Organization of Westside Neighbors (OWN)
Colorado Springs, CO 80934-6651
P.O. Box 6651
COLO SPGS CO
Fall 2011 Informing and serving the Westside for 34 years Volume 34, Number 2
SURVEY HITTING ALL
on Page 2
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
Center. Held for the first
time at the center, the event
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
The meeting will also include a
city update by District 3
Councilwoman Lisa Czelatdko, and a
as annual picnic
county update by County
Commissioner Sallie Clark. A former
OWN board member, Clark originat-
ed the Spirit Awards seven years ago.
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
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,
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
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 email@example.com
Please specify other concern:
Address existing safety issues. Sean Chambers (Area 5), 499-1425
Identify all possible options firstname.lastname@example.org
(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 email@example.com
Yes/ No/ No opinion determine how much progress has Treasurer:
been made on the plan’s recommen- Terry Brunette (Area 6), 635-8322
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
age of bicycle traffic relative to automobiles (i.e., proportional)? (Please cir- Steve Bailey (Area 4), 432-8301
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
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Westside Story, Fall 2011 3
Recommendation for ‘new
path forward’ on Westside
WESTSIDE PIONEER PHOTO – USED WITH PERMISSION
By Welling Clark,
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-
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 firstname.lastname@example.org Join our e-mail update list free of charge!
Westbluff Neighborhood are pleased
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generous donations, as they have in
the past, to make sure all of us had
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
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
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.
OWN, county working on spring clean-up plan N Carefree Circle and west of
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
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