Five-Year Program for Gas Service Underway
Along with a big snow season, Leadville and Lake County saw a record number of gas leak reports mostly contributed to old and aging gas meters/lines and the neglect in keeping them clear of snow and ice. One situation resulted in the temporary evacuation of homes in the West Park neighborhood, which is where Xcel Energy will begin its newly rolled-out replacement program.
Xcel Energy started its 5-year project to renew the natural gas system that delivers natural gas to the Leadville community earlier this month. This is part of Xcel Energy’s Residential Gas Service Replacement Program -a statewide program to modernize infrastructure, improve service reliability, and maintain the safety and integrity of the natural gas system.
Work will occur in five different phases. (See below for phase map.) The first phase will begin in 2019, and will focus on the north end of the city. The approximate boundaries for the work are below:
- Between Mount Massive Drive on the west and North Poplar Street on the east
- Between Mountain View Drive on the north and 11th Street on the south
They plan to start the 2019 phase of this project in mid-May and anticipate completing work for this phase by late-October. However, inclement weather and other circumstances may cause delays. Generally, crews will work from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, with the possibility of some Saturdays, also from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. To reduce overall construction impact, much of the work will be done through underground drilling or boring in streets. Some work may also occur on side and adjacent streets, and in yards. If the pipeline to your home needs to be replaced, Xcel must be in your yard to do the work. If it is necessary to work in your yard, you will be notified, and landscaping will be restored to its pre-construction state.
Additionally, if your natural gas meter is located inside your home or business, we must move it to an outside location to meet industry standards. If this is the case, Xcel will contact you directly.
Please call Xcel Energy at 1-800-895-4999 to discuss any concerns or to ask any questions you may have about this project. For more information about this work and to see a listing of the projects in your area visit the “Residential Gas Service Replacement Program.” You can also send an email to email@example.com if you have questions, comments or concerns. Este infomacion EN ESPANOL.
Ranger Selling Firewood Permits
Come and get it! The San Isabel National Forest – Leadville Ranger District will start selling firewood permits on June 3, 2019.
Maps of firewood cutting areas along with rules and regulations will be available upon purchase of a firewood permit. Firewood permits are sold $10 per cord, with a three cord minimum purchase and a ten cord maximum per family. Firewood cutters may pay by cash, check or credit card.
The Leadville Ranger District will continue to sell firewood permits until November 15, 2019. Firewood cutting areas will include decks of wood from cutting operations around Turquoise Lake, firewood cutting areas in certain areas across the District, and roadside cutting. Firewood cutting areas outside of the Turquoise Lake area will stay open until November 30, 2019, weather and firewood availability permitting. Roadside cutting will be permissible until December 31, 2019.
Firewood permits purchased at the Leadville Ranger District may also be used on the Salida and San Carlos Ranger Districts, provided all rules are followed for each district. Firewood cutters must contact those districts for specific rules and regulations. For more information, please contact the Leadville Ranger District at: (719) 486-0749.