GARY WALKER’S prediction came true.The piece goes on to quote a couple of Pueblo County commissioners.
“Since 2008, we’ve told (Colorado Springs Utilities) that their pipeline is in the wrong place, but they wouldn’t listen,” Walker, who owns Walker Ranches, told The Chieftain on Monday.
He made his comments after heavy rains on Sunday night led to severe flooding and sink holes on his property. The damage formed along a scar left by the burial of the 66-inch diameter Southern Delivery System pipeline. About seven miles of pipe jut directly across a portion of Walker’s land, which is adjacent to Fort Carson and stretches to Interstate 25.
After all major rain events, we assess the SDS construction sites and the alignment restoration areas. We work with all property owners including Mr. Walker to maintain those areas. Heavy rains can cause mud on the previous construction areas that have not yet had enough time to fully establish vegetation.Meanwhile, earlier this week, Springs Utilities reported that the project, which we've reported on over the years, including this 2010 story, is on time and under budget:
Following the heavy rains last weekend, our staff walked the entire 5.5-mile alignment across Walker Ranches to assess the condition of the restored/revegetated easement area. There are a number of natural drainages that cross the pipeline alignment that carry water when it rains. While the majority of the easement area is in good condition, a few areas did have some impacts from the rains.
We are working with our contractors to develop a plan to address those impacts as quickly as possible. We have been and continue to work with the Pueblo County staff to inform them of our response and to ensure our compliance with the 1041 permit conditions.
The Southern Delivery System (SDS) project now under construction is tracking about $147 million under budget. The project is projected to cost $841 million at completion in 2016 and water rate increases are lower than expected – with no additional SDS water rate increases anticipated for Phase I construction.
Cost savings are due largely to modifications in engineering plans that reduced building costs, competitive bidding and favorable interest rates.
By the end of 2014, the installation of all 50 miles of underground pipe needed for the project will be complete. The water treatment plant and three raw-water pump stations are well underway and construction on Constitution Avenue in El Paso County is tracking to be completed in September this year, ahead of schedule.
The trade magazine Water and Waste News July 2014 issue recounts many of the challenges SDS under took during construction, including the extensive outreach and communications activities that occur while constructing in residential areas, such as Pueblo West.
What is the CSPD Citizens’ Academy?
The Colorado Springs Police Department Citizens’ Academy educates citizens about the duties and responsibilities, as well as the policies and procedures, of the department, and the citizen's role in the interaction of citizens and police through a series of twelve classes. In addition to helping the citizens better understand the police department, it in turn helps the police department better understand the citizens and their concerns.
What Topics are covered in the Academy?
The Citizens' Academy covers many topics related to law enforcement in our community including: hiring, training, patrol division (basic police equipment, special response team, narcotics, DUI, laws) communications division (call taking and dispatching), criminal investigations division (crime scene investigation, major crimes, financial crimes), gangs, sexual assault, K-9, SWAT, Internal Affairs and many more. Participation in a "ride-along" program is also available where students can actually ride along with patrol officers to see the world through their eyes. These classes are instructed by police personnel. Students that graduate receive a certificate at a graduation ceremony.
Where does the Academy meet?
The Citizens' Academy meets once a week on Thursdays from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM for 11 weeks. One session will take place on a Saturday from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM to allow students to interact with members of the Bomb Squad, SWAT and K-9 as well as a demonstration from these units. The Academy is held at the various police facilities depending on the type of training being conducted. Although there is no cost to the student, a substantial time commitment is required from the student. Students are expected to attend all of the sessions.
Who may attend?
Anyone who lives or works in the City of Colorado Springs, is at least 18 years of age, and passes a background investigation may apply for the Citizens' Academy.
How do I apply?
Applications are currently being accepted for the Fall 2014 class which begins on Thursday, September 11, 2014. Deadline for applications is August 17th. The application form can be found online; http://www.springsgov.com/units/police/CitizensAcademy.asp.
Bandshell (1914). Located on the south edge of the park at the center is this one-story bandshell of buff brick with an arched roof dome topped by a flagpole; stage has semi-elliptical arch with molded cornice and plain frieze terminated by moldings. Paired brick piers (battered) at the northeast and northwest corners; urn decorations at each corner. West of the stage between the two piers is a mounted metal plaque containing Lincoln's "Gettysburg Address." Projecting semicircular concrete performance area to north faced with tan brick and a lower tan brick planter; concrete stairs with brick sidewalls at the east and west. The southern portion of the bandshell has a flat roof. The east, west, and south walls feature paired multi-light windows with geometric glazing; the east wall has double slab doors with a transom covered by a security grille, while the rear (south) wall has two slab doors near each end. There is a center, corbelled brick chimney with a metal cap at the rear of the building.But a recent assessment by local architects HB&A is considerably less appreciative. In its 2011 document, “Acacia Park Concepts: Developing the Jewel of Downtown in the Historic City Center,” the firm lists the bandshell alongside drugs, cigarettes and dead trees under the no-holds-barred category “Bad.”
Stage/band shell: Band shell not used very often, not well maintained, ugly.A little mean-spirited if you ask me, but to each their own. In any case, the concert begins at 6 p.m.
One month after Congressional Challenger Irv Halter sent a letter requesting a handful of debates, Congressman Lamborn has yet to respond. Today, the Halter campaign re-sent the letter to Congressman Lamborn with the same request for one debate a month beginning in August.Read more about how Halter plans to win the Congressional District 5 seat in tomorrow's Independent.
"Congressman Lamborn claims to be a leader in Washington, but so far he is missing in action when it comes to defending his own record," said Halter. "Given reports about his lackluster attendance at meetings of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, he should have plenty of time to defend his record to the voters of our area."
"In my initial letter, I asked for one debate in August, one debate in September, and one in October. I believe that three debates will give voters enough time to see firsthand our differing views."
In the letter, Halter claimed that the candidate who typically seeks debates is the one lagging in fundraising. However, recent financial reports show that Halter's campaign has a nearly 3-1 cash advantage with $320,000 in the bank compared with Lamborn's $114,000.
"It is clear that my campaign will have the resources necessary to communicate our message to the voters of the district and Congressman Lamborn will lag behind. However, I do not believe our fundraising lead should replace open public debates where the voters can see firsthand our positions on critical issues," said Halter. "I hope we will hear from Congressman Lamborn's team this week so we can confirm a debate schedule."