Decatur considers spending $107k on decorations

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt September 15, 2014
Decatur City Hall

Decatur City Hall

The Decatur City Commission will meet Monday evening and consider a proposal to spend $107,000 on new holiday decorations for the city.

According to the a memo from Assistant City Manager Lyn Menne, $50,000 would come directly from the city and the balance would be paid with money from the Downtown Development Authority and proceeds from the beer festival.

The city staff bid out the holiday decorations contract and selected Universal Concepts to provide the holiday cheer this year. Last year the city tried to replace the wreaths, but wasn’t satisfied with the results, reporting the wreaths looked like “upside down trees.”

“Many of the holiday wreaths we currently have in stock are over 20 years old and they show it.   Last year we tried to switch out some of the older wreaths with a different design but the result was less than satisfactory,” Menne wrote. “We also had a very bad experience with the installation services provided by our former contractor.  Universal Concepts’ proposal includes the purchase of 150 new wreaths for the street lamps, refurbishing 50 of our newer wreaths, lighting downtown street trees and shrubbery, lighting of the bandstand and lighting on all city-owned buildings.   LED lights will be used in all installations and the tree lights will remain through the winter months.  The proposal includes the installation, take down and storage of all decorations.”

In other business tonight, the commission will consider a $209,000 change order to redirect money left over in the paving budget to pave the following streets:

– Ansley Street from Oakview Road to the west side of Kings Highway

– Repairing the area in front of the Talley Street lofts and the city’s Public Works facility

– The north side of the Sam’s Crossing bridge

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  • Chris Billingsley

    Normally I would question such an expense but after a consultation with my better half, I’m all for it IF the city starts calling them Christmas decorations AND we include a big ol’ Nativity AND Hanukah display on the courthouse lawn with a big ol’ American flag. Now that’s my kind of diversity. God Bless the U. S. of A!

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