No obstacles for T-Days from committee

       A Special Events Committee meeting on Territory Days resulted in no new requirements for the annual Old Colorado City street festival, which is scheduled May 23- 25 this year.
       The only question from the public came from Linda Schlarb, co-owner of a propane company in the 2700 block of Colorado Avenue, who said she is concerned about liability because of the propane storage and wanted to be sure festival-goers didn't get too close. Police Sgt. Lonnie Spanswick, a committee member, said this would be watched out for.
       Another issue, which he raised with Lynda Dunne (who organizes Territory Days for Old Town merchants), involved impacts on the surrounding residential neighborhoods. He asked her to ensure that the buses shuttling people from the Coronado High School parking lot to Old Colorado City run as efficiently as possible so as to reduce parking in the neighborhoods.
       Dunne pledged to do so. “That's why we spend so much on that,” she said. She added that the event will be much the same as last year's, with the shuttle stop again at 27th Street.
       Spanswick also noted that police officers would be driving the neighborhoods to make sure driveways or streets aren't blocked, or even - in a few cases - that neighbors don't put up barricades in the public parking spaces in front of their own homes.
       The committee, consisting of representatives of several city departments, asked for public input as part of its new role in ensuring that the impacts from large events do not cause excessive impacts to the areas where they occur.
       Also at the meeting were some known Territory Days supporters, who did not address the committee.
       The event typically draws well over 100,000 people to Old Colorado City during its three-day run.

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