Gabe Caunt 
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Re: “How to dig a hole and build a mountain

Glad to see the stormwater BMP's in place and the Clean Water Act-related permit through city engineering in place. It is a good day when a pile of dirt is a big enough story to make the news.

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Posted by Gabe Caunt on 09/24/2016 at 6:34 AM

Re: “Next big (city) election looms just eight months away

Dream on about young people on council. To do this job well with both council and utilities board responsibilities, our current reps put in a nearly full time effort. At $6250/year that works out to far less than minimum wage. In 2013, voters decided in a landslide that they didn't want to pay any more for this job, and here we are with a large group of retirees who can actually make the time commitment. It is unreasonable to expect a young person to be able to pay for food, rent, student loans, and generally support their family while also basically volunteering full-time to govern our city and utility company. Expect "Geezer City" to be the norm for a while.

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Posted by Gabe Caunt on 08/23/2016 at 5:53 AM

Re: “About those Broadmoor land swap appraisals...

Whether the value of the conservation easement is considered in appraisal assumptions for the N. Cheyenne Canon parcels is material to any sort of monetary evaluation of the swap, as are the significant tax implications to a private entity that is "donating" the conservation easement after the deal is made. See http://www.uwyo.edu/law/rural-law-center/c… and http://www.cclt.org/tax-incentives/

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Posted by Gabe Caunt on 04/13/2016 at 7:46 AM

Re: “Summit House design unveiled

I disagree with the architectural criticism in the earlier posts above. The "Jersey turnpike rest stop" is what we have now. This seems to be reasonably "background" while still providing great views from the inside and having some sort of decent form. The greatness up there is the mountain, the thin air and the view; there is no point in competing with the mountain with some soaring, swoopy thing. Normally I'd be griping about the glass box concept, but here lots of view is appropriate given the location. It is sited nicely into the hillside, provides a balcony for photos while providing access from two levels, and integrates existing site constraints that are hard to move in a way that looks like they were part of the plan all along. I am happy to see vertical glass that will be possible to keep clean so the view will be great for the visitors.

By the way CSIndy, please respect those that worked on the renderings by calling them "architect's renderings", not "artist's drawings".

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Posted by Gabe Caunt on 01/28/2016 at 9:32 PM

Re: “Taking off the shackles

For those arguing that bicycles aren't paying their way:
1) Every bicycle sold here since 1980 has paid a bicycle tax that funds cycling-related transportation improvements. See https://parks.coloradosprings.gov/explore-play/explore/trails/trails-and-biking-colorado-springs

2) What road maintenance we have in Colorado Springs is paid for by the sales-tax based general fund and RTA anyway, not specifically from gasoline tax as highway maintenance commonly is. Cyclists buy stuff too. And most of us also have cars.

3) Damage to streets from cyclists is thousands of times less per bike than that per car or SUV. Ref: http://www.cyclelicio.us/2014/fourth-power-rule-road-tax/

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Posted by Gabe Caunt on 05/26/2015 at 6:29 AM

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