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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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There was broad support from those who spoke at an initial public input meeting regarding a possible city ordinance prohibiting panhandling downtown Tuesday. Before the city administrators present the ordinance at an informal city council meeting Monday, the Downtown Partnership wanted to get input from stakeholders, said downtown partnership executive director Ron Butlin. The ordinance… Continue Reading Downtown stakeholders support no-panhandling ordinance

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Colorado Springs will host the final round of public input for TBD Colorado, a statewide group gathering information about some of Colorado’s largest issues. The summit is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 23 at Berger Hall at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Summits are also scheduled for the Mt.… Continue Reading TBD Colorado to hold final summit in Springs

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The city is hosting a Wednesday lunch and learn discussion on how to make downtown better. The event is scheduled for 12:11 p.m. to 12:49 p.m. at the City Administration Building at 30 S. Nevada Ave.  Sack lunches are welcome, but there won’t be any food served. The event will begin with a rapid-fire five-minute… Continue Reading City hosts ‘lunch and learn’ to discuss downtown vision

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