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City of Colorado Springs negotiates details on stormwater task force

Details discussed for stormwater task force

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Colorado Springs City Council and Mayor Steve Bach hammer out the details for the regional stormwater task force on Monday.

Bach and city council were at odds during the task force process.

City Council President Keith King said stormwater is an important issue for the county that Mayor Bach has not been involved in.

"We have been working on this for two years, and I wish he could have been more involved earlier, but when people come along and support the effort it's great," King said.

Mayor Bach said he has been part of the planning of the group.

"We have been involved in the conversation the last two and a half months it has not been two years, I in fact, on Oct. 9, 2013, at the commissioners meeting, I wanted to talk about stormwater, then they ignored me and have since," he said.

City council will decide Tuesday on the inter-governmental agreement, which would create the Pikes Peak Regional Drainage Authority.

The team would include Green Mountain Falls, Colorado Springs, Manitou Springs, Fountain and El Paso County.

Colorado Springs would have six representatives, El Paso County would have two, and Green Mountain Falls, Manitou Springs and Fountain would each have one. 

Mayor Bach's proposal for Colorado Springs would include city council picking three representatives, with the mayor picking two representatives and one could include himself or a designee.

Mayor Bach said he would pick two stormwater experts.

"I think we need that expertise," he said.

In November, voters will have the chance to decide whether they want to fund the stormwater task force. If it is approved, each household will pay about $7.70 a month.

The money will be split up among each member of the task force and the board will decide on how the money will be spent for flood projects in each area. 

Mayor Bach wants to change this in case flash flooding hits Colorado Springs.

"When it comes to our money going into the authority, and we can't tap that without the Green Mountain Falls mayor, who has 621 residents, it's not personal but we need to be more thoughtful about this," he said.

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