Budgets, electric rates and money for the city's economic development group all will be considered during a Colorado Springs City Council marathon meeting day Tuesday
The council, which doubles as the Colorado Springs Utilities board of directors, will have a full day of meetings, beginning at 9 a.m. in City Hall, 107 N. Nevada Ave. The council will meet as the Utilities board to discuss its community investment fund, including whether the Utilities board should continue giving money to local nonprofit and for profit groups. The board has about $760,000 set aside for the fund and in years past has given grant money to nonprofit groups as well as the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance and the Colorado Springs Technology Incubator.
Then, at 1 p.m. the council will host a combined work session and meeting because of the Veterans Day holiday Monday. The council will begin with its regular session followed by the work session. During its regular meeting, the council will host a public hearing on the proposed 2014 electricity and natural gas rate increases, which, if approved, would become effective Jan. 1. The council will consider approval for a 3.4 percent increase for electricity and 2.2 percent increase for natural gas, which adds up to $3.38 a month for a typical customer.
The council, then, is expected to approve a first reading of the Utilities' $1.15 billion budget. Final approval is expected at the Nov. 26 meeting. During the work session, the council will discuss proposed changes to the city's budget process, including a move that would strip the mayor of line item veto power.
- November's Latino Community Luncheon will feature Colorado Springs Police Community Relations Officers Martin Herrera and Robert Wilson, who will speak about the Latino-focused efforts of the police department and the importance of reflecting the diverse community it serves. The luncheon will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Hotel Elegante, 2886 S. Circle Drive, with a $20 on-site registration beginning at 11 a.m.
- The Stormwater Task Force added a fourth public meeting to gather citizens' feedback on stormwater management and to discuss recent proposals. Representatives from the Colorado Springs City Council and the El Paso County Board of Commissioners will be in attendance. The meeting will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Rampart High School, 8250 Lexington Drive.
- Mayor Steve Bach will host his monthly town hall meeting from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, at Gold Hill Police Substation, 955 W. Moreno Ave.
- Haider Hamza, an Iraqi war journalist, will share stories and photos at a free public event Thursday at Pikes Peak Community College's Centennial Campus Theater, 5675 S. Academy Blvd. A 2006 graduate of Bagdad University, he is a Fulbright scholar, and received a master's degree in global security and conflict resolution in the U.S.
A forum will help people better understand the state's new health insurance marketplace, Connect for Health Colorado. Well3 will host the event, which is geared toward Spanish-speaking residents. It will be from5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at Peak Vista, 2828 International Circle, Suite 120.
Well3 is a consortium of insurance companies, health care providers and nonprofit organization aiming to educate residents on the nuances of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare; connectforhealthyco.com