CITIES OF CRIPPLE CREEK AND VICTOR EMPLOYERS, EMPLOYEES AND RESIDENTS: Please Participate in our Housing Needs Assessment
All employers, employees and residents within the Cripple Creek and Victor area are encouraged to participate in an online survey beginning May 1st. The study is designed to assess the housing and community needs of residents and employees in the area, with the survey providing valuable insight into the extent to which local employers, residents and employees are impacted (or not) by the availability of housing. The cities of Cripple Creek and Victor are sponsoring this study to better understand and plan for our resident and workforce housing needs now and, in the future, and to support our community and economy. We need to hear from you to make this study a success! More to follow!
City of Victor Citizens on the West side of town will be without water for a period of hours today while City Crews repair a main line break. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience.
As we continue through one of the coldest winters we’ve experienced lately, take precautions to help keep your water flowing! Please let your water drip at night if your home is prone to freezing!
Cold Weather Tips to Prevent Frozen Pipes
- Remove, drain, and store hoses used outdoors. Close inside valves supplying outdoor hose bibs. Open the outside hose bibs to allow water to drain. Keep the outside valve open so that any water remaining in the pipe can expand without causing the pipe to break.
- Check around the home for other areas where water supply lines are located and are in unheated areas. Look in the basement, crawl space, attic, garage, and under kitchen and bathroom cabinets. Both hot and cold water pipes in these areas should be insulated. A hot water supply line can freeze just as a cold water supply line can freeze if the water is not running through the pipe and the water temperature in the pipe is cold. Insulate behind the skirting of of mobile or manufactured homes.
- Consider installing specific products made to insulate water pipes like a “pipe sleeve” or installing UL-listed “heat tape,” “heat cable,” or similar materials on exposed water pipes. Many products are available at your local building supplies retailer. Pipes should be carefully wrapped, with ends butted tightly and joints wrapped with tape. Follow manufacturer’s recommendations for installing and using these products. Newspaper can provide some degree of insulation and protection to exposed pipes – even ¼” of newspaper can provide significant protection in areas that usually do not have frequent or prolonged temperatures below freezing.
During Cold Weather, Take Preventive Action
- Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage.
- Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals up out of the reach of children.
- When the weather is very cold outside, let the cold water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe – even at a trickle – helps prevent pipes from freezing because the temperature of the water running through it is above freezing.
- Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night. By temporarily suspending the use of lower nighttime temperatures, you may incur a higher heating bill, but you can prevent a much more costly repair job if pipes freeze and burst.
- If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55ºF.
Thawing Frozen Pipes
If you turn on a faucet and only a trickle comes out, suspect a frozen pipe. Locate the suspected frozen area of the water pipe. Likely places include pipes running against exterior walls or where your water service enters your home through the foundation.
- Keep the faucet open. As you treat the frozen pipe and the frozen area begins to melt, water will begin to flow through the frozen area. Running water through the pipe will help melt more ice in the pipe.
- Apply heat to the section of pipe using towels soaked in hot water wrapped around the pipe, an electric heating pad wrapped around the pipe, or an electric hair dryer set (DO NOT use electrical devices if there is standing water).
- NOTE: DO NOT use a blowtorch, kerosene or propane heater, charcoal stove, or other open flame device. A blowtorch can make water in a frozen pipe boil and cause the pipe to explode. All open flames in homes present a serious fire danger, as well as a severe risk of exposure to lethal carbon monoxide.
- Apply heat until full water pressure is restored. If you are unable to locate the frozen area, if the frozen area is not accessible, or if you cannot thaw the pipe, call a licensed plumber.
- Check all other faucets in your home to find out if you have additional frozen pipes. If one pipe freezes, others may freeze, too.
City Council Ward 1 Vacancy
The City of Victor is seeking Letters of Intent for the newly vacated City Council position formerly held by Councilor Tarla Perdew. In accordance with Colorado Revised Statutes, an individual will be appointed by Council to fill the vacant position until the next regularly scheduled election, to be held on November 5, 2019. Qualified persons interested in filling the position must submit a letter expressing interest to the Mayor and City Council no later than Monday, January 14, 2019 by 10:00 a.m. for inclusion in Council packets. Letters may be hand carried to the City Clerk at 500 Victor Avenue or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. City Council will fill the vacancy at the regularly scheduled meeting on January 17th, 2019 at 6 pm.