New city liaison for OCC district
Danny Gieck, who has been the city liaison to the Old Colorado City Security & Maintenance District advisory board for more than four years, had his last meeting with the board Oct. 12.
He will be replaced on an interim basis by Deann Cameron, who has been a city administrative assistant since 2008, working with Gieck on district needs and in other city functions.
Gieck told the board he will become the director of buildings and grounds for Manitou Springs School District 14. A Manitou High graduate and volunteer assistant coach with its football team, he said the position “is good for me… it's like a homecoming.”
Jim Heikes, the board chair, praised Gieck for being helpful to the district and, as a former Old Town-area resident, someone who understood its needs.
The liaison's job involves helping the advisory board accomplish improvement goals. The work includes hiring contractors and working within city bureaucracy.
Funded through a tax on roughly 100 commercial properties around Colorado Avenue between 24th and 27th streets, the Mainten-ance District takes care of that area's sidewalks, landscaping and other public improvements.
Cold and rainy weather forced the Scarecrow Days judging to be postponed to this Saturday, Oct. 15.
Until the weather changed Oct. 8, the Historic District Merchants of Old Colorado City (HDM) had planned it to happen then, according to Bernideen Canfield, the retail group's director.
A silver lining is “giving people more time to do some creative things” with scarecrows, she said.
The annual promotion features handmade entities filled with straw and placed on hay bales in front of participating stores in the commercial area between 24th and 27th Streets on Colorado Avenue through the month of October.
Saturday will also highlight the Giant Pumpkin Weigh-off, organized by the Old Colorado City Associates (OCCA) business group, in the Old Town Plaza at 25th and West Colorado between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
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Westside Pioneer/press release