Friday, August 4, 2017

Colorado Springs City Council issues annual report

Posted By on Fri, Aug 4, 2017 at 5:51 PM

click to enlarge Council is comprised of, from left, Tom Strand, Bill Murray, David Geislinger, Jill Gaebler, Richard Skorman, Yolanda Avila, Merv Bennett, Don Knight and Andy Pico. - COURTESY CITY OF COLORADO SPRINGS
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  • Council is comprised of, from left, Tom Strand, Bill Murray, David Geislinger, Jill Gaebler, Richard Skorman, Yolanda Avila, Merv Bennett, Don Knight and Andy Pico.

A land swap, voter approval to allow the city to keep excess revenue, a comprehensive plan, a geological hazards ordinance and caps on the marijuana. All those top the charts for Colorado Springs City Council, according to its 2017-18 annual report to be highlighted at its Monday meeting. See the report at coloradosprings.gov.

One excerpt talks about the great deal the city made in trading away Strawberry Fields open space, 189 acres on the city's southwest side, to The Broadmoor:
On Tuesday, May 24, 2016, City Council voted 6 – 3 to approve a land exchange between the City of Colorado Springs and The Broadmoor involving the Strawberry Hill Area, located within North Cheyenne Cañon Park, south of Mesa Avenue. The City gained more than 371 acres of property and more than 115 acres of new public trail easements in exchange for its 189.5 acres. The value of the property the City received has an estimated fair market value of $3,609,800 which exceeds the estimated value of the property it traded, which is $2,161,000.
 That land swap remains in limbo because a citizens nonprofit has challenged it in court, as we reported here.

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