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Thursday, May 05, 2011




May 5, 2011


The City of Colorado Springs/El Paso County Drainage Board held its regular meeting at 3:00 PM

on May 5, 2011, in the in the City Council Chamber, City Hall, 107 North Nevada Avenue.


MEMBERS PRESENT:     Jeff Johnson, Ollie Watts, Emily Skalsky, Ken Bailey, Mike Bartusek, Kim Wright


MEMBERS ABSENT:        John Schwab


OTHERS PRESENT:         Tom Bonifas (City Engineering), Cheryl Callahan (City of Colorado Springs), Ralph Braden (Norwood), Pat McNamara (HBA), Elizabeth Nijkamp (City Engineering), Rich Wray (Kiowa)


Meeting called to order by Jeff Johnson at 3:04 p.m.


Item 1:  Approval of the minutes from the April 7, 2011 Drainage Board Meeting 


Motion by Emily Skalsky to approve the minutes

Motion was seconded by Ollie Watts


Motion passed unanimously 6-0


Item 2:  Discussion of May 5, 2011 agenda


No discussion or changes needed.


Item 3:  Reimbursement for Sand Creek Pond 2 


Tom Bonifas advised that this request is for the final installment of the Sand Creek Pond No. 2 interim construction. This reimbursement is for pond facility costs. There were three previous pond facility reimbursements that were approved by the Drainage Board and one reimbursement for the actual land portion that was completed previously. This pond was being built in phases and it was allowed for Woodman Heights Metro District to apply for reimbursement on a phase by phase basis. This will be the final one that they request.


Jeff Johnson confirmed that the reimbursement request was for the $506,700.04.


No further discussion.


Motion by Mike Bartusek to approve the reimbursement for $506,700.04 for Item No. 3

Motion was seconded by Emily Skalsky


Motion passed unanimously 6-0



Item 4:  Westcreek at Wolf Ranch (Cottonwood Creek Basin) ? Fee Increase and reimbursement


Tom Bonifas informed the Drainage Board that this item has two issues. It relates to a pond in the Westcreek at Wolf Ranch. In the Cottonwood Creek Basin, the DBPS outlined a prudent line methodology within the Wolf Ranch master plan which changed from a prudent line concept to an onsite detention/retention. This was to try and release runoff from Wolf Ranch at a historic rate as far as hydraulics. The City then analyzed a series of ponds in the Wolf Ranch master plan and it was discovered that those ponds were not initially anticipated in the Cottonwood Creek DBPS that is currently active. Now when those ponds are included as a reimbursable item, there is an impact on the drainage fee component in Cottonwood Creek. Therefore City Staff is recommending an increase of $316 per acre to the Cottonwood Creek drainage fee which would bring the total to $12,137 per acre.


Approval of this item would approve the fee increase and the reimbursement for the facility component of Pond E. Cottonwood Creek does not have a separate pond facility or pond land fee calculation separate from the drainage component so as a result, any ponds that are built within that basin would be reimbursable out of the drainage basin fee structure. In this case, it would be a credit back to the developer.


Ollie Watts wanted to confirm that roughly half of the reimbursement is a land fee. Mr. Bonifas did confirm that this is the case due to the fact that in Cottonwood Creek there is not a separate land component but the costs are factored into the basin fee structure.


Mike Bartusek wanted to know if the fee will increase beyond the $12,000 in a new study of this basin. Mr. Bonifas stated that it most likely will increase when the new study is conducted.


No further discussion.


Motion by Emily Skalsky to approve an increase to the Cottonwood Creek Drainage Basin to a total of $12,137 per acre and approve a reimbursement request to Development Management, Inc. from the Cottonwood Creek Drainage Fund due to construction of public drainage facilities and land for Westcreek at Wolf Ranch Pond E in the amount of $492,898.32


After the motion was made, Tom Bonifas pointed out an error in the amount. The correct amount is $492,878.32


Emily Skalsky amended the previous motion to correct the amount of reimbursement to $492,878.32

Motion was seconded by Mike Bartusek


Motion passed unanimously 6-0


Item 5:  Housekeeping


No Housekeeping items


No further business

Meeting adjourned at 3:15 p.m.