UPDATE: Drake task force already stirring debate

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The city has released the names and occupations of those nominated for the Drake Task Force:

· Alan Hale, retired; former vice-president and CFO, Maxim Integrated Products.
· Dan Malinaric, managing director, Atmel Corporation; former etch engineering manager, Philips Semiconductors.
· Diana Dean, professional engineer II, State of Colorado Department of Corrections; former base energy manager, United States Air Force Academy.
· Howard Brooks, executive director, Energy Resource Center; former vice-president, Pikes Peak United Way.
· Jason Doedderlein, owner, Profuturus, LLC; former business development, National Energy Services Company.
· Robert Holzwarth, consultant, Electric and Gas Utilities; former vice-president, Basin Electric Power Cooperative, Bismarck, N.D.
· Sarah Brittain Jack, principal, Sarah B Jack & Associates; former executive director, El Paso County Republican Party.
· Steve Durham, executive director, Colorado Private School Association; former president, Colorado Winning Edge, Inc.
· Tom Zwirlein, faculty director, Economic Forum, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

————————————-ORIGINAL POST, JAN. 16, 6:42 P.M.————————————————-
Editor's note: This post was updated Jan. 17 with the names of appointees over whom Tim Leigh promises to raise "holy hell."

The city announced today that the task force that will determine the scope of work for a study of coal-fired Martin Drake Power Plant will be appointed next week.

Drake Power Plant
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What the news release didn't say is who those appointees are, but the Independent has obtained the list from a source close to the situation. Here it is:

Sarah Jack
Steve Durham
Dan Malinaric
Howard Brooks
Diana Dean
Jason Doedderlein
Alan Hale
Robert Holzwarth
Tom Zwirlein

Chuck Donley, an alternate.

Distribution of the list to City Council members stirred up Councilor Tim Leigh, who has for months been trying to reverse the decision to install emissions technology on Drake. In an e-mail to his colleagues, Leigh noted his disapproval of several members he saw as friendly to keeping Drake online.

"With no disrespect intended, if you approve any of those I’ve earmarked “NO”, I will raise holy hell with the media and the community," Leigh wrote, referring to Jack, Durham and Malinaric. "This process MUST STOP until after the election and the new council can do this job."

Here's the city's news release:

On Tuesday, Jan. 22, Colorado Springs City Council will hear formal recommendations for the nine-member volunteer citizen Martin Drake Task Force from Lisa Czelatdo and Brandy Williams, Utilities Board members and Task Force co-leads.
The Task Force’s main role is to function as the recommending body for the development of a Request for Proposal for a comprehensive study of the Martin Drake Power Plant to address whether the plant will remain or be decommissioned and have its power replaced.
Key responsibilities of the Task Force include:
· Participate in Task Force meetings as an informed, objective and constructive member.
· Contribute to the development of the study, including objectives and scope of work.
· Agree to a communication process to ensure that individual citizen-participants are not speaking on behalf of the Task Force.
Nearly 100 citizens submitted applications in December 2012 to volunteer to serve on the Task Force. The selection criteria for the Task Force included:
· No conflicts of interest.
· The ability to be objective in assessing the various impacts of the project.
· Some interest and/or awareness of power generation facilities and replacement power alternatives, and planning and procurement processes.
· An understanding of rate payer and community issues and impacts.
· A familiarity with financial and economic analysis and impacts.
· Current resident of the greater Colorado Springs area and a Colorado Springs Utilities rate payer for at least five years.
· Diversity of background, experience, education and community involvement.
Navigant Consulting, Inc. has been retained to facilitate the Task Force process. The Task Force will provide the finalized consultant recommendation to the Utilities Board in early April. The Utilities Board will then commission the consultant to perform the study, with results expected by year end 2013.

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