Monday, June 13, 2011

USOC hoopla deflated by technicalities

Posted By on Mon, Jun 13, 2011 at 3:46 PM

It seemed like a good idea at the time.

With several large sporting events coming to the Springs this summer, starting with the U.S. Women's Open, City Council thought it might be nice to try to advertise the city's link to the U.S. Olympic Committee.

You know, to try to pump up that whole sporting lifestyle market everyone is always talking about.

At first, the city wanted some temporary signs posted along I-25 and other roads, the Olympic rings added to our highway "welcome" signs, and a mural added to a warehouse rooftop in the Depot Arts District. See our previous story here.

But things have not gone as planned. The signs along I-25 were nixed when the state refused to OK the idea. Money was actually privately raised to add rings to the welcome signs, but that money has gone to the private organization that owns those signs, and thus City Council will not have any input into what goes on the signs or when they're put up. Finally, it was determined that a vinyl product that was going to be used to mural the warehouse rooftop won't stick to the surface, and thus can't be used.

However, all is not lost. City Council is considering painting the rooftop, which would cost around $18,500 versus the $28,800 it had budgeted for the vinyl. And Mayor Steve Bach said he plans to talk to Gov. John Hickenlooper on Tuesday morning about reconsidering the use of signs along I-25.

Which means the whole package may come together after all. And that makes nearly all the city's leaders happy. City Councilor Angela Dougan, who says the whole thing is a waste of taxpayer money, excepted.

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