Council Matters

May 6, 2016 0 min to read

Council Matters

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Colorado Springs City Councilors Bill Murray and Tom Strand discuss items on the council agenda, underscoring their importance in our daily lives. (new episode every Thursday)

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    ReplyDonna Strom August 14, 2017

    So, resolutions .... ordinances. I went to the trouble to ask more than one former city council member, "How much 'teeth' does a resolution have"? The answer was the same from both. "Resolutions don't have any teeth, ordinances have more." So here I go again, back to the Broadmoor Land Swap. Clearly that resolution had enough "teeth" to transfer ownership of 189.5 acres of God's green earth (182 acres according to the Palmer Land Trust and NES) from the citizens of Colorado Springs to the Broadmoor Hotel. I don't know about you, but if my paltry one-half acre of land changed ownership I would consider that a very significant effect. But here's the rub. Palmer permitted the Broadmoor to change the location of the building envelope on Strawberry - *after* the council's approval of the resolution - despite very clear language IN THE RESOLUTION disallowing such an action. And nobody so much as bats an eye? I submit that you can't have it both ways gentlemen. Either your resolutions are toothless or they are not. If they are, you might just as well sit at home and watch Oprah as drive downtown and pretend that you are enacting meaningful legislation. JMHO. BTW ... the changing of the location of the building envelope, in addition to two other surprising and less-the-honorable actions by the heretofore highly respected (in my mind) Palmer Land Trust has prompted a decision on my part to travel to Washington D.C. this fall and have a meeting with the National Land Trust Alliance on the subject of oversight of land trust entities and their actions. I mean to speak specifically of the Palmer Land Trust's actions with respect to the execution of the conservation easement on Strawberry Fields.

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      ReplyWilliam Murray August 15, 2017

      I agree with you. What have we gained with Richard Skorman being the new Council President if we cannot revisit these issues. Not just revisit but reinvestigate any discrepancies in the final product. Please take the time to bring these specific issues to our attention next Tues Aug 22nd at 1pm. The Council needs to be informed and obviously the Mayor would rather us not be. And keep us informed of your discussions with the National Land Trust Alliance. I was distressed to learn that the Colorado Municipal League which we pay large dues to based on our population will be entering the court on the side of the Broadmoor. Most of the public misunderstood the process. The first stage was to help reshape the Council. The second stage was holding the Council to the changes you wanted. I've seen neither.