Westside Briefs:
Time extension on Red Rock comments

       The time has been extended to Friday, Nov. 2 for comments on the draft master plan for Red Rock Canyon Open Space.

Tim Krantz (laying out erosion mat) and David Valier were among about 20 volunteers at the Oct. 20 Red Rock Canyon Day organized by the Friends of Red Rock Canyon. Photo was taken on the hillside south of the main parking lot. In background are informational booths and a kiddy bounce house that were also part of the day's activities.
Westside Pioneer photo

       The plan had been released Oct. 17, with the original deadline announced as the night of the plan's open house at the Westside Community Center Oct. 24.
       Sarah Bryarly of City Parks said in an e-mail (to citizens involved in the plan-development process) that Parks staff decided on the extension “because it's a pretty big document and we want you to have the time you need to review it.”
       The draft plan is posted on the city's web site at springsgov.com/rrc. Comments should go to sbryarly@springsgov.com. For those without e-mail access, her office phone is 385-6522.
       Early voting through Nov. 2
       Early voting for the Nov. 6 General Election began Oct. 22 and will continue through Friday, Nov. 2. The nearest early-voting location for Westsiders is the El Paso County Clerk & Recorder's Main Office, Citizens Service Center, 1675 W. Garden of the Gods Road, Suites 1019-1020, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
       Outside the center, the Clerk's Office recently installed a 24-hour drop box to let voters “drive through and drop off the ballots without ever getting out of their car,” a press release states.
       Located in the front roundabout off Garden of the Gods Road, the box meets new state rules allowing such units “as long as they are secured according to the guidance provided by the secretary of state rules and under 24-hour video surveillance,” the release adds.
       Attorney begs more time
       The next City Council consideration of a proposed no-panhandling ordinance has been postponed again, this time to Tuesday, Nov. 13.
       “The City Attorney requested additional time to prepare options for council,” explains an e-mail from City Council Administrator Aimee Cox.
       Such a law has been proposed for the downtown because of a glut of scruffy beggars there, but councilmembers worried about the effectiveness of the ordinance as drafted by City Attorney Chris Melcher and if such a site-specific wording might adversely affect the neighboring Westside and other parts of town.
       The last council discussion of the matter was Sept. 24. City Attorney Chris Melcher was directed then to come back with more options at the Oct. 9 council meeting. This was later put back to Oct. 22 and now Nov. 13.
       Because Veteran's Day is a city holiday Nov. 12, council will have both its informal and formal meetings on the 13th. The topic will be open for public comment during the formal meeting period.
       Westside Center 'Fall Fest'
       The Westside Community Center, 1628 W. Bijou St., will hold its third annual Halloween-themed event Sun-day, Oct. 28 from 2 to 6 p.m.
       The free, family-oriented “Fall Festival” will offer games, food and recorded music. No reservations are necessary. “Non-scary” costumes are encouraged, said Dick Siever, the center's director.
       The time is two hours earlier than last year. “We moved it up because we found the crowd was not that great after dark,” he said.
       For more information, call the center at 385-7920 x1.
       Dog Park 'Ghouls' delay
       The date for the previously announced “Ghouls and Stools” El Paso County Dog Park cleanup has been moved back a week to Saturday, Nov. 3 from 9 to 11 a.m.
       The reason is anticipated bad weather this coming Saturday, Oct. 27, according to Ron Buchanan, head of the Dog Park's friends group.
       The 20-acre facility is off South 21st at Rio Grande.
       Bags and plastic gloves will be provided for volunteers.
       For more information, call 520-6983.
       Highway 24 clean-up
       Volunteers are welcome to help clean up a mile of Highway 24 in front of Red Rock Canyon Open Space Saturday, Nov. 3 from 9:30 to 11 a.m.
       The project will be led by Scenic Colorado, which has adopted that highway segment, and Friends of Red Rock Canyon. The meeting place will be the northwest intersection of Highway 24 and Ridge Road. Orange trash bags and vests will be provided.
       For more information, call 634-4468.

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