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Re: “Polling convinces city leaders to decide now, not later, on stormwater issue

It is decades past due for taking a responsible approach for our stormwater issues. We cannot continue to wait for the perfect solution. Yes I agree the fee structure as stated in this proposal is not equitable and as a member of Council - Mr. Murray, - I would urge you and your fellow council persons to work to find solutions that include requiring developers to pay their fair share - and that includes in areas of new construction in old established neighborhoods. In OCC I have lived in this house almost 40 years and never had groundwater seep into my garage - but since a new monster home was placed on top of an unstable hill behind me the alley was a river and I had water on the floor of my old stone garage in one of the severe storms of about a week ago. This problem is not going away and we need to start sooner not later as we already were making progress when this community pulled the plug on the previous Stormwater Enterprise.

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Posted by rms on 08/21/2017 at 3:50 PM

Re: “Reader: Citizens should question bike race expenses

Whatever the event organizers paid the City towards hosting this event I guarantee it did not come close to covering the full cost of involvement by COS, CSPD, CSFD and CSU staff and resources required to sponsor this event. A full financial accounting would be interesting - not "fees" for services but actual breakdown of all stages from pre-planning through mop up and after action assessments of all personnel hours involved.

It also would be beneficial in analyzing the financial impacts to the community to collect data on lost income and wages to the Westside and downtown business owners who were not profiting from this event.

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Posted by rms on 08/18/2017 at 8:57 AM

Re: “City seeks input on Colorado Classic cycling race

They don't want to hear about the realities of this event as to the impacts of the common citizen of Colorado Springs. This is just another ploy to push forward their agenda for a Sports Arena or whatever special funded limited benefit development downtown. Nothing in downtown COS is going to improve my quality of life because I live in Old Colorado City - the only road they hurried to chip seal prior to this race was Colorado Avenue - Uintah is a crumbling mess of patches and potholes and they are still working on installing new curbs. By the time they get around to redoing Uintah and hopefully not just chip sealing it - they will need to replace the curbs again - just an endless circle of job security for the construction community.

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Posted by rms on 08/15/2017 at 9:53 AM

Re: “Colorado Classic cycling race starts in the Springs, attracts world-class cyclists

It is just a little annoying to always have the life and routine of the neighborhood disrupted by street closures and detours, I know many Old Colorado City businesses had to close or did very little business during this event, Colorado Avenue is a main business area through the Westside. How much of this cycling event will benefit anything that needs repairs or improvements for the neighborhood expected to take it on the chin for the good of the "community?" Just wonder who benefited the most from this interference in normal residents lives. There was traffic backed up along Pikes Peak and it is dangerous because the drivers are frustrated with the delays. I struggled to get back to the safety of my own driveway only to find a postcard in my mail announcing there will be again be road closures on August 20th for yet another event. Territory Days is disruptive enough and now every time I turn around Pikes Peak looks like a parking lot. From my point of view it isn't worth the impacts.

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Posted by rms on 08/11/2017 at 7:44 AM

Re: “A new vision for downtown Springs in Olympic Museum area

Well this is another scam by the developers to make themselves richer. It is laughable how they try to "sell" it by saying all the things they think the voting public wants to hear - no taxpayer funding, good for growth and so on.
Maybe they would be more believable if this community had done anything over the past 40 years to maintain and keep up with the existing infrastructure, jobs, community issues like public safety and education. Instead it is always looking for the "next best thing". Maybe why all the previous downtown development plans have failed. Does anyone ever stop to think if people wanted to live in Denver they would just move there? I would say they have figured out a way to get around the public voting on their project but special tax districts impact everyone who lives or visits this community just who else do you think is going to pay the higher prices to eat, work, shop or live in this "New" downtown? And what becomes of the existing downtown? Just let the weeds grow until that can be re-developed for profit.

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Posted by rms on 07/25/2017 at 10:14 AM

Re: “Colorado Springs' 2C road measure takes some heat

If my memory serves me correctly the original proposal for the street paving bid did include a 5 year warranty in the specs. What happened next is typical of a city that always puts the special interests before those of the citizens - the contractors raised a big stink and said they could not possibly make a big enough profit if they guaranteed the work for 5 years. City Council immediately caved to their demands. I don't need math to tell me if you let the bidders write your specifications and t.hen award to the lowest bidder the biggest winners are not the tax payers but the private contractors who have set themselves up with job security.

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Posted by rms on 07/22/2017 at 8:59 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Colorado Springs turns to reserve fund for $3.4 million bailout of forecast error

I thought the reserves were for emergencies and unplanned disasters not a way to fund day to day operations because they used unrealistic growth projections. Then why did they wait a year to tell the public conveniently when it is time to begin planning the 2018 budget. Oops we made a mistake. Where is their accountability? Do they not have to report budget indicators on a monthly or at least quarterly summary and report it to the auditors? Who is getting dinged on their performance review for this? This is not transparency.

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Posted by rms on 06/01/2017 at 9:30 PM

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