Colorado Springs is planning a significant improve of the historic Colorado Springs Information City Corridor chambers

The city of Colorado Springs expects to spend nearly half a million dollars on remodeling its city council chambers in the next few months.

The crews plan to set up a larger podium, fix electrical wiring, and upgrade the room’s audio and video system as part of the $ 465,000 project, said Ryan Trujillo, who heads the city’s innovation and sustainability bureau and works supervised.

“This project addresses our legacy audio and video system, increasing the podium seating space and improving the functionality of public meetings,” he said.

The audio and video upgrades are expected to cost $ 144,000 and improve the quality of broadcasts from the chambers, he said. Residents have relied on broadcasts to watch and attend gatherings since City Hall was closed to the public due to the pandemic.

As part of the renovation, a new pedestal will be installed along the south wall, twice the length of the current one, allowing more space between council members, Trujillo said. The seating available to spectators will remain unchanged, he said.

The project is funded from general resources, that is, money that taxpayers have not specifically earmarked for specific departments such as the police. The city had additional general fund money because the federal COVID-19 bailout funds covered other expenses in 2020, Trujillo said.

Construction is expected to be completed in August. Until then, the city council will meet in the Blue River Board Room of the Colorado Springs Utilities in the south tower of the Plaza of the Rockies on Tejon Street. The council meetings remain closed to the public.

The meetings will be streamed live on the Colorado Springs City Council Facebook page and the city’s website.

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