Bob Jung with the Department of Public Works hangs
lights across Main Street on
Nov. 13, 2015, in downtown West Bend.
Bend officials will invest additional money to maintain
the holiday decorations they use to adorn the city.
Members of the Business Improvement District voted
during Tuesday’s meeting to approve paying up to $500
for city staff to place Christmas lights and bows in the
downtown area. This is in addition to the $2,000 they
spent for 66 red bows to replace those that have been
torn or faded because of repeated use.
believe there is a 120 or so, and we had purchased 60
new ones two years ago I believe, and the goal was to
purchase a few more this year,” Board member Brian
Culligan said. “Some of them are in pretty rough shape.
The velvet scraped off and the fabric was exposed,
sun-faded as you can see.”
Public works crews from the city will affix the new bows
to the sprays, replacing the prior ones, and placing
them on the light posts along Main Street. The
decorations will also feature larger bows that will be
attached to the swags that go across the street
overhead. The bows were faded as well, but they were
spray-painted with a darker hue of red to salvage them.
one question I have, our past practice has been to
invoice the BID for labor for this,” Public Works
Director Doug Neumann said. “The new bows, we took the
liberty of 66 of them yesterday, so they did come in.
They will go on the sprays. We have quite a difference
in the two types of bows. Our plan is to start along the
downtown first and then, if we have more, move outside
that area with the new bows.”
Crews will also decorate the downtown area, comprised of
part-time staff as well as volunteers. Those interested
in assisting can contact Economic Development Manager
Adam Gitter by calling city hall.
“When we initially did the holiday decorations, the
agreement was verbal, but the BID was going to buy them,
donate them to the city, and the city was going to take
care of them, putting them up, putting them down and
storing them,” Board President Mike Husar said. “Then
next year, all of a sudden, ‘we will store them, take
them up, take them down, but the BID has got to pay.’”
Members asked for the wage rate for staff and eventually
agreed to pay no more than $500 for the service.