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This week around Colorado Springs: Your calendar

By: The Gazette
April 7, 2014 Updated: April 7, 2014 at 7:07 am

Crime Victims' Rights Week will kick off with a Leader's Run from the Pioneers Museum Park on Nevada Avenue and Vermijo Street on Monday at 10 a.m. District Attorney Dan May, Colorado Springs police deputy chief Mark Smith and other members of local law enforcement will challenge themselves physically and test their knowledge of victims' rights.

The Colorado Springs Police Department will host an identity theft prevention class Thursday from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Gold Hill Division, 955 West Moreno Ave. The class is open to the public and free of charge.

Candidates for the position of principal of Coronado High School will participate in a communitywide open forum 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday at the school, 1590 W. Fillmore St. Parents, students and the public are invited to meet the top three candidates and ask them questions.

Colorado Springs City Council will host an art show reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday on the second floor of City Hall, 107 N. Nevada Ave. The show features black and white photos by Bemis School of Art instructors Angela V. Crews and Richard L. Rinker.

The public is invited to Bear Creek Nature Center on Tuesday to get an update on the Bear Creek Regional Park Conservation Easement Project. The meeting, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at 245 Bear Creek Road, will give attendees an overview of the project and a fundraising update. The proposed conservation easement will provide assurance that the park will be designated for park and open space purposes permanently. El Paso County has completed about 60 percent of fundraising that includes $17,500 for easement administrative and stewardship fees. For more information, contact El Paso County Parks at 520-6983.

A meeting featuring a representative from the Small Business Development Center will be held Monday at 4:30 p.m. to advise Manitou Springs business owners about obtaining loans and rents related to the September 2013 floods.

El Paso County officials announced Friday that small-business owners in the town of more than 5,000 people may be eligible for grants up to $25,000 or loans through the Colorado Department of Local Affairs. Those who own one business can apply for $10,000 grants. People owning two or more businesses are eligible for $25,000 grants.

Monday's meeting will be at Spencer Hall, 515 Manitou Ave.

Colorado Springs City Council meets in a work session at 1 p.m. Monday in City Hall, 107 N. Nevada Ave. It will discuss a proposed ordinance from council member Joel Miller restricting the city's use of eminent domain. Under the proposed ordinance, the city could not use condemnation to take private property for private economic development.

- The council also will discuss Mayor Steve Bach's request to take $2 million from the city's reserve fund to pay for pothole repair. Some council members said there is no need to use the reserve fund because there is money available in the city's Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority fund.

- Council member Jill Gaebler will propose an ordinance that allows hoofed animals as pets, including cattle, sheep, goat, horse or mule. The proposed ordinance would allow the maximum number of dogs, cats and hoofed pets kept on the premises not to exceed four each for a maximum of eight total animals.

City Council will meet in its regular meeting at 1 p.m. Tuesday in City Hall, 107 N. Nevada Ave. It will vote on whether to confirm Mayor Steve Bach's nominees to the Colorado Springs Urban Renewal Authority board. The nominees are Nolan Schriner, Valerie Hunter and Peter Scoville. The URA board oversees the public private partnerships for development projects designated as urban renewal areas, where the board has declared blight. The URA nine-member board will be involved in the City for Champions project. Two of the four proposed tourism projects could be built in the southwest urban renewal area.

- The council also will hear an appeal of the Planning Commission's approval of an indoor shooting range, Whistling Pines Gun Club West, 4750 Peace Palace Point, off Garden of the Gods Road. Some residents object to the shooting range saying the qualities of the surrounding neighborhood would be substantially injured.

- The council also will hear the city's appeal of a planning commission's decision last month to allow club members of Studio A64 to smoke pot inside its club, which is on the second floor of the building at 332 E. Colorado Ave.

The Gazette

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