June 26, 2016

Intermittent clouds

Christmas lights a go

BRUNSWICK — Some good deeds performed throughout the year will help keep the city bright this holiday season.

The city’s Christmas lights and decorations program will continue this year, paid for in part by the surplus from a donation to the city from Medical Mutual of Ohio that funded last year’s decorations. The rest of the cost will be covered by money the city saved thanks to some goodwill projects by area organizations.

Last year, the city announced it would not have any holiday lights throughout town due to budget constraints. But Medical Mutual’s $10,000 donation covered the cost of the program last year, and $1,400 was carried over for this year’s decorations.

Parks and Recreation Director John Piepsny said this year’s holiday lights program only cost approximately $2,800, which included minor repairs to decorations, electricity and the rental of a lift for installation.

The remaining $1,400 was covered through cost-savings because of volunteer activities. For example, Piepsny said the city usually spends money each year to landscape and maintain certain areas. However, through the Adopt-a-Spot program, volunteers from groups like the Brunswick Rotary Club and Canterbury Enterprises handled those areas.

He also said the city set aside money to purchase benches near the Susan L. Hambley Nature Center, but a local Boy Scout troop donated benches.

“They helped save us money and we were able to put it towards Christmas decorations,” Piepsny said.

The Christmas lights and decorations recently were installed by the city’s park staff. They include lighted snowflakes on electricity poles throughout the city and ground displays in front of City Hall on Center Road, the Brunswick Community Recreation and Fitness Center and at Center and Pearl roads.

Contact Maria Kacik at (330) 721-4049 or mkacik@ohio.net.