Westside Briefs:
Grant to continue Westside fire mitigation

       Seventy-five acres in Cedar Heights and 5 acres near Village at Skyline are scheduled for fire-mitigation projects, as part of a $1.1 million federal grant to the Colorado Springs Fire Department.
       It's the second three-year “pre-disaster mitigation” grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Colorado Division of Emergency Management, according to Christina Randall, Wildland Risk section manager for the Colorado Springs Fire Department.
       The idea is to minimize the chance of a fire spreading from undeveloped hillsides into the neighborhoods that border them.
       As with the previous grant, FEMA will pay 75 percent of the project costs, Randall said. “The remaining costs will be met by neighborhood matching and Public Safety Sales Tax in the form of labor, volunteer projects and neighborhood involvement,” a press release states.
       The previous grant, which is finishing up this fall, also aided Cedar Heights, as well as Bear Creek Park. Work included the use of specialized chipping equipment to thin out dead or dying vegetation.
       Public comments sought
       The Board of Directors of the Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments (PPACG) has begun taking public comments on the draft 2010-2017 Transpor-tation Improvement Pro-gram (TIP). The deadline to submit comments is Sept. 1.
       To review the draft, go to ppacg.org and click the link under “News.”
       According to a press release, “One of the primary responsibilities of PPACG, as the region's metropolitan planning organization (MPO), is the development of a regional transportation improvement program. The draft… contains more than 65 transportation projects for which federal financial assistance in the federal fiscal year 2010 through fiscal year 2017 is being sought.”
       PPACG is a regional agency consisting of government entities from a three-county area.
       For more information, call 471-7080 x139.
       In memoriam: Christy
       Services for Westsider Robert E. Christy, 56, will be at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 2021 W. Colorado Ave., Saturday, July 24 at 11 a.m.
       He was born Aug. 15, 1953, and died of heart failure July 16.
       A master glazier and lifelong Colorado Springs resident, Christy graduated with the first class at Coronado High School in 1971, according to his sister, Christine Bonck. During his career as a glazier, in order to keep working, he probably was employed by every glass company in town, she said.
       Christy also is survived by his wife Nancie; two sons, Casey and Kyle; and daughter Katelyn.

Westside Pioneer/press releases