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SDS: It’s a long story

SDS: It’s a long story

In the late 1980s, water managers at Colorado Springs Utilities still hoped to build a major water diversion structure that would have taken water from the Holy Cross Wilderness Area south of Vail and eventually transported it to Colorado Springs and Aurora. That effort, more than a decade in planning, had been delayed by Eagle… Continue Reading SDS: It’s a long story

On Valentine’s Day, newly seated Pueblo County Commissioner Sal Pace wrote a letter to Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach, expressing concerns over the increased danger of catastrophic flooding along Fountain Creek. That danger, Pace pointed out, is a direct consequence of Colorado Springs’ inability and/or unwillingness to fund its backlog of stormwater infrastructure maintenance and… Continue Reading Pace picks up on Pueblo’s stormwater, SDS concerns

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SDS still offering contracts

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The Southern Delivery System could mean big business for local contractors, even though major portions of work have already been promised to out-of-state firms. Continue Reading SDS still offering contracts

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A big party at the Pueblo Dam last month marked the start of construction of the Southern Delivery System But not everyone is celebrating. Government leaders in Pueblo are holding their breath, hoping that the controversy that plagued the project is gone for good. “But we’ll have to wait and see,” said John Cordova, chairman… Continue Reading Phase I construction of 62-mile SDS pipeline under way

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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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The $880 million, 62-mile Southern Delivery System pipeline that will move water from the Pueblo Reservoir to Colorado Springs has survived the past eight City Councils and carries the support of virtually every political heavyweight in the region. But there’s a nightmare possibility for Colorado Springs Utilities: What if voters elect a Council next week… Continue Reading CSU mounts pre-election media blitz to promote SDS

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The midterm elections are over but in five months, residents of the Springs will choose a new mayor and six new council members and one issue may overshadow every other: the Banning Lewis Ranch bankruptcy and its impact on the Southern Delivery System. The successful passage of the “strong mayor” initiative this week gives the… Continue Reading SDS shaping into election issue amid Banning Lewis bankruptcy

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SDS project tours offered

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Colorado Springs Utilities will host tours of the Southern Delivery System project along with an information update for business, civic and community leaders. The dates of the SDS one-day tour are: Thursday, October 28, 2010 Friday, November 12, 2010 Thursday, December 2, 2010 Participants will check in at Mesa Conservation Center, 2855 Mesa Road, Colorado… Continue Reading SDS project tours offered

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Utility rates could jump higher with Amend. 60

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Colorado voters this November will decide whether to approve Amendment 60, which would require Colorado Springs Utilities and other government-owned enterprises statewide to begin paying property taxes. That’s the intended aim of the initiative. The unintended consequence? While rolling back property taxes for homeowners, the amendment will at the same time force CSU to raise… Continue Reading Utility rates could jump higher with Amend. 60

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City Council voted 8-1 today to give approval to two water rate increases to pay for  the long-planned Southern Delivery System. The increases, each amounting to 12 percent, will take effect during 2011 and 2012.  Planned increases through 2016 will almost double existing rates. The lone opposing vote came from Councilman Tom Gallagher who said… Continue Reading Council approves water rate increases to pay for SDS

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