Local 570 helps install holiday lights - Tucson News Now

Local 570 helps install holiday lights

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The warm weather in downtown Tucson may not make it feel like the holidays. But it's starting to look that way.

The Downtown Tucson Partnership has been in charge of putting up holiday lights in the city. The normal process would be to have DTP workers and the city's park and recs department to put them up.

"It was costing the city, parks and rec and the Downtown Partnership, both us," said Michael Keith CEO of the Downtown Tucson Partnership. With budget cuts, the DTP needed some help.

They made a call to the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 570. The group had been looking to help out in the community; the end result a first ever collaboration between the two groups.

The Local 570 had 16 volunteers to help install holiday lights. The union is one of the oldest locals in the county. They were formed in 1907, five years before Arizona became a state.

Mike Verbout is the business manager of the Local 570. "It's a good project I have lived here for 50 years and have enjoyed the downtown lights, I knew it would be a challenge because of construction," said Verbout.

There are about 64 light fixtures that will go up on several streets downtown. There are four different types of lights from snowflakes to stars. The old way of putting up the lights would take about two to three days. The group from the Local 570 are planning to finish the job in one night.

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