CapitalistPig, Last we checked, the city still owes Utilities $3.3 million for this property. At one point in the past, the city wanted Utilities to simply take the property back, but as far as we know, Utilities didn't do that. We'll check further. Thanks for the question.
To be clear, we want readers to know that testing of samples from inside the Trestle Building did not detect any suspicious substances connected to the demolition site. The test results on dirt from the outside of the building, however, showed carcinogens were present. Those areas have since been covered with mulch and dirt, as advised by the testing company.
Courtney, Kat Tudor and Don Goede did have samples taken from American the Beautiful Park. Many contaminants were not detected, but some were, although at miniscule levels. As Tom Antonson says, though, these substances aren't safe at any level.
After our deadline, we received the city's response to our question on this, which said: "The City does not have plans to test the soil at America the Beautiful Park in relation to the project at 25 Cimino. Multiple environmental studies were performed on the ATB property in the late 1990s and early 2000s, prior to it becoming a park."
What the city's response doesn't address, however, is the possibility that the recent demolition project might have resulted in some particles escaping the demolition site.
Candidate David Moore states the following in his post: "I encourage you to cast your ballad for me."
Really? Ballad? Does the candidate really want all of us to sing him a song? Is this a reflection of his ability to pay attention to detail? Or is he just a terrible speller?
We received this message from Councilman Herpin and got his permission to share it:
Thank you for the blog on the "CSU Six". As a 27-year volunteer with the Colorado Springs Police Department and the most ardent supporter of public safety for my 5 years on Council, the biggest disappointment of this campaign was the Police Protective Association's endorsement of my opponent who has no record of support for our police officers and firefighters. As a Council Member, I have attended nearly every CSPD and CSFD promotion, retirement, and swearing in ceremony and am usually the only Council Member there. I have to ask myself what would cause the PPA to endorse who they did? Could it be because she is friends with Mrs. Bach or that she worked on Mayor Bach's campaign? Apparently, the PPA decision has not set well with many of the rank and file officers who know of my continued support of them.
We just heard from the Academy that the RAND study cost $265,000 and was funded in the Fiscal Years 2010 and 2011.
We requested job titles in our Open Records Request but were not provided them. We've been told these extra pension benefits were negotiated in 1999 or 2000 as a trade-off for no salary increases at that time.
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