Thursday, June 02, 2011
DRAINAGE BOARD MEETING SUMMARY
June 2, 2011
The City of Colorado Springs/El Paso County Drainage Board held its regular meeting at 3:00 PM
on June 2, 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, John Schwab
OTHERS PRESENT: Tom Bonifas (City Engineering), Cheryl Callahan (City of Colorado Springs), Dan Bare (City Engineering), Jennifer Irvine (El Paso County), Mike Cartmell (El Paso County), Steve Kuehster (City of Colorado Springs), Ralph Braden (Norwood), Pat McNamara (HBA), Dustin Haworth (Pet City), Graham Thompson (Matrix Design Group), Bruce Zook (Utilities), Carol Baker (Utilities), Gary Rapp (Recycling Coalition of Colorado Springs), Mary Murray (City Finance)
Meeting called to order by Jeff Johnson at 3:02 p.m.
Item 1: Approval of the minutes from the May 5, 2011 Drainage Board Meeting
Motion by Mike Bartusek to approve the minutes
Motion was seconded by Emily Skalsky
Item 2: Discussion of June 2, 2011 agenda
No discussion or changes needed.
Item 3: Stormwater Management Assessment Update
Dan Bare provided a Stormwater Management Assessment update to the Board members. Board members were given a project summary packet that contained the project background, the technical leadership team recommendations, the project process, conceptual schedule, and spin-off project summaries with estimated costs. The main goal for the Stormwater Management Assessment is to complete a comprehensive assessment of the City?s stormwater management policies and practices and revise appropriate documents to provide an integrated ?watershed wise? approach that is technically sound, cost effective and practical to implement.
Mr. Bare and Graham Thompson from Matrix Design Group went into a more thorough PowerPoint update. This updated included:
Mr. Bare explained that the current standards are not protecting the natural channel functions. New practices and policies are necessary to fulfill commitments to reduce stormwater related impacts within Fountain Creek watershed. These new practices and policies will also help accomplish goals established by the US Army Corps of Engineers Fountain Creek Watershed Plan and the Fountain Creek Watershed Vision Task Force Strategic Plan. These new standards will also assist in fulfilling commitments included in the 1041 permit associated with the SDS water project.
Part of the schedule for this project is to complete updated criteria manuals. The anticipated schedule for these manuals is to complete the technical analyses by the end of June 2011, draft chapters by July 2011, draft manuals by December 2011, adoption of the manuals by May 2012, and implementation by July 2012.
During the stakeholder comments portion of the presentation, several stakeholders were in attendance to verbalize their support:
The Technical Leadership Team has made six recommendations for the project:
The Technical Leadership Team also proposed to expand the scope of the current assessment in order to provide a more comprehensive approach to stormwater management in Colorado Springs through four spin-off projects. The spin-off project description and cost estimates are noted below:
John Schwab commented that he believed the biggest issue that needs to be confronted is the funding part of instituting policies and projects. Mr. Schwab wanted to know what is being done to fill the gap now that the Stormwater Enterprise is gone. Mark Shea stated that part of this process is involving other entities such as El Paso County water providers and through the watershed district, support has been obtained to look at potential regional stormwater funding mechanisms. They are also in the process of bringing this issue to the forefront within the community to address the funding issues.
Mr. Schwab stated that he is support of the full spectrum concept. He is skeptical about tightening the floodplain regulations. Mr. Schwab believes that there already exist very stringent regulations to the floodplain and would be more in favor of offering incentives to achieve the goals expressed.
Dan Bare emphasized that the Board will be asked to review and send recommendations to City Council once documents are ready for approval.
Item 4: Housekeeping
No Housekeeping items
No further business
Meeting adjourned at 5:03 p.m.