It looks like the Fountain Creek Flood Control and Greenway District board will have plenty to do. People are lining up for funding for projects like the East Side Greenway project in Pueblo. Here’s a report from Chris Woodka writing for The Pueblo Chieftain. From the article:
The corridor plan envisions four demonstration projects that already are moving ahead, including the East Side Greenway project in Pueblo. The project received a $75,000 Great Outdoors Colorado grant this week, which will be matched with $500,000 in state grants and possibly a $500,000 federal appropriation, said Scott Hobson, Pueblo city planner. Those projects will give voters tangible evidence of progress on Fountain Creek when it comes time to ask for a permanent funding source such as a mill levy, Winner said.
“There are a lot of moving parts here,” said Jeff Chostner, Pueblo County commissioner. Chostner avoided a coin-flip in the race for chairman of the board by nominating Hisey and was named vice-chairman. The chairmanship will revert to Pueblo County next year. “We’ve been bombarded by requests from folks who want to help us spend the $50 million.” Chostner said the board has not had time to develop its procedures on how it will operate. Chostner also stressed that its primary responsibility is to control the flood waters of Fountain Creek, not simply to fund attractive projects.
One idea that Colorado Springs and the Lower Ark suggested was using $100,000 of the next $300,000 funding cycle of the corridor plan to pay for an administrator and office costs. “To go after the big money, you have to have a master plan,” Winner said. Included in the documents he presented to the board Friday was a list of potential grant sources. The district needs to have someone on board to write those grants, he added.