LAKEWOOD – Fearing the continued unfold of COVID-19 will create a darker-than-normal vacation season, a Lakewood resident approached the village board with an thought that may lighten the subsequent time of yr.
Throughout the board’s enterprise session Tuesday, resident John Streed recommended a “Lights within the city” occasion on one of many Saturdays earlier than the Christmas holidays.
“At first, I considered the concept of a reverse parade for Christmas, as they’re doing in Jamestown.” Streed informed the board members. “However from speaking to retailers and others, we had an thought if they might think about a ‘Lights In The Village’ on the Saturday earlier than Christmas. I spoke to a few retailers they usually have been all . “
Streed mentioned the coordinated show of lights up and down Chautauqua Avenue could be a good way to draw guests to the city’s varied storefronts, retailers and eating places.
“Throughout all this time, economically, issues are going to be tough, however persons are nonetheless going out and nonetheless going procuring and the way can we deliver them to city?” he mentioned, explaining that his imaginative and prescient would come with lights all the way in which to Lakewood Seaside.
“It might give individuals a cause to say, ‘Let’s drive into city and have a look at the lights.’ he mentioned. “I feel it will be nice to attempt to do it as a lot as doable. That might encourage individuals to come back, be right here and presumably spend cash right here with out having a proper parade or one thing. “
“We’ve some new merchants there and we may actually make it by to the tip so it is not darkish and dreary this yr.” added. “We’ve sufficient darkness with COVID this yr. Why not mild up the city?
Streed initially recommended Saturday December 19 because the date. Nevertheless, Doug Schutte, a member of the village board, recommended that December 12 is likely to be a greater date. He and different members have been open to the concept.
“You need individuals who come to the village to enlighten it and put some data within the newspaper,” he mentioned. “Then you may have it for everybody to activate on the identical time or one thing.”
Streed volunteered to contact enterprise homeowners on the town to coordinate the hassle. Mayor Randy Holcomb requested that he maintain the village board “Posted on how you might be doing and ship some emails to the board as a result of that can happen earlier than our subsequent assembly.”
Throughout the assembly, Holcomb learn an replace from the village hearth chief, Kurt Hallberg, on the division’s exercise on November 15. “Excessive winds occasion” reporting that it had responded to 17 calls, 12 associated to storms and 5 for emergency providers.
“They began at 1:27 a.m. Sunday morning and Tuesday morning we had answered 25 calls.” Hallberg mentioned within the report, noting that the division helped take care “Two critical downed wire calls the place we had an energetic main wire arc” on Route 394 and Keller Highway and one other on Lakecrest Avenue.
“They each demanded that the roads be closed till Nationwide Grid had time to reply.” Hallberg mentioned, thanking the Busti Police Division “For serving to us with visitors issues and a few individuals ignoring directions from our hearth and cops and the Lakewood Division of Public Works, Mr. (Thomas) Pilling, who helped us minimize down and transfer a number of the fallen bushes.”
Trustee Ellen Barnes additionally praised the village’s providers throughout the storm.
“I noticed them proper outdoors my window when a department the scale of a tree fell and blocked your entire intersection.” she mentioned. “I additionally know this from speaking to my co-workers on the time of submission – they acquired over 200 calls throughout that time-frame and Nationwide Grid was backed up for days. Our guys actually did a superb job maintaining issues open and protected for cleansing, so I provide you with all an enormous ‘Thanks.’
Hallberg additionally offered a further report, for the primary time in “some years,” the city hearth division “He truly helped get a cat down from a tree on Shadyside Avenue.”
“The proprietor mentioned he had been up the tree about 35 toes for 4 days,” he mentioned. “The shaking of the tree after we climbed the ladder truck off the platform was sufficient for him to determine to go down on his personal. He partially fell, fell 20 toes, and his fall was interrupted by firefighter Nate Card, who scratched his hand for his efforts. “
“The cat escaped unscathed.”