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1.      Recruiting academies for the Police and Fire departments to fill police officer and firefighter positions, keeping public safety as the top priority;

2.     Expanding previously scaled back bus service to include Saturday services and additional paratransit services;

  • For 2011, funding of $1,000,000 is included for Saturday limited fixed-route and ADA paratransit services. $15,000 is included for the Community Intersections program that will provide additional paratransit services. All other services including FREX and human service provider services remain at 2010 levels.

3.     A new form of government: the city will have its first election for a Strong Mayor in April 2011;

  • City residents voted in November 2010 to change the form of government from Council-City Manager to Council-Mayor.  If you are interested in running for office, click here.

4.     Residential streetlights will be turned back on;

  • More than 8,000 residential and arterial streetlights were initially deactivated by the City in early 2010 to save about $1.3 million for the general fund.  The program successfully saved budget dollars but changing economic conditions provided City Council with the financial flexibility to add residential streetlight maintenance back into the 2011 general fund budget.

5.     Trash cans and park maintenance services will be returned to neighborhood parks and medians will be maintained;

  • For 2011, funding of $1,224,000 is included to improve the delivery of maintenance services to the 128 neighborhood parks whose maintenance was significantly reduced in 2010. Approximately $830,000 of this amount is for contracted mowing services, $121,625 is for utility costs, $55,000 is for port-a-john rentals, and $75,000 is for dump fees and garbage removal services that will allow the return of trash cans to the parks. The balance is for one full-time City supervisor to oversee contracted services; hourly staff to maintain and monitor irrigation systems, repair and maintain park amenities, accomplish necessary cultural practices, and perform general repair and maintenance activities; and a small one-time capital expense.
  • Funding of $420,500 is included for developed medians. Approximately $130,000 is for contracted services such as mowing, fertilizing, and weed spraying and $145,000 is for a full complement of water and other associated utility costs. $120,000 is for two full-time staff and seasonal staff to perform contract oversight, maintain and monitor irrigation systems, accomplish necessary cultural practices (e.g.-aerating, over-seeding, adding soil amendments, etc.), trash and snow removal, and perform general repair and maintenance activities. Funding is also included for supplies. Funding of $212,500 is included for natural medians and rights-of-way. $165,000 is included for three full-time staff (Maintenance Technician II positions). Funding is also for hourly staff, supplies, and capital expenses.

6.     Maintaining Park, Recreation and Cultural Services including the Therapeutic Recreation program, Cottonwood Creek Recreation Center, Deerfield Hills Community Center, Hillside Community Center, Meadows Community Center, North Cheyenne Caņon Visitor Centers, Rock Ledge Ranch, and operating the Julie Penrose and Uncle Wilbur fountains next summer;   

  • $215,873 General Fund support is included for the Therapeutic Recreation program.  The total budget for this program is $344,873 with $129,000 in projected program revenue.  This program was partially funded in the 2010 budget and then further funded through supplemental appropriations.  Funding was not included in the 2011 preliminary budget.  This funding will continue the program for 2011 but will require contributions through donations and/or grants.
  • $252,079 General Fund support is included for the Cottonwood Creek Recreation Center.  The total budget for this center is $682,079 with $430,000 in projected program revenue. This center was partially funded in the 2010 budget and then further funded through supplemental appropriations.  Funding was not included in the 2011 preliminary budget.  This funding will continue the program for 2011 but will require program revenue to increase from 2010 levels.
  • In addition to the $75,000 already included in the preliminary budget, $85,467 General Fund support is included for the Deerfield Hills Community Center.  The total budget for this center is $256,383 with $95,916 in projected program revenue. 
  • In addition to the $75,000 already included in the preliminary budget, $94,335 General Fund support is included for the Hillside Community Center.  The total budget for this center is $330,251 with $160,916 in projected program revenue.  The total funding provided for each center is based upon the City operating plan.  City Council directed City staff to work alongside the potential partners in the hopes of transitioning operations to a partnership. 
  • In addition to the $75,000 already included in the preliminary budget, $43,500 General Fund support is included for the Meadows Community Center.  The total budget for this center is $242,500 with $125,000 in projected program and fundraising revenue.
  • $79,000 General Fund support is included for the North Cheyenne Canyon Visitor Centers and programs.  The total budget for the centers is $129,000 with $50,000 in projected revenue from fundraising efforts of the Friends group.
  • $88,000 General Fund support is included for Rock Ledge Ranch.  The total budget for the Ranch is $145,335 with $57,335 in projected revenue from fundraising efforts of the Friends group.
  • $25,000 is included for the operation of Julie Penrose Fountain and funding of $15,000 is included for the operation of Uncle Wilbur Fountain with $10,000 in projected revenue from fundraising efforts of the Friends group. 

7.     The Springs in Bloom volunteer flowerbed planting program will once again make city medians explode in color;

  • $73,450 is included for the Springs in Bloom program.  This program was eliminated for 2010 and the City's greenhouse, where the program flowers were grown, was essentially closed.  The funding included is for a half-time seasonal temporary position to oversee the program, the volunteers, and the purchase of flowers from the private sector.

8.    Free public recycling program in downtown Colorado Springs and in the City's major parks and sports complexes;

  • The City of Colorado Springs will soon have public space recycling downtown and in some City parks at no cost to the City or taxpayers.  The recycling will be made possible through a partnership with Greener Corners, a full-service public space recycling and environmental organization.  Advertisements sold by Greener Corners will be placed on the sides of the recycle bins in order to cover the cost of the recycling program and earn some additional revenue for the City.  Click here for more info.

9.     Hosting the opening stage for the first ever Quiznos Pro Challenge Cycling Race in August 2011;

10. Hosting the U.S. Women's Open at The Broadmoor in July 2011.

11.   Growing amateur sports:  USA Boxing National Championship; The Warrior Games hosted by Defense Department and United States Olympic Committee (USOC); Rocky Mountain State Games; USOC 20ll National Coaching Conference; and more!

12.  Thriving special events, Colorado Balloon Classic, Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo and Rodeo Parade, St. Patrick's Day Parade, Festival of Lights, Everybody Welcome Diversity Festival, and more!

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