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May 30

Mensaje de ejercicio 1

Posted to Blog de Emergencia (en español) by Julie Sutor

Mensaje de ejecicio
Este es un simulacro del blog del Condado de Summit.

2:45 P.M.:

El Distrito de Aguas del Rio Snake ha sido sometido a pruebas para confirmar si el agua es segura para el consumo, estos resultados podrian tomar hasta tres dias.El Distrito de Aguas del Rio Snake se extiende desde Montezuma Road hasta Landfill y Soda Ridge Roads en Keystone, Co. El River Course en Keystone tambien esta incluido en el Distrito de Aguas del Rio Snake. La Cruz Roja Americana proveera botellas de agua de 7am - 8am y 7pm - 8pm el 31 de Mayo y 1ro de Junio, fechas adicionales a la ya mencionada en el 30 de Mayo de 5pm - 6pm, en las siguientes localidades:

*        En la interseccion de HWY 6 y Tennis Club Road en el parqueadero del Centro de Empleados de Sky Resort de Keystone.


*         En el parqueadero de River Run (Keystone) en la esquina noreste.

2:01 P.M.: 

El Centro Medico de Summit St. Anthony ha visto 27 pacientes. 12 de ellos han sido tratados y dados de alta. 5 han sido admitidos y se encuentran en condiciones estables. 3 han sido transportados a Denver por el helicoptero Flight for Life. 7 se encuentran en la sala de emergencia esperando a ser dados de alta.

DEC LARACION DE DEVER WATER: "Continuamos monitoriando la situacion junto con el departament de salud publica y las agencias locales y aseguramos que el consumo de agua proviniente de Denver Water es segura. Denver Water continua trabajando para proveer la mas alta calidad de agua antes de que se acereque a las plantas de tratamiento. Denver Water toma mas de 35,000 muestras y realiza cerca de 70,000 pruebas cada año bajo esta sistema, desde el tope de las montañas hasta los bajos de la ciudad."


La Cruz Roja Americana proveera agua embotellada de 5pm - 6pm esta noche en las siguientes localidades:

*        En la interseccion de HWY 6 y Tennis Club Road en el parqueadero del Centro de Empleados de Sky Resort de Keystone.


*         En el parqueadero de River Run (Keystone) en la esquina noreste.


El Centro de Recreacion de Breckenridge ubicado en 880 Airport Road in Breckenridge es actualmente disponible para duchas sin costo para las personas afectadas por el incidente.



12:40 P.M:
Centro Medico de Summit St. Anthony esta actualmente bajo acceso controlado. Todos los visitantes deberan chequear con seguridad en la purta principal. Una area de descontaminacion a sido instalada cerca del area de Emergencia.
St. Anthony Summit esta en cuidado de tres pacientes que se sospecha han sido expuestos al quimico del derrame reportado, con pacientes adicionales. En este momento no existe daño al personal o pacientes. El acceso controlado de la facilidad es una medida precautelar que intenta proteger la salud y estabilidad de todos en el hospital, ya sean visitantes, empleados y pacientes en general. Si usted esta experimentando problemas respiratorios por favor busque atencion medica de inmediato.


12:00 P.M: 
Los Bomberos del Condado de Summit y EMS, Denver Water, Autoridades Designadas para Respuestas de Emergencia DETA (siglas en ingles) enviados desde el Centro de Entranamiento High County han respondido a la emergencia de elementos quimicos peligrosos para la salud en Peru Creek cerca del area de Montezuma a las 11:30am, hoy 30 de Mayo, 2019.

Debido a la contaminacion del agua en el rio Snake, los oficiales del servicio de Salud Publica en el Condado de Summit recomiendan que se evite el contacto con el rio Snake y Peru Creek. Oficiales tambien recomiendan evitar el consumo del agua proviniente del rio Snake hasta nuevo aviso. Oficiales estan trabajando con el estado y departamentos federales para investigar el origen de la contaminacion y eliminarla cuanto antes. Oficiales tambien investigan el riesgo que significa para la comunidad y estaran publicando futura informacion cuando este disponible.

Mensaje de ejecicio


May 07

STR Permitting Process Q&A

Posted to Short Term Rentals Blog by Dorothy Martinez

On April 11 and May 1, Summit County staff hosted demos of the STR permit application process. Check out the live stream video of the demo on Summit County Government’s Facebook page.


 Here are some of the questions we addressed:

  • What method of communication will the STR Helper Hotline use to contact the Responsible Agent (RA)?
    • If a complaint is filed, the hotline will always call the RA using the phone number you submit in the portal.
  • Do units that only have 0.8 of a parking space require a CUP?
    • No. You can fill out the standard application, and will write that information in the box provided.
  • What does an applicant need to do if they change listing platforms and get a new sales tax license number after they already have an STR permit? For example, if they’re only listing with Airbnb when they applied for the permit, but then later start listing on other sites as well and get an additional sales tax license number.
    • Once you’ve obtained your new sales tax license number, email the Planning Department at STR@summitcountyco.gov to let us know. Include your new sales tax license number, the names of the platforms you’re advertising on, your name, the permit number, and the STR property address.
  • Should the number of bedrooms entered on the application include the loft or lock-off?
    • No, the number of bedrooms entered on the application should not include the loft or lock-off. There are questions designated for the loft and lock-off and if you answer yes to these questions, then the occupancy for those rooms will apply. The application has recently been modified to make this more clear.
  • Can we make PDFs of the applications available online?
    • Yes, we are currently working to provide these solely so applicants can see what information is required before they log into the permit portal. We are only accepting online applications submitted via the permit portal. We cannot accept paper or email applications.
  • If a property manager has hundreds of properties, can the bulk discount be applied to the total transaction, or do they only get 20% off if they have 6 or more units in the same building?
    • The 20% discount is only applicable if you are applying for 6 or more units in the same building. Due to the fact that County staff is required to review each property individually, as each property has unique conditions related to the egress components, parking, trash disposal, unit types, etc., we need to look at the permits on a property-by-property basis. We’ve established this fee structure to accurately account for our staff review time for groups of units within individual properties.
  • How do we classify a studio for occupancy purposes?
    • We consider a studio to be a one-bedroom unit.
  • What is OWTS?
    • OWTS stands for on-site wastewater treatment system (a.k.a. septic system). The application has recently been modified to make this more clear.

  • What number will appear on the caller ID when the STR Helper Hotline calls the Responsible Agent to inform them about a complaint?
    • 970-368-2044
  • If you have a bear-proof trash receptacle, do you still need to store it in an enclosure or indoors?
    • No, if you have a bear-proof trash receptacle, you can store it outside, but it cannot be stored in the County right-of-way where it would impede snow plow operations. We have documented suggestions about this issue, and we will consider revising this section of the regulations in the future.
  • What if I can’t find my property in the permit portal?
    • Do NOT apply for a permit for a property that has “null” listed as the owner. If you’re having trouble finding your property in the permit portal, try searching by the street name only without the suffix, the unit number only, or the building number only. For example, if my property address is 0037 Peak One Drive Unit 203, Frisco, CO 80443, then I would type one of the following in the search bar “0037,” or “Peak One,” or “203.” Here are some helpful tips for searching for a property in the permit portal:
    • Again, do not apply for an address that has a “null” owner. This is the master property for the entire building, not the specific unit. If you apply for a “null” address, we will have to reject your application, refund your money, and have you re-apply using the correct address.
    • The address that was imported into the STR permit portal database is the same address found under “PHYS. ADD” in the GIS Parcel Query Tool (without the County Road in parenthesis).
    • If you are searching for a condo, try entering the unit number only. For example, if my address is 123 Dercums Dash Unit #201, then I would type “201” in the search bar and press enter.
    • You cannot search for a property in the permit portal by owner name or parcel number. You can only search by address.
    • If you still cannot find your property in the permit portal, call 970-668-4185.
    • If you have found your property, but it has the previous owner’s name listed, please go ahead and apply anyway. The permit portal database is only updated twice per year with the information in the Summit County Assessor’s Database. As long as your info is correct in the GIS Parcel Query Tool, then your property record will be updated in the permit portal the next time the data is imported from the Assessor’s Database.

  • Does bulk permitting apply to single-family homes?
    • No, the bulk permit option does not apply to single-family homes. It only applies if you are applying for 6 or more condos or townhomes in the same building or complex.

  • What is the definition of a temporary fire pit vs. permanent fire pit?
    • A fire pit structure that is portable and can be moved from one location to another without the use of machinery is considered temporary. When in doubt, please contact the fire district in which your property is located. Red White and Blue Fire: https://www.rwbfire.org/; Summit Fire & EMS: https://www.summitfire.org/

  • What if I have more than one sales tax number? How do I enter that on the application?
    • For purposes of the Summit County STR permit application, an applicant should have a minimum of one sales tax license number and a maximum of two sales tax license numbers. The application has a text field that allows you to type more than one sales tax license number. If you have more than one, just leave a space between them and type both of them in the text field on the application.

  • How has the County attempted to notify STR owners about the new regulations?
    • The Summit County Planning Department has conducted an extensive public outreach campaign, including detailed website content, the STR blog, letters mailed to all STR owners we’ve identified, newspaper ads in the Summit Daily, posts on social media, SCTV shows, public demos of the application process, extensive local media coverage, informational brochures, surveys, public hearings, planning commission meetings, and meetings of the Board of County Commissioners. We are willing to work with STR owners who were not reached through this process, in order to bring them into compliance as quickly as possible.

  • What is a County-Approved Lock-Off?
    • The definition of a County-Approved Lock-Off can be found here. A lock-off is not approved for single-family homes. It is only approved for multi-family buildings (i.e., a condominium). A lock-off is not a closet that you would lock your personal belongings in so that your short-term renters do not have access.

We will host one more demo at the Summit County Community & Senior Center, located at 83 Nancy’s Place, Frisco, CO, on Friday, May 10, at 3:30 pm. To reserve a spot, please RSVP via email with the number of attendees. Light refreshments will be provided.





May 31

Exercise Day 2

Posted to Summit County Emergency Blog by Julie Sutor

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Update at 11:08 AM on 5/31/19

Reminder that a press briefing is scheduled for 12:00 PM MST today, 5.31.19. It will be streamed live on the county's Facebook page, here: https://www.facebook.com/SummitCountyGov/

If you are unable to watch, a detailed summary will be posted here shortly after. 

Update at 9:02 AM on 5/31/19

As of 9:00 AM on Friday, 5/31, all evacuations have been lifted and the road to Montezuma is open. St. Anthony's Summit Medical Center has resumed normal operations. 

Due to the contamination, officials are advising people and animals to continue to avoid contact with water in the Dillon Reservoir, Peru Creek and Snake River. Water is still being tested by the Environmental Protection Agency and results will be released as soon as they are known. 


Keystone area visitors and residents are still advised to not drink the water if it comes from the Snake River Water District or if it is coming from a private well. Private well owners can contact Summit County Environmental Health at 970-668-4070 to have their water tested. Results could take up to three days and owners will be notified immediately. 

The Snake River Water District extends from Montezuma Road to Landfill and Soda Ridge Roads in Keystone, CO. The River Course at Keystone is also included in the Snake River Water District. This does not affect the Summit Cove neighborhood or Summit Cove Elementary (East Dillon Water District). 


Potable water is being distributed by the Red Cross from 7 AM to 8 PM Friday and Saturday in two locations: At the intersection of Highway 6 and Tennis Club Road in the Keystone Ski Resort Employee Center Parking Lot, and River Run Parking Lot (Keystone) in the northeast corner.     

The Red Cross and Breckenridge Recreation Center at 880 Airport Road are providing facilities for free showers. 


County officials are continuing to work with the county hazmat team, EPA and Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to clean up the river.  

The public may contact 970-668-9730 with questions.

A press briefing is scheduled for 12:00 PM MST on Friday, 5.31.19. It will be streamed on Facebook live, here: https://www.facebook.com/SummitCountyGov/


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