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Killpecker Mountain Communication Site

Larimer County Law Enforcement is proposing a public safety radio facility to be built on Killpecker Mountain. This website will contain information and documents regarding this proposal.

Project Information

Project Documents

Recent Updates

03/10/16

The access road was completed as scheduled around October 1, 2015. The RFP for the tower and building purchase, and install have been received, reviewed and has been awarded to EasTex Tower, Inc. out of Colorado Springs. Details for the order and installation of the tower and building have been taking place with a possible install date to happen in June or July depending on weather conditions. Discussion and review of a plan for the powerline construction is ongoing with hopes of having the plan approved by the USFS so that construction can happen as soon as conditions allow. Part of that discussion is the removal of vegetation within the powerline right of way, which has delayed our ability to request bids for the clearing of the vegetation for the powerline. We are still hoping that information will be finalized soon so that bids can be accepted for the vegetation removal by the first part June.

9/14/15

At the beginning of September, 2015, a 30-year lease was signed between the United Sates Forest Service (USFS) and Larimer County for the Killpecker Mountain Communications Site. Within a few days tree clearing began for the access road from USFS Road 300. As of September 14, 2015 construction of the roughly 3/4 mile access road began by Larimer county Road and Bridge Dept. It is anticipated that the access road will be completed in the next 30 days. A Request for Proposal (RFP) will be sent out in the next 30-60 days for the construction of the radio tower site. Larimer County is still working with Poudre Valley REA in the design of the power line. We are hoping to have the design work for the power line done before the snow flies so that we can ask for tree removal bids and make plans for power line construction in the spring of 2016.

3/31/15

  • Larimer County has been awarded a $1.5 million State of Colorado grant to help pay for the Killpecker Communications Tower to be located near Red Feather Lakes, Colorado on Killpecker Mountain. The tower will support emergency communications throughout the area, including the Poudre Canyon. The grant comes from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs.

    The new radio tower will enhance communications for fires, medical calls, floods and other emergencies involving residents and visitors.

    The radio tower project will cost $4 million -- $3 million to install an electrical line to the new tower and the rest to cover equipment, a foundation, an access road, a shelter building and tree clearing.

    Larimer County has allocated just over $2.5 million to the project. Earlier this month the Board of Larimer County Commissioners approved up to $1.8 million for the facility after the County's 2015 budgeted appropriation of $752,000 and any matching grant funds received from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) or other sources have been expended. The project is expected to be operational in 2016.

3/10/15

  • The Board of Larimer County Commissioners today approved up to $1.8 million to cover the cost of constructing and equipping a radio communication facility at the Killpecker site after the County's 2015 budgeted appropriation of $752,000 and any matching grant funds received from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) or other sources have been expended. Larimer County will be presenting a proposal to DOLA for a project grant.

12/18/14

  • US Forest Service - The Final Record of Decision (ROD) for the Middle Bald Area Communication Site is now available online at www.fs.usda.gov/goto/arp/middlebald. The selected alternative is Killpecker location.

10/22/14

  • The Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Middle Bald Area Communication Site and Draft Record of Decision is now available online at www.fs.usda.gov/goto/arp/middlebald, which begins the objection period. The project is aimed at improving communication in northwestern portions of Larimer County.

8/19/14

7/23/14

7/2/14

  • Middle Bald Area Communication Site – Draft Environmental Impact Statement Released
  • The United States Forest Service, USFS, has release their Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Middle Bald Area Communication Site. It is available for public review and comment online.

3/27/13

  • The USFS has posted the Middle Bald Scoping report on their web page. This is a new document that summarizes the response to scoping responses.

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