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Bach: Change Utilities’ governance

Bach: Change Utilities’ governance

Mayor Steve Bach’s official response to Xcel’s expressed interest in purchasing/leasing all or a part of Colorado Springs Utilities’ electrical generation facilities was measured and noncommittal. Here’s the official press release. “Mayor Steve Bach indicated today in response to media inquiries that he will not be weighing in on whether Colorado Springs Utilities (CSU) should… Continue Reading Bach: Change Utilities’ governance

Licensing fees: Look deeper

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On the surface, what the Colorado Springs City Council decided Tuesday afternoon might sound wonderful for the local business community. In fact, if Council went into its formal meeting with the subconscious idea of trying to upstage the primary election, it briefly succeeded. The action, by a 5-4 vote, would remove licensing fees for many… Continue Reading Licensing fees: Look deeper

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Mayor Bach names RTA advisory board

Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach formally announced the names of the 16 community leaders who will serve on the Regional Tourism Act Advisory Board for the City for Champions initiative. In accord with Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade guidelines, the Mayor convened a nominating committee, which presented recommendations that the mayor accepted.… Continue Reading Mayor Bach names RTA advisory board

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Bach appoints city leaders on staff

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Bach appoints city leaders on staff

Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach appointed Wynetta Massey as city attorney and Dan Gallagher as aviation director for the Colorado Springs Regional Airport, according to a press release sent by the city Wednesday morning. Also, Bret Waters, current director of the office of emergency management, has taken on the additional role of deputy chief of… Continue Reading Bach appoints city leaders on staff

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You can say one thing for City Council president Keith King: he can sure write a memo! At this week’s Council “Retreat” King presented a five-page action memo, laying out the course that he believes Council should follow as it turns its baleful eye upon the City for Champions proposal. For connoisseurs of this neglected… Continue Reading King unloads gargantuan plan for Council to evaluate C4C

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Radical idea for financing C4C’s projects

As debates go, the ongoing discussion over how to finance the City for Champions downtown projects quickly boils down to a few questions. Will Colorado Springs taxpayers have to foot part of the bill? Would that mean a public vote by city residents? And if they don’t, who will provide the tens of millions in… Continue Reading Radical idea for financing C4C’s projects

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At a special media briefing this morning, Mayor Steve Bach praised council’s decision to restore funding to the Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Regional Business Alliance and the Police Department–but expressed dissatisfaction over Council’s apparent decision to fund park watering costs by taking $1.1 million from the city’s emergency reserve fund, and firmly rejected Council’s… Continue Reading Bach instructs staff to ‘disregard’ council’s action

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Budget provides path for Council to battle Bach

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The battles have become a war. A divided City Council moved to escalate the Council vs. Mayor Steve Bach differences at Tuesday’s “budget markup” session. In keeping with Council’s recently installed committee structure, Councilor Don Knight, who heads the budget committee, presented proposed changes to Mayor Bach’s preliminary budget. Some seemed petty, such as the… Continue Reading Budget provides path for Council to battle Bach

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City attorney resigns

City Attorney Christopher J. Melcher has resigned  his position. His last day will be January 31. Two years ago, Mayor Steve Bach appointed him to the position. At that time, Melcher agreed to remain for two years. Now he’s ready to return to the private sector. “It has been a privilege and an honor to… Continue Reading City attorney resigns

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The Oct. 14 letter from City Council President Keith King to Mayor Steve Bach, distributed Tuesday to media at the end of Council’s regular meeting, began innocuously enough. “The members of the Colorado Springs City Council,” King wrote, “wish to communicate our thoughts concerning the budget process and how we see our responsibilities under the… Continue Reading Council fights Bach for powers in charter

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