Meetings on Stormwater Enterprise Fund at East, Penrose July 17, 19

       As the City of Colorado Springs moves forward with its plans for a citywide Stormwater Enterprise Fund, two public meetings have been scheduled on the issue.
       Neither is on the Westside. Both will be at 7 p.m. The first will be Monday, July 17 at East Library, and the other will be Wednesday, July 19 at Penrose Library.
       The fund is expected to charge the owners of a typical single-family home $7.50 per month, starting in January. Commercial properties will also be charged. The actual rate for each property will be based on its amount of impervious surfaces; sometime this fall homeowner are to be mailed letters from the city showing photos of their houses and where the city thinks impervious surfaces are. This information, in turn, can be individually appealed, according to Mary Scott, a spokeswoman for the city.
       City Council established the enterprise to pay for an estimated backlog of drainage-control projects totaling $295 million, including several high-priority projects on the Westside.
       Pending final council decision on fee rates (probably in August), the first Westside high-priority project to be funded would be in 2008-10: the first phase ($7.25 million) of a major upgrade to the concrete-lined 31st Street drainageway from Fountain Creek to Fontanero Street. No design has been decided on yet for this work. Phase 2, the drainageway from Fontanero to the Garden of the Gods, would be built in 2009-11 at an estimated cost of $5.5 million. These figures are provided by the city in its 5-year stormwater enterprise plan.
       Other tentative high-priority Westside expenditures would be 8th and 21st street bridge replacements (2010-11; $5.33 million), and improvements to the 19th Street detention pond outfall (2011; $500,000). For more information, call 385-5913.

Westside Pioneer/press release