds St., the alleys, and the drive-thru at Equitable Savings. The construction will consist of a 6 foot wide trench, the installation of an 8 foot by 8 foot square manhole box and storm water catch basins on the north and south side of the street.
The excavations will be filled back in with a top coat of asphalt millings before the September 24th Oktoberfest and the street will be opened back up to the public. After Oktoberfest, the street will be closed again for the replacement of the curb and gutter, sidewalk, and asphalt paving. The closure is expected to last through October 2016.
For additional information, please contact the City of Brush Director of Public Works at 970-842-5001.
Please be advised the 100 and 200 blocks of East Edmunds St. will be closed starting Monday, August 22nd for concrete paving. Closure is expected to last two weeks. Monday will be removal of existing concrete panels, Tuesday will be base preparation, Wednesday and Thursday will be concrete paving and the remainder for curing.
The Mill Street closure for the installation of a water main that was scheduled to begin 8/22 has been moved to 8/18. The availability of the equipment pushed the date forward, otherwise the begin date would have been pushed back by two weeks.
Ransom Boone Excavating will begin the installation of a water main from the to the east side of Colorado Ave (SH71), west through the 300/400 block of Mill Street to Cameron St. This will be the section north of the Brush Middle School. The traffic control plan will allow for two lanes on Colorado Ave. to be open at all times, and the 300/400 block of Mill St. will be completely closed during construction. The construction is expected to last at least 30 days and no more than 60 days. Please contact the City of Brush! with any questions at 842-5001.
The Colorado Mission of Mercy (COMOM) is a large-scale dental clinic that is held annually in a Colorado community. With 125 portable dental chairs, dental services are provided to adults, elderly, and children, who cannot afford dental care. An outpouring of nearly 200 volunteer dentists from across the state – along with hundreds of dental hygienists, assistants, lab technicians, and a myriad of lay volunteers and other health professionals – work in tandem with community groups and agencies to better the oral health of individuals who come to the clinic.
The COMOM mission is to provide quality dental services, at no cost, to individuals of all ages who cannot afford and access dental care; eliminating dental pain, promoting oral health, creating smiles, and providing oral health education.
For more information, go to comom.org or call (970) 467-2836
There is a waterline break by Brush Middle School that the City is quickly working on. The surrounding homes and businesses water supply is also likely affected. We are working as diligently as we can to resolve the issue. Thank you for your patience and cooperation, and we will post updates on the City's Facebook page of the status of the progress.
The 300 block of Edison (Highway 34) will be closed on Tuesday, March 15th, from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (or shorter), for the repair of a water service leak.
Westbound traffic will be rerouted north on Colorado Ave. to Edmunds St., west on Edmunds, south on Clayton, then back onto Edison.
Eastbound traffic will be rerouted south on Cameron St. to North Railway, then east to Colorado Ave., then north back onto Edison.
Brush Residential Building Incentive Extended Another Year
The 2016 Brush Residential Building Incentive Policy is to encourage the building of new single-family residential homes throughout the City of Brush! to address the current housing shortage as well as spur further economic activity and growth.
The 2016 Brush Residential Building Incentive Policy will provide the following incentive:
A 50% reduction of the current priced City ¾" Water Plant Investment Fee, Wastewater Residential Connection Fee, and Building Permit Fee (excluding plan review fee) for each single-family home built within Brush City limits on existing residential lots. The Building Permit must be issued by Dec 31, 2016, and building must be complete and a Certificate of Occupancy issued by the City of Brush by December 31, 2017. If a Certificate of Occupancy is not issued due to the lack of the completeness of building, no incentives will be provided.
Current priced fees included in the 2016 Brush Residential Building Incentive Policy are:
|¾" Water Plant Investment Fee:||$3,540.00||$1,770.00|
|Wastewater Residential Connection Fee:||$3,000.00||$1,500.00|
|Building Permit Fee:||$1273.75*||$636.88*|
*Actual building permit fee is dependent on total valuation of project. Numbers given are based on the total valuation of $150,000.
Press Release – For Immediate Release
Date: February 4, 2016
Contact: Karen L. Schminke, AICP
Think Spring Tree Care Workshop
The City of Brush! Tree Board is hosting a comprehensive tree care workshop from 10 AM – Noon on Saturday, February 20th in Council Chambers at Brush City Hall (600 Edison Street). This comprehensive program will provide information on how to optimize tree development and health here in northeast Colorado.
Brian Kailey, CSU's Logan County Extension Coordinator for Horticulture, will conduct the workshop. He will review the components of an effective maintenance program and demonstrate how regular preventative tree maintenance will ensure a tree's value and prevent the development of more costly problems in the future.
Everyone is welcome to join us for a fun and informative morning of tree talk. Please contact Karen Schminke at Brush City Hall (842-5001) if you need additional information.
City Council Citizen Outreach
The Brush City Council would like the opportunity to hear from and visit with the citizens here in town. The first Monday of each month, Council members will be at The Course at Petteys Park from 6-7pm, in an informal setting, to speak to what is happening in Brush!, hear thoughts and concerns from citizens, and answer questions they may have. FLYER
Due to the expected snow accumulation, the City of Brush! is declaring a Snow Event.
Our goal is to have all City roads clear as soon as possible after snow has stopped falling. All vehicles must be removed from designated and posted Snow Routes. Vehicles not moved may be towed at the owner's expense.
To view the snow routes, here is the link on our website.
To view the complete Snow Management Plan, here is the link.
Windy Hill Injection Well
Windy Hill Water Operations, LLC has submitted a Use by Special Review Permit Application for a commercial water sourcing and water disposal facility on property located south of and adjacent to County Road Q, approximately 1 mile east of State Highway 71.
There will be an Open House on Tuesday, January 26, 2016 from 4 – 6 p.m. at the Livestock Exchange Building (Drovers Restaurant) 28601 Highway 34 in Brush.
For more information, click here.
Community Meeting for Clean Power Plan
Colorado is developing a Clean Power Plan through a public process. The process includes opportunities for input from diverse stakeholders across Colorado.
This meeting will be held from 5-8 pm on Wednesday, January 27th at the Brush High School Auditorium and will focus on rural community concerns and the Clean Energy Incentive Program.
There are limited slots available for public comment so please register early. To register or for more information go to colorado.gov/cdphe/CleanPowerPlan.
New Tourism App Available for Morgan County
The Morgan County Tourism Panel has a new app available to help tourists, as well as residents, be informed with what we have to offer here in Morgan County. The Panel approved the idea earlier this year to work with Bluebridge Mobile App Studio to develop a mobile app specific to the County to make the amenities we have here available in a quality and user friendly resource. The app features updated events, things to do, restaurants, lodging, and information in the communities such as hospitals, parks, libraries, schools and more. The app is free to download on ITunes and Google Play, and can be found by searching 'tour morgan county'.
The Morgan County Tourism Panel helps promote the county through supporting events and marketing with a lodging tax that is collected at all hotels through the county. Bluebridge has launched more than 600 apps in the iTunes and Google Play app stores for organizations around the world including colleges, churches, municipalities, counties and even a country.
National Main Street Organization Launches Pilot Program to Bring New Resources to Downtown Revitalization in Three Colorado Towns
Posted November 17, 2015 | Contact email@example.com or 202-588-6141
The National Main Street Center, Inc., has announced that three Colorado towns have been selected as demonstration sites to implement its revamped approach to comprehensive community revitalization and preservation-based economic development: Brush!, Lake City, and Steamboat Springs. As a sponsoring partner, the Department of Local Affairs' Colorado Main Street program will use the pilot to help integrate the new approach into existing and future Main Street communities across the state.
"Colorado will serve as an ideal place to test out our enhanced strategy and outcome-focused revitalization approach. Each of these towns has so much to offer, and we look forward to partnering with the Colorado Main Street on this initiative," said Patrice Frey, president and CEO of the National Main Street Center. "Our updated methodology incorporates lessons we've learned in our decades of working with communities of all sizes and we are confident these pilot projects will demonstrate that our approach continues to be highly effective in breathing new life in our country's historic downtowns and commercial districts."
The three selected towns are top performers in Colorado's Main Street program, recognized for success in energizing their local economies, empowering community residents, and celebrating their distinctive character and local history. As participants in the demonstration project, they will benefit from recent strategic improvements to the Main Street Center's revitalization methodology that for 35 years has helped transform historic downtowns and urban neighborhoods nationwide.
Local leaders will receive 12 to 18 months of organizational capacity building and hands-on technical assistance from national experts on how to best to involve the community in revitalization efforts, plan and executive long-term strategic action, and effectively measure the impact of those efforts.
Originally launched as a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1980, the National Main Street Center pioneered an incremental, volunteer-driven strategy to help flagging downtowns counteract booming suburban growth. This novel approach was in stark contrast to the urban renewal projects that were destroying commercial districts and neighborhoods all over the country. By tapping two important community resources, citizen participation and its older and historic buildings, the Main Street Approach has helped reinvigorate America's historic downtowns and commercial districts in cities and towns across the country.
More information on pilot program can be found here.
Goodwill will be picking up the electronics recycling bin and will no longer store it in the outer locations. Anyone looking to drop off electronics for recycling will have to take them to the store in Fort Morgan, located at 110 W Platte Ave.
With autumm here and trees making their annual leaf drop, the Public Works Department reminds our residents to collect leaves and bag them up and place alongside their trash can, where we will gladly dispose of them for you. Do not place leaves in the street, as that can cause problems in our storm water drainage system.
An update on the street preservation projects that were slated to begin tomorrow and Wednesday: the contractors will only be doing the chip seal on Cambridge and Ochs Street this week, as well as the fog seal on Turner, Carson, Cameron, South Clayton, Spruce, Applewood, Pine, Juniper, Ash, Harvard to Stanford (Edmunds). The slurry seal will be done later this month, dates are still to be determined.
The City is going to do street preservation projects starting Tuesday August 18 and Wednesday August 19, on the following streets:
Chip Seal: Ochs, Cambridge (34 to Emerson)
Slurry Seal: Jennifer, Harvard (34 to Emerson)
Fog Seal: Turner, Carson, Cameron, South Clayton, Spruce, Applewood, Pine, Juniper, Ash, Harvard to Stanford (Edmunds)
Notices will be delivered soon to residents asking them not to park on the designated day.
Tonight at 5:30 is a joint meeting with City Council, Planning & Zoning Commission, and Board of Adjustment to have a work session for the review of the draft of updated sign regulations.
2015 Coordinated Election for the City of Brush!
Here is an opportunity to serve your community. Each of the three Wards in the City of Brush will have open Councilor positons. Each is a 4 year term and is paid $300 per month.
Ward I - Running north and south - west side of Hospital Road to west City limits
Ward II - Running north and south - east side of Hospital Road to west side of Carson Street
Ward III - Running north and south - east side of Carson Street to east City limits
In order to get your name on the November 3, 2015, ballot, and nomination petitions must be obtained from the City Clerk, at City Hall, 600 Edison Street, Brush, Colorado, and circulated beginning Tuesday, August 4, 2015, and submitted to the city clerk by Monday, August 24, 2015. Twenty-five registered electors must sign the petition.
Candidates must be 18 years of age, a United States citizen, a registered elector by the date of the election and have resided in their specific ward for 12 consecutive months prior to the election.
Feel free to contact City Clerk Andrea Strand at City Hall, 600 Edison Street, Brush, CO 80723
Telephone: 970.842.5001 Ext 250
The next opportunity to share your thoughts regarding changes to the City of Brush! sign regulations is Thursday, July 9th when the City hosts an open house between 4 PM and 7 PM at City Hall (600 Edison Street). Everyone is encouraged to stop by City Hall during these times to review information, share your thoughts, and enjoy some light refreshments. Whether you are a business owner, local resident or other community stakeholder your opinion is needed.
This is the second of two opportunities to comment on what is best for Brush when it comes to regulating signs in residential and commercial areas of town. At this open house event information on the proposed changes to the City's sign regulations will be on display. Participants will review exhibits detailing various types of signs and be asked to comment on the recommended standards.
Please call Karen Schminke at City Hall (842-5001) if you have any questions regarding the update of the City's sign regulations. More information regarding this project may also be found at http://www.plan-tools.com/Projects/BrushSignCode.
2015 July 4 TRASH PICK-UP NOTICE
The City of Brush will be closed on Friday, July 3. Friday's trash will be picked up on Thursday, July 2nd.
On Thursday, June 11th the City of Brush will host a public workshop regarding possible changes to the City's sign regulations. The public workshop will be structured as an open house event and be held in the City Hall Council Chambers (600 Edison Street) between 4 PM and 7 PM. Light refreshments will be served.
The current sign regulations are from 1993 and have had only minor changes since their adoption. They do not reflect contemporary sign technology, and variances are regularly requested in order to meet a business's needs. Over the past several years multiple business owners have approached the City in regard to the difficulties they have faced with the current sign regulations being an obstacle for them to effectively market their business. This year various interests in the community have come together in support of this project. Given that signage is often an important part of a business's marketing and branding strategy it plays a critical role in the overall economic health of our community.
Your opinion as a local business representative is needed. Participants will review several exhibits and weigh in on what is right for Brush when it comes to sign location, number, size, height, design, maintenance and enforcement.
Please call Karen Schminke at City Hall (842-5001) if you have any questions regarding the update of the City's sign regulations or the public workshop. More information regarding the project may also be found at plan-tools.com/Projects/BrushSignCode.
In addition to the spraying done for mosquitoes, citizens can help minimize the pests by looking around your property for anywhere that there might be standing water and clearing it out; from soda cans and tires to empty flower pots and wagons. The water can quickly become breeding ground for mosquitoes, adding to the nuisance.
The City of Brush! offices will be closed Monday, May 25th in observance of Memorial Day.
The administrative office will be closed Tuesday, May 26th and possibly Wednesday, May 27th for building maintenance.
For building permits or cemetery questions, please visit us at 101 Custer St., 8am-5pm.
We apologize for the inconvenience.
Press Release: Brush! Honored as Colorado's Small Community of the Year
Contact: Tyler Purvis
Phone: (970) 842-5001
The City of Brush! was honored with the Small Community of the Year award at the Economic Development Council of Colorado (EDCC) annual Spring Conference in Steamboat Springs April 28 - May 1. The Council has a long history of recognizing the best practitioners, companies and partners that collectively help propel Colorado's economy forward. The criteria for the award is: demonstration of support for economic development (financial, Board participation, lobbying, etc.); planning and investment in long term development of the community (infrastructure, permanent financing of ED, targeted strategies to secure primary jobs, etc.); and special project or development during the year.
Brush! Colorado is a thriving community on the east side of a budding Morgan County. We have a great heritage, strong rural identity, good people; all of which is why we describe Brush! as Homegrown Happiness! Some of the highlights over the past year in Brush! include:
- 2014 All-America City Award for community collaboration; specific economic development success with award were downtown revitalization project and hospital expansion
- Purchase of 135 acre English Feedlot for water and future commercial/industrial park
- Rebranding of community
- 6 new businesses opened
- Completion of Airport Master Plan
- Reconstruction of major road for preparation of interstate commercial property development
- Funded maximum allotment to supplement new business start up costs for downtown business incentive program
- Housing incentive program
- Brush Chamber was a DoLA Main Street Community Graduate in 2014; completed the 10 year program, and is now a best practices community!
City of Brush
Overall the recent rain/snow storm produced isolated flooding in a few areas. City crews were able to recede the water. We are working on creating capacity in existing ponds and it is looking positive, the one exception is the English Feedlot storm water pond. The water did top the banks and created a breach and flooded the entire feedlot area. We are working to repair the breach and lower the water in the pond.
We are closely monitoring the river levels; Rainbow Bridge was at 18 feet at 6 am on May 11th, which is significant in that we are expected to reach the same flood levels that occurred in 2013. Our waste water treatment plant is not expected to flood. The Beaver Creek, that tends to flood the City of Brush, appears to have modest flows in it and is not expected to flood.
Other items to note:
The Morgan County Landfill is closed and may not open until Wednesday or Thursday of this week. Trash pickup is cancelled for Monday, May 11th, and will be picked up on Tuesday, May 12, as well as Tuesday's regular route. Logan County Landfill will accept our loads from the City of Brush, until the Morgan County Landfill is operational.
Numerous tree branches left over from spring cleanup and the snow storm are being picked up today and citizens are also encouraged to bring to the parking lot across from City Shops on Carson Street.
There are also numerous potholes because of the moisture, we will attempt to patch them, as best we can, however, both hot mix plants and in Sterling and Greeley which require us to cross flooding river bridges, but we will continue to work with the materials we have to minimize damage.
If you have any questions, please contact City Hall at 970.842.5001
Online bill pay will be unavailable for a couple of hours Tuesday afternoon, 5/12, beginning at 2:30pm. The online billpay system will be going through server updates.
Please be advised the City will be flushing the fire hydrants on April 27, 28, and 29, 2015 from 2 a.m. until 6 a.m. During this process you may notice a red color to the water. Should this occur, allow the water to run from the faucet until clear. Washing clothes prior to 9 a.m. is discouraged.
We appreciate your cooperation while we perform this necessary task.
The Brush Recreation community trip scheduled for the Colorado Springs area on June 1st-3rd has been cancelled. Any questions can be answered through the Parks & Recreation department, 842-5280.
Press Release: City Council Approves Incentive Policy for Residential Homes
With the tight housing market across the County and region, City Council approved a policy drafted by City Staff to provide incentives for new residential home construction in the City of Brush. On March 23rd the measure was passed which will provide a 50% reduction on the Water Plant Investment Fee, Wastewater Residential Connection Fee, and Building Permit Fees. For example, the savings on constructing a home with a valuation on the project of $150,000 will be over $3900. The City hopes this will be enticing to builders who have recognized the housing shortage in the area, and will help them select Brush as a place to build.
The guidelines of the incentive are pointed to the construction of single-family homes on existing residential lots, the building permit must be issued by the end of 2015, and the Certificate of Occupancy issued by the end of 2016. To view the incentive policy, click here or come by City Hall.
Morgan County has upgraded and replaced it's Early Warning Notification System. The new system enables the County to contact you in a variety of ways with critical information including severe weather, missing persons, and other pertinent instructions. Click here to sign up. If you previously signed up with the old system, sign up again. Please contact the Morgan County Office of Emergency Management at (970) 542-3510 with any questions.
To keep up with costs, there will be a rate increase on your trash bill beginning April 30th. Residential rates will increase $2.50 per month and two and three cubic yard containers will go up $2 per pick-up. This increase will bring funds solvent as well as maintain cash reserves for future operations and capital outlays. The resolution City Council passed will raise trash rates approx-imately $0.60 on average over the next three years, to keep up with the Denver-Boulder-Greeley Consumer Price Index. You will see the first increase on your May 1st bill. Addional rate increases include motor vehicle collection to $250.00; and heavy equipment collection to $300.00
To view the resolution, click here.
The Brush Recreation Department has two community trips planned for 2015. June 1-3 will be a Colorado Rocky Mountain trip in the Colorado Springs area, and July 21-31 will be a group going to Washington DC. If you are interested in either, contact the Brush rec department at 842-5280, or go to grouptrips.com/cityofbrush.
To take advantage of the nice weather, the closure of north-bound Hospital Road at Mill Street will begin Wednesday, 2/4, and be closed through the weekend, opening back up on Monday.
Final completion of Hospital Road will be done on the northeast corner of Hospital Road and Mill Street. North-bound Hospital Road at Mill Street will be closed beginning Thursday, 2/5 through Sunday, 2/8, opening back up on Monday. Please plan accordingly, and we thank you for your patience.
Approved Ballot Issue Tax Increase Begins January 1st
With the Ballot Issue 2B passing in November, beginning January 1, 2015, we will see the 0.4% increase on local sales tax. An example is if you purchased something in 2014 for $9.99 plus tax, the total you would have paid would have been $10.35. That same item's total would now be $10.39.
Our sales tax breakdown is now 3.0% for general fund, 0.6% for street fund, and 0.4% for Brush Fire Department equipment. The ballot issue specified that the additional funding will go to purchase, replacement, and improvement of firefighting vehicles, safety equipment and gear, fire station building improvements and repairs, training facilities, and other fire related items.
2014 Christmas and New Year TRASH PICK-UP NOTICE
The City of Brush will be closed on Thursday Dec 25 and Jan 1. Thursday's trash will be picked up on Friday on both of those weeks.
Recycling opportunity – Bring your cardboard to the blue dumpsters in the parking lot south of the Post Office. Hours: Mon-Fri, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. City Hall – 970.842.5001
New Columbarium Units Added to Cemetery
The City of Brush! Parks Crew placed two additional columbarium niche units at Brush Memorial Cemetery on December 3rd. The new units have the capacity to contain the cremated remains of 256 individuals. The addition expands our columbarium to six matching units; the first was installed in 2000.
For more information, contact Lance Schwindt, Parks & Recreation Director at 970-842-5280.
The City of Brush will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 27-28. Thursday's trash will be picked up on Wednesday, November 26, and Friday's trash will be picked up on Monday, December 1, 2014.
Unofficial Brush ballot issue results
City of Brush Ballot Issue 2B (Sales Tax Increase for Fire Department)
Yes/For, 827 votes, 57.43%
No/Against, 613 votes, 42.57%
There will be a water shut-off on Edison Street tomorrow morning beginning around 8:00 between the 1000-1400 blocks of Edison Street. There is a leak that will be repaired. The water will hopefully be back on within a couple hours.
September 30th is the last day you can take your tube TV's to the County landfill at no cost. After September 30th, there will be a fee for the County to dispose of them for you. Address for landfill is 21448 County Road 22.
If you are looking for a way to get rid of your pile of tree branches, the City of Brush! will help. On Saturday, September 20, you can dispose of your cut tree branches across the street from the City Hall garage, next to the Post Office. City workers will be there from 8am - 4pm to receive and dispose of your tree branches. This is free for the public.
The City of Brush! is accepting bids for a fencing project and asphalt preservation projects. More information can be found here.
2014 Labor Day TRASH PICK-UP NOTICE. The City of Brush will be closed on Monday, September 1. Monday's trash will be picked up on Tuesday, September 2nd.
BNSF needs to resolve issues under the track at the crossing of Clayton Street. Beginning at 9am on Wednesday, August 27 until Thursday evening, the crossing will be closed. Please plan your route accordingly, thank you for your patience.
The Brush City Council is having a second meeting where they would like to hear comments from the citizens concerning the possible allowance of retail marijuana within the city limits.
The community meeting will be held:
Monday, August 18, 2014
The Carroll Building
418 Edison Street
Brush, CO 80723
The City of Brush! is accepting bids for the fourth and final phase of the Downtown Revitalization Project. Details can be found here
The Brush City Council would like to hear comments from the citizens concerning the possible allowance of recreational marijuana within the city limits.
The community meeting will be held:
Monday, August 4, 2014
Brush City Hall
600 Edison Street
Brush, CO 80723
On Monday the 21st and Tuesday the 22nd, Colorado Avenue will be closed from approximately where McDonalds is located, south to Mill Street while the road is milled and filled by the Colorado Department of Transportation. On Wednesday the 23rd, the same thing will happen on Highway 34 from Carson Street to Clayton Street.
On westbound Hwy 34, CDOT will be rerouting traffic today (7/9) for the 300-500 blocks of Edison to do some coring to investigate the quality of the road for future improvement.
2014 July 4 TRASH PICK-UP NOTICE. The City of Brush will be closed on Friday, July 4. Friday's trash will be picked up on Thursday, July 3rd.
Brush! competed with twenty-two other communities from around the nation as finalists for the 2014 All-America City awards over the weekend in Denver. Ten winners were announced Sunday night, and Brush! was one of them! The official press release from the National Civic League is found here.
A huge thank you to all who helped over the past six months in preparation and support for the event. Our committee in the initial brainstorming, planning, and writing the application; as well as the framework for the presentation was: Bruce Benham, Carolyn Thornsby, Cindy Nestor, Dan Scalise, Linda Thorpe, Lisa Jager, Melody Christensen, Michelle Johnstone, Mike Bildner, Shaire Chavez, Sharon Bzdek, Shelly Griffith, and Vicky Quinlin.
Our delegation for the presentation at the event was made up by: Monty Torres, Melody Christensen, Lisa Jager, Marta Tadolini, the Thorpe family (Brad, Linda, Emily, Amanda), Elizabeth Fuentes, Kelsie Casados, Breanna Wommack, Hailey Leake, Isidro Orona, Makenzie Griffith, Molly Link, Bruce & Dawn Benham, Suzanna Spears, Dan & Merlene Scalise, Marta Sheridan, Theresa Leake, Layne Binnendyk, Chuck & Pat Schonberger, Brenda Zion, and the Purvis family (Tyler, Shaunna, Annabelle, Audrey, Abigail, Silas).
Thank you to those who were cheering us on from the audience: Tim & Brenda Oakley, Ashley Knight, Heidi Griffith, Jim Spears, the Tadolini family (Shawn, Dalayna, Karly, Kashlynn), and Kendyl Torres.
Our sponsors included: Colorado Energy Management, NV5, East Morgan County Hospital, Sunset Manor, Brush Grocery Kart, Brush Lions Club, American Legion, Rotary Club, and Brush Family Dentistry. Thank you for helping us be there!
Brush! is a fantastic community and this award is simply making that known. So a final and grand thank you to our community members who strive to make Brush! the wonderful place that it is. We as a community will be showcasing and celebrating this wonderful accomplishment in different ways, so be on the lookout for news and information as it becomes available through our City website, City facebook and twitter pages, newspaper, Chamber of Commerce, and our local citizens who pass it on.
Due to problems with the filtration, the City of Brush municipal pool will be closed until further notice. We are currently draining the pool to investigate possible issues, and will keep the community updated on the progress. All pool activities are suspended until the pool is reopened. If you have any further questions, contact the Brush Parks & Recreation office at 842-5280.
City Pool will be opening Thursday, May 29th at 1pm.
City Pool will not be opening this weekend. Due to mechanical issues, the municipal pool, which was scheduled to open to the public on Sunday, May 25th, will be delayed on the opening. At this time, we are unsure of when it will be open, but will keep the public informed. We are working to have this resolved as soon as possible.
The City of Brush! has set aside May 12 thru May 16 for Spring Cleanup. Special items plus your regular household trash may be set out on your regular collection day and at your regular pick up point by 7 a.m. This extra service is being offered free to our customers. Residents are responsible for containment, making sure certain items do not blow away before City collection.
- Bagged leaves and lawn clippings
- Regular trash contained in City 96-gallon containers
- Metals (if piled separately)
- Concrete (if piled separately)
- Mattress $25.00
- Truck $5.00
- Car $3.00
- Off road $25.00
- Oversize appliances withour Freon $5.00
- Freon appliances $15.00 and completed disposal certificate (air conditioners, refirgerators/ freezers/ water coolers, etc.) will only be picked up if requested by calling City Hall, 842-5001.
Items allowed after fee is paid to the City:
Paint the Town Purple
The downtown area of the City of Brush will be decked out in purple during the month of May. The purple ribbons are used to publicize the Relay for Life event which will be held at Legion Field in Fort Morgan on June 13 & 14. Relay for Life is an overnight event consisting of teams of 8 to 15 people spending 12 hours walking or running around a track to raise money to fight cancer. It's a relay, with at least one member of each team on the track during the entire event. Relay teams raise money throughout the year prior to the event in a variety of fundraising activities.
Relay for Life celebrates survivors, funds research and cancer education, inspires the public to become involved in the American Cancer Society's advocacy errors, and makes important services possible for patients and their families.
Two highlights of every Relay are the survivorship activities and luminaria ceremony, each acknowledging those who have been touched by cancer. Survivors are honored and celebrated by special activities, including an opening survivors' lap around the track and heartwarming ceremonies. Luminaria are lighted paper bags which are placed around the track in memory or in honor of someone who has been touched by cancer.
Event Date: Friday, June 13, 2014
Event Time: 6:00PM
Event Location: Legion Field, Fort Morgan, CO
All-America City Award Finalists Announced: Spotlight on Healthy Communities
Denver, Colorado-The National Civic League announced the finalists for the 2014 All-America City Awards, the country's most prestigious award for outstanding, community-based civic accomplishments. The following 25 communities were invited to participate in the June 13-15 awards event in Denver, Colorado:
- Montgomery, Alabama
- San Pablo, California
- Whittier, California
- Brush, Colorado
- Fort Lauderdale, Florida
- Tarpon Springs, Florida
- Cedar Rapids, Iowa
- Marshalltown, Iowa
- Columbus, Indiana
- Chelsea, Massachusetts
- Dedham, Massachusetts
- Fitchburg, Massachusetts
- Somerville, Massachusetts
- Marquette, Michigan
- Kenmore, New York
- Canton, New York
- Independence, Oregon
- Providence, Rhode Island
- Knoxville, Tennessee
- Brownsville, Texas
- Marshall, Texas
- Hampton, Virginia
- Portsmouth, Virginia
- Yakima, Washington
- Eau Claire, Wisconsin
"We look forward to hosting these community innovators when they come to Denver to participate in the All-America City Awards in June," said National Civic League Board Chair Mayor Michael B. Hancock of Denver. (rest of article)
Eben Ezer Junior Volunteer Program 2014. We are looking forward to a fun and active summer with the Jr. Volunteer program and our Neighbors. You are invited to join our volunteer program if you are ten years old or have completed the fifth grade.
Applications will be delivered to schools the week of May 5th. Students' should have the completed application turned in by May 19, to their homeroom teacher or the front desk at Eben Ezer Lutheran Care Center.
There will be two informational meetings for students and parents. All students must attend one of the meetings and must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. The first meeting will be held on May 27 at 7 p.m. in the Sun Room. The second meeting will be held on Saturday, May 31 at 10 a.m. in the Sun Room. Please plan on attending one of these meetings to participate in the program. If you are unable to attend either of these meetings please call Shaire Chavez @ 970-842-2861x 246 or firstname.lastname@example.org to make other arrangements.
There will be an orientation on Monday June 2, 2014 from 9:30 – noon in the Activity Room. Please plan on attending this informative orientation.
Volunteers will begin work on June 10, 2014. Thank you for your interest in participating in our program.
City Council approves digging for augmentation pond. At its March 24 meeting, the Brush City Council approved an amendment for a special use permit for Castle Rock Construction that will allow additional excavation for an augmentation pond on property owned by the company in Brush. (rest of article)
Brush! has been rebranded! Last year, discussions began about giving our dear community an updated look. With all of the progress that been made over the past few years, we decided a revived and updated brand was needed. With the revitalization project of downtown completed, increasing economic development activity around town, a new interstate, and a commitment by City Council to push Brush! forward, we have a lot going for us.
Our campaign to rebrand our City isn't about changing who we are, but utilizing who we are and capitalizing on that. Through research on previous surveys done within the community as to why people live here and what they think of when it comes to Brush!, we began to develop ideas on how we should be presenting ourselves to the world. We carry virtues and sentiments that many people value, and we built on that. Through gathering additional ideas and feedback from the community, we came up with ideas for logos and a tagline to further exclaim what we are. Finally, after much consideration and collective thinking, we came up with the new image that declares what our community is, followed by the expression: Homegrown Happiness! Our simpler atmosphere of life has had a tremendous track record through the decades of not relying on what the culture around us can offer to find satisfaction, but cultivating a true gratification in the unwavering principles of simply living, and doing it well. The explanation point is something we knew was a wonderful touch added in the late 70's that captivates the attention of outsiders and sets us apart.
We knew tying into the social media world was overdue for the City and needed to change that as well. So many people utilize it, and it's a wonderful way to stay connected to more people, so in addition to everything else, including a new website, we now have a Facebook and Twitter page as another valuable tool to update our citizens with. We thank everyone for their contribution to the rebranding project and look forward to showing the new look of Brush!
Trash Talk from the Director -No Foolin'! Starting April 1st, 2014, Wednesday's trash route is being changed to Tuesday. This change is to align the City's recycling schedule with the County's. The City will be reminding residents on Wednesday's route throughout the rest of March. Of course, the City also expects some residents will be caught off guard and the City will try to accommodate everyone until it becomes a routine.
Did you know the City has a recycling program? Over the last year, the City has been implementing recycling for City residents. The City currently accepts two types of waste for recycling – cardboard and "single stream", meaning you don't have to sort it. There are restrictions on what can be recycled in the single stream. Please refer to the single stream flyer on the recycling page for more information. The recycling bins are located south of the Post Office in the City's parking lot. Hours are 7:00 to 4:00, Monday through Friday, except holidays.
Electronics are now banned from disposal in landfills. This was an effort by the Colorado Legislature to create jobs in the recycling industry and to keep precious and heavy metals out of Colorado landfills. The City of Brush, being a solid waste hauler is responsible for keeping electronics out of the waste stream. Whenever our crews discover electronics in the trash, they are required to remove and tag them. So now what do I do with that old TV? The City is working on trying to set up an electronics recycling day soon, and for the long term, establish a collection point for electronics recycling. We'll keep you posted.
Finally, spring is here soon to be followed by summer! One of the favorite places to relax is the backyard. We tend to enjoy the privacy our backyards provide, especially from the alleyway. Often we use trees and shrubs to provide us with that shade and privacy. One of the problems this presents is the overgrowth into the alley. This overgrowth causes damage to the City's trash trucks and other equipment when driving in the alleys. Please check to make sure your trees and shrubs are not encroaching into the alleyways. Also make sure the space behind your house in the alley is free from debris such as concrete chunks, firewood, old tree branches, etc. Failure to trim your alley shrubs and trees, or allow clutter to build up can result in issuing you a citation. Call for a special pickup and we'll be glad to help. The end result is you will have to do it anyway, just less hassle along the way.
The Brush City Council approved a trash rate increase at its Monday February 24. The increase will result in an approximately $2.50 increase per month for a typical household and $2 increase for commercial locations.
The increases were approved in a motion to approve Resolution No. 2014-3 –Modifying rules and regulations for the collection and disposal of municipal solid waste by the City of Brush and establishing charges therefore. (rest of article)
The City of Brush! and the Chamber of Commerce have recently been recognized for the wonderful work done on our downtown revitalization project. We received the 2013 Governor's Awards for Downtown Excellence: Best Public Space for a Main Street. Thank you to NolteVertical 5, the primary contractor for phase 2 & 3 of the project, also a recipient of the award. Another big thanks to the businesses who were patient with the work and disruption is caused their establishment, and to the Brush! community who helped make the project happen and are now enjoying the benefits of a revitalized downtown.
The link to the article is here.