History Center: Too small for mayor’s town hall?
Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach plans to hold a Westside “town hall” meeting Tuesday, Feb. 19 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Two expected topics are stormwater and public safety, according to Julie Lafitte, assistant to mayor's chief of staff Laura Neumann.
However, the main controversy this week for the Organization of Westside Neighbors (OWN) was the meeting location.
The currently announced site is the Old Colorado City History Center, 1 S. 24th St., but OWN was trying this week to get it changed because of size and parking issues.
Members of OWN suggested the Westside Community Center, which can hold about 200 people in its Hughes Hall and has at least 50 off-street parking spaces. The History Center, by contrast, is a tight fit at about 100 and has fewer than 15 off-street spaces.
Laura Neumann, the mayor's chief of staff, said that the drawback to the Community Center is its restrooms are not ADA-compliant. Regarding numbers, Neumann said that “typically, we do not have more than 100 people in attendance” at the mayor's town halls.
OWN President Clark questioned that estimate. He said that at the last mayor's town hall, elsewhere in Colorado Springs, there were twice that many. He also expressed worry that attendance numbers might be inflated by city staff who “will take away capacity numbers for residents.”
Clark said he would look for larger Westside facilities that are ADA-compliant.
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