From The Colorado Springs Gazette (Matt Steiner):
Mayor Steve Bach announced Sunday night that he’ll seek an outside consultant on Colorado Springs stormwater needs for a second opinion on an issue that’s drawn regional concern…
A regional stormwater panel has said the city has a backlog of $687 million in stormwater projects, the bulk of the region’s nearly $880 million in stormwater needs. The Stormwater Task Force has backing from El Paso County and smaller municipalities, but the city has been cool to the panel’s findings. Bach has contended that the estimate for Colorado Springs appears high and in January said a second look at the numbers, as well as the scope and proposed priorities of the stormwater work, was needed. “The city’s 78 percent share of the region’s $880 million in needed improvements means that Colorado Springs is by far the largest stakeholder in solving this issue,” the city said in an 8:41 p.m. Sunday news release. “The Mayor has welcomed other regional jurisdictions to use the services of the city’s consultant to also vet their own stormwater needs”
The city has set a April 5 deadline for bids for the consulting work.
Sunday night, the city said Bach also wants Colorado Springs to control cash that might be used for stormwater work in the city, rather than putting money in a regional pool for projects.