Lights a possibility for Front Street

  • Sunday, July 6, 2014

Trees along Front Street may feature decorative lighting in the future, the city recently discussed.

City of Georgetown Council heard the idea proposal at its June 26 workshop.

According to Tee Miller, planning and economic development director, the Georgetown Business Association approached the city with the idea of keeping string lighting on trees all year long to beautify Front Street and encourage shopping in the historic district.

According to Miller, the GBA said it would arrange to pay for the lighting in front of vacant stores.

Miller presented a draft of guidelines that would govern the lighting practice to the council.

He specified the opportunity to place decorative lighting on trees would be “a privilege” and would be revoked if storeowners did not follow the guidelines.

Based on the proposed guidelines, the City would allow merchants, residents and property owners to wrap lights around tree trunks on Front Street using the city’s electric at the base of the tree.

The conditions include that the lights must be uniform down the street, may not extend into tree limbs, must be white, non-blinking bulbs, and if participants do not maintain the lights the privilege may be revoked for the whole street.

Specific costs associated with the lighting were not discussed.

Ricky Martin, building and zoning administrator, said his main concern was maintenance on the part of the participants.

He said he doesn’t want the lights to become “an eyesore” or a “liability to us [the City of Georgetown].”

The idea raised several questions with councilmembers, all of which were answered within the guidelines or soothed with the prospect of changing the guidelines in the future.

Councilwoman Peggy Wayne said, “As long as they take care of it I don’t have a problem with it.”

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