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                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Colorado Springs, CO 80934-6651
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Fall 2011                       Informing and serving the Westside for 34 years   Volume 34, Number 2



   SURVEY                                                                                                                                                                                                      HITTING ALL
                                                                                                                                                                                                                THE HIGH

  on Page 2
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  NOTES
                                                                                                                                                                                                             LEFT: Playing as a trio in
                                                                                                                                                                                                             the latter stages of the annu-
                                                                                                                                                                                                             al Westside Neighbors Picnic
    13 questions to help                                                                                                                                                                                     July 23, John Wise (left) on
                                                                                                                                                                                                             stand-up bass,Tim Zahn on
      OWN develop an                                                                                                                                                                                         keyboards and Chris White
        infrastructure                                                                                                                                                                                       on trombone belt out a tune
                                                                                                                                                                                                             for more than 100 attendees,
   assessment of bicycling                                                                                                                                                                                   who were enjoying free
                                                                                                                                                                                                             grilled brats/hotdogs and side
      on the Westside                                                                                                                                                                                        dishes on the grassy area in
                                                                                                                                                                                                             front of the band at the


Spirit Awards
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Westside Community
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Center. Held for the first
                                                                                                                                                                                                             time at the center, the event


presentation
                                                                                                                                                                                                             was coordinated by the
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Organization of Westside




                                                                                                                                                             WESTSIDE PIONEER PHOTO – USED WITH PERMISSION
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Neighbors (OWN), with


night Oct. 20
                                                                                                                                                                                                             support from center staff.
                                                                                                                                                                                                             The goal was to give the pic-
                                                                                                                                                                                                             nic a neighborly location
                                                                                                                                                                                                             while giving more focus to
                                                                                                                                                                                                             the center and its programs.
   Please join your fellow Westsiders                                                                                                                                                                        BELOW: Tracie Van Buskirk
Thursday, Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. at the                                                                                                                                                                           (behind the table) of the
Westside Community Center, 1628                                                                                                                                                                              Westside Community
W. Bijou St., for the annual Westside                                                                                                                                                                        Center answers questions
                                                                                                                                                                                                             from picnic attendees.
Spirit Awards presentation. Several
residences and businesses will be
honored.
   The meeting will also include a
                                                                                                                                                  ‘New tradition’
city update by District 3
Councilwoman Lisa Czelatdko, and a
                                                                                                                                                  as annual picnic
county      update      by    County
Commissioner Sallie Clark. A former
                                                                                                                                                  moves to
OWN board member, Clark originat-
ed the Spirit Awards seven years ago.
                                                                                                                                                  Westside Center
   The awards are given in recogni-                                                                                                                  With another successful Westside
tion of residential and commercial                                                                                                                Neighbors Picnic July 23, OWN con-
property owners who have instilled                                                                                                                tinued an annual tradition and started
community spirit by improving their                                                                                                               a new one in the process.
properties through remodeling, land-                                                                                                                 What is new is the location, part
scaping or creating new buildings.                                                                                                                of an increased synergistic partner-
This is the neighborhood’s way of                                                                                                                 ship by OWN with the Westside
saying thank you to those who help                                                                                                                Community Center, 1628 W. Bijou St.
                                                                                                                                                  As many of you know the old loca-
      Please go to SPIRIT, Page 3
                                                                                                                                                  tion used to be Bancroft Park, in Old
                                                                                                                                                  Colorado City. And we had a lot of
                                                                                                                                                  good picnics there. But the center’s
             Inside                                                                                                                               relocation in recent years to a former
                                                                                                                                                  neighborhood school site (Buena
 OWN asks citizens to fill out                                                                                                                    Vista) offered a different sort of
 survey to help prepare bicycle                                                                                                                   opportunity, and we worked out a
 infrastructure assessment ... 2                                                                                                                  plan with the center’s staff to organ-
 OWN president presents rec-                                                                                                                      ize the grill, food line, live band and
 ommendations for ‘new path                                                                                                                       tables and chairs for diners on the
                                                                                                  WESTSIDE PIONEER PHOTO – USED WITH PERMISSION




 forward’ on Westside histori-                                                                                                                    grassy, tree-shaded area in front of
 cal preservaton .............. 2                                                                                                                 the Billie Spielman building.
                                                                                                                                                     The new location truly gave the
 Replacement stoplight at 17th                                                                                                                    11th annual picnic that down-home,
 & Colorado activates only for                                                                                                                    neighborly feel that those of us who
 pedestrians .................... 4                                                                                                               reside on the Westside enjoy.
 OWN, county working on                                                                                                                              Wal-Mart and King Soopers made
 spring clean-up plan ......... 4
                                                                                                                                                       Please go to PICNIC, Page 4
     Westside bicycle                                                                      2                                                   Westside Story, Fall 2011


                                                                                           OWN bike survey                               INFO DIRECTORY
infrastructure assessment                                                                  (at left) is effort                        City Departments: 385-CITY
                                                                                                                                      City website: www.springsgov.com

                  Resident survey form                                                     to help city, get
                                                                                                                                      Mayor: Steve Bach 385-5900
                                                                                                                                      Chief of Staff: Steve Cox, 385-5458
                                                                                                                                      City Council President (District 1): Scott Hente,
   1. What is your age group? (Please circle)
   Under 30/ 31-40/ 41-50/ 51-60/ 61-70/ 71 & up
                                                                                           citizens involved                          385-5491
                                                                                                                                      City Council President Pro-tem (At-large): Jan
                                                                                                                                      Martin, 385-5486
                                                                                               The Organization of Westside           Other City Council:
   2. How often do you ride a bicycle? (Please circle)                                                                                    District 2: Angela Dougan, 385-5493
                                                                                           Neighbors (OWN) has invited the                District 3: Lisa Czelatdko, 385-5470
   Daily/ Weekly/ Monthly/ Once a year or less often/ Never
                                                                                           City Bicycle Advisory committee                District 4: Bernie Herpin, 385-5492
   3. The percentage of your bicycle mileage in each category? (Please fill in)
                                                                                           (BAC) and city staff to join our               At-large: Val Snider, 385-5485;Tim Leigh,
                                                                                           efforts to conduct a Westside Bicycle          385-5483; Brandy Williams, 385-5491; Merv
   Transportation (work/store/etc) ______                                                                                                 Bennett, 385-5469
   Recreation ______                                                                       infrastructure assessment (recom-          Abandoned Vehicles (City), 444-7706
   Fitness ______                                                                          mended by OWN to the BAC on May            City Code Enforcement, 444-7890
   Other ______                                                                            28). OWN has advised other neigh-          City Housing Rehabilitation, 385-5912
                                                                                                                                      City Parks, 385-6504
   Total (total should sum to 100%) ______                                                 borhoods, as well as the Council of        City Land Use Review, 385-5905
                                                                                           Neighbors        and     Organizations     City Police, 444-7000 (non-emergency report);
   4. How compliant to traffic laws are...                                                 (CONO), of our effort and to                   385-2100 (Gold Hill Division)
   (On a scale of 1 to 10 – 1=never obey traffic laws, 10=always obey traffic laws)        join/support the effort. Monthly           City Streets, 385-5934
                                                                                                                                      City Traffic Engineer, 385-5908
   Cars ______                                                                             updates are provided to CONO.              Congressman Doug Lamborn, 520-0055
   Motorcycles/motor scooters     ______                                                       The OWN Board of Directors             County Commissioner, District 3, Sallie Clark,
   Bicycles ______                                                                         welcomes resident participation; we            520-6413
   Pedestrians ______                                                                      need your input. We need you to            County Parks, 520-6375
                                                                                                                                      Crime Prevention Officer, 385-2117
                                                                                           answer and return this newsletter’s        Graffiti Hotline, 634-5713
   5. What is your assessment of Westside bicycle infrastructure?
                                                                                           questionnaire (at left).                   Humane Society, 473-1741
   (On a scale of 1 to 10 – 1=lowest/bad, 10=highest/good)
   Connectivity (routes don't dead-end part way to a destination) ______
                                                                                               OWN is pleased to have                 Colorado Springs Utilities, 448-4800
                                                                                                                                      OCC History Center, 636-1225
   Safety (bicycles on narrower roads, bicyclists lack visibility) ______
                                                                                           Councilman Tim Leigh and                   OCC Branch Library, 634-1698
   Safety (bicycles on trails where there is no room, bicyclists lack visibility) ______   Councilwoman Brandy Williams act-          Regional Building, 327-2880
   Congestion on bike routes (routes too crowded with bicycles) ______                     ing as our council liaisons in this        State Rep. (District 18) Pete Lee,
                                                                                           effort.                                        632-1165
   Congestion on roads (routes too crowded with bicycles) ______
                                                                                                                                      State Senator (District 11) John Morse,
   Bicycles impede and conflict with automobile traffic ______                                 OWN has received the city’s bicy-          303-866-6364
                                                                                           cle counts and is in the process of        Westside Center, 385-7920 (1628 W. Bijou St.)
   6. Rank your bicycling concerns.                                                        acquiring automobile traffic counts.       Bear Creek Nature Center, 520-6387
   (On a scale of 1 to 10 – (1=least important, 10=most important)                         The city’s new bicycle map will be
   Connectivity (trails and lanes stop with no signs or directions) ______
   Safety (bicycling subjects one to dangerous situations) ______
                                                                                           used as the foundation of the assess-
                                                                                           ment. The objectives of the Westside       Contact your
                                                                                                                                      OWN Board
   Conflict (bicycles obstruct car traffic)   ______                                       Bicycle infrastructure assessment are
   Bicycle congestion (routes too crowded with bikes) ______                               to:
   Weather (no weather protection so I don't ride) ______
                                                                                                 Assess current bicycle and gen-
   Security (my bike or things will be stolen) ______                                                                                 President:
                                                                                           eral traffic infrastructure.
   Other ______                                                                                                                       Welling Clark (Area 2), 471-4023
                                                                                                 Provide measurable criteria and         info@westsideneighbors.org
   Please specify other concern:
                                                                                           standards.
                                                                                                                                      Vice President:
                                                                                                 Address existing safety issues.      Sean Chambers (Area 5), 499-1425
                                                                                                 Identify all possible options            seanchambers77@gmail.com
                                                                                           (with cost estimates).                     Secretary:
   7. Do you believe the use of bicycling arrows (sharrows) on Colorado and                    OWN is also reviewing the city’s       Chris Baum (At-large 3), 505-980-3103
30th will encourage riding on these roads? (Please circle)                                 1996 Bicycle Master Plan (BMP) to             cbaum@chrisbaum.com
   Yes/ No/ No opinion                                                                     determine how much progress has            Treasurer:
                                                                                           been made on the plan’s recommen-          Terry Brunette (Area 6), 635-8322
                                                                                                                                          terryb@pprbd.org
   8. Do "vagrants" loitering/living on trails and in trail underpasses make you           dations. The city’s 2011 BMP effort
prefer to bicycle on streets? (Please circle)                                              is scheduled to start in a few months.     Board members:
   Yes/ No/ No opinion                                                                                                                Chad White (Area 1), 229-0072
                                                                                           OWN’s goal is to characterize                  chad@paradigmrealestate.net
                                                                                           Westside sentiment with regard to          Brad Collins (Area 3), 351-6057
   9. Should money spent on bicycle infrastructure be based on the percent-                mixed bicycle and automobile traffic           bradfordcollins@hotmail.com
age of bicycle traffic relative to automobiles (i.e., proportional)? (Please cir-                                                     Steve Bailey (Area 4), 432-8301
                                                                                           integration.                                   spbailey@qwest.net
cle)
                                                                                               Please fill out and mail in the sur-   Bob Kliewer (At-large 1), 575-9897
   Yes/ No/ No opinion
                                                                                           vey this week.                             Vacancy (At-large 2).

   10. Should the city try to separate bicycle and automobile traffic as much                                                         Messages can also be left at info@westsideneigh-

                                                                                           Vacating 7th Street
as possible? (Please circle)                                                                                                          bors.org.
   Yes/ No/ No opinion                                                                                                                The Westside Story is published quarterly by

    11. Should the city encourage bicyclists to ride on... (Please circle all appro-
                                                                                           through center ends                        OWN. Updated information is available on the
                                                                                                                                      OWN website: westsideneighbors.org.

priate):                                                                                   concern for West                           While articles/photos credited to the Westside
                                                                                                                                      Pioneer are used with permission and the layout is
    Heavy traffic roads (W. Colorado Ave. and 30th St)
    Light traffic roads (W. Pikes Peak, Cucharras Ave.)                                    Bluff neighborhood                         performed by Pioneer staff, the editorial direction
                                                                                                                                      and all opinions expressed herein are those of
    Bike trails (off streets altogether)                                                                                              OWN.
    No opinion                                                                                Colorado Springs City Council
                                                                                                                                      The Westside Story is funded by a City of Colorado
                                                                                           approved the vacation of a portion         Springs Community Development Block Grant,
   12. Should city trails be used exclusively for pedestrians (i.e., take bicycles         of Seventh Street on first reading in      plus advertising and donations. Please send any
off trails and put on roads)? (Please circle)                                              early July and made it official July 14    address change to: P.O. Box 6651, Colorado
   Yes/ No/ No opinion                                                                     on second reading. Half of the right-      Springs, CO 80934-6651.
                                                                                           of-way has been allocated to the two
   13. What is your recommendation for bicycles on the Westside? (Please                   adjacent property owners and site                       m
                                                                                                                                      Get on OWN e-mail list
put in your own words)                                                                     development. The effect is that
                                                                                           Seventh Street, which goes through            OWN offers a free e-mailing
                                                                                           the West Bluff neighborhood, now           service, providing OWN meeting
                                                                                           cannot be used to access the com-          updates and other information.
                                                                                           mercial center at the northwest cor-          To sign up, go to the OWN web-
                                                                                           ner of Eighth and Cimarron streets,        site (www.westsideneighbors.org),
                                                                                           as had been suggested by a previous        or e-mail us at newsletter@westsi-
   Thank you for your time. Please mail the original of your filled-out survey to OWN      owner of that property.                    deneighbors.org. We currently
at PO Box 6651, Colorado Springs, CO 80904. Xerox copies will not be counted.                                                         have around close to 100 people on
                                                                                               Please go to WEST BLUFF, Page 3        the e-mail list.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  President’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Message
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Recommendation for ‘new
                                                                                                                                                                                                              path forward’ on Westside
                                                                                                                                                                                                                historical preservation




                                                                                                                                                            WESTSIDE PIONEER PHOTO – USED WITH PERMISSION
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      By Welling Clark,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      OWN President

                                                                                                                                                                                                                OWN has approached the city’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Historic Preservation Board (HPB)
                                                                                                                                                                                                            and city officials to restart the OWN
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Westside Historic Overlay (HO)
                                                                                                                                                                                                            effort. Because of the changes in city
                                                                                                                                                                                                            staffing with regard to historic
                                                                                                                                                                                                            preservation, I am recommending a
                                MAJOR PRO CYCLING EVENT ON WESTSIDE                                                                                                                                         new path forward for the HO effort.
Cadel Evans, fresh off his victory at this year’s Tour de France, turns from 30th Street onto Colorado Avenue during the Prologue in Colorado Springs                                                       The concept is to create an overlay
that led off the first-time, seven-day U.S. Pro Cycling Challenge through different parts of the state. For the Prologue, watched by an estimated 100,000                                                   zone that encompasses the entire
spectators, 130 professional racers made the 5.2-mile time-trial run from the Garden of the Gods through the Westside to the finish downtown.                                                               Westside Neighborhood Strategy
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Area. The overlay zone would be

                         OWN/Westside Community Calendar
                                                                                                                                                                                                            purely voluntary and would provide
                                                                                                                                                                                                            residents the vehicle for applying for
  Events                                                                                                                                                                                                    historic preservation tax credits.
  Oct. 14, 11 a.m.                   “Dressing Mr. Lincoln” – presentation by Denise Winter and John Voehl iat Old Colorado City History                                                                        The HPB would review draft
                                     Center, 1 S. 24th St.                                                                                                                                                  applications to determine if they are
  Oct. 20, 7 p.m.                    OWN town hall meeting, including Spirit Awards and question/answer session with city and county                                                                        appropriate. Residents, with the aid
                                     representatives at the Westside Community Center, 1628 W. Bijou St.
  Oct. 30, 4-8 p.m.                  “Howling Halloween” – holiday-focused family activities, at Westside Community Center.
                                                                                                                                                                                                            of the HPB and OWN, would then
  Oct. 31, 2-4:30 p.m.               “Safe Treats” – free Halloween candy for kiddies from Old Colorado City merchants, with ongoing                                                                        generate and submit their applica-
                                     costume contest in Old Town Plaza (at 25th and Colorado).                                                                                                              tions directly to the state. The HPB
  Nov. 11, 6:30 p.m.                 “Celebrating the 150th Birthday of Laura Belle McDaniel” – reception and program honoring famous                                                                       would provide review and comment
                                     Old Colorado City madame. Program by Jan McKell Collins.                                                                                                               on each application, helping to fine-
  Continuing
  1st Tue., 7 p.m.                   Council of Neighbors & Organizations (CONO) meeting at Senior Center, 1514 N. Hancock Ave.
                                                                                                                                                                                                            tune the document to maximize the
  2nd & 4th Mon., 1 p.m.             Informal City Council meeting in council chambers at old City Hall, 107 S. Nevada Ave.                                                                                 probability of approval.
  2nd & 4th Tue., 1 p.m.             Formal City Council meeting in council chambers at old City Hall, 107 S. Nevada Ave.                                                                                       The 2010 Westside Historic
  2nd Wed., 9 a.m.                   Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments board meeting at PPACG building, 15 S. 7th St.                                                                                  Guidelines document would provide
  2nd Wed., 1:30 p.m.                PPRTA board meeting at PPACG building, 15 S. 7th St.                                                                                                                   the historical justification for each
  2nd Thu., 7 p.m.                   OWN board meeting at Westside Community Center.
  3rd Wed., 9 a.m.                   Utility Board meeting in council chambers at old City Hall, 107 S. Nevada Ave.                                                                                         application.
  Tue. & Thu., 9 a.m.                Board of El Paso County Commissioners, at 27 E. Vermijo St., third floor.                                                                                                  This process is designed to maxi-
                                                                                                                                                                                                            mize citizen involvement as well as tp
                                                                                                                                                                                                            put the authority/responsibility in
Mission begins holiday food collections                                                                                 Spirit                                                                              the hands of the residents. My desire
                                                                                                                                                                                                            is for OWN to provide this benefit to
   Springs Rescue Mission will once                 or canned 10.2 oz., potatoes –                                      From Page 1                                                                         as many Westside residents as possi-
again host the Great Thanksgiving                   mashed/boxed 13-28 oz., stuffing –                                                                                                                      ble. OWN will conduct neighbor-
Banquet at the City Auditorium on                   boxed,      turkey – 10-18 lbs.                     make the Westside a great place to                                                                  hood meetings to gather local resi-
Nov. 23 from (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) as                 (Thanksgiving), Ham (Christmas),                    live, work, and enjoy.                                                                              dent input once a draft has been
well as the Christmas for All dinner                Vegetables – canned 14.5 0 oz., Yams                    Come and meet your fellow                                                                       agreed upon by OWN, the HPB, and
at the City Auditorium on Dec. 23                   – canned 15-40 oz.                                  Westsiders; see pictures of the Spirit                                                              the city. I am most pleased to
from (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.).                              Donations can be dropped off at                  Award-winning properties. Come on                                                                   announce that Councilwoman Lisa
   We are beginning food collections                SRM’s donation drop-off center                      down and meet your commissioner                                                                     Czelatdko has offered to champion
for these holiday dinners, which will               located at 1 W. Las Vegas St. from                  and new City Council representative.                                                                this effort as OWN’s council liaison.
serve thousands of people! Items                    9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday
needed are: cranberry sauce – 14-16                 through Friday or 9 to 11:30 a.m. on
oz., fruit – canned 15 oz., gravy – dry             Saturdays.
                                                                                                                Need help with home repairs?
        West Bluff                                  with the outcome and the efforts by
                                                    the Blaha-led development team.
                                                                                                          Is your home in need of some long overdue repairs? Do you need eas-
                                                                                                          ier access around your home due to a disability? You could be eligible
               From Page 2                          Their willingness to work with the                    for a low/no interest loan.
                                                    neighborhood and engage in good
   Robert Blaha, representing Bear                  public process has led to a win-win                         Call 385-5912 for City Neighborhood Redevelopment
Creek Shops LLC, which had                          solution.
requested the right of way vacation,
has voiced an interest in acquiring the
other half of the right-of-way prop-
erty from the owner to the east. The
                                                                 Are you concerned about your neighborhood?
will maintain a drainage and utility                   My greatest concern for the Westside is: _____________________________________________
easement, and if the developers
decide to move forward to complete                     ____________________________________________________________________________________
the plat, Mr. Blaha will need to                       Name _______________________________________________________________________________________
include easement property with the
re-plat development plan.                              Address _____________________________________________________________________ Zip ____________
   At this time, it appears that the                   Phone __________________________ E-mail ______________________________________________________
development plan for the site will be
reworked and resubmitted to City                                        Want to help your neighborhood? Then why not enclose a tax-deductible contribution as:
Planning when the market indicates                                            Associate Supporter ($10 min.)                Other $_____             Sponsor $25 _____
demand.                                                                              Send to OWN, P.O. Box 6651, Colorado Springs, CO 80934-6651
   The OWN board and the                               www.westsideneighbors.org                                  info@westsideneighbors.org                                                                 Join our e-mail update list free of charge!
Westbluff Neighborhood are pleased
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Picnic
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             From Page 1

                                                                                                                                                                                                 generous donations, as they have in
                                                                                                                                                                                                 the past, to make sure all of us had
                                                                                                                                                                                                 mouth-watering food.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    OWN board member Terry
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Brunette (aided this year by Deborah
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Stewart) served again as master chef,




                                                                                                                                                 WESTSIDE PIONEER PHOTO – USED WITH PERMISSION
                                                                                                                                                                                                 grilling some spectacular brats and
                                                                                                                                                                                                 hotdogs.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    No party is complete without
                                                                                                                                                                                                 good music and this year we had a
                                                                                                                                                                                                 very special treat with the duo of
                                                                                                                                                                                                 John Wise on standup bass and Tim
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Zahn on keyboards, joined later by
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Chris White on trombone.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    We can’t wait until next year. Make
New location... Attendees at the 11th annual Westside Neighbors Picnic enjoy their food and the live music (John Wise and Tim Zahn, under the
                                                                                                                                                                                                 sure your calendar is clear and we will
pavilion in the background) on the grassy area July 23 outside the Billie Spielman Center at the Westside Community Center. More than 100 peo-                                                   all carry on that Westside tradition
ple came to the event, which was coordinated by the Organization of Westside Neighbors.                                                                                                          once again.


Replacement stoplight at 17th and Colorado activates only for pedestrians
    A new “hybrid pedestrian beacon”            “trip” function for 17th.                       fic, a stop sign is now installed so that                                                        about $60,000 to install, are cheaper
became operational in August facing                 The new light remains dark except           after stopping motorists can go right                                                            than regular stoplights by close to
Colorado Avenue traffic at 17th                 when the button is pushed.                      or left. The exception is when a                                                                 $90,000. Most of the cost was cov-
Street.                                         Oncoming traffic is stopped through             pedestrian is crossing with the new                                                              ered by the Pikes Peak Rural
    Called a “hybrid” for short, it has         a cycle that goes from flashing amber           light. When that happens, a no-right-                                                            Transportation Authority.
a button on a pole on either side of            (yellow light) to solid amber to red            turn image displays.                                                                                The decision to install a hybrid fol-
the intersection. Pushing it activates a        and finally flashing red.                           According to City Traffic                                                                    lowed the change in use at what used
red light for avenue traffic so pedes-              During the red time, a “count-              Engineer Dave Krauth, this is only                                                               to be Buena Vista Elementary at 17th
trians can safely cross.                        down” in seconds displays, so pedes-            the second hybrid in Colorado                                                                    and Bijou streets. The facility is now
    The hybrid replaces the former              trians will know how long they have             Springs, although it has been used                                                               a community center, resulting in
stoplight, which had allowed green              to cross the avenue.                            successfully in several other states.                                                            fewer children on foot.
time for both directions and had a                  For southbound 17th Street traf-            He also said such lights, costing                                                                                                                 From Westside Pioneer article – used with permission




                                         y
City releases budget; hearing Oct. 27 12-year board vet thanked VHR to Code Scrub
   Mayor Bach has released the                According to a city press                    OWN is honoring                                                                                                                                           The Vacation Home Rental
                                                                                                                                                                                                  WESTSIDE PIONEER PHOTO – USED WITH PERMISSION




proposed City of Colorado                  release, “The proposed budget                Kristine Van Wert with a                                                                                                                                  (VHR) variance/zoning issue
Springs 2012 budget for public             reflects more than $3.7 million in           plaque and thank you for                                                                                                                                  has been referred to the city’s
review. Budget documents can be            savings across all departments as            her 12 years of service                                                                                                                                   Code Scrub Team. The Code
viewed at springsgov.com or by             a result of staff meeting the                on the OWN board,                                                                                                                                         Scrub Team will review this
calling the mayor’s office at 385-         mayor’s challenge to examine all             including many volun-                                                                                                                                     topic and determine what is the
5900.                                      vacant positions and opportuni-              teer hours dedicated to                                                                                                                                   most appropriate course of
   A public hearing is scheduled           ties for efficiencies... The                 the Historic Overlay                                                                                                                                      action with regard to VHR com-
at City Hall - Council Chambers,           $224.575 million General Fund                Guidelines Committee                                                                                                                                      mercial lodging in not-allowed-
107 N Nevada Ave., Thursday,               proposed budget is 0.61 percent              and the establishment of                                                                                                                                  by-right residential areas. Both
Oct. 27 from 7 to 9 p.m.                   higher than the 2011 budget (0.31            State            Historic     Kristine Van Wert                                                                                                           OWN and the Council of
   Before that, City Council will          percent higher than the current              Preservation       Board                                                                                                                                  Neighbors and Organizations
have budget work sessions Oct.             year-end projection) and provides            guidelines for our Westside neighborhood.                                                                                                                 are tracking this effort. OWN
18 (1-4 p.m.), Oct. 19 (9 a.m.-            core city services at the current               If you see Kristine, we hope you will join us                                                                                                          will provide updates as new
noon) and Oct. 20 (9 a.m.-noon).           2011 level.”                                 in recognizing her for her service.                                                                                                                       information develops.


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OWN, county working on spring clean-up plan                                                                                                                                                      N Carefree Circle and west of
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Marksheffel Road.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Please use safety precautions when
   OWN is working with El Paso                  reduce code enforcement violations              are available free of charge Monday                                                              using, storing, transporting or dispos-
County Environmental Health to                  and promote safe, healthy communi-              through Thursday and every second                                                                ing of any hazardous products.
identify a date, time and location for          ties.                                           Saturday of the Month, year round,                                                                  For further information, County
a Westside Spring Clean-Up. We are                 It is worth noting that paint,               at the Household Hazardous Waste                                                                 Environmental Healthty can be
seeking a spacious location and part-           household chemicals and recycling               Facility at 3255 Acres Drive, just off                                                           reached at (719) 520-7871.
ners to support the spring cleaning
effort.
   El Paso County’s Environmental                 About OWN...                                                              City of Colorado Springs.
                                                                                                                               Its boundaries are: I-25 on the east; Rio Grande St. on the
Health Division works with neigh-                    OWN is a non-profit neighborhood organization which focus-             south; city limits with Manitou Springs on the west; and Uintah,
borhood organizations, HOAs and                   es on area concerns and the needs of Westside neighbors.                  19th and King St. on the north.
                                                     The Westside, comprised of approximately 7,900 households                 The OWN officers and board members are all volunteers who
metropolitan districts on periodic                and 400 businesses, is called the Westside Strategy Area by the           work hard to represent you and the Westside community.
clean- up projects in an effort to


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