Northeast neighbors gathered together to meet Mayor Steve Bach at his latest Town Hall meeting at Timberview Middle School. They wanted to discuss City business with the Mayor and other City officials (including Fire Chief Rich Brown, Police Chief Pete Carey, and Chief of Staff Laura Neumann). Topics covered everything from stormwater to City budget to Drake Power Plant.
“We’re on a path where if we don’t change the way we do things, in 5 to 7 years our city will be insolvent,” Mayor Bach pointed out about the City Budget. But he also said the City was doing several things to help keep money flowing, keeping taxes low and revenues high. “There is hope for the future,” he said.
People also discussed with the Mayor several issues about rebuilding the homes burned by the Waldo Canyon Fire. Several questions hinged upon whether houses would be using previous or current safety codes for reconstruction. Can houses be rebuilt to the standards used when they were first built, or do they have to use the current, stricter safety standards?
Strong cases were made for both sides, and Mayor Bach encouraged the discussion. “I want to hear what the public has to say about this,” Mayor Bach said, “and City Council, too. I think we also need an opinion from the City Attorney’s Office.”
Overall it was a positive meeting. At the end, Mayor Bach thanked everyone for attending. “I encourage you all to keep active in these matters. Let us know what you think as we move forward on them. I look forward to our next Town Hall meeting, at Eagleview Middle School, on October 24th.