The mayor made his remarks during Wednesday’s Mayor’s Counsel Meeting.
“The county moving the Health Department and social services up to the interior of Garden of the Gods is having a real impact, and I saw it yesterday,” said Bach, who spent part of his day at a firehouse Tuesday.
“I think we need to talk with the county, at least ask them to consider a satellite location in southeast Colorado Springs for both the health and social services departments,” he said.
“It is an impact on our police and fire departments that because those two functions are so far away now from so many people needing that help, it appears that folks are not getting up there in some cases to get help,” he said.
“That is exasperating our police and fire responsibilities.”
He added: “It’s the county’s function. It’s not ours. But we are a big part of the county both in population, obviously, and in paying taxes. Maybe they’re working on this, but I think at the very least El Paso County must look at satellite health care and social services in southeast Colorado Springs.”