Business Briefs – 4/21/2006

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City needs volunteers for board, committee

The City of Colorado Springs is seeking residents interested in serving on the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and the Airport Advisory Commission.

The parks board serves as an advisory body to the city manager and City Council about parks and recreation resources and facilities with the city.

There are three vacancies:

At-large representative: Requires only that the applicant have an interest in the development of parks and recreation resources in the community and a willingness to get involved.

Trails representative: Reserved for a member who is interested in promoting and protecting trails. Applicants must have a letter of endorsement from a nonprofit trails-related group.

Neighborhood parks representative: Reserved for a member who is interested in the development of neighborhood parks. Applicants must have a letter of endorsement from a nonprofit neighborhood group such as an HOA.

The city also is seeking an alternate for the Airport
Advisory Commission
. The position requires only that the volunteer have an interest in local affairs. The alternate will serve in a non-voting capacity.

The commission meets monthly to review and discuss land use items, construction projects and airport activities.

The application deadline for all the vacancies is April 28.

Send letters of interest and resumes to City Council, Attention Marti Devine, P.O. Box 1575 Colorado Springs, CO 80901.

For more information, visit and click on City Council and City Management, then City Boards and Commissions, or call 385-5453.

Rusinak Real Estate earns nine industry awards

Rusinak Real Estate has received recognition from the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World Member Achievement Awards.

The company received the 2005 Crown of Excellence, the highest award in performance excellence; The Award of Excellence – Outgoing Referral Production; The Award of Excellence – Outgoing Sales Production; the Global Alliance Award, the Peak Producers Platinum Award; first place awards for Best Use of New Brand and Referral Promotion; and second place awards for Company Forms and Company Promotional Materials.

Rusinak has been in business since 1988.

Mandatory e-filing in effect for district court civil cases

Mandatory e-filing in civil court filings in El Paso County district began this week.

All non-sealed pleadings, motions, briefs, exhibits and other documents filed in district court civil cases must be filed electronically. Mandatory e-filing of probate cases has been in place since May 26, 2004.

The system, powered by LexisNexis File and Serve, enables attorneys to file documents with the courts and electronically serve other attorneys in the case from any Internet-connected personal computer. Once a document has been filed, courts can review, accept or reject, and store the documents online. Notifications are instantaneous.

The information contained in the electronic filing is also automatically downloaded into the court’s electronic case management system. This saves data entry on the court side.

Colorado courts launched the first statewide electronic filing service in January 2001. The total system allows electronic filing of legal documents for civil, domestic relations, probate and water court cases in all Colorado district courts. However, the mandatory e-filing procedure being implemented in the Fourth Judicial District (El Paso and Teller counties) at this point is only required in civil and probate pleadings in the El Paso County district court, and civil, probate and domestic cases in Teller County district court.

All documents relating to a single pleading or paper may be filed electronically as a single transaction. For example, a motion, exhibits and related affidavits may be filed under a single transaction.

Parties who are not represented by an attorney may continue to file documents in the traditional paper format. The Clerk of Court will scan and upload certain paper filed documents to LexisNexis File and Serve. There is no fee for this service.

Sealed and suppressed cases may be exempt from the mandatory filing requirement for district court civil cases. Documents and exhibits submitted to the Court under seal may be filed in paper form or filed as determined by the judge.

Colorado extends law to help small business

Gov. Bill Owens has extended help for Colorado’s more than 493,000 small businesses by signing into law HB 06-1041. The law continues the requirement that state agencies prepare a cost-benefit analysis of proposed rules that may affect small businesses when requested by the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies.

In Colorado, each state agency, its functions and its boards are reviewed according to a statutory review schedule and statutory criteria. A sunset review discusses whether the agency, its functions or board should be continued without changes, continued with changes or terminated. Provisions in the Colorado Administrative Procedure Act governing the preparation of a cost-benefit analysis were set to terminate July 1, unless extended by legislative action.

HB 1041 extended the cost-benefit analysis requirement until July 1, 2013.

Fire department assisting with fire code compliance

The Colorado Springs Fire Department can assist businesses in complying with the 2003 International Fire Code requirement for Fire and Life Safety Emergency Procedures and Plans as required by the occupancy classifications adopted by the city in November.

A free, comprehensive Business Community Outreach Program is available to assist with written emergency plans, building evacuation procedures and employee fire safety training.

For more information, contact Sandy Friedman at 385-7249 or