Frequently Asked Questions
By Paul Ondr, Fire Chief
I would like to thank all who have attended one of Timberline’s public forums for Gilpin County residents to discuss the upcoming election on June 13, 2017. We truly appreciate your interest in your community! For those of you who couldn’t attend, please review the FAQs and feel free to contact us with any other questions. We want you to be as informed as possible.
Currently, 3,500 properties in Gilpin County do not have official fire protection services. The proposed boundaries include all of Gilpin County with the exception of properties that are within the city limits of Black Hawk, Central City, or receive fire protection from Coal Creek Fire. This means that all property owners in Gilpin County will have formal fire protection and everyone will share in the financial burden of protecting the community.
If the inclusion election does not pass, those property owners will remain without fire protection, which is why the Gilpin County Commissioners unanimously support it. Again, please review the FAQs for further information, and know that we at Timberline are looking forward to serving all of Gilpin County and we hope to see you at the election!
- When and where can I vote? The election will be held at Timberline Station #3, 660 Highway 46, Black Hawk, CO on June 13, 2017 between the hours of 7 am to 7 pm.
- Who is eligible to vote? Eligible electors are defined as those persons who are either residents or own property in the area to be included (taxing area 010 and 025), or the spouse or civil union partner of such property owner, and are registered to vote in the State of Colorado. Individual ownership must be listed on the Assessor’s property record; company or trust owned properties are not eligible to vote.
- Can I request an absentee ballot? Yes! Please see our website: www.timberlinefire.com or contact Jennifer at 303-582-5768 to request an Application for absentee ballot. Please send the completed Application to our Designated Election Official as noted on the Application form no later than June 6, 2017. Once approved, a ballot will be mailed to you. The ballot must be returned to Timberline Fire Station #3 no later than 7 pm on the day of the election, June 13, 2017.
- When will Timberline begin responding to the area to be included? If the election is successful, we anticipate Timberline to begin responding within a few weeks. The District Court’s final Order of Inclusion will need to be recorded to become “official.” We have begun working with our local response partners to ensure that there is no lapse in service to your area.
- Is Timberline ready? Absolutely! We have been working with your County Commissioners and local response partners to review the lists of current equipment and facilities that may be available to us if the election is successful. The Commissioners have recently passed a resolution in favor of the inclusion and have pledged their support moving forward. We are also beginning our training program with our firefighters to provide familiarity with the areas to be included. You will begin seeing Timberline staff and apparatus in your area shortly.
- What happens if the election is unsuccessful? Timberline will not have a legal obligation to serve the area. Discussions will continue with the Gilpin County Commissioners and local agencies shortly thereafter to see if other solutions may exist.
- Please see our district website: www.TimberlineFire.com to review the FAQs for the public hearing that was held in April 2017. Many questions were answered in the original FAQs. If you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to call District Headquarters, 303-582-5768 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.