No date set for Council meeting about Drake, Neumann

The Colorado Springs City Council has not yet set a date for a special meeting about the future of the Martin Drake Power Plant.

Council President Pro Tem Jan Martin confirmed the fact, despite reports earlier that it was slated for 1 p.m. Sept. 26 in Council chambers.

“I believe that’s Yom Kippur,” she said. “So Scott (Hente), as council president, is looking for a date that will suit the most people. We want as many people to be there as possible.”

Four Council members – Tim Leigh, Brandy Williams, Angela Dougan and Val Snider – requested the special meeting for Sept. 26. Under Council rules, only three council members are needed for the request. However, only the council president can actually call special meetings.

Hente apparently hasn’t done that yet. Councillor Lisa Czelatkdo said that the revised Council schedule didn’t show a special meeting.

Leigh said he was unaware that the meeting hadn’t been formally scheduled.

“We requested it, four of us,” Leigh said. “I don’t know why it’s not scheduled.”

The Council is supposed to discuss the contract between CSU and Neumann Systems Group, which invented coal-scrubber technology under construction at Drake. The scrubber, called NeuStream, has come under scrutiny by Leigh and others in the community.

The Council is also supposed to discuss whether to move the technology – which it’s under contract to build — to the Ray Nixon Power Plant, 17 miles south of the city.

The four Councilors also requested a discussion about the future of the Drake plant, which sits on the edge of downtown Colorado Springs. The local business community has requested a study about tearing down the plant to make way for economic development activities.