Taxpayers wondering who paid for costly Christmas decorations

Adrien, Capone say they will seek answers


At least two councilors have said they will be putting motions on the city council agenda for next week’s meeting to determine who paid for almost $200,000 in Christmas decoration expenses for wreaths and placed on poles around the city.

Questions have been raised by at least two councilors, Fred Capone and Gerly Adrien about who purchased the wreaths, exactly how much they cost, and from what city account were the decorations paid for?

“I have received a number of requests from concerned constituents about the expense involved. They want to know why the city is spending so much money on decorations when we are in a state of virtual emergency,” Councilor Fred Capone told the Leader Herald.

Councilor Adrien said she too would be raising similar questions at the upcoming council meeting.It is believed the distinctive golden and green wreaths with colored lighting were acquired for $800 apiece.

Wreaths on Broadway light poles. (Photo by Jim Mahoney)

A count of the wreaths indicates at least 212 were either purchased or donated to the city.

The city tree cost $8,000, according to sources.

In addition, the wreaths required the hiring of Dagle Electric to have its skilled employees to put up the wreaths with members of the city’s Department of Public Works.

Even if it turns out the decorations were paid for by a citizen or provided by a donation from Encore, the efficacy of such a huge expense being questioned by the city council is not unusual.

“I love Christmas decorations. These are beautiful. But as one who has been working on the food lines throughout this difficult time, perhaps an expense of this kind would have been better made to help out the needy,” said Councilor Mike Marchese.

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