Three mayoral candidates – Stephen Bach, Phil McDonald and Kelley Pero-Luckhurst – were among the nearly two dozen people who toured the future route of the Southern Delivery System today with officials from Colorado Springs Utilities.
Getting a firsthand look and better understanding of the 62-mile underground pipeline makes a heck of a lot of sense for the next mayor of Colorado Springs.
Not only has the project has been mired in political controversy for years, but it’s going to cost ratepayers billions of dollars.
“Participants will see key areas of interest along the alignment and learn more about how this critical regional project will supply water to the SDS partner communities for decades to come,” according to Utilities.
Utilities started offering the tours last fall.
Each tour, which includes a sack lunch and probably a healthy serving of propaganda, costs about $2,000, depending on the size of the group. The biggest cost is the bus.
“It’s kind of like taking a public meeting on the road, if you will,” Utilities spokeswoman Janet Rummel said this week.
“Even though we’ve had numerous public meetings over the last several years during the permitting process, it’s understandable that a project this complex and of this significance, that people would still have questions,” she said.
So far, Utilities has opened the tours up only to a select group of people, such as the Chamber of Commerce, the Economic Development Corporation and HOAs.
But Rummel said Utilities has reached out to a “wide variety” of organizations that expressed interest in the project and had the “means” to get the information out to their members.
Rummel said anyone is welcomed to participate in the tour.
Upcoming tour dates are Feb. 3, Feb. 25 and March 9.
To participate, call or e-mail Kathy Wood at 668-8083 or firstname.lastname@example.org.