It depends on who you ask.
Colorado Springs City Council Liaison Aimee Cox said Margaret Radford “coordinated that event.”
Radford is a former Colorado Springs councilwoman who landed a job paying more than $80,000 a year with a company that received a $10 million contract from Colorado Springs Utilities to work on the Southern Delivery System water pipeline.
Radford, who championed SDS as a council member, would neither confirm nor deny that she coordinated the dinner.
Radford referred inquiries to Janet Rummel, a Utilities spokeswoman who works primarily on SDS.
When pressed for an answer, Radford quickly ended the call.
“Let’s not do this, really,” Radford said. “If you want to talk about that, you need to talk to Janet. You know that. But I’m going to let you go now. Take care.”
Rummel said Pueblo initiated the dinner.
“They suggested that we get together and so they’re hosting a dinner with us, and it’s here in Colorado Springs,” Rummel said.
So what was Radford doing calling City Hall?
“She was just helping work on. (pause) I think that she was just calling to see. (pause) I don’t remember what all we had her doing on this event. I think she may have just called over there and checked on something for me. I can’t remember exactly what it was,” Rummel said.
Jenny Eickelman, interim deputy city manager for the city of Pueblo, said she thinks Pueblo initiated the dinner.
“We may have called them,” Eickelman said. “I’m not exactly sure who called who this time.”