GCBA PRESS RELEASE Tuesday, March 31, 2020, 2:30 pm

Grand County is committed to assisting local businesses to navigate COVID-19 related closures and economic impacts. Partners include all Grand County Economic Development, Grand County Colorado Tourism Board, all Town Municipalities and Chambers of Commerce in Winter Park & Fraser, Granby, Grand Lake, Hot Sulphur Springs, Kremmling.

The Business Emergency Response Team (BERT). BERT will be providing coordinated and comprehensive information and updates to community businesses. In addition, the Work in Grand website, currently being updated, will serve as the central repository for business information.

For more details please visit https://www.workingrand.com/

After extensive negotiations, Congress has passed and President Trump has signed into law a historic stimulus package designed to help small businesses, distressed companies and employees affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Details of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act include:

For small businesses (those with less than 500 employees), 501(c)3’s, independent contractors and sole proprietors:

Payroll Protection Program offering loans equal to two and half months of payroll, up to $10 million
Provided businesses use these loans to retain employees, they will convert to grants and may also be used to rehire staff
Businesses operating on or before February 15, 2020 may receive loans without a personal guarantee or collateral and will be able to apply via local and national lenders

For individuals

Unemployment insurance may be extended by 13 weeks
Unemployment benefits may increase up to $600 per week for up to four months
Stimulus checks of approximate $1,200 to each taxpayer, plus $500 per child under age 16 (final payment amounts are dependent upon income)

Other aid

A refundable payroll tax credit for 50% of wages paid by employers to employees during the COVID-19 crisis
Temporary increases to the amount of interest expense businesses are allowed to deduct on their tax returns up to 50% of taxable income for 2019 and 2020.
Allowances for employers and self-employed individuals to defer payments of the employer share of the Social Security tax.

GCBA PRESS RELEASE Thursday, March 26, 2020 10:00 am

GCBA Member,

Our thoughts go out to everyone as we travel through uncharted waters.  We are experiencing some crazy, unprecedented times together and as the perennial optimist I will continue to look for positives in today’s reality.

  • I am at home with my entire family and all of us are healthy.
  • A forced slower pace – might give us the opportunity to take care of some of those “rainy day” projects.
  • Grocery stores seem to be re-stocking toilet paper at a reasonable pace.
  • We are blessed to live in an area with lots of open space that allows us to get outside for fresh air and exercise while still practicing social distancing.
  • Technology gives us the ability to adapt our interactions and communicate with those around us.
  • This too shall pass and we will look back on these times with a different perspective as to what really matters.

Yesterday, the state of Colorado has issued a statewide stay-at-home order for all non-essential businesses that became effective at 6am today and continues through midnight on April 11th (copy of the PHO attached).  As of today, construction is still classified as a “Critical Business” so allowed to continue to operate with necessary modifications to ensure proper physical distancing along with other safe practices.  While this is good news in that it offers our industry the flexibility to continue working and the opportunity to maintain our income stream, we need to be very diligent in providing for a safe workplace environment.  In addition to the minimum 6’ physical separation requirement, extra efforts will need to be put in place to ensure the cleanliness of surfaces and adequate PPE’s are available for workers.  There is scientific evidence that the virus can be transmitted through the air and may remain active on various surfaces for an extended period of time. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/03/200320192755.htm  Because of this, we feel it is important to stress that the decision as to whether to continue to work on projects be left up to individual companies, their management team and employees.  Keep in mind that the information we are receiving is being updated constantly so our recommendations and official mandates may be adjusted in the days ahead.

We also ask that everyone take this seriously and follow recommended guidelines while off the clock as well.  If you are not feeling well, stay home!  While the opportunity for folks to continue to maintain their livelihood is a positive thing, this advice should not be interpreted as a mandate for anyone to be on the job.  If you are not comfortable being in public settings, by all means don’t do it!

Please share this information with everyone in your organization and don’t hesitate to contact any of us if you have any questions.

Stay positive,

Steve Jensen

2020 GCBA President

GCBA PRESS RELEASE Wednesday, March 18, 2020 10:00 pm

I first want to say I hope you are all well during these unknown days. We have entered uncharted waters in the wake of the COVID-19. First and foremost I know that this impacting all of us and want you to know we are here to try to support you in any way we can.

Grand County Builders Association understands that homebuilding is a cornerstone of our economy and your clients, suppliers, vendors and contractors count on us to keep moving forward in these times.

Your health, protection and overall success are of the most importance. I am working with the Emergency Response Team within Grand County and will provide any information that is relevant to our industry.

I am continuing to work with the building departments and below is a current update from the Winter Park Building Department and the Grand County Building Departments.

Winter Park Building Department Current Status:

The Town of Winter Park is following the County directives and have secured Town Hall. Having said that, most of the building division business is conducted electronically for the past few years. With changes the Town(s) of Winter Park, Fraser and Granby made January 2017 by discontinuing paper submittals (occasional one offs) Town of Winter Park has increased efficiency and capacity, all without having to increase staffing level and it turns out avoided any disruption to our permitting and inspection processes during current conditions.

Once the plans have been received, accepted, reviewed and issued electronically, the applicant is simply notified by office staff to bring in a complete set of construction documents (paper) to be prepared by the building division for the field. Simply dropping them off in a secured area, and once prepared for the field, notified to pick them up an pay fees (which can be done by credit card also).

As for field operations, business as usual. Inspections are called in, loaded electronically, performed and resulted electronically precautions have been implemented by field staff to secure and completely clean the vehicles and equipment. Larger builders and larger job sites have established protocols and posting of job site(s) with the procedures to be followed. We avoid handshakes (nobody has taken this personal), ask questions of the jobsite(s) and if need be, re-schedule inspections to avoid situations that maybe questionable (the development and construction community are very conscience of the situation, a big thank you to the industries and trades).

Grand County Building Department Current Status:

Building Permit Application:   Building Permit Application  & Checklist

  • Submit via email if possible to building@co.grand.co.us
  • Planning and Zoning pre-check typically completed at the window, will be completed upon submittal and will not move forward until ALL information is received.
  • Submitting in person will be limited to dropping off at the exterior door.  Please call 970-725-3078 or 970-725-3075 upon arrival.

Issuing a Building Permit:

  • For payments: mail a check to PO Box 238 Hot Sulphur Springs, CO 80451 or call with a credit card ($.75+ 2.25% transaction fee applies). An electronic check options is also available with $1.00 fee.
  • Plan notes will be emailed to you to read, sign and return.
  • Permit will be issued upon receipt of the signed plan notes.   A copy of the permit card will be emailed to you.   The permit packet will be brought to the jobsite at the time of the first inspection.

Inspections will be conducted on a discretionary basis
Emergency Procedure:  Planning Applications

All applications can be submitted electronically. Hard copies of the application material will need to be dropped off at our exterior door or mailed to our office at PO Box 238 Hot Sulphur Springs, CO 80451

Links:  Application or Regulations

Please contact us for more information: Call: 970-725-3077 Email: planning@co.grand.co.us

March Code Class Canceled:

At this time, our March Code Class that was scheduled on March 26 has been canceled as well as our April membership meeting. Our board will continue to stay in communications and will provide updates via email and our website.

In addition, I am working closely with the Grand County Economic Development department and working on getting details on how small business will be able to apply for the Small Business Administration and Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program.

Community Business Operations:

If your company does have reduced work hours or is temporarily closed, please let me know and I will update the countywide directory that I have been tasked with at the county level. This live document will be on the Grand County government page within 24  hours.

This information is subject to change at a moment's notice. Please note all community businesses take the health and well-being of our community seriously. Extra precautions are being taken by all.

Please take time for yourself, your family and your team. During these hard days show kindness and patience. I believe we will get through this soon and am confident we will emerge stronger than ever. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Sincerely,
Lindsey Morrow
Director of GCBA
(970) 364.0177
grandcountybuildersassoc@gmail.com

GCBA 2020Scholarship Fund:

Goal: $5000

Click Here To Donate Today

It is the privilege of the GCBA to offer scholarship assistance to the 2020 graduates of Middle Park & West Grand High Schools. These funds will be divide between 2 to 4 qualified applicants. The scholarship will be awarded to students from either of the two Grand County High Schools.

The scholarships are for any student pursuing education in the following fields, (but not limited to) construction management, architectural degrees, interior design, vocational and technical trade schools (in the construction field). In addition, to any student who is looking to jump start their career, we are offering this scholarship to go towards a local trades apprenticeship and or tools.

We are seeking matching funds for this scholarship to be successful. If you would like to donate please call us at (970)726-8657. Thank you for your support!

Grand County Builders Association: Top Reasons to Join

GCBA is a nonprofit organization consisting of Builders & Associate Members who do business in Grand & Routt County. We are an advocate for the building industry. Benefits of our association:

  • Education & professional development
  • Community engagement
  • Networking Opportunities
  • Building department & government relations
  • Build valuable relationships
  • Cash in on discount programs through CAHB & NAHB
  • Give Bank - and feel good about doing it
  • Become an industry leader

 

GCBA PRESS RELEASE Wednesday, March 18, 2020 10:00 pm

I first want to say I hope you are all well during these unknown days. We have entered uncharted waters in the wake of the COVID-19. First and foremost I know that this impacting all of us and want you to know we are here to try to support you in any way we can.

Grand County Builders Association understands that homebuilding is a cornerstone of our economy and your clients, suppliers, vendors and contractors count on us to keep moving forward in these times.

Your health, protection and overall success are of the most importance. I am working with the Emergency Response Team within Grand County and will provide any information that is relevant to our industry.

I am continuing to work with the building departments and below is a current update from the Winter Park Building Department and the Grand County Building Departments.

Winter Park Building Department Current Status:

The Town of Winter Park is following the County directives and have secured Town Hall. Having said that, most of the building division business is conducted electronically for the past few years. With changes the Town(s) of Winter Park, Fraser and Granby made January 2017 by discontinuing paper submittals (occasional one offs) Town of Winter Park has increased efficiency and capacity, all without having to increase staffing level and it turns out avoided any disruption to our permitting and inspection processes during current conditions.

Once the plans have been received, accepted, reviewed and issued electronically, the applicant is simply notified by office staff to bring in a complete set of construction documents (paper) to be prepared by the building division for the field. Simply dropping them off in a secured area, and once prepared for the field, notified to pick them up an pay fees (which can be done by credit card also).

As for field operations, business as usual. Inspections are called in, loaded electronically, performed and resulted electronically precautions have been implemented by field staff to secure and completely clean the vehicles and equipment. Larger builders and larger job sites have established protocols and posting of job site(s) with the procedures to be followed. We avoid handshakes (nobody has taken this personal), ask questions of the jobsite(s) and if need be, re-schedule inspections to avoid situations that maybe questionable (the development and construction community are very conscience of the situation, a big thank you to the industries and trades).

Grand County Building Department Current Status:

Building Permit Application:   Building Permit Application  & Checklist

  • Submit via email if possible to building@co.grand.co.us
  • Planning and Zoning pre-check typically completed at the window, will be completed upon submittal and will not move forward until ALL information is received.
  • Submitting in person will be limited to dropping off at the exterior door.  Please call 970-725-3078 or 970-725-3075 upon arrival.

Issuing a Building Permit:

  • For payments: mail a check to PO Box 238 Hot Sulphur Springs, CO 80451 or call with a credit card ($.75+ 2.25% transaction fee applies). An electronic check options is also available with $1.00 fee.
  • Plan notes will be emailed to you to read, sign and return.
  • Permit will be issued upon receipt of the signed plan notes.   A copy of the permit card will be emailed to you.   The permit packet will be brought to the jobsite at the time of the first inspection.

Inspections will be conducted on a discretionary basis
Emergency Procedure:  Planning Applications

All applications can be submitted electronically. Hard copies of the application material will need to be dropped off at our exterior door or mailed to our office at PO Box 238 Hot Sulphur Springs, CO 80451

Links:  Application or Regulations

Please contact us for more information: Call: 970-725-3077 Email: planning@co.grand.co.us

March Code Class Canceled:

At this time, our March Code Class that was scheduled on March 26 has been canceled as well as our April membership meeting. Our board will continue to stay in communications and will provide updates via email and our website.

In addition, I am working closely with the Grand County Economic Development department and working on getting details on how small business will be able to apply for the Small Business Administration and Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program.

Community Business Operations:

If your company does have reduced work hours or is temporarily closed, please let me know and I will update the countywide directory that I have been tasked with at the county level. This live document will be on the Grand County government page within 24  hours.

This information is subject to change at a moment's notice. Please note all community businesses take the health and well-being of our community seriously. Extra precautions are being taken by all.

Please take time for yourself, your family and your team. During these hard days show kindness and patience. I believe we will get through this soon and am confident we will emerge stronger than ever. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Sincerely,
Lindsey Morrow
Director of GCBA
(970) 364.0177
grandcountybuildersassoc@gmail.com

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