Calendar of Events - Fort Morgan Area Chamber

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06/20/2018 - 06/27/2018

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Fort Morgan Chamber Foundation Ag Appreciation Golf Tournament Meeting - Tuesday, June 26th, 1:00pm at Home Plate Restaurant.  Meeting will be held in the back room.  You will be able to order off the menu.

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Do you need help with the IRS, Social Security Administration, VA, or another federal agency? Do you have a suggestion for an action Congress could take to help your family or community? If so, then I invite you to meet with my Regional Director, James Thompson, on June 28. James will be meeting one-on-one with constituents at the Fort Morgan Library (414 Main Street.) in Fort Morgan from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. I encourage you to meet with him and explore how our office may be helpful.

Please schedule an appointment to ensure a meeting time by sending an email to Include a brief description of the issue you want to address, as this will help him assist you. If you are already working with someone in our office, be sure to include that information in your email, as well.

If you have any questions feel free to call James at 970-224-2200.

James will be holding a total of six sessions in this region on June 28 and 29. The details for the six listening sessions are available below.

Morgan County:


Thursday, June 28, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.


Fort Morgan Library

414 Main St.

Fort Morgan, CO 80701

Washington County:


Thursday, June 28, 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.


Washington County Building

150 Ash Ave.

Akron, CO 80720

Yuma County Session 1:


Thursday, June 28, 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.


Yuma Public Library

Study Room

910 S Main St.

Yuma, CO 80759

Yuma County Session 2:


Thursday, July 28, 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.


Wray Activity Center

Meeting Room

700 Main St, Wray, CO 80758


Phillips County:


Friday, June 29, 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.


Phillips County Courthouse

3rd Floor Meeting Room

221 S. Interocean Ave.

Holyoke, CO 80734

Sedgwick County:


Friday, June 29, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


Sedgwick County Economic Development Building

125 Cedar St.

Julesburg, CO 80737

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Public input sought on city park hours

Closing city parks at night would eliminate camping at Riverview

By Zach Schwindt


Fort Morgan Times

POSTED:   06/20/2018 05:49:08 PM MDT
Parks Superintendent Doak Duke said that there has been a steady rise in petty crime at the city parks during nighttime hours.
Parks Superintendent Doak Duke said that there has been a steady rise in petty crime at the city parks during nighttime hours. (Zach Schwindt / Fort Morgan Times)

The city of Fort Morgan has seen a steady rise in trash disposal, vandalism, and petty crime at city parks during the nighttime hours, and now they're looking to put an end to it.

During a council meeting on Tuesday morning, the city decided to hold a public hearing on July 3 at 6 p.m. to gather input on an ordinance that would establish hours of operation for city parks.

"This is a measure that has been discussed for the past year," City Clerk and Acting City Manager John Brennan said during the city council meeting. He explained that the city has seen a rising problem with trash being dispersed in the parks overnight, which occupies a significant amount of staff time to clean it up every morning.

The ordinance suggests that city parks should be open during the hours of 5 a.m. and 11 p.m., with a six hour closing window in the middle of the night.

"I feel like this is a very beneficial move that we need to bring forward and let the public know some of the issues that the city staff is dealing with," Mayor Ron Shaver said.

Parks superintendent Doak Duke spoke to the council about the various issues that have arisen over the past few years, specifically at Riverside Park.

"Over the past few years, it's really gotten worse down there with our trash issue," he said. He also explained that every morning, the city employees spend at least two to four man hours picking up trash that was dispersed from the night before.

"It's just never ending," he said. He mentioned that beyond trash, he's seen a rise in vandalism and misuse of city property has well.

"We're used to seeing a couple of tents in the campground across from the playground, but now we see dozens of tents down there that stay there for long and extended periods of time," he explained. He also said that it's very common for the campers to defecate in the park rather than going across the park to the public restrooms.

The ordinance would apply to all city parks, although Riverside Park is hit with the majority of the trash and vandalism issues.

Brennan said that the city intends on putting up signs to inform the public of the operating hours of the park.

"Having the signage in place would give the police department a better opportunity to interact with people who are found in the parks after hours," he said. "It gives them a reason to approach them to see what they're up to."

Councilwoman Allison Howe explained that the ordinance would protect city property, sets appropriate boundaries for citizens and visitors, but also allows for exceptions for special use including the annual disc golf tournament.

Residents who would like to give public comment on the parks ordinance are encouraged to attend the public hearing at City Hall on July 3 at 6 p.m. during the regular city council meeting.

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