by Pam Zubeck
After spending nearly $150,000 to defend against a lawsuit filed by Pueblo West, Pueblo County commissioners are asking Colorado Springs to reimburse their legal fees.
The expense stems from Colorado Springs Utilities' 1041 permit granted by Pueblo County to build the Southern Delivery System, which will deliver water to Colorado Springs and its partners from Pueblo Reservoir.
Pueblo County says Springs Utilities negotiated the terms of the permit in behalf of its project partners: Fountain, Security and Pueblo West. But Pueblo West disputed some of the terms, leading to legal wrangling during the past year, driving Pueblo County's legal bill.
The complete story was reported by the Pueblo Chieftain last week.
Utilities spokesperson Janet Rummel gave us this response today:
We haven’t seen anything from Pueblo County yet. We learned about this from the articles in the newspaper. There is a provision in the 1041 permit (Condition 29) that addresses dispute resolution. Colorado Springs Utilities was not a party to that lawsuit. We are not aware of any condition in the 1041 permit that would require us to reimburse them for their legal expenses. We are pleased Pueblo County and Pueblo West were able to reach agreement since it allows the Pueblo West community to benefit from SDS.