4 months and he’s planted 1,500 flowers
Chances are, if you're in Old Colorado City much, you've seen Rudy Medakovic.
In April, he became the maintenance worker - and also the only full-time employee - of the Old Colorado City Security & Maintenance District.
His work includes mowing, shoveling, planting, sweeping, watering and various other chores to keep the public areas looking nice in the commercial area on and near Colorado Avenue between 24th and 27th streets.
Hailing from Ontario, Canada, the former north-of-the-border fishing guide has lived in Colorado Springs since 2004. After a stint with El Paso County Parks, he'd worked five years for Colorado Springs Park's Forestry Division, then was intrigued when the Old Colorado City position was posted.
“It was right up my alley,” Medakovic said, when asked what led him to apply. “Gardening is my hobby. Everything I love to do is right here.”
This includes planting and watering about 1,500 annuals this season in the various district flower beds, whisky barrels and hanging baskets - in addition to nurturing hundreds more perennials, patches of grass and numerous bushes and trees.
Medakovic's job puts him front and center with area merchants and shoppers, which he enjoys. “I take it on myself to remember their [the merchants'] names,” he said.
As for the colder-season aspects of the work, being from Canada, “removing snow is second nature to me,” Medakovic laughed.
He replaced Dave Porter, who had worked for the district 26 years before his departure last year.
Headquartered in a city-owned building with a garage bay at 25th and Cucharras streets, the district maintenance worker is paid through a special Old Colorado City-only property tax. A committee of district property owners directs his work, along with Jon Carlson of City Parks, who oversees all of the city's special-improvement districts.
An ongoing project for the district this year has been an upgrade to the clock tower in the Old Town Plaza at Colorado Avenue and 25th Street. According to Carlson, the next phase will be a replacement of the pergola at the base of the tower, with Parks Department construction crews probably starting on that in August.
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