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The Colorado Court of Appeals says public boards can vote in secret. The court on Thursday agreed with the Fort Morgan City Council, which was sued after members cast secret ballots to fill vacancies on their own board. The board also voted secretly to appoint a municipal judge. The judges said that nothing in Colorado’s… Continue Reading Court rules public boards can vote in secret

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Colorado Springs is set to have one economic development organization – one that combines the efforts of the Economic Development Corp. and the Chamber of Commerce. After an meeting Tuesday that lasted more than six hours, the two groups voted unanimously to merge operations – at least in principle, said Bill Hodgkins, board president for… Continue Reading Chamber/EDC merger: Structure? Jobs? Layoffs?

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Donna Nelson, operations manager for Security Service Federal Credit Union, will be the city’s economic vitality specialist. “Donna is an ideal person for this job,” said Mayor Steve Bach in a press release. “Her skills range from marketing to mergers to acquisitions to re-engineering operations. Her military service and a business track record that most… Continue Reading Nelson to be city’s first economic vitality specialist

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Pikes Peak Highway could be completely paved by the end of the year, if Mother Nature cooperates. If she doesn’t, then the city plans to complete it early in 2012. That would complete the project a year earlier than planned, and in enough time for next year’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Mayor Steve Bach… Continue Reading Pikes Peak Highway paving project to be finished early

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The City of Colorado Springs will contract with private companies for $1.68 million in road projects that are expected fund 20 construction jobs. The projects will be open for bid, and work is scheduled to begin August 22. They include: • Cimarron Street from East Sierra Madre Street to West of Wahsatch Avenue; • Cascade… Continue Reading City’s roadwork outsourcing will mean 20 jobs

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City Clerk Young retires

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Long-time City Clerk Kathryn Young is retiring as of July 28. Young has been a city employee since 1983. “I am very grateful for the opportunity to have served this extraordinary organization and its citizens for the past 28 years,” said Young. “While I look forward to enjoying my retirement, I will deeply miss the… Continue Reading City Clerk Young retires

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Aubrey named communications director

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Cindy Aubrey, news director at KOAA-TV, will be the first chief communications officer under the new strong mayor form of government, said Mayor Steve Bach. “Cindy brings an incredible skill set to this position. The communications function is critical to presenting the right image to effectively tell our great story, recruit businesses, and showcase our… Continue Reading Aubrey named communications director

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Colorado Springs Utilities is looking for a few good businesses to work on the Southern Delivery System. The municipal utility is hosting its annual business opportunities workshop Thursday, July 14 from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Leon Young Service Center, 1521 Hancock Expressway. The free event will give subcontractors the chance to meet… Continue Reading Utilities looking for businesses to work on SDS

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In his “State of the City” address today, Mayor Lionel Rivera called upon Colorado Springs residents to suspend the city’s TABOR law for this year and through 2012 and urged the legislature to reform the pension plan for state and local government workers.
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Three of the voter initiatives that will appear on the November ballot sure sound attractive. Among other things, they promise to lower state income taxes, eliminate vehicle-registration fees, require government-owned authorities to start paying property taxes and forbid the state from assuming debt of any kind. What’s not to like? A lot, it seems. Critics… Continue Reading A threat of rate hikes, service cuts

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