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Holiday Lights Nearly Lost in Close Call Delivery Snafu at Glencoe

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Holiday Lights Nearly Lost in Close Call Delivery Snafu at Glencoe

It’s the grinch who often tries to steal holiday cheer from local celebrants, but this yr, it’s a batch of bad lights that attempted to remove the winter shine from downtown Glencoe.

Glencoe Village Manager Phil Kiraly told trustees during their Thursday, Sept. 21 meeting that he might want to add a resolution to next month’s agenda that can ratify the acquisition of 1000’s of latest holiday lights for the village.

Glencoe must again purchase recent lights since the 1000’s of lights the village received for the season, which were set to debut this holiday season, were the incorrect ones.

The village last yr committed to transitioning all of what Kiraly described as “the various, many, tens of 1000’s of lights” in downtown Glencoe from incandescent to LED.

Village staff had already began preparations for the yearly holiday lights but, during that process, discovered that several 1000’s of the lights the village ordered for this yr were different shades of white with various lumen levels.

“We are actually in a situation where we have now some quick acting to do with a view to give you the option to be certain that every part is prepared for the Thanksgiving weekend, which is when the lights are officially turned on,” Kiraly told the board.

Since the village might want to obtain the lights moderately quickly, Kiraly said it could be too late if staff waited until the October board meeting for approval.

Thus, the village plans to maneuver forward with ordering $49,900 value of lights — a dollar amount that requires Village Board approval. The confirming resolution will allow staff to order the lights as soon as possible and get approval at next month’s meeting.

“If we waited until the October board meeting, there’s no way public works would have enough time to get all those lights out on trees within the one remaining month that we’d have,” Kiraly said.

Kiraly noted that Glencoe had previously budgeted $50,000 for the project and initially didn’t anticipate needing to exceed the village manager’s spending authority. The village now needs more lights which are harder to get as well, based on Kiraly.

Glencoe can recoup a portion of the fee because the village returns the wrong lights, Kiraly said.

The transition to LED lights includes several advantages, officials said on the meeting.

“Considered one of the myriad advantages of moving from incandescent to LED shouldn’t be only they’re vastly more energy efficient but in addition they have a significantly longer life,” Kiraly said, estimating that the village could have about eight times more life on the LEDs.

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