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New lights brighten up city's Great Plains Coliseum

Executive Director Phil Humble highlighted the new, improved lighting inside the Great Plains Coliseum when he reported to the Comanche County Fairgrounds Trust Authority at its monthly meeting on Monday.

Previously, there were 116 lights in the Coliseum that drew approximately 30,000 watts of power. They have been replaced with 56 T5 high-bay lights that draw only 15,000 watts and give between two and three times as much light, Humble said. The new lights are instant-on, instant-off, and they afford the fairgrounds staff the opportunity to choose whether to turn on two, four or six bulbs in each lamp as the function dictates.

The lights were installed by B&M Electric of Comanche. The lighting project has been the focus of the last six weeks at the fairgrounds, Humble said. He thanked the trustees for going forward with the project and Comanche County commissioners for their support of the budget.

The fairgrounds was also the recipient of an unspecified number of 400-watt metal halide lights that came out of the Cache school auditorium. These were provided by Cache School Superintendent Randy Batt and Cliff Fisher, director of maintenance and operations for the school district. Humble said these are the same lights used in the Expo Building, so they can be used for backup when those lights go out.

Chairman Ken Price announced that the 4-H room in the Prairie Building has now been cleaned out and painted so that the fairgrounds can avail itself of the opportunity to cater more lunches in the building.

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