City Council talks Christmas in February

Published 10:39 am Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Alabama was the first state to officially recognize Christmas as a holiday, and the City of Troy Special Events Committee is already prepping to celebrate the next yuletide season.

At the Troy City Council meeting Tuesday night, the committee presented a plan for new Christmas decorations that would include lighting up Bicentennial Park.

“We really, really want to do what is right and what is good for the city,” said Janet Motes with the committee.

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The new decorating plan for Bicentennial Park includes 12 trees lit with six strands of clear commercial grade mini-lights that would cost about $798. The gazebo will be decorated with lighted garland and a tree the city already owns.

Downtown, 20 trees will be lit with six strands of clear commercial grade mini-lights that will cot about $1,302. An 18-foot panel Christmas tree with 4-foot start topper is expected to come in between $3,682 and $4,425, depending on the lighting used. The gazebo will hold garland the city already has and downtown posts will be adorned with lit garland and bows that should cost about $5,404.

The council approved the committee’s budget proposal of $11,929 and noted that the decision was being made this early in the year so materials could be purchased at a discounted price.

The council also awarded a bid for the new Nutrition Center Tuesday night. Whaley Construction was the low bidder at $583,777. The city will provide $333,777 of those funds after a grant.

In other actions, the council approved two appointments. Police Chief Jimmy Ennis will replace Anthony Everage on the Mental Health Board until April 24, 2013. Christine Barron will replace Al Jones on the Board of Adjustments until Dec. 10, 2014.