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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, which 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.
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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. The applications are due by May 31st to be included in that year's project. 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.