Village OKs $62,113 For Holiday Lights
By MIRIAM FINDER ANNENBERG
Journal & Topics Reporter
Rosemont will once again shine bright for the holidays after the village board agreed at its Aug. 9 meeting to spend $62,113 on new decorative lights.
The lights are generally used for two years at village landmarks like the Rosemont Theatre, Donald E. Stephens Convention Center and village hall, after which they begin to fade or break. Tree growth and other environmental factors also affect the need for new lights.
“We recycle the lights for two years,” said Public Works Director Mike Raimondi. “We probably [replace] about the same quantity every year, depending on how the animals are or how bad the winter is.”
This year, the board approved the purchase of 4,000, 5-millimeter LED holiday light strings and 4,375 mini incandescent holiday light strings.
Raimondi said the LED lights wrapped around trees remain in place throughout the year, with the exception of those on pine trees. The incandescent lights throughout the parks are taken down and tested after the holiday season.
Once the village determines how many new lights are required, they collect three bids, accepting the lowest bid that comes in, Raimondi said. This year, the lights will be purchased from Windy City Lights, a purveyor of holiday lights to municipalities, hotels, gardens and more throughout the area.
The village keeps the lighting design in mind when planning out the holiday season.
“[With] the LED lights we try to do something different every year with the pine trees,” Raimondi said.