Mayor Steve Bach and El Paso County Commission Chair Amy Lathen
On the campaign trail, Mayor Steve Bach pledged to build regional collaboration.
On Thursday, the mayor made a big step toward achieving his promise by organizing what is being called the first Pikes Peak Region Mayors Caucus.
The group, which met for the first time this morning, plans to request a meeting with Gov. John Hickenlooper in the near future to talk about issues facing the Pikes Peak region.
Bach’s Communications Office announced this afternoon that Bach had met behind closed doors with other regional officials and that they planned to request a meeting with the governor.
Despite the name — Pikes Peak Region Mayors Caucus — El Paso County Commission Chair Amy Lathen an Teller County Commission Chair Jim Ignatius also attended the meeting.
“Mayor Bach decided to organize this group as a direct result of attending the Denver Metro Mayors Caucus,” the Communications Office said. “The Mayors will come together to build consensus and collaborate on regional issues.”
Thursday’s meeting, in the City Administration Building downtown, was a “get acquainted meeting.”
The new group plans to meet again next month to talk about the Colorado Department of Transportation and funding for the entire region.
“We will in turn, as a group, ask for a meeting with Governor Hickenlooper,” Bach is quoted as saying. “Our hope is that this group of Mayors and Commissioners will be able to effectively address the larger issues facing the region.”
City spokeswoman Mary Scott said she didn’t know when the group would request a meeting with the governor.
“I don’t know if that has been determined yet,” she said in an email. “I am copying (Chief Communications Officer Cindy Aubrey) to see if she can find this out for you.”
Other attendees include Calhan Mayor Blair Bartling, Cripple Creek Mayor Bruce Brown, Monument Mayor Travis Easton, Fountain Mayor Jeri Howells and Manitou Springs Mayor Marc Snyder.
Bach, who pledged transparency in his administration, didn’t make the news media aware of the meeting.
When asked why not, Scott responded: “This was not a public meeting.”