Civic activities gear back up this week after the Thanksgiving holiday. Here's a look at a few things going on in the Pikes Peak region:
- The Drake Power Plant Task Force will host an open house from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the City Administration Building, 30 S. Nevada Ave. room 102. The task force will unveil a preliminary study that details 12 scenarios regarding the possible closure of the coal-fired Martin Drake Power Plant. The options range from closing the plant within three years to keeping it open for the next 30 years. The scenarios include financial return on investment and sustainabilty return of investment, which considers environmental and social costs.
The Colorado Springs Utilities board of directors will hear the full report Dec. 31 and begin deliberations about Drake's future. To see the 12 scenarios, go to www.draketaskforce.net.
- The Manitou Springs City Council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall, 606 Manitou Ave. Among other things, the council is expected to adopt the 2014 budget and will consider a resolution in support of a flood mitigation grant applications. For the full agenda, go to manitouspringsgov.com.
- El Paso County commissioners have canceled the regular Tuesday meeting, but will meet at 9 a.m. Thursday in the Centennial Hall Auditorium, 200 S. Cascade Ave. To see the full agenda, go to bcc2.elpasoco.com/bocc/agenda.asp.
- On Wednesday, Colorado Springs' civic leaders will pitch the City for Champions project to the Colorado Economic Development Commission in Denver. Backers are asking that state sales tax dollars be returned to the city over 30 years to help finance four projects that they say would attract new visitors to Colorado. A decision on the request is expected Dec. 16.