OCCA board plans lighting event in Old Town Plaza – but it’s partially owned by accountant it just let go

       A conflict in the making?
       The Old Colorado City Associates (OCCA) merchants group announced plans this week for the “official Old Colorado City Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony” Tuesday, Nov. 24 at 4 p.m., with Santa arriving on a fire truck to flip the switch in the parking lot of the Old Town Plaza at 25th Street and West Colorado Avenue.
       That catch is that the OCCA has not yet requested use of the parking lot. The plaza property has a condo-style ownership with a governing board formed from the owners of its 22 commercial units.
       OCCA-use approvals have not been a problem in the past, when Judy Kasten, who owns four of the units, was still the accountant for the OCCA. For example, a major recent event in the lot was the Giant Pumpkin Weigh-off in October. However, after a recent disagreement, the OCCA no longer uses Kasten's services (see “New merchant group” story starting on Page 1).
       Asked whether a request to use the lot would be granted, if submitted, Kasten offered no comments except that “it would have to go to the board.”

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