El Paso County Commissioner Peggy Littleton seems eager to work with Colorado Springs’ new City Council members – so eager, in fact, that she’s scheduled a town hall meeting and issued a special invitation for them to attend, before they are sworn into office.
Littleton, elected last November, announced at Tuesday’s commission meeting that she will hold her first town hall meeting from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on April 16 at Centennial Hall, 200 S. Cascade Ave.
Littleton said she is extending a special invitation to the six new council members and one incumbent who won in Tuesday’s municipal election. But they won’t be seated until they take the oath of office on April 19.
“My Commissioner District 5 sits squarely in the center of Colorado Springs, and many of these new council campaigned on a willingness to look seriously at ways to improve service and reduce costs through greater city-county collaboration,” Littleton said. “I really hope that this will be the informal start of a collegial discussion involving the county, the city and our citizens about shared services.”
Maybe, but maybe not before they start their new job.
At the meeting, Littleton plans to provide an overview of county services and give an update on the relocation of county offices. More than half of the county’s 2,000 employees are being reshuffled to different buildings to consolidate offices and create a service center with multiple county services in one place. Commissioners and top county staff will move to Centennial Hall later this year, as the Sheriff’s Office moves into the county administration building on Vermijo Avenue.
Citizens are invited to attend Littleton’s town hall and give input. Free parking will be available in the El Paso County juror parking lot directly south of Centennial Hall.