The discussion between the governor and the Pikes Peak Region Mayors Caucus focused on the level of state funding to the region and representation on the State Transportation Commission,” city spokeswoman Laura Benjamin said in a press release.
“The Pikes Peak Region Mayors Caucus believes this lack of funding is partially the result of our low level of representation on the Commission. They also believe a new appropriation of commissioners should be considered to better represent the second largest city and most populous county in the state,” Benjamin wrote in the press release.
Colorado Springs businessman Les Gruen, president of Urban Strategies, Inc., a real estate development and advisory services company, currently represents the region on the transportation commission. He has served on the commission since 2007.
Benjamin said the press release didn’t imply that Gruen wasn’t representing the region well but that the region should have more representation on the commission.
Gruen was a big supporter of Richard Skorman, Bach’s opponent in the mayoral race.
In addition to Bach, other members of the caucus that met with Hickenlooper in Denver were Fountain Mayor Jeri Howells, Green Mountain Falls Mayor Tyler Stephens, Manitou Springs Mayor Marc Snyder, Monument Mayor Travis Easton and El Paso County Commission Chairwoman Amy Lathen, according to Benjamin’s press release.
The governor was quoted as saying that he was supportive of the caucus.
“I believe it’s the right thing to do,” Hickenlooper said.
Even though Monday’s meeting was at 10:30 a.m., Benjamin didn’t issue a press release until 6:44 p.m.
“I overlooked it. In the hustle and bustle, it got by me,” Benjamin said Tuesday.
“I did not get it out sooner, so that rests on my shoulders if you’re looking for the person who is responsible for that,” she added.