THIS WEEK: Council, drainage, fire recovery meetings and more on tap

By: The Gazette
February 23, 2014 Updated: February 23, 2014 at 8:30 pm

The Colorado Springs City Council will hear an update on a smoking ban in city parks Monday at its council work session, which begins at 1 p.m. in City Hall, 107 N. Nevada Ave. In September, the council approved an ordinance that bans smoking from city parks. Parks director Karen Palus is expected to report that the city has installed "no smoking" signs at 99 of the city's 121 sites where smoking is banned. All signs should be up by April.

-The Colorado Springs City Council will consider increasing natural gas and electric rates at its meeting Tuesday, which begins at 1 p.m. in City Hall, 107 N. Nevada Ave.

The proposed rate increases are to cover the increased costs in natural gas and electricity fuel prices. If approved, a typical Colorado Springs Utilities residential customer could pay $1.38 more a month, on average, for electricity and $1.70 per month for natural gas. The item is on the council's consent agenda, meaning the council is not scheduled to discuss the issue but rather vote on the entire consent agenda. A council member or a resident can ask for any item to be removed from the consent agenda so that it could be discussed.

- Three possible design solutions to improve the Camp Creek drainage corridor will be presented at a meeting 6-8:30 p.m. Tuesday in the cafeteria at Coronado High School, 1590 W. Fillmore St. It is the third in a series of community workshops in recent months to explore solutions that could address flooding and erosion issues in the corridor, which extends through the Garden of the Gods and Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site, along 31st Street through the Pleasant Valley neighborhood south to a confluence with Fountain Creek near U.S. 24. The city expects to make emergency repairs to the channel before this year's flood season.

Those interested in the Camp Creek project can find regular updates on the city's website at or follow #CampCreek on Twitter.

- On Tuesday, the U.S. Forest Service will host a public open house at 5:30 p.m. to discuss the closure of Bear Creek and Jones Park Trails. The meeting will be in the Pikes Peak Room at the CSU Leon Young Service Center, 1521 Hancock Expressway. The trails have been closed to protect the Cutthroat Trout. When the trails are expected to reopen will be among the questions answered.

- Bone marrow/stem cell donor drives for a 10-year-old Falcon-area boy who has leukemia will be 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at Colorado College in the Worner Hall Lounge, 14 E. Cache La Poudre St.

Aden Knar is in need of a bone marrow transplant to save his life. Would-be donors must be between 18 and 44 years of age. Bonfils Blood Center of Denver will conduct the screenings. For more information, call Bonfils at 303-363-2345.

- The El Paso County Assessor's Office will provide information on the property tax assessment process within the Black Forest fire burn area at the Black Forest Fire Long Range Recovery Planning Committee meeting 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, at the Charles Brown Transportation & Environmental Complex, 3255 Akers Drive. Various committee will give reports at the meeting.

- El Paso County Commissioner Darryl Glenn will speak at the Tri-Lakes Chamber of Commerce luncheon at 11 a.m. on Thursday at The Inn at Palmer Divide, 443 Colorado 105, Palmer Lake. The county budget, City for Champions, Black Forest fire recovery and stormwater infrastructure will be among the topics for discussion.

- The Colorado Springs City Council will host a town hall meeting for residents to discuss the proposed City for Champions projects from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in City Hall, 107 N. Nevada Ave.

The Gazette

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