City to boost Christmas light displays

Published 12:24 am Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Brewton’s Christmas displays will be more elaborate than ever this year.

The city council on Monday approved financing for $130,000 worth of Christmas lights to be displayed at Jennings Park and City Park downtown.

For many years, the city has used Christmas lights and some wooden figures, some of which were damaged after the flood of December 2009.

“We’re looking at enhanced Christmas lighting, having an organization come in and create two separate light shows set to music,” said city clerk John Angel.

The council chose a financing agreement with BB&T for 2.19 percent for 60 months, voting 4-1, with councilman Pat Poole voting against borrowing the money.

Angel said the money for the lights will include the labor, and the city will own the equipment. A deal with the lighting company is not complete, as the city is trying to work out using the lights for other holidays as well.

In other business Monday, the council:

• Set a public hearing for Oct. 28 to discuss a lease on the John L. Fisher Community Center. Angel said the committee that has been working on the community center — located in the old Brewton Middle School — is on the verge of being able to sign a lease and take control of the facility.

• Approved two amendments to the city’s sign ordinance, one allowing businesses to have no more than three walls signs and one allowing downtown businesses to put out no more than two sandwich board signs during business hours.

• Re-appointed David Jennings and Robert Watson to the recreation board.