GALLIPOLIS — Gallipolis in Lights members approached Gallipolis City Commission on Tuesday evening with questions regarding insurance and assistance with decorations as the Christmas holiday season approaches.
“We’d like to decorate the city up a little bit with its light poles,” Finney said. “The committee has gone out and purchased banners to hang on the poles. We were hoping to get some support from the city workers to hang those for us because we don’t feel comfortable dealing with light poles in (Gallipolis) City Park and having liability or messing up poles. So we were hoping we could get some assistance to do that.”
The red banners shown at the meeting were made of weather-resistant material with holiday welcoming phrases written across them.
“The bandstand in the past, the city used to decorate it. We (Gallipolis in Lights) have done it the last couple years ourselves. We would like to get the top of the bandstand lit up again. We don’t want to deal with that because of the liability of the bandstand. We can do the outside and around the bottom,” Finney said. “It wasn’t lit up last year for the first time in a long time. That bandstand is the biggest attraction we have going for the city and we want to make sure that thing (lights up), if we can get some help with that.”
According to Finney, Gallipolis in Lights has raised a little more than $35,000 in its mission to decorate and light the city during the holiday season.
“We’d like to make sure (lights and decorations) were insured and covered because that money came through the city. All donations were through the city and they’re (decorations) probably city property because it came through the city,” Finney said. “We’d ask (the commission) to look into that if possible.”
Finney said the group would like to store decorating materials in one of the city storage buildings and potentially assist in paying for the use of the facility.
The group also asked the city if it would assist in rehabilitating some old light fixtures that Finney believes could be worth a good deal of money, considering their vintage nature. He said the group had been in contact with a man in Kentucky that refurbished such fixtures and would consider fixing some of them for around $4,800.
“We think it would be a good opportunity if we could get some money from the city to help refurbish those. It would make the park look bigger and better this year,” Finney said. “It would be nice if we could get them up and repaired instead of sitting and continuing to deteriorate.”
Finney also asked the commission to consider insuring volunteer members as they assisted in decorating the city during the holiday season in case of potential accidents.
Gallipolis City Commission President Steven Wallis thanked Gallipolis in Lights for its continued efforts in decorating the city during the winter months. Commission members asked Finney about the lights and the technicalities of how the lights may be considered city assets. Officials said they would consider the requests pending budgetary issues.
Gallipolis in Lights members estimated they would have nearly 1,000 light balls in time for the holiday season.
Dean Wright can be reached at (740) 446-2342, Ext. 2103.