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Meetings this month to 'fine-tune' regional stormwater ballot proposal

       The Pikes Peak Stormwater Task Force is holding a series of public meetings this month to “fine-tune the proposal to manage stormwater in the Pikes Peak region,” a press release states.
       None is scheduled on the Westside, but two will be nearby:
       - Thursday, July 10, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., at Memorial Hall, 606 Manitou Ave. in Manitou Springs.
       - Wednesday, July 16, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., at the Ivywild School, 1604 S. Cascade Ave.
       Other meetings will be in Fountain July 9, in Monument July 15 and at the East Library July 23.
       The Task Force intends to put the final version of the plan before voters in November, the press release continues.
       Previous discussions have indicated that a fee of some kind will be part of the ballot issue.
       “The Pikes Peak Regional Stormwater Task Force was formed in August 2012 by the City of Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Colorado Springs Utilities, community business leaders and citizens to determine the breadth of the community's stormwater needs and options for managing it,” the release states.
       The group's thinking is that a dedicated fund and a regional approach would improve the current situation in which stormwater needs are often addressed only by individual local governments and even then are often postponed - especially in lower-water years - because more immediate issues take budget precedence.
       Based on earlier studies, several Westside stormwater needs - primarily the Camp Creek waterway - have appeared on a list of priority projects if a fee was approved. According to Dave Munger, a volunteer leader in the regional effort, such a list should be ready by the end of this month.

Westside Pioneer/press release
(Posted 7/7/14; Community: Ongoing Issues)

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