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The City of Cortez Municipal Election is held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in April of even numbered years. The next Municipal Election will be held on April 3, 2018.
No Person shall be eligible to office as a Council member unless at the time election he or she is a citizen of the United States, at least twenty-one years of age and shall have been for a one year immediately preceding such election a resident of the City.
Currently, the City of Cortez has 5 marijuana stores in the City of Cortez. There is some space left in the community for a marijuana establishment. All marijuana establishments shall be at least one thousand five hundred feet from any college, university, or seminary, residential child care facility, or other medical or retail marijuana establishment.
Liquor License fees are based upon the type of license requested. A fee is paid to both the City of Cortez and the Colorado Department of Revenue. A new license is required to be approved by City Council prior to sending the State for final approval. Contact the City Clerk for exact fees for a liquor license in the City of Cortez.
The Council Minutes are located under the Agenda and Minutes tab located on the left hand side. You will find minutes under the different boards that the City has as well as the Council Workshop and Regular Meeting. You may also go to the City Council Live Stream and watch meetings at http://www.cityofcortez.com/index.aspx?NID=493
Unfortunately the National Park Service has made the decision to discontinue selling tickets to Mesa Verde National Park at the Colorado Welcome Center in Cortez. If tickets are purchased at Mesa Verde National Park, tickets for Ranger guided tours for Balcony House, Cliff palace, or Long House can be purchased for $5.00.
The City of Cortez hopes to renew that relationship in 2019 as the Mesa Verde Museum Association is no longer a tenant at the Colorado Welcome Center in Cortez and they had previously been the ticket vendor for the park.
Mesa Verde is 9 miles from the entrance of the Visitor's Center.
No. Contact the Landfill at 970.565.9858 for information on e-waste.
Where can I take my recycling? Link to Map to Service Center
No. Residents are encouraged to do their own backyard composting
See our recycling FAQ page posted on the City website (link to that page).
The City’s recycling changes reflect the overall recycling market; our changes are made with an attempt to control otherwise runaway cost.
Everyone can help a little by reading about new changes, making sure to properly recycle and separate material.
Start small: audit your household and recycle the one thing you produce the most of, then as you feel comfortable, add another commodity to your recycling bin. Each household can have up to two City recycling bins.
The City of Cortez online payments are handled through Xpress Bill Pay, www.xpressbillpay.com. Select "Sign Up". Citizens must have their account number which is located the utility bills.
The city’s sales tax licenses are issued through MuniRevs, www.cortez.munirevs.com. Select “New Users”. The system guides potential business owners through the steps needed to complete the application. The cost is $10.00 and can be paid onlineand by check or debit/credit card at the end of the application process. Once a license is approved business owners will receive emails each month notifying of monthly tax filings due.
The refuse department picks up refuse daily. To find out what area and specifically when your refuse will be picked up, contact Laurie Black, utility billing at 970-564-4012
Contact our utility department, 970-564-4012. One will be delivered to your home.
The City of Cortez has a use tax on items over $1,000 that are bought out of town/state. A use tax is a tax on merchandise bought in one are but used/stored/registered in another. It is important that you check with the vehicle dealer when you buy a car out of town/state to make sure they are a town/state that reciprocates with the State of Colorado and Colorado Municipalities. If they are a reciprocal vendor, then you will not be charged any tax that would ordinarily be due that town/state, only paying town/state in the place you register your vehicle.
You can file an application online at www.colorado.gov/pacific/tax/sales-tax-account-license.
You can obtain bids at Rocky Mountain E Purchasing
You can can access the Public Surplus auction site here
If you live outside the county or are here temporarily we will ask you for a $20 deposit for a library card when you apply.
Our catalog is here: http://cortezpl.insigniailsusa.com/Library/Home
Yes, you can access your account here:
Your username is your library card #
Your password is your last name all lower case
You can also call us to renew at 970-565-8117.
You can request a book from this link, and we will see what we can do.
The Conference Room can be reserved by calling the library 970-565-8117.
All meetings must be for a non-profit and open to the general public.
The room can hold 15-20 people.
We have three study rooms that are available on a first come first served basis.
Yes, they check out for seven days.
No, you don't need a library card. You get five pages frees and then it is $0.25 a page.
Yes, we do it is $0.25 a page for black and white and $0.50 a page for color copies.
Yes, you can it costs $1.00 a page.
Options for making a payment on tickets received are as follows. a.) Cortez Municipal Court office, located at City Hall, b.) through the mail, make check or money order payable to City of Cortez-Cortez Municipal Court, 123 Roger Smith Avenue, Cortez, Colorado 81321 or c.) over the phone 970-565-7952 with a debit card or credit card. There is a drop box behind the west entrance to City Hall for parking tickets and payable tickets with amounts (blue box on pole).
License are suspended due to failure to pay fines owed to the court. Once an amount (the default or OJW fee) is paid in full, showing the defendant has complied-paperwork is furnished to take to the DMV and a copy is sent in.
Hours can be completed through any non-profit organization. The organization will need to record the hours, dates, and tasks completed on their letterhead.
When a person is issued a Summons(ticket), the name of the court, address and phone number are in the bottom left hand corner. The Summons will also have the date and time to appear.
The City of Cortez created a Parks, Recreation, and Forestry Advisory Board and meets at 7:00 a.m. every third Friday of the month at the Cortez Recreation Center to give community feedback on facilities, programs, and services and recommendations on future planning initiatives.
If in doubt, please call our office (970) 565-3402.
Question: Do I need a permit to install a manufactured home within the city limits of Cortez?
Answer: Yes. If the home will be placed in a manufactured home park (mobile home park), the fee is $175.00. The city will perform all inspections except for the electrical hook up. A licensed electrical contractor must obtain a state electrical permit and perform all electrical hook-ups.
Question: Who is responsible to buy the permit?
Answer: The park owner or park manager is responsible to purchase the permit. Only they know if your proposed sized home will meet the size limitations within their park.
Question: What if the home will be placed on my own lot?
Answer: You will still need a permit. However, not all lots in town are zoned for manufactured homes. Also, the fees for placing a home on private land are significantly different. Contact the Cortez Planning & Building Department at 970-565-3402 for more information.
Question: Can I move in as soon as my home is brought into the park?
Answer: No. For your safety, all inspections must first be performed and approved prior to moving in. Part of the set up includes code compliant steps for each exterior door. Many steps are not approved for use. Check with either your manufactured home installer, or you may call the Cortez Planning and Building Department at 970-565-3402 for more information.
Question: My home is an older manufactured home. Does that make any difference?
Answer: Yes. Only 1976 or newer HUD approved manufactured homes are allowed within the city limits of Cortez. Homes built prior to 1976 were constructed without any national safety standards, and many were deemed unsafe.
Question: I’ve heard that I can install my own manufactured home: is this correct?
Answer: In most instances no; only Colorado State Licensed manufactured home installers are allowed to install your home. Installing manufactured homes in Colorado takes specialized training and tools, therefore most homeowners are unable to comply with state law.
Question: How long does it take to get a permit?
Answer: Usually permits can be obtained no later than the day after the park owner/manager applies for them.
Question: Where can I go to find a licensed installer?
Answer: You may search for licensed installers by visiting the Colorado Department of Local Affairs website: https://dola.colorado.gov/doh_codes/installers.jsf or you can call CDLA at 303-864-7810. For your convenience a list of local Cortez licensed installers are on the back of this page.
No, they are a separate entity. Call 970.565.3962 or go to their website at www.cortezsanitation.com
Montezuma County owns and operates the Landfill. Call 970.565.8858 for information.
May 1 through October 30 each year, depending on weather conditions. Call 970.565.7320 for current status. Link to map page for location.
Yes, in early 2018.
None. This fee is what the landfill charges the City to dump the flatbeds.
No, the City has an ordinance against pushing snow from private property into the street. Downtown business owners are to clean their sidewalks by noon of the second day after a storm. The property owner is responsible for removing the snow from the sidewalks, whether the lot has a business on it, or is vacant.
The City of Cortez has an annual Sidewalk Cost-Share program to assist property owners who want to construct or repair all sidewalks in the public right-of-way abutting or adjacent to his or her property. Please contact the City Service Center at 970.565.7320 for an application. Anyone not participating in the program, and wants to construct or repair any sidewalk, driveway, or curb-cut on the public right-of-way, must obtain a Right-of-Way construction permit.
The City of Cortez can’t make an official determination if your property is in a Special Flood Hazard Area. There are methods of determination, such as an Elevation Certificate and Letter of Map Amendment, that can be used to demonstrate that a property is in or out of the Special Flood Hazard Area. Flood Insurance Rate Maps are available for viewing on the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) website at the following link: https://msc.fema.gov/portal. The City has a GIS map that shows the approximate location of the flood plain in relation to all properties.
The City Public Works Department maintains all accepted streets. Each year the City performs an annual street improvement project with funds generated from City sales tax, which includes periodic maintenance, reconstruction, resurfacing, and drainage improvements.
Yes, it is a law that you have to get locates before you can dig anything, anywhere. Call UNCC for a line locate at 1-800-922-1987 (or 811).
If your work, i.e. any construction or excavation activity, is inside the City right-of-way, you will need to apply for a Right-of-Way (ROW) permit.
Apply through the engineering division at the City Service Center, 110 West Progress Circle, Cortez. You will need to bring in a description of location, overview and time frame of proposed work. Utility Line locates must be obtained after a ROW permit is issued and before any construction begins. Call UNCC for a line locate at 1-800-922-1987 (or 811).
The ROW Permit is $30 per permit, plus any other costs that are deemed necessary, i.e. asphalt or concrete patch-back cost.
To ensure your site meets the requirements for a driveway entrance, you will need to speak with the engineering division at the City Service Center, 110 West Progress Circle, Cortez.
The City of Cortez can only fill potholes on public right-of-ways: streets, alleys, curbs.
No, this gives the impression that it is safe for children to play in the street.
Our water comes from the Dolores River Watershed, via McPhee Reservoir.
The fees can be found on the “Water Rates” page.
Please call the City Service Center at 970.565.7320.
Yes. Every year from May 15 – September 15, lawn watering is not allowed during the hours of 10:00 AM and 5:00 PM. For new lawns, a permit can be obtained (for a fee) to water during those hours. Call 970.565.7320 for more information. Check out the “Water Conservation” page.
Yes, on Park Street, and at the City Service Center in the Industrial Park. Check out the “Water Dock” page for a link to the map.
When water leaves the tap, it isn't under pressure any longer and the air comes out. However, a yellow or rusty color is probably due to sediment from the water system. Try running your water for a few minutes; this usually takes care of the problem.
This is probably caused by suspended materials in the water system; however, sometimes it is caused by rusty pipes from within the home itself.
Depending on the area of town where the leak is, the main line may be quite old and a water valve won’t shut down as well as it should. The City is trying to rectify the problem by installing new water lines and valves. All of this takes time and money. Each year, Public Works budgets for a major waterline replacement project and a street improvement project.
The refuse department picks up refuse daily. To find out what area and specifically when your refuse will be picked up contact Laurie Black, utility billing at 970-564-4012.
In August of 2017, China announced to the World Trade Organization that they intended to stop Taking post-consumer materials (recyclables) from the United States and several other countries, due to increased contamination and damage to their own environment from taking contaminated recycling mixes from other countries. China audited their recycling factories in July and found that most of their factories could not meet their new environmental standards, so they decided to halt imports.
Yes it does. Because our residents separate their items, it is much easier for us to move material to market. In fact, we use Domestic markets whenever possible. Our collection efforts have been clean and did not in any way contribute to the China situation.
The estimation on the amount of recycling that the United States moved to China ranged anywhere from 60-90%. Imagine all the other groups in our nation’s recycling industry trying to find new homes for their recyclables. This potential market glut means that the cleaner and more separated our commodity stream is, the more preferred our recycling commodities will be in the near future. Thus, the easier to move them to that market.
Same as in real estate – Location. Our location is outside of optimal trucking zones so companies that wish to move material out of this area face what is known as dead-head trucking rates. That means most entities need to pay round-trip shipping if they want to move materials to market.
Start small - audit your household and start recycling the one material you produce most. Then when you are comfortable, begin with another material. You can use cans, boxes, or bags inside of the bins to hold your materials, separately. The City of Cortez allows residents to have two of our collection bins. You may also set out an additional container for recycling, but it needs to remain separated, and preferably labeled as “Recycling” so our refuse collectors don’t throw them away.