Colorado Springs Utilities is planning for the future tonight by taking a look at how the public utility is run and considering making changes. The first of many public input meetings was held Wednesday. It's early in the 18-month long process, but there's talk of creating a governing board separate from the city council to run Colorado Springs Utilities. Currently, members of City Council also serve as the Utilities Board.
The beginning of the review looks at the process, or how utilities works. They'll be evaluating structure, or who the governing board will be, later in the process.
"Four years ago, the city changed its governance model," said Utilities Board Chair, Andres Pico. "It's about time to take a look at the utilities governance model to position utilities for the next 20 or 30 years out."
Some are concerned there's too much on board member's plates to most effectively serve as both boards.
"They have more than I can comprehend and try to do justice to both City Council and the Utility Board," said Bonnie Ann Smith, an interested resident.
As a customer, you own your utility. These decisions affect your money, so your opinion matters. Click here to share your comments. The public comment period runs all of September. Changes could be made as soon as next summer.