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May 2, 2013 8:21 PM by Andy Koen

Pueblo commissioners unimpressed by Springs stormwater spending

Colorado Springs city leaders announced this week they will spend $46 million dollars improving their aging stormwater system. Many of the projects are aimed at better controlling the increased run-off from the Waldo Canyon Burn Area.

"We want to move it forward as quickly as we can," said City Council President Keith King.

He and Mayor Steve Bach detailed the plans in a letter to the Pueblo City Council and Pueblo County Commissioners Wednesday.

"I'm interested in being a good neighbor with them and making sure that they understand that we care about what's happening and making sure that as the stormwater issue is happening that we're not just sitting idly by and doing nothing about it."

But what some consider good intentions, others see as too little too late.

"My concern is it looks like more smoke and mirrors," said Pueblo County Commissioner Sal Pace.

He points out that Colorado Springs hasn't really started on the $600 million in drainage projects they promised four years ago as part of the contract for Southern Delivery System, a

"They're not addressing the list that we have to have in Pueblo County, instead they're kicking the can down the Fountain Creek one more year."

Colorado Springs stormwater needs are Salestimated to cost anywhere from $687-890 million. While this year's committment won't pay for everything, councilman King says it's a good start.

"$46 million is a pretty significant number when you take a look at it and see from all the different sources that we're pulling it from."

Mayor Bach and other members of the city council plan to meet with the Pueblo City Council to talk about the issue face-to-face tomorrow.

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