<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - government]]> http://gazette.com/rss/government Tue, 06 Oct 2015 10:29:51 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Road updates top Colorado Springs mayor's budget wishlist]]> http://gazette.com/road-updates-top-colorado-springs-mayors-budget-wishlist/article/1560674?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/road-updates-top-colorado-springs-mayors-budget-wishlist/article/1560674?custom_click=rss

Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers submitted his proposed 2016 budget to the City Council on Monday, with requests to fund stormwater projects, police body cameras and a few items to bolster business.

The $268.1 million general fund budget is up $9.4 million, or 3.6 percent, but Suthers said that when adjusted for inflation, the city today spends $86 a year less on each resident than it did in 2000.

The City Council will hold budget hearings with 11 department heads from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 14 and 15, plus from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 19 and 20. The public is welcome to attend.

Kara Skinner, the city's chief financial officer, has been briefing the council in recent weeks on what to expect in the mayor's budget.

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Tue, 06 Oct 2015 10:25:24 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado lawmakers call for more transparency after Gazette report on youth corrections]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-lawmakers-call-for-more-transparency-after-gazette-report-on-youth-corrections/article/1560666?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-lawmakers-call-for-more-transparency-after-gazette-report-on-youth-corrections/article/1560666?custom_click=rss

Colorado lawmakers are calling for greater transparency at the Division of Youth Corrections after a Gazette investigative report published Sunday uncovered continued problems in the state's 10 juvenile corrections facilities, including the use of solitary confinement.

Rep. Pete Lee, D-Colorado Springs, said that he has requested statistics on the continued use of administrative seclusion, what the department calls isolation, and access to use-of-force reports that detail when guards have physical contact with youth who are acting out.

The Department of Human Services said it is working to fulfill Lee's request.

Lee said he hopes to get a better picture of what's occurring behind closed doors.

"I think they know

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Tue, 06 Oct 2015 08:09:39 -0600
<![CDATA[Tardy audit could cost Green Mountain Falls its property tax money]]> http://gazette.com/tardy-audit-could-cost-green-mountain-falls-its-property-tax-money/article/1560667?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/tardy-audit-could-cost-green-mountain-falls-its-property-tax-money/article/1560667?custom_click=rss

Green Mountain Falls failed to submit its annual financial audit this summer, and unless the town does so in the next two weeks, its property taxes could be withheld, according to the Office of the State Auditor.

The town contracts with an auditor, who has not explained to the town's board of trustees why the audit was not submitted on time, said Mayor Lorrie Worthey. The December 2015 financial audit was due on July 31, but the town asked for an extension until Sept. 30, but failed to meet that deadline as well, said Greg Fugate, a spokesmen for the Office of the State Auditor.

"At this time we don't have any information from him," said Worthey of the auditor. "The board hasn't been informed that we did not make that

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Mon, 05 Oct 2015 19:11:09 -0600
<![CDATA[Contractor: Colorado Springs moratorium on medical marijuana shops would hurt 'thousands']]> http://gazette.com/contractor-colorado-springs-moratorium-on-medical-marijuana-shops-would-hurt-thousands/article/1560512?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/contractor-colorado-springs-moratorium-on-medical-marijuana-shops-would-hurt-thousands/article/1560512?custom_click=rss

Medical marijuana centers in Colorado Springs, being eyed by the City Council for a six-month moratorium, brought in $2 million in city sales tax and license fees last year.

Sales tax revenue skyrocketed from $110,765 in 2009 to $1.49 million last year. And money from license fees is at $528,750 this year, compared with $226,000 in all of 2010. The city also picked up nearly $7,000 over the past five years from marijuana business personal property taxes collected by El Paso County.

But that's all small potatoes compared with the millions spent on leases, super-secure construction, extensive renovations, video cameras and 40-day backup video, motion detectors, employee salaries and benefits, armed guards and "product," i.e.

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Mon, 05 Oct 2015 13:24:26 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs public meeting scheduled for proposed "sit-lie" ordinance]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-public-meeting-scheduled-for-proposed-sit-lie-ordinance/article/1560489?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-public-meeting-scheduled-for-proposed-sit-lie-ordinance/article/1560489?custom_click=rss

Colorado Springs' contentious proposal for a sit-lie ordinance will get its third public hearing Tuesday night, the city announced Friday afternoon.

The "community discussion," as a city news release calls it, will run from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Council Chambers at City Hall, 107 N. Nevada Ave. Only 45 minutes, 6:45 to 7:30 p.m., is scheduled for public comment. This meeting is 30 minutes shorter than the two that preceded it.

The ordinance would prohibit people from sitting, lying, reclining or kneeling on streets, sidewalks, trails and objects in the right-of-way in downtown and Old Colorado City commercial districts.

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Sat, 03 Oct 2015 09:38:38 -0600
<![CDATA[New club in Colorado Springs tests rules on marijuana social clubs]]> http://gazette.com/new-club-in-colorado-springs-tests-rules-on-marijuana-social-clubs/article/1560516?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-club-in-colorado-springs-tests-rules-on-marijuana-social-clubs/article/1560516?custom_click=rss

The One Love Club parking lot filled quickly after its doors opened Friday night. The new west-side pot social club is clear, on signs around the joint, that it does not sell marijuana.

It's a reimbursement system.

If that doesn't make sense to you, you're not alone. The Colorado Springs City Council imposed a six-month moratorium Sept. 22 on opening new cannabis clubs, which have long been unregulated in Colorado Springs. In many cases, people are given "free" pot in exchange for membership fees.

An owner of the new club twice declined interviews with The Gazette on Friday after it was rumored One Love does not have the proper permits to operate. The owner didn't give his name and referred reporters to his attorney,

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Fri, 02 Oct 2015 22:03:55 -0600
<![CDATA[El Paso County agrees on two more claims against former sheriff]]> http://gazette.com/el-paso-county-agrees-on-two-more-claims-against-former-sheriff/article/1560515?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/el-paso-county-agrees-on-two-more-claims-against-former-sheriff/article/1560515?custom_click=rss

Two El Paso County Sheriff's Office employees will have leave time restored, some records expunged and receive monetary compensation if settlement agreements for claims are approved by the county next week.

The proposed settlements for current Sheriff's Office employees Cliff Porter and Wendy Habert are the third and fourth to come in front of the Board of El Paso County Commissioners because of claims against former Sheriff Terry Maketa.

The agreements total $120,000 and will be voted on by commissioners Tuesday.

If approved, the totals paid out as a result of claims against Maketa and other former Sheriff's Office employees would surpass $300,000.

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Fri, 02 Oct 2015 21:56:48 -0600
<![CDATA[Monument group wants to join in methadone clinic settlement talks]]> http://gazette.com/monument-group-wants-to-join-in-methadone-clinic-settlement-talks/article/1560510?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/monument-group-wants-to-join-in-methadone-clinic-settlement-talks/article/1560510?custom_click=rss

Some Monument residents want to ensure that lawsuit settlement talks between a methadone provider and the Town of Monument avoid one thing: Allowing a methadone facility to open.

Lawyers for the nonprofit No Methadone in Monument have filed a motion seeking to include themselves in the litigation, according to court documents obtained Friday.

In doing so, the group aims to be included in any settlement talks - all with the goal of mandating that the facility not open, said Greg Coopman, a board member of No Methadone in Monument.

"We will fight it until there's nothing left to fight," Coopman said.

The facility's operator, Orlando, Fla.

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Fri, 02 Oct 2015 18:46:18 -0600
<![CDATA[Woodland Park delays decision on rules that would impact utilities, Internet providers]]> http://gazette.com/woodland-park-delays-decision-on-rules-that-would-impact-utilities-internet-providers/article/1560474?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/woodland-park-delays-decision-on-rules-that-would-impact-utilities-internet-providers/article/1560474?custom_click=rss

WOODLAND PARK - After debate and public comment that went past 11 p.m. Thursday, the Woodland Park City Council tabled two ordinances and a resolution that would revamp regulations for work done in the city's rights-of-way.

The conversation will continue at the Oct. 15 council meeting, and city officials will meet next week with Peak Internet CEO and founder Jayson Baker and his attorney's to iron out details of the proposed changes that Baker worries would leave his company in a bind.

Baker said before Thursday's meeting that changes to permit procedures could force Peak Internet to halt its fiber-optic Internet project in Woodland Park and possibly force up to a dozen layoffs.

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Fri, 02 Oct 2015 18:42:56 -0600
<![CDATA[Judge's ruling strikes down law similar to frozen Colorado Springs ordinance]]> http://gazette.com/judges-ruling-strikes-down-law-similar-to-frozen-colorado-springs-ordinance/article/1560430?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/judges-ruling-strikes-down-law-similar-to-frozen-colorado-springs-ordinance/article/1560430?custom_click=rss

A federal judge's ruling Wednesday struck down Grand Junction's anti-panhandling ordinance, two days after the Colorado Springs city attorney froze enforcement of similar local laws.

Grand Junction "has taken a sledgehammer to a problem that can and should be solved with a scalpel," U.S. District Judge Christine M. Arguello ruled.

Amendments to the Colorado Springs ordinances will be drafted because of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Reed v. Town of Gilbert and possible confusion about passive panhandling's legality, wrote City Attorney Wynetta Massey in response to a Colorado ACLU letter challenging the laws.

The police department stopped enforcement of solicitation laws unless the panhandling is aggressive or

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Fri, 02 Oct 2015 09:00:14 -0600
<![CDATA[Woodland Park Internet debate goes into the night]]> http://gazette.com/woodland-park-internet-debate-goes-into-the-night/article/1560438?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/woodland-park-internet-debate-goes-into-the-night/article/1560438?custom_click=rss WOODLAND PARK - Most of the people who packed into for the Woodland Park City Council Thursday night were there to see if the city would pass an ordinance that Peak Internet owner Jayson Baker said could make or break the future of fiber-optic Internet in the Teller County city.

By 9:30 p.m., city officials were still presenting the details of multiple ordinances to establish new regulations for contractors digging and boring in the city's rights-of-way. By shortly before 10 p.m., public comment from concerned residents hadn't even begun.

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Thu, 01 Oct 2015 21:55:02 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Supreme Court hears arguments on both sides of judicial branch records debate]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-supreme-court-hears-arguments-on-both-sides-of-judicial-branch-records-debate/article/1560424?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-supreme-court-hears-arguments-on-both-sides-of-judicial-branch-records-debate/article/1560424?custom_click=rss DENVER - Several attorneys and a lawmaker urged Colorado Supreme Court justices Thursday to err on the side of transparency as they finalize rules to govern access to administrative records within the judicial branch.

"The judicial branch relies on the trust and confidence of the people," said Chris Forsyth a Denver attorney who runs the Judicial Integrity Project. "This proposed rule does not inspire the trust and confidence of the people. It works directly against it, and that is why you should not adopt this rule."

Forsyth, speaking for himself and not his organization, was one of a handful of people to speak Thursday in the new Supreme Court chambers for and against the proposed rules.

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Thu, 01 Oct 2015 19:09:24 -0600
<![CDATA[Fiber optic Internet provider says costly changes in Woodland Park could lead to layoffs]]> http://gazette.com/fiber-optic-internet-provider-says-costly-changes-in-woodland-park-could-lead-to-layoffs/article/1560398?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fiber-optic-internet-provider-says-costly-changes-in-woodland-park-could-lead-to-layoffs/article/1560398?custom_click=rss

A recent dispute between the city of Woodland Park and Peak Internet could come to a tipping point Thursday night.

Peak Internet founder and CEO Jayson Baker said proposed changes to the town's municipal code, which will be discussed by the Woodland Park City Council at its regular meeting, could force him to end a fiber-optic project that began in July 2013 and potentially lead to a dozen layoffs.

City Manager David Buttery said the proposed changes to the permitting process would simply "hold Peak Internet to the same standards as other service providers" such as Black Hills Energy and the Intermountain Rural Electric Association (IREA).

Thursday's meeting will be at 7 p.m. in the Woodland Park City Council chambers.

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Thu, 01 Oct 2015 14:18:08 -0600
<![CDATA[Mountain Metro Transit services give Springs seniors leg up on health, independence]]> http://gazette.com/mountain-metro-transit-services-give-springs-seniors-leg-up-on-health-independence/article/1560376?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/mountain-metro-transit-services-give-springs-seniors-leg-up-on-health-independence/article/1560376?custom_click=rss Sponsored: We’ve always done it bigger in the West, but urban sprawl and demand for more roads, wider lanes and multiple family vehicles has its downfalls, especially for Colorado Springs seniors.

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Thu, 01 Oct 2015 10:08:33 -0600
<![CDATA[Longterm transportation plan to be discussed again Thursday in Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/longterm-transportation-plan-to-be-discussed-again-thursday-in-colorado-springs/article/1560367?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/longterm-transportation-plan-to-be-discussed-again-thursday-in-colorado-springs/article/1560367?custom_click=rss A draft plan outlining transportation needs and possible improvements in the Pikes Peak region over the next 25 years will be discussed Thursday, the second public meeting in an open comment period.

The Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments' Moving Forward 2040 Regional Transportation Plan includes demographic projections, financial plans and current safety issues. It details future projects that could affect the region's drivers, bikers, bus riders and pedestrians, and outlines road and bridge conditions and traffic congestion.

The meeting is from 5 to 7 p.m. at Ivywild School, 1604 S. Cascade Ave.

More information about the plan can be found at movingforwardplan.org.

Comments made through email, to

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Thu, 01 Oct 2015 07:20:14 -0600