Roads watchdog committee starts watching

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Bennett: Chair of the oversight board.
  • Bennett: Chair of the oversight board.
A five-member committee appointed by Mayor John Suthers to monitor the newly approved roads tax will hold its first meeting on Monday. The committee's job is to oversee how the city spends the .6 of a percent sales tax dedicated to road improvements. It started on January 1 and will sunset in five years.

From a news release:
The Mayor’s 2C Advisory Committee will hold its first meeting Monday, January 11, 11 a.m. to noon, in the Pikes Peak Room at City Hall, 107 N. Nevada Street.

Mayor John Suthers named the five-member advisory committee in November to consult with the City’s Public Works Department regarding the implementation of the recently-passed ballot measure 2C. The Mayor’s 2C Advisory Committee includes three experts from the community as well as two City Council members. Those members are, in alphabetical order:

· Merv Bennett, City Council President
· Barry Falkenstine, former Chief, Pavement Analysis and Design, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
· Don Knight, Councilmember
· Barb Winter, Executive Vice President, Ent Federal Credit Union
· Dave Zelenok, Director of Public Works, City of Centennial / former Director of Public Works / Director of Transportation, City of Colorado Springs

“Our citizens stepped up and made a commitment to move our city forward when they supported 2C,” said Suthers. “It is our goal to vastly improve our road infrastructure in the most efficient and effective way possible, and to effectively communicate our progress to city residents. I’m confident that this panel will provide a level of expertise that will help us achieve both of these objectives.”

Through periodic meetings over the five-year life of 2C, the advisory committee will provide input on prioritization of projects, implementation of road improvement plans and the dissemination of information to the public.  
Meantime, one of the members, Dave Zelenok, who is now with HR Green Inc., will give a presentation to City Council Monday afternoon about the city working with the private sector to supply broadband citywide. Here's the powerpoint presentation:
See related PDF HRGreenPointPoint.pdf

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