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The 50 people who attended a public stormwater meeting Thursday unequivocally endorsed a regional–not city-wide–approach to the stormwater problem in El Paso County. The Pikes Peak Regional Stormwater Task Force, the Colorado Springs City Council and the El Paso County Board of Commissioners hosted the meeting to gather citizen feedback on stormwater solutions. Mayor Steve… Continue Reading Public wants regional stormwater solution

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Council, commission to work together to solve stormwater issues

Both the El Paso County Commissioners and the Colorado Springs City Council have agreed to work together to solve the region’s stormwater issues. At its meeting yesterday, the commissioners approved a resolution about stormwater, just a week after the City Council approved an identical resolution. “City Council is pleased to be working in partnership with… Continue Reading Council, commission to work together to solve stormwater issues

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Council rebels, wants lawyer

Since six newcomers joined the Colorado Springs City Council five months ago, all nine members of the city’s legislative body have embraced a single goal. They want their own lawyer. “This is the most important issue that we’ll have to deal with,” said Council President Keith King at a post-election Council retreat last May. City… Continue Reading Council rebels, wants lawyer

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The city of Colorado Springs has started addressing deteriorating, outdated or over-used storm drainage areas in the city limits – after a series of rainstorms in July and August caused widespread flooding in the city limits.   The money was appropriated for the projects this spring, and some of the work will be finished in… Continue Reading City starts addressing stormwater problems

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It might be a good thing if I were as bad at forecasting disasters as at predicting election results. Only two of my six picks in this year’s City Council election races managed to get elected, but unfortunately I’m batting a thousand on Flood and Fire (no predictions yet regarding the other two horsemen, Famine… Continue Reading Surely the region grasps stormwater message now

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Yesterday upon the stair I met a man who wasn’t there He wasn’t there again today Oh, how I wish he’d go away — William Hughes Mearns, 1899   At Monday’s meeting of the Pikes Peak Regional Stormwater Task Force, “the man who wasn’t there” dominated the meeting. City Councilmembers Jan Martin, Val Snider and… Continue Reading Stormwater solution should be obvious, but …

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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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