[Hpn] "Town Meeting" On or Off? (Colorado Springs Mega-shelter)

HOBOMATT@aol.com HOBOMATT@aol.com
Wed, 01 Nov 2000 18:21:24 -0500 (EST)


This is in our local daily paper today. The neighbors are meeting tonight to 
decide wether to call it off or hold a "one-sided" meeting.  While the Red 
Cross and El Pomar Foundation say they have "already gone to "extraordinary 
lengths" to disclose information and address neighborhood concerns through 
numerous public meetings and a failed mediation process with opponents"; the 
realitiy is that they have NEVER openly discussed the campus model vs other, 
less impacting methods of delivering homeless services. Or even the need for 
the largest homeless facility between the Mississippi and the West Coast. So, 
once again, they seem to have avoided an open, moderated, level playing field 
discussion on the issues. 
Matt Parkhouse, RN
Colorado Springs, CO

<<Shelter meeting is off

Backers won't meet with opponents of project

By Eric Gorski/The Gazette

Organizers of a proposed $6 million homeless social service center Tuesday 
turned down an invitation to take part in a public meeting organized by 
project opponents.

Now it's unclear whether the event will even take place.

The goal of the meeting Nov. 8 at First United Methodist Church was to inform 
the public about the proposal, said Pam Perry of the Mill Street Neighborhood 
Association. 

But the project leaders, the American Red Cross and the El Pomar Foundation, 
said Tuesday they've already gone to "extraordinary lengths" to disclose 
information and address neighborhood concerns through numerous public 
meetings and a failed mediation process with opponents.

"We feel like the next public forum is appearing in front of City Council," 
said El Pomar spokeswoman Kristin Donovan. The council is set to vote on the 
project Nov. 14.

Perry said "it's disappointing they don't want to go. They can say all they 
want - that there was unprecedented public comment - but not with the 
community at large."

Perry said the group will discuss whether to still meet. The group is seeking 
a moderator from the League of Women Voters.

The meeting was organized primarily by Matt Parkhouse, a local activist who's 
worked with neighbors and opposes putting homeless social services under one 
roof. He said part of the meeting would cover that issue.>>