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Holiday lights to adorn Tusayan
Town council approves $17,000 for Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce to purchase seasonal lighting

TUSAYAN, Ariz. - The Tusayan Town Council approved $17,000 for the Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce and Visitor's Bureau (CVB) to bring holiday lighting to Tusayan during their Nov. 16 regular meeting. Council members and the chamber board hope lights can installed in time for this holiday season.

In the past, former Tusayan Mayor Pete Shearer and other community members have been responsible for providing holiday lights. According Chamber Board member ClayAnn Cook, potential vendors havebeen contacted and prices compared for the lights, which would be mounted on the light poles western side of Highway 64. The CVB estimates the cost to be between $13,000 to $19,000.

Cook told the council the bid they are after would be for 44 pole- mounted light fixtures. They plan on snowflake lights for the interior of the light poles and "shooting stars with a tail" for the four roundabout poles. During the Fourth of July celebration, those fixtures be able to be reused by changing out the bulbs' color to red, white and blue.

She said representatives from the chamber were in agreement that if the town were to purchase the lights, they will "embrace" them by taking care of storage and installment.

"I'm pretty darn excited, because I think this is From Page 1B

exactly what we need for the community and have that welcoming feeling for the folks coming in," she said. "There is nothing prettier, we all know, than coming down that hill into Tusayan and seeing all the lights in the wintertime and the snow."

Town manager Enrique Ochoa informed the council that in many municipalities, holiday lighting work is done in conjunction with the chamber of commerce.

"In that collaboration effort, under the town's budget, community building and promoting town's businesses is the goal," he said.

Ochoa reported Town Attorney Bill Sims said there are specific statutes that provide for financially supplementing efforts of this type and in the town's budget, there is money ear marked for marketing purposes. Holiday lights would fall under that category.

The council approved providing funds to the CVB to purchase the lights as part of their co-operative and marking efforts with the chamber.

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