TUPELO – The Christmas tree in front of City Hall will shine a little brighter when it is lit tonight at 5:30.
The Tupelo Redevelopment Agency, the city-created economic development group for Fairpark, spent $2,357.84 in November to buy brighter lights for the city’s 22-foot tree.
Debbie Brangenberg, the executive director of Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association and the city liaison to TRA, said the lights that came with the tree are a blue-white and the new lights are a gold-white.
TRA Chairman John Oxford said the expense was included in this year’s budget for the agency.
“Christmas is the most important holiday and with us being a Christian community, any way we can support this celebration in Fairpark, we’re all for it,” Oxford said.
The City Council bought the giant artificial Christmas tree for $11,802.62 in September 2007, according to Kim Hanna, the city clerk and interim CFO. The Rocky Mountain pine came from Downtown Decorations in Syracuse, N.Y.
The tree is maintained by TRA and the Downtown Tupelo Main Street.
Garrett Peterson, vice president of Downtown Decorations in Syracuse, N.Y., said the new lights, which came from his company, will double the bulb count on the tree.
He added that the LED lights will save 90 percent more energy than traditional Christmas lights.
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