Westside Briefs:
Fire-flow project along Uintah almost done

       Within the next week, Colorado Springs Utilities plans to finish a month-long project to upgrade fire flow capabilities on Uintah Street between 22nd and 24th Street. According to Kristin Flannery of Utilities, “this project is part of an ongoing program to continually improve and upgrade the city's fire protection capability.”
       At 22nd Street, Colorado Springs Utilities connected to an existing cast iron pipe and put in a new 8-inch high density polyethylene (HDPE) pipe to aid circulation and water supply. At 24th Street, Utilities replaced a 4-inch cast-iron pipe with 8-inch HDPE pipe and replaced two hydrants. In addition, a third hydrant was added at 22nd Street to meet National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) hydrant spacing requirements, Flannery said.
       The work was based on a 1995 Fire Flow Improvement Study, which resulted in the identification of water main or fire hydrant installation projects. Colorado Springs Utilities has since completed 231 individual projects, including the installation of more than 177,000 feet of new water mains.
      
       Silver Key Giving Tree
       Silver Key Senior Services is working to collect about 4,000 gifts to deliver to independently living area seniors as part of its annual Giving Tree fundraiser through Dec. 16.
       People or organizations can host Giving Trees or go to a tree location and pick up an ornament from it that describes the type of gift a senior might want. Purchased gifts can be dropped off at Silver Key, 2250 Bott Ave., Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
       The gifts will be delivered by Silver Key volunteers between Dec. 11 and 18, a press release states. The deliverers “also spend time and share the holiday spirit with seniors, ” a press release states.
       Silver Key is a nonprofit organization that seeks ways to help seniors who are living on their own.
       For more information, call 884-2300 or go to silverkey.org.
      
       Mobile contact with city
       Any of 10 issues/services can now be be brought to city attention by citizens using a special computer application for iPhones or other mobile devices.
       Links to the “GORequest” application are available from the city website at www.springsgov.com/mobile.
       Using the application, citizens can select from a list of the following (and can enter a brief description of the issue): abandoned vehicles, barking dogs, Metropolitan Transit, noise ordinance, park/trail/open space maintenance, potholes, sidewalks/curb and gutter, streetlights, traffic, traffic signals, traffic signs and markings.
       “The app knows the exact location and sends the issue directly to the city,” a press release states. “Users are kept up-to-date on the status of their issue via e-mail until the service request is fulfilled.”
       Categories are subject to change based on the most popular service requests at any given time, the release adds.
       Other issues not listed on the mobile application can be reported by e-mail (AskCity@SpringsGov.com) or by phone: 385-CITY (2489).
      
       Apply for Studio Tour
       The Pikes Peak Studio Tour is accepting applications from professionals in fine arts and crafts for the ninth annual tour Nov. 12 -13, 2011.
       Details and a downloadable application form are available at pikespeakstudiotour.com or at any participating studio during the eighth annual tour this Friday and Saturday, Nov. 13-14.
       For more information, call 634-5475. The deadline for applications is Dec. 31.
      
       Jung meeting, lecture
       The CG Jung Society of Colorado Springs has scheduled a meeting and lecture at different Westside locations Friday and Saturday, Nov. 19 and 20.
       John Atkinson will lecture on Jung's “Red Book” Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. at the Unity Church, 1945 Mesa Rd. The cost is $12.
       Nov. 20 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Puddi Kullberg will lead a workshop on active imagination at the Old Colorado City Library, 2418 W. Pikes Peak Ave. The cost is $18.
       For more information, call 527-0622 or go to csjung.org.
      
       County sign code
       The El Paso County Planning Commission will consider proposed revisions to the county sign code, including regulations on electronic billboards, at its meeting Tuesday, Nov. 16.
       Any changes would affect billboards along Highway 24 through the Westside.
       The meeting will start at 9 a.m. at the Pikes Peak Regional Development Center at 2880 International Circle.
       For more information, call 520-6302.

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