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City, task force take separate stormwater paths

City, task force take separate stormwater paths

  Larry Small, the articulate former Colorado Springs vice mayor, defines as well as anyone the problem of asking voters to pass judgment on paying for stormwater projects. “Stormwater funding is always a hard thing to sell,” Small said. “And if it fails, it’s not the kind of thing that you can bring right back… Continue Reading City, task force take separate stormwater paths

City Councilor Joel Miller’s attempt to rewrite Colorado Springs eminent domain ordinances may seem well-intentioned. But laws, like elected officials, are not always what they seem to be. Miller had unveiled his ordinance at the group’s work session on Monday, and he insisted upon bringing it up for a vote on Tuesday. City Attorney Wynetta… Continue Reading Eminent domain brings out the best and worst

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It should have been a routine matter on City Council’s agenda at Tuesday’s meeting. Mayor Steve Bach had nominated three Colorado Springs residents to serve on the Urban Renewal Authority. Under the charter, the mayor appoints qualified community members to the authority, subject to Council confirmation. As volunteer city boards go, it’s a powerful body.… Continue Reading Council finds new low for embarrassment

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Opinion: Time to battle C4C opponents

From the start, even the most ardent supporters of City for Champions have known that the package deal of projects for Colorado Springs and the Air Force Academy wasn’t absolutely perfect and beyond reproach. Yes, some of the forecasts for likely usage and attendance, particularly for the Colorado Sports and Events Center downtown, might not… Continue Reading Opinion: Time to battle C4C opponents

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It’s hard to know what to make of the latest flare-up between Mayor Steve Bach and five of the nine members of City Council. In a letter to Bach signed by Council President Keith King, Joel Miller, Andy Pico, Helen Collins and Don Knight, the five declared their opposition to any “local public funding” for… Continue Reading Fractious Council quintet oversteps boundaries

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Leaders’ C4C divide grows

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At a hastily called press conference Monday afternoon, City Council President Keith King and Board of County Commissioners Chair Dennis Hisey voiced their displeasure with Mayor Steve Bach and with the City for Champions proposal, which could be endangered as a result. The two officials presented letters addressed to Mayor Bach, which he had yet… Continue Reading Leaders’ C4C divide grows

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Clouds loom over Drake’s future

When Colorado Springs Utilities first constructed a coal-fired power plant on the Drake site 80 years ago, it was a reasonable decision. Electricity demand was growing, and generating plants had to be situated near customers, as well as close to a rail line. If the working-class neighbors near the plant didn’t like the soot falling… Continue Reading Clouds loom over Drake’s future

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City Council’s Feb. 24 work session, scheduled for 1 p.m., didn’t get underway until 2:22. Councilors weren’t shirking their duty — they were meeting behind closed doors in executive session, considering an undisclosed legal matter. It seemed obvious that they were discussing the city’s strategy regarding the Public Employees’ Retirement Association lawsuit, but no one… Continue Reading City’s PERA appeal shows no transparency

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Analysis: City may pay for not paying Forte

It’s never easy for elected officials in Colorado Springs to give employees a raise, especially when the employees in question are senior executives. That’s particularly true in today’s local economic environment, where unemployment remains high, underemployment is common, and many residents find themselves with depleted savings and diminished paychecks. City Council refused by a 5-4… Continue Reading Analysis: City may pay for not paying Forte

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One example of cooperation: Why not more?

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One example of cooperation: Why not more?

Sometimes it’s smart to watch a City Council meeting on TV until the very end, even after most of the spectators have left. Such was the case Monday afternoon at the close of Council’s usual informal meeting, now known as “work sessions” before the regular formal gathering on Tuesday. The group had spent nearly four… Continue Reading One example of cooperation: Why not more?

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