This week: Tree removal after fire on agenda

THE GAZETTE - Published: December 16, 2013 | 7:30 am 0

There will be two public meetings this week to discuss hazard tree removal in the Black Forest fire burn scar. The first will be a Board of El Paso County Commissioners work session at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Centennial Hall in downtown Colorado Springs. The second will be at the Black Forest Long Range Recovery Planning Committee meeting Wednesday night from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Training Room West at the El Paso County Charles "Chuck" Brown Transportation and Environmental Complex at 3275 Akers Drive.

The Board of El Paso County Commissioners will discuss zoning and a permit application in connection to the Golden West Wind Energy Project during its Thursday meeting. The meeting begins at 9 a.m. at Centennial Hall in downtown Colorado Springs. An approval would pave the way for Golden West Power Partners, LLC. to build a 37,000-acre wind farm in eastern El Paso County.

Colorado Springs City Council will host a special meeting at 9 a.m. Wednesday in City Hall, 107 N. Nevada Ave., to consider Mayor Steve Bach's objections to the 2014 general fund budget council approved Dec. 10. Bach sent the council's budget back to them with a stamp of "disapproval" on several line items, including the council's action to take $565,000 out of the city's rainy day fund and cut about $400,000 from the police department budget to pay for park watering. Bach also vetoed a section of the council's budget ordinance that limits his ability to move funds within the budget. Council needs a supermajority, or six votes, to override a veto.

Colorado Springs Utilities Board will meet at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Plaza of the Rockies South Tower, fifth floor, 121 S. Tejon St. The Board will discuss options for the Community Solar Garden pilot program, which was created in 2011 and is set to expire at the end of this month. The board will consider extending the program into 2014, which would cost about $640,000 to offer the rebates. Other options include reducing the rebate amount per kilowatt hour.

Mayor Steve Bach will have a news conference at 10 a.m. Thursday at the City Administration Building, 30 S. Nevada Ave., to give his reaction to the City Council's final 2014 budget. Bach said he is hopeful that some council members will change their position on several line items that he vetoed and will not vote to override. The council will vote on the line-item vetoes Wednesday.

The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs will hold summer and fall commencement ceremonies 2 p.m. Friday at the World Arena,3185 Venetucci Blvd. The ceremonies will be broadcast live online, rebroadcast on Comcast Channel 20 and posted on YouTube. Go to www.uccs.edu/commencement for a schedule and information.

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