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NPT City: PSB reaching out, but they haven’t quite reached everyone yet

psb-el-pasoThe El Paso Water Utilities released a list of community meetings last week. Some already have taken place, but most are scheduled for this month and next. There’s one on Tuesday. Follow the jump to see the entire list, and who is and isn’t on it (to be fair, a spokesperson said last week they still are working on setting up meetings wherever they can):

In an effort to keep the community informed about the Stormwater Utility, El Paso Water Utilities staff will be speaking to various community organizations throughout the city in the next three months.

We will be sharing information about the work that has been completed since the Public Service Board took responsibility of the Stormwater Utility over one year ago. To date, over 1,100 maintenance projects consisting of clearing debris and vegetation from conduits, channels, ponds and dams have been completed. Miles of drains and channels across the city have been cleaned to ensure the stormwater system works efficiently.

Information about the the Stormwater Master Plan will also be shared. The Stormwater Community Advisory Committee recently provided input and approved the first 3 years of a Master Plan that includes over $67 million dollars of capital improvements. The entire Master Plan will be presented to the PSB and then the City Council for approval in March.

Below is a list of presentations that have been scheduled as of February 25, 2009. Your help in getting this information out to the community is appreciated. For more information, please contact the Public Affairs Office by email at Thank you for your cooperation.


— Las Palmas Neighborhood Association, April 2, 2009 11670 Chito Samaniego, Region IX Head Start 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.


— League of Women Voters: February 26, 2009, 3105 Memorial Park, El Paso Garden Center, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

— Central Neighborhood Association: March 4, 2009, 3134 Jefferson, Grandview Park Senior Center, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

— Northeast Concerned Citizen Group: March 6, 2009, 4600 Block Transmountain Dr. (Denny’s), 7:30 – 8:30

— Rep. Byrd Breakfast meeting: April 18, 2009, Memorial Park Library, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

— Rep. Susie Byrd Breakfast meeting: May 7, 2009, 4201 Alabama, Tierra del sol restaurant, 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Lower Valley:

— Stiles Garden Association: February 25, 2009, 351 Nichols, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

— Rep. Steve Ortega’s Community Meeting: March 23, 2009, 7860 San Jose Road, Albuquerque Tortilla Company, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

— Thomas Manor Neighborhood Association: April 21, 2009, 7900 Jersey, Thomas Manor Elementary School, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.


— IBWC Citizen’s Forum, March 3, 2009, 4171 Mesa Street, Building C, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

— Redd-Mulberry Association/Save the Valley Association: March 12, 2009, Westside Regional Command Center, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

— Coronado Neighborhood Association: March 17, 2009, 222 South Resler Drive, Coronado Townhouse Club House, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

— Rep. Ann Lilly Breakfast meeting, April 16, 2009, 5801 Mesa, BJ’s Café, 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.


— Southside Neighborhood Association: March 18, 2009, 609 Tays Street, Houghten Community Center,
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Written by newspapertreeelpaso

March 2, 2009 at 9:10 am

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  1. The other issues of accountability and out of control salaries are being totally ignored. No one ever said the work wasnt being done. So why is there so much focus on this issue and not the others? The answer is obvious.

    These issues can and should be addressed BEFORE the election. Meetings spread over the next two, schedule is designed to refocus your attention just before the election.

    Notice the show is being staged at the main three supporters’ meetings. One out three issues is the best they can do? What about the rate increases coming in three years?


    March 2, 2009 at 10:50 am

  2. totally agree ray. if there wasnt opposition these meetings wouldnt even exist and no need for 84,000 k salary to montoya. i guess they want her to try and earn her keep. its all bull and everyone knows that cleaning up the storm drains we have in existence will help. and we needed a utility started for this ? how much work have they really done and what did the psb charge ? we will never know. they are collecting over 600 k in fees from the homeowner and no telling how much from commercial. this cash cow of a fee will keep them from having to raise impact fees on developers due to the profit the psb will make on the stormwater. this fee will go up in 3 years. they are copying another wealthy texas city when it comes to fees. they just raised their fees and catching hell also.


    March 2, 2009 at 11:40 am

  3. The PSB actions smack of desperation to keep control…

    Reminds me of the individual facing a firing squad and seconds before the command to fire goes out, the condemned tries to cut a deal.

    A little too late if you ask me.


    March 2, 2009 at 11:49 am

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