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

If you believe any solution works or is the right solution you can vote for this proposal. However, its equity and parity is totally out of synch with what occurred. Developers made tremendous profits off our city's inability or unwillingness to hold them accountable to known stormwater stances. Take the time to read the EPA's lawsuit and it will be clear the citizens were not the primary beneficiaries of these costs. We can take responsibility for roads and bridges and our own driveways but the differences are more than $5 per dwelling and $30 per acre when adding up the total damage vice profits. The citizens are clearly bearing the brunt of this situation and this should be called the "developer's tax" rather than a stormwater fee. Go back to the drawing board, re-balance this measure and present a fair and equitable plan. That has less to be determined (TBDs), slows future development until we can correct our current problems and demonstrates how future costs will be allocated between citizens and commercial interests. You do realize these systems must be maintained like our streets! Don't vote for this blank check!

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Posted by wpmurrayIII on 08/20/2017 at 10:07 AM

Re: “One last shot at a downtown stadium

I specifically asked this question 4 years ago and was told "NO". The culture of the campus atmosphere required the stadium to remain where it is. In addition I was told they were raising funds to make it larger on the AFA campus. It was also mentioned in conjunction with the new visitors center. We are not a sports centric town and we have the Broadmoor fighting us for convention space. Our strength is livability. Lets concentrate on several large downtown living projects. Designed as rent controlled living areas with access to bike-able schools, grocery stores and science museums.

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Posted by wpmurrayIII on 03/02/2017 at 12:36 PM

Re: “Legal opinion released; Zoo urges approval of land swap

I would have no opposition if we were to receive the kind and generous offers that Ms. Hill gave us in return for our 4.7 acres. However, this swap is not in the ballpark with this transfer. The long term neglect of this park is city sponsored. Just look at the work being done at Venezia Park. Swapping a City Park, especially one that was voted into the city, to a for-profit entity, should be the ‘last gasp of a dying man’ and not in lieu of proper maintenance. To allow this to occur will continue the neighbor against neighbor scenario rather than resolving it. Why not let them lease it? Because they want ownership and control. Neither of which is in the best interests of this city nor its governance. Please reconsider this position.

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Posted by wpmurrayIII on 05/24/2016 at 8:32 AM

Re: “Appraisal process accelerated for city's Strawberry Fields 'Disposal Project'

"Building social cohesion is difficult, of course, and often the strides forward are slow to come and hard to measure. It usually must happen at the city level. It is usually manpower-intensive work. It is always painstaking. Sometimes, of course, it simply fails. But without a reinvigorated emphasis on building social cohesion, in which cities and other jurisdictions learn from each other and share best practices to tie their communities more strongly together, we will not succeed in this crucial challenge of our times."
My notes:Tying our communities together is what will help rebuild the trust of our government. Robbing Peter to pay Paul, offering our parks as barter and refusing to allow time and transparency to what I see as a social process is robbing this city of its potential. I am saddened to see the mayor as being the cause rather then the cure. After he received his 2C opportunity, he has now embarked on keeping citizens off the sidewalks, refusing to consider road warranties (which will save taxpayers in the long run), paying off panhandlers (that is why more are coming to COS), building laws against marijuana rather than enforcing them (notice no additional police or code enforcement officers) and offering good deals for friends of Suthers (who have already offered to assist him in running for another term or higher office). Professional politicians are just that, professional. I can blame it on the system or we can just agree that the individual has learned how to play the game. One step forward and two steps back. I will be at the Strawberry Hills picnic tomorrow with their community helping clean up! I wonder if our mayor is back from Greece or his deputy will show up to help clean up. In case its not clear, clean up means with a garbage bag not a for sale sign!

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Posted by wpmurrayIII on 04/22/2016 at 9:08 PM

Re: “Here's one cynical view on Broadmoor-city land swap

Many of Colorado Springs’ best-known parks, including North Cheyenne Cañon, Palmer and Monument Valley, were donated by city founder Gen. William Jackson Palmer “solely for outdoor recreation enjoyment and use of the people of Colorado Springs.” The parks could not be built on or sold, nor could alcohol ever be permitted, or the property would revert to his heirs.

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Posted by wpmurrayIII on 04/15/2016 at 9:12 PM

Re: “Helen Collins' ethics hearing opens

So we understand each other. This is not about Doug but Helen. What did she know and when did she know it and how did it affect her taking the quit claim deed. Her surprise at having to sign the IRS form is an indication that she was unaware of what she was getting into. She probably still does not understand the full ramifications. I've never heard who filed the initial complaint and it makes me somewhat suspicious of other's motives. But clearly the burden of proof lies with the accuser. And to what effect did her Council position aggravate these suspicions? Is the city out any funds (No)? Was Bruce successful in not paying the lien? Even thought he passed it through Ms Collins (No). Even if it was a sham transaction with the intent of avoiding payment, it did not work. One should not throw stones in glass houses.....you never know who is watching!

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Posted by wpmurrayIII on 01/06/2016 at 10:34 PM

Re: “UPDATE: City Council limits communication with media

In order to insure that the public has the transparency it deserves, the message "will not", was suppose to be "should not". A CORA request would not have gathered all the answers supplied if it was not entered on the city's systems. The Council was elected to serve the people. The people passed the Colorado Open Records Act (CORA). The Council is expected to answer these questions on the systems provided, provided the questions are requested on the system and not elsewhere. These issues are not complex. Most businesses would never allow use of a personal email to respond to company business. And neither should the City Council!

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Posted by wpmurrayIII on 07/17/2015 at 8:24 PM

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