Helicopters at council Feb. 11

       A City Council follow-up discussion on City Police helicopters has been rescheduled for its next informal meeting Monday, Feb. 11.
       The topic had been scheduled at both January informals, but staff has twice requested more time, with the latest postponement at the Jan. 22 meeting.
       The helicopters have been grounded since the new year started, as the result of a council budget decision based on tight finances, safety questions and an apparently low priority by police themselves.
       Old Colorado City property owners and merchants would like to bring back the service, according to reports from the Old Colorado City Security & Maintenance District and Old Colorado City Associates merchants group
       The latest city staff calculation, provided to council before the last meeting, is $490,000 to put the two choppers back in the air this year.
       Doing so would require budget economies elsewhere. The City Manager's Office's suggestions for spending cuts have included streetlights, the sales tax vendor fee, capital improvement projects or programs such as snow removal or those in City Parks.

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