When it comes to government, it doesn't get much more boring and expensive than infrastructure. And when it comes to infrastructure, it doesn't get much more boring and expensive than drainage.
No wonder the city and county have hundreds of millions of dollars in backlogged stormwater projects. It's just hard to get excited about spending that kind of dough on something that you never really think about — you know, until your house is washed away by a flood.
Anyway, since the fires, drainage has become an even bigger problem for the Pikes Peak region than it already was, which is saying something. A citizens's task force, put together with help from the El Paso County Commissioners and the Colorado Springs City Council, has come up with an preliminary plan for how to deal with it. They want citizen input before putting the plan on the ballot in November.
(Meanwhile, Mayor Steve Bach is busy promoting his own plan for stormwater.)
That means the task force is hoping that citizens will show up to learn about our drainage systems. No, it probably won't be entertaining. But it is important, and it might be a good idea to learn about this stuff prior to another major disaster. So, brace yourself, drink something caffeinated, and make it to one of the following meetings:
Stormwater Task Force to hold public input meetings
The Pikes Peak Regional Stormwater Task Force will hold a series of public meetings to gather citizen feedback on its proposal for regional stormwater management.
Tuesday, July 1, 5:30-7 p.m.
Colorado Springs Police Department, 4110 Tutt Blvd., Colorado Springs
Wednesday, July 9, 5:30-7 p.m.
Fountain City Hall, 116 S. Main St., Fountain
Thursday, July 10, 5:30-7 p.m.
Manitou Springs City Hall, 606 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs
Wednesday, July 16, 5:30-7 p.m.
Ivywild School, 1604 S Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs
Wednesday, July 23, 5:30-7 p.m.
East Library, 5550 N Union Blvd., Colorado Springs
“We received great citizen input during our town hall meetings last fall, when numerous options were on the table,” said Dave Munger, Task Force co-chair. “Based on that input and research conducted over the past two years, we’ve drafted a specific proposal, and we want to get citizen feedback on the details. Our goal is to submit the final plan to voters this November.”
About the Stormwater Task Force
The Pikes Peak Regional Stormwater Task Force was formed in August 2012 by the City of Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Colorado Springs Utilities and community members to identify the best solution to the community’s stormwater problems. The group includes business leaders, interested citizens, professional engineers, and city, utility and county staff.
For more information on stormwater in the Pikes Peak region and the work of the Task Force, and to view the draft proposal, visit http://www.pikespeakstormwater.org/.