May 29, 2007

Topic: DrainageNews - Springs will hire a drainage consultant - Colorado Springs Gazette

The system, which dates to the 1960s, has resulted in developers who built projects in the north and east sections of the city being owed more than $20 million in reimburements, with no guarantee of payment in sight. At issue is the city's method of requiring developers, at their expense, to build regional stormwater structures, such as detention ponds and channels, in the city's 27 drainage basins. Based on a series of basin studies, developers build facilities to serve their subdivisions with the understanding they'll get reimbursed when other property within the basin benefiting from the facilities is developed. The fund's problems have compounded in the past 20 years after the city changed how it manages stormwater, requiring larger facilities farther downstream, said Kevin Walker, vice president of Nor'wood Limited Inc. McNair said the city needs to update planning studies in many basins so when facilities are built they adequately handle stormwater runoff and don't cause problems farther downstream. Correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't there an article in recent months about the city paying something like 100k to a Florida consultant to come up with a city Mission Statement? read me

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