Thursday Newscast, 10/22/15, 6:04 PM

Oct 22, 2015

Newscast for Thursday, October 22, 2015, 6:04 PM:

Matt Richmond / KRCC

The proposed 2016 budget for Colorado Springs is now headed to city council for markup. At a public hearing earlier this week, residents questioned a few of the mayor's priorities. The two biggest concerns were parks and transportation funding.

At Tuesday night's public hearing, 22 people attended. One group wore blue shirts to show their support for public transit funding.

In Mayor Suthers' proposed budget, there's an 815,000 dollar increase in funding for Mountain Metropolitan Transit.

Colorado Springs City Council voted in favor of a resolution Tuesday supporting an intergovernmental approach to storm water issues.  KRCC’s Dana Cronin reports.

The resolution passed on a vote of 7-2 with Councilors Don Knight and Helen Collins opposed.  

Kevin Walker is a consultant for the Pikes Peak Stormwater Task Force, an organization looking into solutions for regional stormwater issues. 

The committee tasked with addressing stormwater needs throughout the Pikes Peak region is hosting several community meetings to talk about their new draft plan. KRCC’s Tucker Hampson reports.

The Pikes Peak Stormwater Taskforce formed two years ago to address drainage systems in the region. The plans include improvements on Manitou Boulevard and bank stabilization on Monument Creek.

Task Force spokeswoman Rachel Beck says they’re focusing on long-term solutions.