Friday, April 4, 2014

City Hall bits and pieces

Posted By on Fri, Apr 4, 2014 at 2:45 PM

click to enlarge STEVEN DEPOLO
  • Steven Depolo

From art to potholes, things are hopping at City Hall. Here's a rundown of some of those things, according to news releases.

City Council will take up a request from Mayor Steve Bach on Tuesday to allocate $2 million for pothole repair, but it won't be an emergency item. Council President Keith King says street repairs don't constitute an emergency, so he asked the mayor to change the request from an emergency appropriation to a request through regular channels, but accelerated. That means rather than waiting for first reading of an ordinance until April 22, that will be moved up to Tuesday.

A two-person exhibit of black-and-white photographs by Bemis School of Art instructors Angela V. Crews and Richard L. Rinker is featured at City Hall, 107 N. Nevada Ave. The display includes hand-processed, gelatin-silver prints of objects, architectural structures, landscapes and street scenes that were photographed with vintage and toy cameras.
A reception is planned at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

Crews graduated from The Savannah College of Art and Design with a Bachelors of Fine Art in Photography. She came to Colorado Springs in 2002 and worked for a local commercial photographer for more than eight years before starting to teach at the Bemis School of Art. She also teaches a professional photography degree program at Pikes Peak Community College.

Rinker is a Colorado native whose early adventures with a Kodak Brownie camera sparked his life-long passion for photography. He has exhibited his work at a number of venues in the Pikes Peak Region and along the Front Range including a solo exhibit of work in 2008. He has been teaching photography at Pikes Peak Community College since 2006 and at Bemis School of Art since 2012.

Taking a ride on Mountain Metropolitan Transit's newest route along Powers Boulevard on Monday will be Mayor Bach, Colorado Springs Branch NAACP President Henry Allen and his executive committee, City Councilors Jill Gaebler and Jan Martin, County Commissioner Amy Lathen, and officials with Pikes Peak Workforce Center. The bus leaves Citadel transfer station, 750 Citadel Dr. East, at 8:50 a.m. and makes the round trip north on Powers, east on Barnes Road, south on Tutt Boulevard and then returning to the Citadel.

The city has installed new legislative management software that will roll out for the Monday Council work session. It's designed to make the legislative management processes more transparent and efficient.

“As a municipal government, we have a responsibility to become more efficient and provide increasingly better services. Legistar® is a significant step in the city’s open government initiatives,” said Chief Information Officer Joe Palmer.

The software includes an easy-to-use online legislative portal where citizens can conveniently view live Council meetings, cross-reference agendas and minutes and view Council motions, votes and discussion. Minutes and archived meeting videos will be indexed for citizens to easily find a topic of interest. This can be accessed from

A meeting planned for Thursday, April 10, to discuss tax increment financing has been postponed indefinitely.
Speakers lined up included El Paso County Commissioner Amy Lathen, county administrator Jeff Greene, city vitality official Bob Cope and Visitors Bureau executive Doug Price.

TIF is planned as a chief funding tool for the city's $250-million City for Champions proposal to build four tourist attractions.

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