Council OKs OCC streetlight plan

       Christmas may or may not be white in Old Colorado City this year, but evidently it will be light.
       With a unanimous approval of Colorado Springs City Council Aug. 10, the Old Colorado City Security & Maintenance District is cleared to sign a contract with Colorado Springs Utilities for 41 new or replacement historic-style street lights.
       The district board has been pushing to get a contract in place so as to have the new lights installed by Christmas. Utilities has told the board it needs 10 weeks to complete the work, so the expectation now is mid-November or sooner.
       Utilities has also told the board the lights will be brighter than those in downtown Colorado Springs - and that's not counting the district's 50-some, quarter-century-old, globe-shaped “accent” lights that will remain in Old Town for the time being.
       The new lights will be installed within district boundaries on Colorado Avenue and side streets to the alleys between 24th and 27th streets.
       An advisory body to City Council, the board represents district property owners, who are taxed separately for the historic amenities in the district. The new lights will not mean a tax increase for them. The district's $97,000 share of the $127,000 cost will come from the district reserve fund, according to the council vote, which endorsed an identical board vote Aug. 3.
       The council motion was made by Jerry Heimlicher, whose district includes Old Colorado City. He had worked with the board and Utilities officials in putting together the deal.

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