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Re: “North Cheyenne CaƱon: No vehicles allowed?

First they gave away a third of the North Cheyenne Canon, citing no use by the public and no money to take care of it. Now they say the remaining 66% is being "loved to death" and are proposing changes that will cost in the millions, including "possible rerouting of the creek", possible closure of the south loop to all vehicles except Broadmoor shuttles, possible hanging bridges (?) over the creek, possible widening of the roads, and rerouting of the Chamberlain Trail. No traffic studies, no environmental studies, and no mention of the 1999 Master Plan which may have provided some background and insight, and is usually references with new Master Plans. Smells bad to me.

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Posted by katm on 01/30/2018 at 4:46 PM

Re: “Strawberry Fields' appraiser faces penalties for his work on the city's land exchange

Don Knight's comments show the total duplicity of his views when it comes to different appraisals done by the City and the Broadmoor. When referencing the 189 acre Strawberry plot (valued at 1.6M) he states that, "the land was staying park land. That's why I didn't object that the values weren't 10 times more". The Bear Creek parcel appraisal however was accepted with an extremely high value (1.4 M for only 9 acres) despite the fact that it will remain park land as well. "The Bear Creek parcel, zoned for single family homes, was appraised as residential lots. The city, however, has no plans to build on the land and will maintain it as a park." Hello Don Knight... don't wring your hands and say there is nothing yo
u can do. It was fraud, pure and simple. And ghost writing an amicus brief? Unethical.
Thank you Pam for a very thorough and well researched piece. Too bad that the council rushed this decision through despite so many unanswered important questions that they themselves brought up during the process. The public is threatened not only with losing a historic piece of parkland, but is clearly on the losing end of the monetary swap as well.

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Posted by katm on 11/30/2017 at 5:48 PM

Re: “Spotlight on dark money in Colorado Springs city election

They are spending an inordinate amount of money to get control of the City Council. That job pays less than $7000 a year. Something big must be in the works for them to need their people in those positions. Time will tell what it is. Corruption stinks! Thank you Pam for giving us information that we would never get otherwise.

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Posted by katm on 03/18/2017 at 12:30 PM

Re: “Resident suggests plot be labeled 'Suthers Park'

Wonderful- Suthers Park!! He worked hard for it so he should have the credit. Let's start a petition to name it that. I will gladly donate the ribbon and scissors for the opening ceremony, as well as a plaque for his name. I will also provide a photographer to memorialize the momentous occasion. I assume the parks department has plans to update the abandoned structure (Suthers Hall ) on the property where we can hold his reception.
Great idea!

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Posted by katm on 03/09/2017 at 6:30 PM

Re: “Colorado Springs parks report shows good value

Since when does the City Parks department spend so much time at the Broadmoor? Why is the head of the marketing department for the Broadmoor on the panel? I agree: too cozy in my opinion. The Broadmoor is not the only business in town, but our city government sure acts like they are.

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Posted by katm on 01/12/2017 at 10:15 PM

Re: “Land swap opponents prepare suit, ballot measure over Strawberry Fields

Great story. Thanks Pam for following up.

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Posted by katm on 07/28/2016 at 12:12 PM

Re: “A conservation easement could settle some land-swap issues, but it's complicated

The location of the easements was changed in 2006 as a part of a development proposal by Morley-Howard Investments, which purchased the property for residential subdivision," That is a truly disgusting scenario but sadly, all too common. I can't believe that even with no detailed plans for a "building envelope" in a meadow on historic parkland, no specific answers or plans on burying utilities and who would bear the cost of doing so, no transparency on appraisals (no access to those work files even for council) and 4 denied CORA requests about this exchange that the matter of Strawberry Fields is even up for debate. Sad commentary on our city.

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Posted by katm on 05/18/2016 at 2:22 PM

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