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When you are looking for a job it is always a good idea to have these documents available, since many employers require them.
Two or three weeks after the application deadline date, a notice is sent telling applicants whether their application has been accepted or rejected and why.
For some specialized jobs, you would go before an oral examination board, made up of persons who are experts in that field. When appropriate, a performance test may be used. Police and Fire Department candidates also take a physical agility exam.
For many of the City's jobs, tests are given on an as-needed basis. If your name is placed on an eligibility list, it is very important that you keep your address and phone number current with the Civil Service Commission office. Failure to do so could result in you missing a job opportunity and your name may be removed from the eligibility list if you cannot be contacted.
All candidates must pass a medical exam conducted by the City’s physician. A drug screen and Colorado Bureau of Investigation record check are also required. Before appointment as a police patrol officer, a candidate must undergo an in-depth background investigation, a polygraph exam, and psychological evaluation.
Please visit the City of Pueblo’s website at www.pueblo.us and click on the link in the bright orange box to request an application.
Processing applications and agreements that contain confidential information is a little more complicated during this period of social distancing. We are committed to protecting your personal and business financial information throughout the application and award process. Because of this, we are using DocuSign to keep your documents and information secure throughout the process. Following your request for an application, you will receive an email inviting you to complete your application on DocuSign. Each step along the way, the communications you receive from the City will have instructions to make the process as simple as possible for you.
The Mayor has appointed a three-member committee of advisors – local persons experienced in banking and business – who will review the applications and make recommendations to the Mayor on awards for loans and grants.
The three-member committee will evaluate applications on a number of factors including: 1) how much the COVID-19 pandemic has financially impacted the business; 2) how much the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the business’s sales and the City’s sales tax revenue; 3) the likelihood a grant or loan would assist the business in becoming and remaining viable beyond the COVID-19 pandemic. It is recommended that you emphasize these factors in your application.
Funds can be used for capital needs, including 1) an improvement project of a permanent/fixed nature; 2) acquisition of both real property (through purchase or lease); 3) purchase of tangible personal property, including inventory; 4) construction, extension, remodeling or rehabilitation of buildings where individuals are employed or where machinery or equipment are housed; 5) the installation or extension of streets, sanitary sewer, water, or other utilities required to serve a project; and 6) operational expenses including business rent or mortgage payments and supplies for business operations.
The loans will be for a period of five years, with 1% interest, amortized over 48 months, with monthly payments beginning one year after the date of the Loan Agreement.
We are planning to make some initial awards in April and, depending on the number of applicants, complete awards in May.
The City has allocated $5 million dollars for COVID-19 Emergency Business Loans and Grants from proceeds of the City’s ½ cent sales tax for economic development.
To be eligible to apply for funding, a business must 1) be located within the City of Pueblo or within Pueblo’s Airport Industrial Park; 2) hold a current City of Pueblo business license; 3) be current on all financial obligations to the City of Pueblo; and 4) be able to demonstrate through financial records that it has been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
If your business has recently fallen behind on paying sales tax, the amount owed can be taken from the proceeds of a loan or grant, if awarded. Other outstanding City obligations would need to be brought current as well; grant or loan funding may be considered for this use as well.
Loans or grants under this program may not duplicate state or federal funds created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Your application will include a disclosure of any other COVID-19-related funding that you have applied for or received.
Your business will need to spend all grant or loan funds by September 30, 2020 on eligible expenses according to your grant or loan agreement.
Your business will need to submit a report by October 31, 2020, detailing how you spent the funds according to our loan or grant agreement, including proof of expenditures.
The Pueblo City Zoning Code regulates all signs. More Info
Community development has many elements. You’ll find we arranged this resource in a special way. As you skim the surface, we focus on the most frequently-asked questions. More Info
If you or your consultants have questions about development, our city agencies can help. One or more agencies will answer your question depending on the scope of work. More Info
How to apply for the business license at the Sales Tax Division of the City of Pueblo Finance Department.. More Info
Applicable sections to the Pueblo Municipal Code (PMC) may be cited in compliance worksheets. The PMC is available and searchable online ... More Info
To initiate the request for a building permit, the interested party must contact the Pueblo Regional Building Department (PRBD) at 719-543-0002... More Info
For new commercial plans the Planning Department requires a Review Application be submitted to initiate a Commercial Site Plan Review. Please follow the Electronic Submittal Information and the Submittal Checklist to determine what forms may be required and in what order; not all the forms will apply immediately... More Info
Once construction is complete, the applicant requests inspections. Typically, this includes PRBD routing to agencies for approving a certificate of occupancy (C.O.)... More Info
The purpose of this overview is to provide a brief description of the application process for a Commercial Plan Review within the City of Pueblo... More Info
Once the plans conform to performance standards, the city planner stamps an approval signature on the plan set. The city planner will email them to the applicant... More Info
The City of Pueblo Stormwater Utility Division piggybacks the Board of Water Works billing, as does the wastewater utility. This was done to consolidate billing and thereby reduce the costs.
Anyone conducting any type of business or making deliveries within the City limits of Pueblo is required to obtain a license. Refer to Title 9, Section 9-1-2 and Title 14, Section 14-4-81 of City of Pueblo Ordinances.
There is a base fee of $50 for a business license. Depending on the type of business being conducted, there may be additional fees and requirements involved. You can refer to Title 9 - Licenses and Permits or contact our office at (719) 553-2659 for specifics.
The sales and use tax rate is 3.7%. The total tax rate for Pueblo is 7.6%. The breakdown consists of 3.7% for the City tax, 2.9% for the state tax, and 1% for the county tax.
There is a 3.7% use tax imposed on purchases made outside the City limits of Pueblo for use, storage, or consumption in the City of Pueblo. Refer to Title 14, Section 14-4-63 of the Pueblo City Ordinances for additional information.
Yes, all construction materials purchased or used within the City are taxable. There are no jobs that are exempt from sales and/or use tax. Construction contractors and/or subcontractors who perform a construction contract for a charitable or religious organization are considered to be the end user of all tangible personal property used or consumed and thus subject to sales and use tax. If the 3.7% City of Pueblo sales tax has not been paid, a 3.7% use tax is due. For more information, refer to the City of Pueblo Tax Guide.
The City of Pueblo will notify the North Gateway Number 1 Public Improvement Corporation of the status of all PIF filings. Failure to file the PIF Schedule may constitute a violation of your lease or real estate agreement and could result in accrued interest, penalties, collection costs and/or legal fees.
For information on property parcels and addresses please also visit the Pueblo County or contact the Pueblo County Assessor.
VIN inspections are done Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Incident reports can be obtained Monday - Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. A request form must be filled out and signed.Records Request Form
Records Section Fee Schedule Costs are as follows: (updated as of January 2019) • Police Report: $5 for up to 15 pages / $0.25 each additional page • Report Photographs on CD: $2.50 • Video: $10 • Body Camera Video: $2:50 plus $30.00 per hour research fee • Arrest Report: $10 • General Research Fees: $30 per hour ($30 nonrefundable deposit required)
Take the time to explain to your children when to dial 9-1-1 and when not to. Let them know that calling 9-1-1 for fun is not allowed. Also make sure that they know their address and phone number. Even though this information is provided on every 9-1-1 call, the 9-1-1 telecommunicators will still confirm that the information provided is correct to make sure that emergency crews are able to find you.
Do not call 9-1-1 for non-emergency situations, such as inconveniences (power outages, phone numbers, or directions). These calls tie up the 9-1-1 telecommunicators and could delay them from helping someone with a true emergency.
Currently, 9-1-1 systems in Colorado are not yet designed to handle text messages, multimedia messages, or streaming video, all of which could be very helpful to first responders. However, before moving to the new Pueblo Municipal Justice Center in April 2010, the City of Pueblo upgraded their 9-1-1 system to the state-of-the-art Viper System. When network technology and Colorado legislation allows, the Pueblo 9-1-1 Communications Center will be able to receive 9-1-1 calls via text message.
Yes. The Pueblo Police Department has a volunteer program. For more information please contact the Community Services Division at 719-553-2586.
After the 5th false alarm from any alarm site within any calendar year, the Police Department shall have the discretion to suspend police response. Should the Police Department, in it's sole discretion, choose to respond to a subsequent alarm condition at an alarm site that has had five or more false alarms within any permit year and determine that the subsequent alarm condition was false, the alarm user shall be assessed a civil penalty of four hundred dollars ($400).
If you have a record of the serial number on the item or if you have applied you own number, include that in the report. Items lost or stolen that are reported with their serial numbers stand a far better chance of being returned to their owners. An owner has 90 days to claim their property. If you have lost some property and would like to see if it has been turned in, you may contact us by phone.
Unclaimed items will be disposed of or possibly go to a charitable organization.
The order of priority for removal is as follows: 1) Public property (City Owned) 2) Private Property (elderly & disabled) 3) Private Property with significant public exposure 4) All private property as time permits.
To remove graffiti from private property, the program must have a release of liability form signed by the owner of the property
The Police Department lobby doors open at 8:00 am and close at 5:00 pm Monday-Friday only. The Records Section is open from 8:00 am through 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Fingerprinting is available from 8:00 am through 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday, and by appointment.
Traffic Accident reports can be obtained at no cost online by going to our Police to Citizens (P2C) website. Click on "Get a Crash Report", then fill in all the information and click submit. You can then print out the report. You can also come into the department between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday - Friday. A fee will be associated with a walk-in request.
You need to contact the Impound Vehicle Department at 719-553-2563. If your vehicle was towed for evidentiary reasons, your vehicle may or may not be releasable until the District Attorney's Office releases the hold. If your vehicle is releasable, you will have to show proof of ownership for that vehicle. The impound officer will require a copy of the title, current vehicle registration, valid insurance card, driver's license and paid tow receipt showing the tow bill has been paid. If the vehicle in impound is not in operable condition, the City of Pueblo will not allow the vehicle owner to perform any mechanical procedures due to civil liability, the vehicle will have to be towed out by a licensed tow company.
Keeping the roadway in front of your house free from large objects and obstructions is the best way to assist street sweeping crews’ cleanup efforts.
It is common that dump trucks will accompany sweepers due to the large amount of debris being collected. In order to be most efficient while sweeping, the street sweepers will dump into the trucks, so they do not need to drive to the waste stockpile area multiple times a day.
Most street sweeping is conducted between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Except for holidays and weekends. The Business/Night Route runs from 3:30 a.m. till 12:00 noon. Except for holidays and weekends.
If you see debris in the street creating an immediate hazard contact Public Works Department during normal business hours (Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 5:00pm)
Street sweepers are not designed to pick up large quantities of leaves. Large quantities of leaves will clog sweeper brooms, spreading leaves over a large area of the street.
The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is the entity in charge of the project. The project manager is David Miller. CDOT can be reached at (719) 546-5400.
Reports that show a considerable amount of information will be posted for all bids that have been awarded on thePending and Awarded Projects page.The information is updated on a regular basis. If the information regarding a project award is not available, please send an email to the Purchasing Department.
Wastewater contains high concentrations of organic matter and inorganic matter, as well as microorganisms that can transmit human diseases. Chemically, this mixture is termed a “complex matrix.” The wastewater treatment process is controlled by a discharge permit that sets specific numeric limits on such materials as nutrients, suspended solids, and heavy metals, as well as on surrogate measures like biochemical oxygen demand and whole effluent toxicity. The most demanding aspect of wastewater treatment is extracting dissolved organic material from water. This is done using living bacteria. Wastewater treatment entails growing different types of bacteria in large tanks, allowing the bacteria to grow by taking up various materials from the wastewater, and then removing the bacteria prior to releasing the reclaimed water. Growing the different types of bacteria requires controlling the amount of oxygen available in different stages of the process and recycling living bacteria to maintain the process. The treated water that is ready for discharge must be disinfected to kill any remaining microorganisms that might cause human disease. This is presently done using ultraviolet disinfection.
Those bacteria that are removed from the treatment process, as well as solid materials in wastewater, must be further treated by a process called anaerobic digestion to reduce the mass of the final residue, which is disposed of by landfilling. Finally, please note that wastewater flows to our facility continuously. We are required to accept and treat whatever volume is generated, rather than being able to control timing to make the process more efficient.
The process of drinking water treatment is simpler by comparison. Pueblo’s drinking water treatment plant uses water from the Pueblo Reservoir, which is fed by the upper Arkansas River. The Pueblo Reservoir acts as a very large settling tank, removing many solid materials. Natural bacteria in the reservoir also scavenge dissolved carbon from the water for their growth processes. Thus the water entering the drinking water treatment process is much cleaner than wastewater. Chemically, the mixture is termed a “simple matrix.” Drinking water treatment is a chemical process rather than a biological process. Chemicals are added to raw water that cause dissolved inorganic materials like metals and salts to clump together, and the chemical sludge is removed. The finished water is disinfected and stored until use. There is no need to remove the disinfectant chemical. Drinking water treatment facilities use historical trends in water usage to keep ahead of demand. During the summer irrigation season they supply a great deal of water daily; during the winter months they produce much less, needing only to keep pace with the needs of cooking, cleaning, and sanitary disposal.
Pueblo’s wastewater user charge has two components. There is a fixed monthly fee that funds the City’s maintenance of the wastewater system including sewer pipes, pump stations, and the Water Reclamation Facility. There is also a volume charge that accounts for the amount of wastewater generated by users. For residential households, the volume charge is based on winter water usage when outdoor uses of water are expected to be at a minimum. The residential winter water volume usage is assumed to represent the volume of water that goes to the sanitary sewer system via household drains throughout the year. It eliminates large-volume outdoor uses for irrigation, washing cars, etc. This is the most common method of assigning volume charges for wastewater throughout the nation.
Whenever you have problems with drains that are slow or do not empty, call the City first. The City maintains standby crews that are available to check for blockages in the City’s sanitary sewer main 24 hours per day, including weekends and holidays, at no charge to you. The City’s standby crew can check the City main and, if necessary, clear a blockage. If the City main is blocked, sewage could back up into your home. It may be possible to eliminate this problem, or at least minimize damage, by calling the City first to clear the City main as fast as possible. If the problem is not in the City sewer main but in your household plumbing, the City crew will advise you so you can contact a plumber. Plumbers usually cannot clear blockages in a City sewer main. In addition, the Wastewater Department is not able to pay you bill for calling a plumber if the problem turns out to be in the City main. Please call the City first.
Homes and businesses are connected to the City’s sanitary sewer system by a pipe called a service line, a service lateral, or a building sewer. The point at which the service line connects to the City’s sewer main is called the sewer tap. Section 16-3-8 of the Pueblo Municipal Code states that the home or business owner owns both the service line and the tap. The home or business owner is solely responsible for the cost of maintenance and repair of the sewer service line and the sewer tap.
Sec. 16-3-8. Ownership and responsibility.
Owners of properties served by sanitary sewers shall own all of the service lines or building sewers that connect structures on the property to the public sewer, including the tap itself. Property owners shall be responsible for maintaining, repairing or replacing service lines and building sewers at their sole expense.
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City code requires that any person operating a facility in which grease-laden waste is produced must be part of the City’s Grease and Oil Management Program.
Water in the basement is always a concern when we receive a large amount of rain or snow. For many homeowners, the first line of defense is a sump with a pump in it.
The water that drains into the sump must be removed, and this accomplished with a sump pump.
A water quality standards variance is a time limited designated use and condition (i.e., interim requirements) that is targeted to a specific pollutant(s), and/or waterbody segment(s) that highest attainable condition during the specified period. As such, a variance requires a public process, State, and EPA review and approval under the CWA 303(c). While the designated use and condition reflect what is ultimately attainable, the variance reflects the highest attainable condition for a specific timeframe and is therefore less stringent. Where the currently applicable designated use and condition are not being met, a water quality standards variance that reflects a less stringent, time limited designated use and condition allows the state and stakeholders additional time to implement adaptive management approaches to improve water quality, but still retain the currently applicable designated use as long term goal for the waterbody.
Water quality standards variances are useful to consider when there is a new or more stringent effluent limit if the City of Pueblo (City) can demonstrate that attaining the designated use and criterion is not feasible for the term of the variance but may be attainable in the longer term. The City’s variance is appropriate due to attaining the designated use and criterion is not feasible under the current conditions (e.g., water quality-based controls required to meet the numeric selenium and sulfate would result in substantial and widespread social and economic impact) but could be feasible should the circumstances related to the attainability determination change (e.g., development of less expensive pollution control technologies or change in the local economic conditions).
Selenium and sulfate are the two constituents that are covered by the variance.
The sources of selenium and sulfate are natural. The geology under the City contains large amounts of selenium and sulfate. This causes high selenium and sulfate concentrations in the groundwater that enter the Pueblo sewer system during precipitation events when the groundwater table is high.
The cost of treatment is about $200 million. The cost of treatment would cause the rates of the citizens of Pueblo to have very high bills and the treatment is still experimental.
The City has spent about $12 million to meet the variance requirements. The requirements in State of Colorado’s Code of Regulations, Regulation 32 for the City’s discharger specific variance are:
Pueblo will be required to spend $10 million to implement a comprehensive source control, sampling, analysis, and optimization adaptive management program to reduce selenium and sulfate concentrations in the effluent as much as feasible and to ensure that the discharge does not contribute to any lowering of the currently attained ambient water quality.
The City is continuing to work on completing the requirements.
The variance lasts for 10 years. The review this year in October is to review the progress the City of Pueblo has made in the last 5 years to control the amount of selenium and sulfate that enters the sewer system through infiltration of the ground water. The City of Pueblo has proposed that the current variance conditions be kept the same.
No, the discharge does not cause harm to the environment. The groundwater that infiltrates into the sanitary sewer system also flows into the Arkansas River. The wastewater plant removes about 50% of the selenium that comes into the plant, so the amount that is discharged is lower than what would naturally flow into the Arkansas River from the groundwater. The sulfate limit is based on how water tastes when used in a drinking water system.
No, the selenium and sulfate amounts that are discharged into the Arkansas River will not cause human health problems. The selenium standard is based aquatic life criteria, and the sulfate standard is based on water supply as sulfate causes issues with taste of the water. Studies have shown that the sulfate improves the tolerance for selenium in fish.
The Water Quality Control Commission will be reviewing whether the City of Pueblo has made progress in lowering the amount of selenium and sulfate in the discharge from the wastewater plant into the Arkansas River, and if the economic conditions have changed since 2018 when the discharger specific variance was adopted. The evaluation that was done for the hearing in October 2023 has shown a decrease in the amount of selenium coming into the treatment plant, so there is less going into the river. The economic conditions have not changed for the City of Pueblo since the variance was adopted in 2018.