Monday, October 28, 2013

Dueling meetings leads to switch

Posted By on Mon, Oct 28, 2013 at 1:43 PM

click to enlarge A drainage way damaged by a storm. - COURTESY CITY OF COLORADO SPRINGS
  • Courtesy city of Colorado Springs
  • A drainage way damaged by a storm.

At first, it looked like city leaders would either make citizens find out more about stormwater or listen to Mayor Steve Bach talk about various city issues. But today, the Pikes Peak Regional Stormwater Task Force, a multi-agency panel seeking a regional stormwater solution, switched dates for its meeting to remove the angst over making a choice.

Originally, the task force scheduled a meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, the same time Bach chose for one of his monthly town hall meetings.

During a meeting today, the panel opted not to compete. Now the new schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, Nov. 6, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Cheyenne Mountain High School, 1200 Cresta Road

Tuesday, Nov. 19, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Leon Young Service Center, 1521 S. Hancock Expressway
Bach's town hall will take place at 6:30 p.m. this Wednesday at the Penrose Library's Carnegie Reading Room, 20 N. Cascade Ave.

The mayor's office hasn't said what Bach's talking points will be, as it has in the past when the mayor sought input for the 2014 budget, for example.

The Stormwater Task Force, though, said in a release explained the purpose of its meetings:

“These meetings are about listening,” said Val Snider, City Council member. “Since the task force began its work more than a year ago, we’ve heard from citizens and businesses that stormwater management is a problem the community must solve to protect life and property. Of the many options available to us, we need to know how the public wants stormwater addressed.”

The Pikes Peak Regional Stormwater Task Force was formed in August 2012 by the City of Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Colorado Springs Utilities, community business leaders and citizens to determine the breadth of the community’s stormwater needs and options for managing it. The group includes business leaders, interested citizens, professional engineers, and city, utility and county staff.

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