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Better communication with each other and with residents topped the list of lessons learned from the Waldo Canyon fire, said city officials at a preliminary after-action report this morning. The fire started June 23 and raced into the Mountain Shadows neighborhood Tuesday, June 26. A combination of high winds and dry weather fueled the fire… Continue Reading City’s disaster communications needs improvement, report says

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An independent audit of the city’s Urban Renewal Authority requested by Mayor Steve Bach recommends the authority and city partner more closely. The review, conducted by Hogan Lovells law firm, suggests the authority move into city offices and use city resources, such as planners and staff, in order to operate more efficiently. Questions about two… Continue Reading Report: City and Urban Renewal Authority need closer relationship

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The Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance is endorsing the El Paso County sheriff in his appeal to raise taxes to provide money for critical operations. Sheriff Terry Maketa is asking for a .o023 county-wide sales tax, which would produce $17 million a year for eight years to hire more jailers and more deputies for patrol,… Continue Reading Business Alliance supports two ballot initiatives, endorses candidates

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Construction starts on Nevada medians

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Construction for new medians on Nevada Ave. between Bijou and Cucharras is underway and expected to be completed by Nov. 20, according to the city of Colorado Springs. The downtown improvement project is part of an action plan created in 1998, the city press release said, and is being paid for by the parking enterprise.… Continue Reading Construction starts on Nevada medians

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The city is nearly halfway finished turning on all arterial streetlights, and plans to have all of them turned on by mid-November. Colorado Springs government turned off about 8,000 streetlights in 2009 as a cost-cutting measure. All residential streetlights were turned back on in 2010. All remaining arterial lights – about 2,150 at last count… Continue Reading City gets brighter, rest of streetlights on in November

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Council to hold e-townhall meeting about budget

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The annual public e-town hall meeting to hear about the city budget will take place Oct. 18 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Residents can attend in person at City Council Chamber at 107 N. Nevada Ave. Comments will be taken at the hearing. Or people can watch the meeting live on Springs TV, cable channel… Continue Reading Council to hold e-townhall meeting about budget

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The Colorado Springs City Council is moving forward with a proposal to ban panhandling downtown. After hearing from City Attorney Chris Melcher on two separate occasions, and sending him back to the drawing board to make the ordinance cover Acacia Park and broader areas of downtown, Council has set the dates for discussion. Melcher will… Continue Reading Council sets dates for proposed panhandling ordinance

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City spending increases in 2013 budget

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For the business community, there’s a lot to like in Mayor Bach’s proposed 2013 budget, unveiled at a Monday news conference Continue Reading City spending increases in 2013 budget

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E-mails from City Councilor Tim Leigh about Colorado Springs Utilities have drawn a response from Utilities CEO Jerry Forte – but that response might have fallen on deaf ears. Leigh routinely regularly sends out his “Market Report” e-mails to a selective distribution list.  The Market Report was initiated when Leigh worked as a commercial broker,… Continue Reading Forte responds to Leigh’s e-mails about CSU, Drake

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What’s the perfect business? Wouldn’t it be one that’s immune to competition, inexpensive to operate, simple to manage and cash-based? Continue Reading Parking enterprise: Is it worth keeping, or perhaps new ownership?

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