Lights to brighten up downtown Perth until end of February
By Dianne Pinder-Moss
The more than 10,000 lights installed in November will be brightening up the Downtown Business Improvement Area (BIA) in Perth for a little longer.
In response to a question from Coun. Jim Boldt at the Feb. 2 Committee of the Whole (COW) meeting of Perth Town Council, Coun. Judy Brown who represents council on the Perth BIA Board and is its current chair stated that the lights will be lit until the end of February.
Once the lights are turned off, they will still be left in the trees on a trial basis this year, she noted.
According to Kari Clarke, co-ordinator of the Perth BIA, the cost saving to leaving the lights in the trees is approximately $11,200.
In the fall, the lighting company that installed the lights will return to assess their condition and determine how many need to be replaced for the 2016 Christmas season.
“The BIA has partnered with the Town of Perth in creating a jointly funded downtown beautification fund ($10,000 per year), which will be used for future Christmas light concepts and or enhancements of our downtown streetscape,” Clarke said in an email response to the HomeTown News.
“In essence, by leaving the lights in place,” she continued, “this will allow the BIA and the Town of Perth to create a self-funding reserve for future beautification activities.”
With plans to increase the number of Christmas lights in the downtown for the holiday season this year, the BIA will be reaching out to local businesses, corporations and community groups to see if they are interested in sponsoring a tree. Meetings have been scheduled by the BIA for this week with businesses who have already expressed an interest in this regard.
“The trees are a wonderful way to showcase our downtown and create a destination for tourists to shop and dine in downtown Perth,” Clarke stated. “By sponsoring a tree, a business, corporation or community group is helping to beautify the downtown, and create an effect that all can enjoy.”
At the COW meeting, Brown mentioned that, at the end of January, she was still having people approach her to comment on “how fantastic they think the lights are.”
In thanking council for its support, she called the light project “one of the best things we (council) ever did.”