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A no-panhandling ordinance will have to be very narrowly defined if it’s going to stand up in court, Colorado Springs City Attorney Chris Melcher told City Council Monday. “Soliciting for money is a first-amendment protected speech,” Melcher said. First amendment speech rights can be limited, but it has to be done very carefully, he explained… Continue Reading Councilors want no-panhandling ordinance to be more comprehensive

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Following a long, contentious and apparently unadvertised public hearing, the Colorado Springs City Council, acting as the Utilities Board, declined to revisit their July 18 decision to finish installation of the $130 million Neumann Systems pollution control system on the downtown Drake power plant and defer any study of the plant’s future until 2013. News… Continue Reading Despite complaints, Utilities refuses to reconsider Drake decision

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Council stays on track with NeuStream at Drake

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Following a long, contentious and apparently unadvertised public hearing, the Colorado Springs City Council, acting as the Utilities Board, declined Wednesday to revisit its July 18 decision to finish installation of the $130 million NeuStream pollution control system on the downtown Martin Drake Power Plant and defer any study of the plant’s future until 2013.… Continue Reading Council stays on track with NeuStream at Drake

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Mayor Steve Bach says increasing the number of jobs in the Colorado Springs area by 6,000 a year is a “stretch goal.” “It’s 2 percent,” he said during the monthly Mayor Counsel meeting. “I hardly think that’s laughable.” Bach went on the defensive about his jobs goal at the Wednesday morning meeting, explaining that the… Continue Reading Mayor Bach: Jobs goal is stretch, but possible

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City Councilor Tim Leigh is at it again – dropping bombshells via email. This time, Leigh wants the entire board of directors for the Colorado Springs Utilities, essentially City Council members in a different role – to step down. He wants to suspend the current board and have Mayor Steve Bach appoint an interim board… Continue Reading Leigh: Suspend Utilities board, mayor appoint interim members

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City to issue RFP to manage City Aud

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Chief of Staff Laura Neumann confirmed that the Bach administration has issued a request for proposals from organizations interested in taking over the management of the City Auditorium. The 1923 auditorium is now managed by the city’s Parks and Recreation Department. In the general election of April 5, 1921, city voters (1,806 to 1,120) passed… Continue Reading City to issue RFP to manage City Aud

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Cox plans July 31 retirement

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Longtime city administrator Steve Cox will retire at the end of the month. A press release from the city said that Cox only planned to stay for a year when he took the chief of economic vitality position last year, a new department created by Mayor Steve Bach. “He asked me to reconsider my decision,… Continue Reading Cox plans July 31 retirement

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  Falling natural gas prices are taking a toll on La Plata County’s budget.   The county was told Tuesday it could lose more than $920,000 in property-tax revenue because of a 25 percent drop in natural gas prices last year.   The assessed value of oil and gas development in the county changes annually… Continue Reading La Plata County losing taxes from natural gas

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Colorado Springs City Council will meet Wednesday to discuss Memorial Health System lease and to lay the parameters of a new foundation to be created from the proceeds of the lease with the University of Colorado Health. The council meeting is set for 10 a.m. at council chambers, but Memorial materials will be available on… Continue Reading City calls special council meeting for Wednesday

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The Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority will pay for half of the costs to repair sidewalks next to private property, according to a press release from the city of Colorado Springs. That is, if the homeowner pays the other half. The plan is to repair and replace concrete sidewalks, curbs and gutters – with 50… Continue Reading PPRTA to split costs of sidewalk repair

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