Mar 11, 2013 7:41 PM by Andy Koen

Mayor seeks second opinion on storm water needs

COLORADO SPRINGS - Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach is asking for a second opinion when it comes to the size and price of fixing the city's aging storm drainage system. The city issued a formal Request for Proposal (RFP) Monday to seek an independent engineering consultant who can evaluate the storm water needs within city limits.

The request follows a news conference last month in which the mayor rebuffed an estimate prepared for a regional storm water task force that priced the city's backlog of projects at $686 million, (a previous estimate listed the needs at $500 million.)

In that February 26 news conference the mayor also rejected plans to form a regional storm water entity on the grounds that the new body would ask voters for a tax increase to pay for the $880 million of improvements throughout Colorado Springs and El Paso County. A city news release Monday points out that Colorado Springs bears the largest share of that financial burden is the greatest at roughly 78 percent.

"The Mayor believes Colorado Springs should control the funding, management and construction of its improvements, given that it owns the lion's share of needs, while coordinating and collaborating with other communities," the release reads.

It also notes the $28 million commitment made by the city and Colorado Springs Utilities to begin construction this year on the most urgent storm water projects.

Firms that interested in preparing an estimate must respond by Friday, April 5 at the following website


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