Friday, March 7, 2014

City councilors seek feedback

Posted By on Fri, Mar 7, 2014 at 5:08 PM

Several meetings are coming up where you can provide feedback to Springs City Council members.

Council President Keith King, who represents southwest District 3, is hosting a neighborhood meeting from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Cheyenne Mountain High School, 1200 Cresta Road. Topics will include the City for Champions tourism venture.

Councilor Don Knight, who represents northeast District 1, has three meetings coming up:

6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 13, at Fire Station 18, 6830 Hadler View
6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 20, at Mesa Conservation & Environmental Center, 2855 Mesa Road
6 to 8 p.m. Monday, March 31, at Fire Station 14, 1875 Dublin Blvd.

Topics for Knight's meetings include C4C, the downtown Drake Power Plant that's under study for decommissioning, and the North Nevada Task Force findings.

click to enlarge King: Wants more aviation businesses here.
  • King: Wants more aviation businesses here.
In addition, at 9 a.m. Monday, King is holding a news conference at the National Museum of World War II Aviation, 755 Aviation Way, regarding the establishment of a Commercial Aeronautical Zone at the Colorado Springs Airport. He'll also announce Rampart Aviation’s commitment to move to Colorado Springs.

Here's a letter from King outlining Rampart's commitment, and also the meaning of the commercial zone:

March 5, 2014
My fellow Councilmembers, I am pleased to share with you that Tony Porterfield, owner of Rampart Aviation, has committed to move their company and approximately 40 high paying jobs to Colorado Springs if a Commercial Aeronautical Zone (CAZ) is established at the Colorado Springs Airport. And, there is also a potential commitment of another company’s move to Colorado Springs.
As you are aware, the Colorado Springs airport is the only full time towered airport, excluding DIA, in Colorado with a sales and use tax.
Attached for your review is a draft Ordinance to establish a CAZ at the airport. This initiative is designed to enable the airport to eliminate the sales and use tax in the zone on aircraft parts used or consumed in manufacturer, maintenance, repair or overhaul of aircraft, and to:
1. Increase the number of aircraft that hanger at the airport.
2. Increase the number of aircraft that do their maintenance at the airport.
3. Increase the number of aircraft that fuel their aircraft at the airport.
4. Increase the aircraft mechanic and aeronautic engineering jobs.
5. Increase the WWII museum collection of aircraft with more jobs.
I believe this initiative is only the beginning of an opportunity that can help revitalize the airport and is an exciting component of our 2014 Strategic Plan.
I would be honored if you would co-sponsor the ordinance.
Respectfully,
Keith King, President

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