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  Volume No. 16 Issue No. 2 February 2019  

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    Deputy Micah Flick
    Gesick Motors expands, moves monument
    Banning Lewis annexation talks continue
    Building and real estate update
  Deputy Micah Flick
  By Robin Widmar

   Unable are the loved to die, for love is immortality. - Emily Dickinson
   On Saturday, Feb. 10, community members and firefighters lined the funeral procession for El Paso County Sheriff’s Deputy Micah Flick to pay their respects. Flick was killed Feb. 5 while on duty. He leaves behind a wife and twins, who attend school in Falcon District 49.
Firefighters from Wescott Fire Department salute as the funeral procession of El Paso County Sheriff Deputy Micah Flick passes by. Photos by Robin Widmar
Ladder trucks from Wescott Fire Department (left) and Cimarron Hills Fire Department (right) support an American flag over Woodmen Road at Golden Sage Road for the funeral procession of El Paso County Sheriff Deputy Micah Flick.
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  Gesick Motors expands, moves monument
  By Lindsey Harrison

   The property on the corner of McLaughlin Road and Old Meridian Road in Falcon, Colo., saw a lot of activity in January. Doug and Jen Gesick, owners of Gesick Motors, which is located on a portion of the property, also own the property adjacent to the car lot. They decided to expand the parking lot to make space for additional vehicle inventory, Doug Gesick said.
   Part of the expansion included moving the stone monument placed by the former owners, Arthur D. and Ann Miller Van Sant. Gesick had the stone moved to a nearby concrete platform, formerly a well, and has plans to level it out, since the stone leans to the rear.
   “I bought the property five years ago and have been taking care of the space around the monument since then,” he said. “I gave the Van Sant family every opportunity to come out here and move or take the monument, and they chose not to.”
   Gesick said he never intended to completely remove the monument; he moved it to a more convenient location to accommodate the expansion. He said community members have mistakenly thought the monument marked a city-or-county-owned park, since the stone’s plaque states, “Centennial Park.” The park is part of the property he purchased from the Van Sants and has never really been used as anything, he said.
   Leslie Pfalmer, daughter of Ann Van Sant and stepdaughter of Art Van Sant (who is deceased), said the park used to have a swing-set in addition to the stone monument, a “Falcon, Colorado” wooden sign and trees that encompassed the site.
   “The rock was designated to stay where it was,” she said. “My mom kind of intimated that he (Art Van Sant) had donated that piece of property, but I do not know where the property line is.”
   Craig McConnell, owner of Avalar Real Estate Solutions in Falcon, handled the sale of the property between the Van Sants and Gesick. He said, “I was concerned at first but according to the title work, if that property was ever donated, it was never recorded that way.” The park was part of the property and was not listed as belonging to any other entity, he said.
   Pfalmer said she was disappointed to find out that the park was gone. “It was not very big, but it was cute,” she said.
   Gesick added a vinyl fence around the perimeter of his property. He said, “That area has always been a shortcut for everyone, and I do not want people to keep coming through there.”
   It has been rumored that Aspen Auto Clinic might be moving to the area, but no one responded to The New Falcon Herald’s attempts to contact Aspen Auto over the last six weeks.
The park area of the property where Gesick Motors now sits was never listed as being donated, so it is now part of the land that Gesick owns. The stone monument remains. Photo by Robin Widmar
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  Banning Lewis annexation talks continue
  By Lindsey Harrison

   On Feb. 2, the Colorado Springs City Council held its second public meeting about proposed modifications to the agreement that annexed the Banning Lewis Ranch into the city in 1988. Located on the city’s east side, the property spans about 24,000 acres, with four different property owners.
   According to the January issue of The New Falcon Herald, City Councilman Andy Pico said the new agreement would amend the existing one to put more realistic requirements on the developers that support current projections, which is about one-third of the 1988 estimate.
   The council provided a 28-page packet that listed questions from the first public meeting, along with the respective answers.
   Community members voiced concerns, ranging from the impact to the existing roads with the addition of 60,000 people to whether any piece of land would be designated as parks and open space. Nine people spoke, and none said they were in support of the amended agreement.
   Following the public comment portion of the meeting, Councilman Richard Skorman invited Kathleen Krager, senior traffic engineer with Colorado Springs, to address some of the traffic concerns, including the development of the proposed Banning Lewis Parkway.
   While no council member voiced their support or opposition to the amended agreement, Councilman Don Knight questioned the absence of a master plan for the BLR area. “According to the existing agreement, there is no master plan; so why are we not asking for that in the beginning?” he asked.
   According to the city’s website, the council will continue discussions about the amended agreement per the following schedule:
  • Monday, March 12, at 1 p.m.: Work session
  • Thursday, March 22, at 6 p.m.: Town hall meeting with public comment
  • Tuesday, April 10, at 1 p.m.: Regular meeting with first reading of the BLR code amendments ordinance
  • Tuesday, April 24, at 1 p.m.: Regular meeting with second reading of the BLR code amendments ordinance

   For more information, check out the City Council website at
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  Building and real estate update
  By Lindsey Harrison

   Big O Tires
   David Largent, owner and operator of the future Big O Tires location in Falcon, Colo., said he and his partner, Dustin Roberts, are excited to bring their full-service auto and tire repair facility to the area. The facility will specialize in many things, including tires, lift kits, tire rotations, brakes, struts, and fluids on anything from passenger cars to commercial vehicles.
   The store will sell all major brands and since it is locally and family-owned, Largent said Big O Tires will be able to support the community where he has lived for 15 years. “We already have a good relationship with Falcon High School,” he said. “We have wanted to open a store out here for a long time.”
   Largent said they will hold a grand opening celebration once construction on the store is complete and they are ready to begin serving customers in the community.
   Because he had not closed on the property at the time of this interview, Largent said he did not want to reveal the exact location of the property
   Schafer Steak House
   Stephanie Mills, general manager of The Purple Toad Social Tap and Grill in Falcon, said the owners of The Purple Toad are opening a steak house at the location currently known as the Creekview Grill at Antlers Creek Golf Course.
   While the details are still “hush-hush,” Mills said the steak house plans to open in mid- to late-April.
   Black Forest Slash and Mulch Committee
   The El Paso County Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved a memorandum of understanding with the Black Forest Slash and Mulch Committee to continue the overall management and operation of the Black Forest Slash and Mulch Program, created in 1995.
   Sterling Ranch
   The commissioners unanimously approved a request by SR Land LLC, SPF Investors LLC and Morley-Bentley Investments LLC for the final plat of Sterling Ranch Filing No. 1. The plat creates 24 open space, drainage, trail corridor and landscape tracts, four future residential development tracts and a future commercial tract. The 134.38-acre parcel, zoned residential suburban and commercial service, is located north of the future extension of Marksheffel Road, south of the future extension of Briargate Parkway, east of Vollmer Road, and west of the future alignment of Sterling Ranch Road.
   Charter Oak Ranch Road Project
   The BOCC approved an amendment to the contract with Michael Baker International for the Charter Oak Ranch Road Project for $199,391.00. The amendment is required for additional services provided in support of the design development and construction for the project.
   Double D Ranch
   The commissioners approved a request by Deanne Brekke for a special use permit to legalize an existing kennel, in a 3-2 split vote, with commissioners Mark Waller and Longinos Gonzalez opposed. The 5.09-acre property is located .15 miles west of Milam Road and .5 miles north of Old Ranch Road, within the Black Forest Preservation Plan; and is zoned residential rural. The kennel has been operating in violation since Brekke purchased it five years ago.
   Settlers Ranch
   The BOCC approved the preliminary acceptance of certain streets within Settlers Ranch Filing No. 2 B into the EPC road maintenance system, bringing the total miles of county-maintained roads to 2,184.78.
   Paint Brush Hills
   The commissioners approved the partial release of a letter of credit for grading and erosion control in Paint Brush Hills Filing No. 13 C and D for $412,233.80. Eighty percent of the public improvements have been completed and inspected. An additional $63,731 will be held for a two-year defect warranty period.
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