|Paulding Village, Paulding Chamber to collaborate on Christmas lights in 2014|
|Monday, December 16, 2013 3:08 PM|
PAULDING – Plans are under way for 2014 to create a more festive environment in downtown Paulding, according to a press release issued by the Paulding Chamber of Commerce on Monday.
One of the major plans is to hold a Christmas lighting ceremony and party on the square that will include carolers, special guest singers, and of course, Jolly Old Saint Nicholas himself. Also, there are plans under way to get new light pole decorations.
The Paulding Chamber and Paulding Village officials met Monday morning, Dec. 16, to discuss why there were no decorations on the square for this year and to develop a better plan for 2014. Paulding Chamber board members said there were multiple reasons for not hanging the wreaths that typically hang over the downtown lampposts. Those reasons included, not being able to get enough help to hang the decorations on a Sunday, which is the only day of the week the 40 pound wreaths can be hung with a bucket truck because the traffic flow is at a minimum. Also, the hanging of the wreaths is quite dangerous, and many didn’t want put themselves at risk any more.
Chamber board president Marsha Yeutter stated that the wreaths are also in bad shape and in need of replacement. “We’re hoping to get new decorations for 2014 with the help of community donations. I know many are disappointed about the lights not being up, but I hope Paulding residents focus on all the great things happening in our downtown, including the new Herb Monroe Community Park, our beautiful courthouse square, and all our local businesses open for the Christmas season,” added Yeutter.
As far as Village participation in 2014, it’s pursuant to previous council authorization, and will continue but only if the decorations are less dangerous in installing and tearing down. With the Paulding Chamber pursuing new decorations that are easier to install, this should be easier and beneficial for everyone.
Executive director of the Paulding Chamber, Erika Willitzer, says she’s disappointed the wreaths were not hung for 2013, but thanks the downtown businesses that have decked out their store front windows.
“I’m very sorry we didn’t get the wreaths up this year, but I feel this bump in the road will lead to a better result in the future.”
Willitzer also adds that if any business owners or community members would like to be on the Paulding Christmas Decoration Committee or if anyone would like to sponsor some of the new decorations, the chamber welcomes any offers and help. Please call the Paulding Chamber at 419-399-5215 or email PauldingChamber@gmail.com.