This week around Colorado Springs: What's happening Jan. 13-19

The Gazette - Updated: January 12, 2014 at 9:39 pm • Published: January 12, 2014 | 8:55 pm 0

Colorado Springs City Council will have a special meeting at 11 a.m. Monday to discuss the employment of George Culpepper, its legislative liaison, who was fired last week by Mayor Steve Bach. The council may retreat behind closed doors with two-thirds vote, or the council could hold the meeting in public.

Colorado Springs City Council member Joel Miller will propose an ordinance that limits council's powers of eminent domain. Miller will present the ordinance for discussion during the council work session at 1 p.m. Monday in City Hall, 107 N. Nevada Ave. The proposed ordinance would limit eminent domain to the acquisition of property only for traditional public uses such as the acquisition of land rights for public streets and highways and other traditional public facilities. Miller says, in the proposal, that some Colorado Springs property owners are concerned that federal, state and local law might allow property to be taken by the city under eminent domain and used for private economic development.

Pikes Peak Safe Schools Coalition meets at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at 3480 Centennial Blvd.

Parents, educators and students are invited to the monthly meeting. The group works to make schools safe for all students regardless of sexual orientation.

Colorado Springs School District 11's board of education will host an informal community engagement meeting 6-8 p.m. Wednesday in the Ivywild School gym, 1604 S. Cascade Ave. The public is invited to ask questions of district officials.

The next deadline for enrolling in health insurance through the state's new exchange will take place this week. Coloradans have through midnight Wednesday to enroll in health insurance through Connect for Health Colorado, if they want that coverage to begin Feb. 1. People who don't mind their coverage beginning later in the year can still enroll through March 31.

The exchange was set up through the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, and it is separate from the federally run exchange, Healthcare.gov. Anyone who wants a subsidy to help offset the cost of their health insurance plans must enroll in a plan through the state's exchange.

The El Paso County Board of Commissioners will vote Thursday on whether or not to give support to The City for Champions application to the Colorado Economic Development Commission. The City for Champions effort could bring four tourism-related projects to Colorado Springs, including an outdoor stadium, an indoor sports center, an Olympic museum, a new Air Force Academy visitors center and a sports and medicine performance center at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. The City for Champions was awarded $120.5 millions by the development commission in mid-December.

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