Archive for August, 2014
The following information was contributed by Marjo Curgus. Marjo has been engaged by Jamestown to help us, the community, in developing a Jamestown recovery plan as we transition from immediate response to longer-term thinking. Marjo has created a rich informative and helpful website to support the planning process. I strongly recommend that you take the time to read and check out the web site because the recovery plan will be the town’s recovery roadmap for the next 3 to 5 years. The roadmap will affect everyone and many aspects of community life.
We all love Jamestown for its sense of community, the solitude and quiet, and the natural beauty which all comes with convenient access to Boulder. But the September 11, 2013 flood profoundly impacted us. For the past year, as a Town we have primarily been focused on responding to the disaster by repairing basic functions including homes, the roads, water infrastructure, and the stream. These significant initial project are all nearly complete. Our residents are coming home.
However, even with all this work nearly complete, our community is not yet whole. It is now time for us to make the transition from thinking about disaster response to what it means for us to fully recover. At the end of July, the Town contracted with a consultant to guide a participatory planning process to help us answer this important question and to develop a 3-5 year action plan, the Jamestown Recovery Plan. This project is our opportunity as a community to come together and prioritize actions that will rebuild Jamestown and make it even stronger.
To find out how you can become part of this process, go to the project website: www.jtstrong.net There are many ways to become involved, but a key component of the planning process are resident committees, the Community Planning Groups (CPGs). Six topical groups are being formed to develop recommendations for action. Residents from the Greater Jamestown Area are being sought to volunteer on these committees. Committees will be formed by the end of September. To find out more about the CPGs, go to the Joining A Community Planning Group on the project website.
Thank you for your help,
Denver Post reporter Lindsay Pierce has been covering the aftermath of the Jamestown Flood in a video series from just about Day 1. Lindsay’s latest story was the opening of Jamestown Elementary on Thursday. Featured in the story is Beth Brotherton who has worked tirelessly to ensure that the school opened on time. The community owes Beth a big debt of gratitude. The Daily Camera also covered the opening,
Click the photo to see the school video and all the other Denver Post videos.
From the University of Colorado:
Participate in a study on recovery from the 2013 Floods
University of Colorado Denver
Research Protocol 14-0029
Was your home or property significantly damaged by the September floods? If so, we would like to talk to you! The purpose of our research study is to collect scientifically sound information on how households are recovering from the floods. The survey is done in-person and takes approximately 45 minutes. Responses are completely confidential.
Study participants will receive a $10 gift card in appreciation of their time.
The study is being conducted by four professors from the University of Colorado Denver: Carrie Makarewicz, Jeremy Nemeth, Andrew Rumbach, and Deborah Thomas.
Who can participate?
Current or former residents of Boulder, Larimer and Weld counties whose homes, rental units, mobile homes or property were significantly damaged by the 2013 floods.
To participate please call 510-962-6674 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Today the flood-destroyed houses on Lower Main have started to be demolished. One is down in a pile of rubble as of now (2 PM) with more to follow today and over the next several days. While we knew this day was coming it’s a stark reminder that these were the homes of our friends and neighbors. One home owner told me that they made a last visit to their house the other day and standing in the destruction, tearfully remembered that they started their family there. That’s the bitter part. The sweet part is that of the homeowners I’ve talked, they are all looking forward to what comes next.
No photos are included out of respect.
Jennifer Aieta, the town’s water engineer, was recognized in Denver for her role in getting water restored to Jamestown in record time. Of course she did not act alone but without Jennifer Jamestown would have remained Cistern Vill for a very long time. The citizens of Jamestown are grateful for her tireless efforts at helping us to get back on our feet. Thank you Jennifer and congratulations!
Lynn and his mom. April, 2012
From the Mayor of Jamestown:
With the progress we’ve made on the repairs to the water treatment plant and the distribution system, we’re ready to allow people to begin watering lawns and gardens again. This will help us to process more water through the new filters. Please share this information with your neighbors.
Until you are notified we are still on a Boil Water Advisory.
If you have any questions, please contact me.
From the Jamestown Town Hall, Erika:
We’ll be giving an update on:
- Water and Roads Projects
- PPDR (Private Property Debris Removal)
- Flood Anniversary Planning
- MDS Updates
- Long Term Planning process – We’ll meet Marjo, our new consultant!
…and so much more.
Hope to see you there!
Jamestown resident Sylvia Welner is having a book signing at the Merc on Friday for her soon-to-be-published book “Welcome to Jimtown”. Sylvia is generously DONATING 100% OF HER PROFIT TO REBUILD JAMESTOWN. Come’on out and support Sylvia, support the Merc, and support Jamestown.
Where: The Merc
When: Friday, August 8, at 6 PM
The book is Welcome to Jimtown: Where the Animals Mean Funny Business. Yes, it takes place in and around the wilderness area of our town—especially the Merc! It’s fiction for young adult readers and up. It’s funny and it’s mostly about the wilderness animals, with the main character being Burnee the Bear.
The popular musician Matty G. from West Virginia will also be on hand to entertain on the guitar with special songs that go along with the stories from Sylvia’s book.
From Nina Andaloro:
To commemorate the anniversary of the September 2013 flood, Jamestown will host several events for the community to come together to reflect on the event and to imagine our collective future.
On Friday, September 12th we will host an art exhibition in the town hall for any resident of the greater Jamestown Community to share a flood inspired work with the community. Works can include but are not limited to painting, sculpture, writing, film, photography. Musicians, storytellers and performance artists are encouraged to sign-up for an open mic night on Saturday at the Merc.
We invite you to consider displaying your work to inspire and share with the community during this momentous time. In order to participate, you MUST register in advance, by August 23rd so that we can reserve a space for your work. Please contact Nina for more information or to reserve a space 303-449-1806.