COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -

Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach is firing back after City Council President Keith King said the mayor is not participating in the process to create a regional stormwater task force.

The intergovernmental agreement would create the Pikes Peak Regional Drainage Authority and include representatives of Colorado Springs, Green Mountain Falls, Manitou Springs and Fountain.  City Council members are working closely with El Paso County commissioners on creating the regional authority.

King said he was frustrated the mayor missed a key meeting this week.

"We asked the mayor to participate and he chose not to participate yesterday and I think that's unfortunate," King said. "He hasn't participated in this process all along."

Bach said he was "puzzled" by King's comment, saying he has been part of the stormwater discussion all along, offering ideas for stormwater that included plans for neighborhood streets and bridges.  He said he missed this week's meeting because he was in Denver meeting with an international business potentially looking to bring jobs to the region.

Bach said his chief of staff, Steve Cox, was at the meeting to represent his office.

"He speaks for me. He has the authority to speak fully for me," Bach said.

Bach also argued it is not up to him to decide on the intergovernmental agency.  

"The simple answer is I'm not going to weigh in," Bach said. "It's not my purview. That's a Council decision. I respect that."

Bach said that whatever Council decides, though the regional authority is not his first choice, he will do his best to make it work.

In a letter to City Council members, Bach said it is up to the council to make its case to the voters for the regional authority. He also wrote that he wants to ensure that whatever fee Colorado Springs voters pay, they are receiving the full benefit.

The mayor also wrote that of the 11 board members, he believes six should be representatives of Colorado Springs. He recommended that three of those members be members of City Council, two be appointed by the mayor and the last seat to be held for the mayor's chief of staff in his absence.

Bach said he would appoint two city residents with professional stormwater expertise and that the Council could vote to approve the candidates.

King said he was concerned the mayor was trying to control the board with his appointees and people who are not elected officials.

"We said, 'We're elected. We're accountable to the people so let's leave it people on city council,'" King said. "And he obviously didn't want City Council to have that representation."

Council will now prepare the final IGA agreement for the November ballot. If the board is approved, the average cost for a single family would cost $7.70 per month.