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In a letter last week to Pueblo County commissioners, Mayor Steve Bach and Council President Keith King patted themselves on the back for the city’s well-funded stormwater program. “All told,” the two leaders wrote, “the City of Colorado Springs will be devoting nearly $46.5 million to stormwater projects in 2013.” Why should the Pueblo County… Continue Reading City’s math doesn’t work for stormwater

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New Council’s first priority

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As the city sharpens its focus now on the final few days of this municipal election, which wraps up on Tuesday, the suspense begins to grow. How will the six district races reshape the structure and personality of City Council? Will incumbents continue to have control, or will newcomers change the chemistry enough to create… Continue Reading New Council’s first priority

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City issues RFP for stormwater consultant

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Mayor Steve Bach is asking for a second opinion after clashing with a residents’ task force estimated that regional stormwater improvements would cost about $686 million in stormwater improvements were needed in the region. The city of Colorado Springs issued a request for proposal for an independent engineering consultant to provide a second opinion on… Continue Reading City issues RFP for stormwater consultant

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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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County OKs stormwater resolution, Mayor wants to postpone

The El Paso County Board of Commissioners passed a stormwater resolution resolving to find funding sources and identify major construction projects to address the more than $900 million in infrastructure updates and repairs in the region. But Mayor Steve Bach is asking the city council to postpone consideration of the issue until a new council… Continue Reading County OKs stormwater resolution, Mayor wants to postpone

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Leaders grapple with stormwater concerns

Civic activists, El Paso County elected officials and the business team of the Regional Stormwater Task Force rolled out the heavy artillery at Monday’s informal City Council meeting, but their target was absent. Mayor Steve Bach was in Scottsdale, Ariz., taking a week off to celebrate both his 70th birthday and, with his spouse Suzi,… Continue Reading Leaders grapple with stormwater concerns

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The city of Colorado Springs and Colorado Springs Utilities will spend more than $27.7 million on stormwater improvements next year. The money will go toward capital projects, pre-disaster mitigation, staffing, operations and maintenance. It also includes $7 million in stormwater expenses to address effects of the Waldo Canyon fire. The money will be spent on:… Continue Reading City, CSU to spend millions on stormwater drainage improvements

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The city’s plan to collect delinquent stormwater fees by converting them into tax liens might be in trouble.

At this morning’s meeting of the Board of County Commissioners, former commissioner and TABOR author Douglas Bruce appeared before the commission and told them that, in his opinion, County Treasurer Sandra Damron does not have the authority to issue or collect such linens.

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