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More than 2,000 flowers bring out color in Old Colorado City


Rudy Medakovic, the lead maintenance worker for the Old Colorado City Security & Maintenance District, waters the flower bed he created this year at 25th Street and Colorado Avenue.
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       Old Colorado City has gotten its annual burst of natural color - the result of flower plantings in 50 whisky barrels as well as street-corner beds in its three-block area.
       The main credit goes to Rudy Medakovic, the lead maintenance worker for the Old Colorado City Security & Maintenance District, according to Jon Carlson, a City Parks employee who oversees the city's special-improvement districts.
       Asked for numbers of flowers, Medakovic estimated that the streets of the historic shopping area now display about 300 perennials and 2,100 annuals.
       His preparatory work this spring included digging out several of the existing flower beds to improve their drainage and soil, plus opening up a new planting area at the southwest corner of 25th Street and Colorado Avenue, near the clock tower. Medakovic is in his second year with the district.
       The district's maintenance worker position is funded through a special Old Colorado City-only property tax, the revenues of which are allocated for public improvements by a city-appointed committee of OCC property owners, in cooperation with City Parks.
       The flowers themselves were grown in City Parks' nursery and provided to the district, Carlson said.
       Medakovic's most recent effort involved the barrels, which he set out at intervals along the avenue between 24th and 27th streets. For the flower-planting, Medakovic received volunteer help from a few city staff and business owners in the proximity, Carlson said. “The volunteer help was much appreciated,” he told a recent meeting of the Maintenance District committee.

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(Posted 6/20/14; Business: Changes)

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