Rotary Traffic Circle Christmas lights will cost $14,520

In this November 2018, file photo, strands of Christmas lights shine in the trees in the Rotary Traffic Circle in Cornwall, Ont. A report requested by Coun. Eric Bergeron says the city would put up $14,520 in lights to spruce up the Brookdale Avenue focal point. Everything on staff's wish list would be $29,120. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston, File)

CORNWALL – City councillors will be asked Monday to dig into municipal coffers to add another $14,520 in Christmas decorations and lights to the Rotary Traffic Circle.

Coun. Eric Bergeron asked for a report two weeks ago on what could be done because he was “getting a lot of feedback” from the public on the current display – strings of lights in some of the trees, which some have described as Charlie Brown-esque.

The city used to hoist strings up lights up the center flag pole – something the pole was never designed for – before it came crashing to the ground in 2018.

A contractor advised the city to stop doing it.

City councillors will consider a staff recommendation of $14,520 in upgrades on Monday, which may include a dozen pre-lit decorative figures like deer, moose or snowmen, a dozen pre-lit artificial Christmas trees and 600 feet of red and white lights to be wound around the center flag pole.

The cost includes hiring a contractor with a bucket truck for two days to do some of the installations.

The $14,520 is only part of the staff Christmas lighting wish list, which tops out at $29,120.

The report doesn’t mention where the money will be coming from.

If the lighting upgrades go ahead, they would be up until the end of January – a little less than eight weeks.

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