J. Adrian Stanley graduated with a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2002. After working as an intern and…
Thanks so much for wanting to help. There are so many worthy nonprofits in our community. Many of them are a part of our Indy Give! campaign (https://indygive.com/nonprofits/) this year and I know they would use your gift wisely. Catholic Charities (http://www.ccharitiescc.org/) is also a great local nonprofit that was willing to help us with this story and that provides a lot of our needy neighbors with the basics, such as hot meals.
Hey all, just a quick note: Code enforcement will generally ticket the party considered "most responsible" in these cases. So, that's usually the tenant.
Both the tenant and the owner are notified by letter of code violations.
While the "responsible party" can face jail time and fines, the owner of the property is ultimately responsible for any costs incurred by code enforcement. So, for instance, if code enforcement eventually cleans up the mess, they would bill the owner of the property for that. If the bill isn't paid, then it becomes a lien. I hope that clears up any confusion.
J. Adrian Stanley
I just wanted to let you know that Inside Out Youth Services staff confirms that they were never told what caused the fire at their building (http://www.csindy.com/coloradosprings/fire…). However, they were told that accelerants were not found at the site, which means arson is not the likely cause.
J. Adrian Stanley
It depends on what area you are in. If you are in Colorado Springs, you would need to reach Emergency Management: http://www.springsgov.com/SectionIndex.asp…. If you are in the county, emergency management is coordinated through the sheriff's department: http://shr.elpasoco.com/. Getting to one of these meetings, however, is a good idea because the information should be tailored to your area.
Beauty, as described in the story, the water would come down Fountain Creek and out of Williams Canyon. It would likely overflow the banks of Fountain Creek and spread out from there. Williams Canyon is a real issue because the water flows into a pipe that runs underground through town before meeting Fountain Creek. The pipe is too small and could easily be clogged in a storm, which would lead to water flowing directly out of Williams Canyon into Manitou. Hope that helps.
Just to clarify here, everyone, yes, Ray is right, the MOU is with PPACG, a quasi-governmental agency representing our area, of which the city is a partner.
For ease of understanding in this blog, I referenced the city, since it is the city's mayor that has a problem with the amounts being doled out, and since the city is home to the majority of roads and traffic in the Pikes Peak area.
As for which is larger, Denver or Colorado Springs, it is Denver. Denver's population is 619,968. Colorado Springs' is 426,388. With a population of 636,963, El Paso County has a similar population to Denver County.
I asked the city to explain the ownership of sidewalks, and they sent me a notice they've had around since the PPRTA began doing some of these repairs. Hope this helps:
"In 2005, the City implemented a PPRTA program that is designed to assist homeowners with the repair of their sidewalks, curbs and gutters. It does not relieve the homeowners of any legal liability or responsibility regarding their sidewalk or real property and does not prevent a homeowner from making repairs to the sidewalk. If there is a hazard on a homeowner’s sidewalk that needs attention, it is the homeowner’s responsibility to address those concerns as soon as possible to mitigate the homeowner’s liability exposure. You may decide to hire a licensed concrete contractor to do the repairs for you; however, we will not be able to reimburse you for this cost.
Due to the large number of sidewalks, curbs and gutter in need of repair, a backlog does exist. We are working diligently, with the funding that is available, to address these repairs as quickly and efficiently as possible. With the current backlog, it may take several years to address all of these repairs. The City’s concrete repair service request program is designed to fix the most damaged locations first - rather than responding first-come, first-serve. "
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