OWN mulls Hwy 24 petition
Citizen involvement to be sought at meeting

       Three public meetings are scheduled next week related to the Westside Highway 24 expansion.
       One of these will be an Organization of Westside Neighbors (OWN) meeting Thursday, Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. at which citizens will be asked about starting a petition for a less-massive project and helping fine-tune an alternative local version, according to OWN board member Amy Filipiak.
       OWN, the city-recognized neighborhood advocacy group for the older Westside, has been speaking out for a smaller-scale highway expansion. The meeting will be at the Gold Hill Substation, 955 W. Moreno Ave. For more information, call 471-4023.
       A synopsis of the other two meetings follow:
  • Monday, Sept. 11 at 6 p.m. - Working Group. This is an informal group of area business, civic and political leaders that began meeting this summer to consider lower-key alternatives to the Colorado Department of Transporta-tion (CDOT) proposals for the 4 ˝-mile segment between I-25 and Manitou Springs. No agenda had been released at press time. The group meets at the Regional Building Department, 2880 International Circle.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 13 at 1:30 p.m. - Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments (PPACG) board. Item 7A on the agenda is titled “US 24 Corridor West Environ-mental Assessment Up-date.” Two items that may pertain to the Highway 24 project are before that - item 6C (“Reconsideration of 2030 Small Area Forecast) and 6D (“Amendment #3 to 2007-2012 Transportation Improvement Program”). PPACG meetings are in the lower-level conference room of the building at 15 S. Seventh St.

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