Friday, April 8, 2011

Two newbie commissioners reach out

Posted By on Fri, Apr 8, 2011 at 7:48 AM

Both of the newly elected El Paso County commissioners, Darryl Glenn and Peggy Littleton, are trying to connect with constituents.

Glenn: Looking for help communicating.
  • Glenn: Looking for eyes, ears.

Glenn, who cut short his term on Colorado Springs City Council to run for the higher-paying commissioner job (about $87,000 a year), is soliciting volunteers from the 76 or so precincts in his district to serve on a "non-partisan advisory board."

The board's task is to come up with "a method of communication between the Commissioner and the constituents of District 1," he says in a press release. In other words, his release says, serve as his "eyes and ears on the ground in the District to provide feedback and disseminate information about the delivery of county services."

Hmmm. Sounds like a campaign network. Oh well. Any spies, er, I mean, "liaisons," as Glenn calls them, out there? To volunteer, contact or sign up via Facebook.

Littleton, meanwhile, will host a Town Hall meeting at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, April 16, at Centennial Hall, 200 S. Cascade Ave.

Littleton: Not in her district.
  • Littleton: Branching out.

Littleton will present an overview of county functions and an update on where the heck all the county's offices are these days, given the shuffle of many downtown and centrally located offices to the Garden of the Gods Road corridor.

She also is throwing a little welcome wagon for newly elected Springs City Council members, she says in a press release.

“My Commissioner District 5 sits squarely in the center of Colorado Springs, and many of these new council campaigned on a willingness to look seriously at ways to improve service and reduce costs through greater City-County collaboration. I’ve sent invitations to the new council representatives and I encourage all citizens to come share their ideas about ways we can make local government more effective and efficient. I really hope that this will be the informal start of a collegial discussion involving the county, the city and our citizens about shared services.”

But here's what's funny about this: When the other commissioners hold Town Hall meetings — and not all of them do — they always pick a location within their district.

Littleton has chosen a site that lies outside her district, the western border of which is about four blocks east of Centennial Hall. Perhaps she's expecting a giant crowd on a Saturday morning. (Centennial Hall seats hundreds.)

If you simply can't miss it, be aware the county will provide free parking in the El Paso County Juror Parking Lot directly south of Centennial Hall at Vermijo Street and Cascade Avenue.

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