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Apply today for city fire relief funds

Tamie Meck

Residents of Glenwood Springs who suffered property damage as a result of the Coal Seam Fire have until 5 p.m. today to submit applications to the city for fire relief funds.

The city, which is overseeing disbursement of the Coal Seam Fire Relief Fund, will review applications and award funding next week.

To qualify for funds, applicants must have suffered property losses due to the fire, which broke out on June 8. The application, according to city clerk Robin Clemons, is a brief, one-page form.

Applicants must supply their name, address and phone number; the name of their insurance company, their insurance agent’s name and phone number; gross loss claimed; an estimate of how much the insurance company has agreed to reimburse for losses; the amount of reimbursement received from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other organizations; and the amount of the deductible on the homeowner’s insurance policy.

As of Thursday afternoon, the city had received 17 applications.

Applications will be reviewed either Monday or Tuesday of next week, and funds will be distributed later in the week, said Clemons. The review committee is chaired by former Glenwood Springs mayor Bob Zanella. Other members include Mayor Don Vanderhoof, council member Jean Martensen, city manager Mike Copp, former councilman Marc Adler and Clemons.

The money comes from donations made to five area banks, including Mesa National Bank, WestStar Bank, Bank of Colorado, US Bank, and Wells Fargo Bank. Alpine Bank, which has also established a fund, will distribute its money independently starting today. Clemons said she doesn’t have an exact amount that will be awarded by the city, since donations are still coming in.

The closest estimate for the total fund is $36,000.

That amount may grow because of the generosity of a local resident.

According to Clemons, the Colorado Lottery held a second chance lottery drawing, where losing tickets are drawn for prizes, at the Country Jam concert in late June.

Winners of the second chance drawing can designate a charity to receive Scratch game tickets. New Castle resident Roy Haycock, who won a second chance drawing, selected the Coal Seam Fire Relief Fund as his charity of choice.

Clemons received a package from John Mullett of the Colorado Lottery, which explained the second chance drawing. Included in the package are 350 Scratch tickets.

Clemons hadn’t yet opened the envelope filled with tickets, but said that committee members would scratch them early next week. All winnings will go directly into the fund.

Colorado Lottery Scratch games offer prizes ranging from $1 to $100,000, depending on which game is played.

Those wishing to fill out an application for relief funds should visit Glenwood Springs City Hall, 806 Cooper Ave., today. For details, call Clemons at 945-2575.


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