FAQ

Q?Who is Responsible for Snow Plowing?
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Snow plowing of the roads within the District is the responsibility of Douglas County. The following document sets forth the County’s information for snow removal and plowing.

Douglas County Snow Removal Ordinance

Generally the County will plow main arteries. The interior streets and cul-de-sacs are a lower priority for the County and frequently the District Manager will plow those areas as quickly as he can get to it as a service to the homeowners. Residents are responsible for clearing all sidewalks adjacent to their property within 24 hours after a snowstorm to allow safe use by pedestrians. This is especially important along school pedestrian routes to prevent children from having to walk in the street. It is required that owners place snow from their driveways and sidewalks onto their own yard and not into the street. This reduces the number of icy areas on streets and ensures proper drainage into the gutters and storm sewer. Homeowners who fail to comply with these regulations could be cited and fined. The District will plow the sidewalks along the open space and common areas (i.e. mailbox clusters and parks) as soon as possible.

Q?What is the Mill Levy?
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The District has an assessed mill levy of 12 mills to cover the costs associated with the services that the District provides to District homeowners. The amount each homeowner pays depends upon the assessed valuation of the property owned by the homeowner. This is collected by Douglas County as an ad valorum tax on real property. The amount you pay for the services provided by the District is shown on your annual property tax bill. The District also receives some tax revenue based upon specific ownership tax as well as some lottery funds. At this time the District is able to provide the services without the necessity of raising the mill levy.

Q?What services does the District provide?
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Special Districts are created to provide services to specific areas. The Colorado Revised Statutes sets forth how a district is formed and the purposes of special districts. Each district is required to produce evidence to the county in order to get approval to form the district. Initially High Prairie Farms Metropolitan District (the District) was formed to provide street, safety protection, transportation, park and recreational facilities and minor infrastructure improvements which includes including the riding trails and walking paths. The District did provide the funding mechanism for the building of roads initially through a general obligation bond, but that debt was ultimately forgiven by the developer and the District’s primary services now include the operation and maintenance of parks and open space, drainage facilities (in open spaces), walking paths, entryways, and most signage. In recent years the District has focused on wildfire mitigation and protecting the trees and vegetation in the parks, common areas, right of ways and open space.

Q?Should I spray my trees and if so, when?
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Pine tree boring insects (including Ips and the Mountain Pine Beetle) have been found in increasing numbers in our area and many trees have been affected and even killed. The current recommendation from the Douglas County Extension Office is to apply a preventative spray to your pine trees, particularly “high-value” trees to prevent infestation and damage. In many cases once a tree is infested it cannot be saved (particularly if it has been infected by the Ips Beetle). Private homeowners should consider preventative spraying from April through late summer. The most effective time to spray is in the Spring. In many instances, early identification of certain insect activity (i.e. early MPB infestation) can be controlled. Contact a certified arborist or tree care specialist for specific details. Spraying costs can vary based on the size and number of tress to be sprayed. A “planning figure” of $15 to $30 per tree for groups of trees can be used. The cost of spraying a large, individual pine tree will likely be more. The District recently completed a major tree-trimming and tree-spraying project within the District. The District is committed to continue to treat trees in our Open Spaces and common areas by preventative spraying, trimming and thinning as annual budgets allow. The effectiveness of the District’s spraying is contingent upon homeowners protecting trees on their property, especially if the property adjoins District property. Tree spraying is preventative and provides some protection. Protecting our trees is a joint venture of individual homeowners and the District.

Emerald Ash Borer Update (1): Update
Emerald Ash Borer Update (2): Update from CSU

Q?What do I do with hazardous waste?
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The District has historically contributed to Tri-County Health in their Household Chemical Roundup (HRC) Program. If you have any questions regarding the HRC Program or disposal of hazardous waste, please call Thomas Riggle, Household Hazardous Waste Specialist, Tri-County Health Department at 720-200-1592 or email email him.