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    Glen Eyrie “garbage dump” yields wealth of artifacts
    BOCC regulates shipping containers
    Building and real estate update
    Black Forest Road widening info meeting
    McLaughlin and Old Meridian closures scheduled
  Glen Eyrie “garbage dump” yields wealth of artifacts
  By Pete Gawda

   “The find of a lifetime” is how the city of Colorado Springs archaeologist, Anna Cordova, described an old garbage dump, discovered during a recent construction of a water retention area between Glen Eyrie, the estate of Gen. William Palmer (founder of Colorado Springs), and Garden of the Gods.
   The garbage dump dates back to the 1880s and the early 1900s; the current construction of the water retention area was necessary to prevent flooding because of the destruction of brush and trees upstream in Queens Canyon during the Waldo Canyon Fire of 2012.
   Articles found there were confirmed to have come from Glen Eyrie, and they provide a picture of everyday life on the estate. Among the first objects discovered were bricks made by the Tiffany Enamel Brick Co. of Chicago. Advertisements put out by the company stated that their products were used, among other places, in the construction of Glen Eyrie. The bricks were documented to have come from the bowling alley and the light plant at Glen Eyrie. Lightbulbs also helped confirm the find since Glen Eyrie was the only house in the area with electricity at that time.
   In the fall of 2018, Alpine Archaeological Consultants found more than 60,000 artifacts, which they cleaned up and cataloged, on the site. Some of those artifacts are on display at the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum. The items discovered include ceramics, medicine bottles, soda bottles, condiment bottles, toiletries, an inkwell, shoe polish and even a pair of shoes. Bones from a mixture of wildlife and domestic animals show us that the general's diet consisted of elk, as well as pork, beef and chicken.
   The display also contains an exhibit to show children how archaeologists piece together finds from discoveries such as this to form conclusions about the life of the people who owned and used those items.
   “With big historical figures it is always interesting to see the personal details of their life, and it helps connect to them as a person,” Cordova said. She also said that such personal details as revealed by this archaeological find help people better understand and appreciate Colorado Springs, since the general played such an important part in the establishment of the city.
   One of the myths the display debunks is that Gen. Palmer was a teetotaler. Evidence suggests that although he did not allow the sale of alcohol in his new city, he drank alcoholic beverages in moderation. However, it was not from moral or religious reasons that he forbade the sale of alcohol. He wanted his new city to be unlike nearby Colorado City, with its drunkenness and carousing. In his own words, he wanted to create “a habitable and successful town in the broadest sense of the word.”
   The Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum is located in the old El Paso County Courthouse, 215 S. Tejon St. The hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and the admission is free. On a busy day, 200 people will visit the museum to see artifacts from Glen Eyrie's garbage dump; as well as other exhibits pertaining to the history of Colorado Springs.
This brick, found at a construction site between Glen Eyrie and Garden of the Gods, was documented as one of the bricks used in the Glen Eyrie bowling alley and the Glen Eyrie power plant.
Bathroom tile (left) was found at a construction site near Glen Eyrie, along with a light bulb. The latter helped confirm that the artifacts found came from Glen Eyrie since Glen Eyrie was the only house in the area to have electric lights.
This pair of shoes was among the artifacts found at a construction site near Glen Eyrie.
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  BOCC regulates shipping containers
  By Pete Gawda

   Using shipping containers, such as metal cargo containers and intermodal containers designed to show and ship materials, for permanent storage will now be regulated as a result of recent action by the El Paso County Board of County Commissioners
   In December, the BOCC approved an amendment to the land development code dealing specifically with shipping containers.
   Nina Ruiz, a planner with the El Paso County Planning and Development Department, said if the container is over 200 square feet, a building permit is now required for using it as permanent storage. The new regulations also require a site plan and “a suitable level base.” Ruiz said the base is needed to keep the container from sliding on a steep slope.
   In all residential and commercial zoning districts, except A-35, which is a 35-acre tract devoted to agricultural purposes; shipping containers will now have to be painted to blend in with the surroundings, screened from the public view with such things as opaque fencing or landscaping and subject to applicable zoning setback requirements.
   Specifically exempt from this amendment are semi-truck trailers, mobile or manufactured homes, mobile office trailers and modular office buildings.
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  Building and real estate update
  By Lindsey Harrison

   Walden Preserve subdivision
   The El Paso County Board of County Commissioners approved a request by Walden Holdings I LLC for a final plat for the Walden Preserve Filing No. 4 subdivision to create 23 single-family residential lots in a 3-1 vote with Cami Bremer, commissioner from District 5, abstained. The final plat includes 45.27 acres of the total 134.05-acre parcel, zoned planned unit development and located east of Highway 83, south of Walker Road, north of Hodgen Road, along the north side of the Pond View Place and Walden Way/Timber Meadow Drive intersection. The plat consists of residential lots with a minimum size of 1 acre, two tracts of 18.16 acres total for utilities, drainage, open space and recreation and 3 acres of rights-of-way. The property is included within the Black Forest Preservation Plan.
   The commissioners also approved another request by Walden Holdings for an amended park lands agreement in a 3-1 vote, with Bremer abstained. The request pertained to the Walden Preserve 2 property, owned by Walden Holdings, on which the owner completed partial construction of the required 1.5 miles of regional trail as required in the park lands agreement, but the trail does not currently meet the EPC trail construction standards. The county and property owner have agreed to amend the agreement to complete the construction of the trail to county standards for the benefit of the Walden community and EPC as a whole.
   Walker Reserve subdivision
   The BOCC unanimously approved a request by G3 Investments Inc., for a minor subdivision to create three lots, measuring 5.10 acres, 5.12 acres and 28.52 acres, on a 40.77 acre parcel zoned residential rural-5. The remaining 1.81 acres will be dedicated as rights-of-way. The property is located about 1 mile east of Highway 83, 0.25 miles north of Walker Road and is included within the boundaries of the Black Forest Preservation Plan.
   Sterling Ranch Metropolitan District
   The commissioners unanimously approved a request from Sterling Ranch Metropolitan District for a parks land agreement to waive all urban park fees for the Sterling Ranch Filing No. 2 development for $29,952. The Sterling Ranch is a 1,444-acre mixed-use development near the intersection of Vollmer Road and Briargate Parkway. SRMD has indicated their intention to construct urban park amenities within the Homestead at Sterling Ranch Filing No. 2, which consists of 104 lots. The waiver was granted provided SRMD installs urban park and trail improvements of an equal or greater value to the parcels labeled Tract F in the Sterling Ranch Master Plat Filing No. 1. Additionally, the urban park improvements must provide urban recreation opportunities for the public and residents of Sterling Ranch and are subject to review and acceptance by EPC.
   The BOCC also unanimously approved a request from SRMD for a parks land agreement to waive all urban park fees for the Branding Iron at Sterling Ranch Filing No. 2, consisting of 75 lots, for $21,600. SRMD has indicated their intention to construct urban park amenities within this filing and the waiver was granted provided SRMD installs urban park and trail improvements of an equal or great value to the parcels label Tract CC in the Sterling Ranch Master Plat Filing No. 1.
   Meridian Service Metropolitan District
   The commissioners unanimously approved an urban park grant to Meridian Service Metropolitan District for WindingWalk Park.
   Falcon Park N Ride project
   The BOCC unanimously approved a construction contract and purchase order to Hudick Excavating Inc., for construction of the Highway 24 and Meridian Road improvements/Falcon Park N Ride project for $8,735,712.25, funded by the Federal Highway Administration, Colorado Department of Transportation, Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority and EPC. The county’s portion of the bill is $2,172,473.25. The project will include the following: extension of New Meridian Road from Highway 24 to Falcon Highway through a four-lane road; construction of a new four-way signal at New Meridian Road and Highway 24; conversion of the intersection at Old Meridian Road and Highway 24 to a right-in/right-out configuration; resurfacing of 0.75 miles of Highway 24; extension of Swingline Road to New Meridian Road through a new roundabout; and the creation of a 220 spot Park N Ride Facility.
   El Paso County Fairgrounds
   The commissioners unanimously approved a Public Facility Projects grant application to the EPC Community Development Block Grant Program for constructing Americans with Disabilities Act compliant pathways at the EPC Fairgrounds, consisting of 1,045 feet of concrete and asphalt paths designed to improve accessibility to visitors. The grant is for $164,700.
   Falcon Field Metropolitan District
   The BOCC unanimously approved a request from Falcon Field LLC for a Colorado Revised Statutes Title 32 Special District service plan for the Falcon Field Metropolitan District, which consists of two parcels totaling 57.67 acres, located southeast of the intersection of Highway 24 and Woodmen Road. The service plan includes a total mill levy of 36 mills and the statutory purposes of the district, such as street improvements and safety protection; drainage facilities; land acquisition, recreation facilities; mosquito control; television relay and translational facilities; covenant enforcement; and public water and sanitation systems. The FFMD is included with the boundaries of the Falcon/Peyton Small Area Master Plan.
   Pineries open space
   The commissioners unanimously approved a non-exclusive easement agreement with San Miguel Valley Corp. for construction, maintenance and public access of a trail in the Pineries Open Space, located near the intersection of Vollmer Road and Shoup Road.
   Angel Cordero property
   The EPC Planning Commission unanimously approved two requests by Angel Cordero, one to rezone 35.55 acres of property from agricultural-35 to agricultural-5 and the other to create two single-family residential lots on the property. The subdivision allows for the two existing single-family dwellings on the property to be located on two separate lots, meaning each lot and corresponding dwelling could be sold independently from the other lot and dwelling. The property is located about 1.5 miles north of Highway 94, on the west side of Ellicott Highway and is located within the boundaries of the Ellicott Valley Comprehensive Plan.
   Poenitsch property
   The planning commission unanimously approved a request by Tom Poenitsch and Christy Mullins for a minor subdivision to create three single-family residential lots on property zoned RR-5, located on the northwest corner of the Herring Road and Shoup Road intersection. The property is located within the boundaries of the Black Forest Preservation Plan.
   Hyatt property
   The planning commission unanimously approved a request by Mark and Angelina Hyatt for a special use for continuous occupancy of accessory living quarters. The property 39.4-acre is zoned A-35 and located on the north side of Judge Orr Road, about 0.62 miles east of the Judge Orr Road and Highway 24 intersection. The request proposed use of an existing 1,216-square-foot mobile home currently located on the property as accessory living quarters for continuous occupancy by the applicants’ son.
   Bent Grass subdivision
   On Feb. 10, Challenger Communities LLC submitted a letter of intent to the EPC Electronic Development Application Review Program to construct 178 single-family residential lots on a 68.545-acre property located north of Woodmen Road and west of Meridian Road in the Bent Grass Residential Filing No. 2.
   Winsome subdivision
   On Feb. 4, Winsome LLC submitted a letter of intent EDARP requesting early grading approval for Winsome Filing No. 1, which will be developed into 47 residential lots on 164.4 acres of the total 766-acre Winsome subdivision.
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  Black Forest Road widening info meeting
  By Leslie Sheley

   The Grand Peak Academy hosted a public meeting on the Black Forest Corridor Widening Plan Feb. 27.
   Jason Bonini, AECOM project manager, said the proposed changes involve widening Black Forest Road to four lanes, from Woodmen Road to Research Parkway, including a new bridge over Cottonwood Creek; and widening Black Forest Road to four lanes from Research Parkway to Old Ranch Road.
   Todd Frisbie, city traffic engineer, said the recommended changes are in response to a corridor study the city requested for Black Forest Road, between Woodmen to Old Ranch Road. The study determined the changes necessary to deal with growth.
   The plan is to finalize the design of the project from 2020 to 2021, with actual construction from 2021 to 2023. Improvements to the road will be funded through the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority and the city of Colorado Springs.
   The presenters fielded questions on drainage proposals, lane configurations, improvements that can be made now to alleviate major wait times at lights and stop signs; and whether the Wolf Ranch Development will be responsible for part of the costs. Another attendee asked if the plans considered the Black Forest Preservation Plan. Bonini said he has read the plan and they are aware of it.
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  McLaughlin and Old Meridian closures scheduled
  El Paso County news release Feb. 28

   Starting on or after Sunday, March 8, the intersection of McLaughlin Road, Old Meridian Road and Rolling Thunder Way will be closed for several months. The El Paso Count Department of Public Works' contractor, Kiewit Infrastructure Co., will construct a roundabout with associated approaches, underground drainage system and pedestrian improvements. Businesses will be open during construction.
   The detour route utilizes U.S. Highway 24, Woodmen Road and Meridian Road to bypass the intersection. Full road closure will increase safety and efficiency and reduce the overall duration of construction. Drivers who need to use the detour route should plan for added travel time. Please reduce speeds and watch for workers, equipment, signs and barricades.
   The project is anticipated to be completed in the late fall of 2020, and will be constructed in three phases to minimize impacts to residents, businesses and commuter traffic. Future updates will be provided as the project transitions through each phase.
   The safety improvement project is expected to reduce traffic collisions and improve traffic flow at the existing three-leg intersection. The roundabout design will handle existing and projected traffic volumes including truck traffic. Funding for this project is provided by Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority.
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