POINT PLEASANT — With Christmas just around the corner, plans for the holiday season in Point Pleasant are well under way.
At Monday’s regular meeting of Point Pleasant City Council, Mayor Brian Billings and City Clerk Amber Tatterson said they had recently met with Marla Cottrill, owner of Willas Bible Bookstore who helped bring back the idea of the city Christmas tree last year. Cottrill, the City of Point Pleasant and other local merchants are working out the details of this year’s tree lighting ceremony.
Billings told city council, the city’s Christmas tree lighting will take place on Dec. 4 following the Christmas Parade which begins at 6 p.m. that same night on Main Street. The tree lighting ceremony will take place at Gunn Park on Fourth St. Plans are to block off Fourth St., place risers for the choirs and bands to perform. The tree will likely come from the Rio Grande, Ohio area and is described as being the “little brother” of the tree at Rockefeller Center. All joking aside, Billings and Tatterson said this tree will make a big impression, with the city responsible for cutting the tree and getting it to the park. Crow-Hussell Funeral Home has offered to pay for the tree. If there were to be heavy rains, the event would be postponed until Dec. 11. More on this event as it gets nearer.
Councilwoman Elizabeth Jones also spoke about the downtown merchants meeting on Wednesdays to develop ideas to bring shoppers to downtown and to make it inviting for the holiday season. She said merchants have been placing lights in windows and recently had an open house. Jones said JoAnne Siders of Siders Jewelry hired someone to paint Christmas scenes on the windows of empty buildings next to her business with council praising her efforts. One of these buildings is the Franklin Building which the city owns. Jones also said the merchants will be decorating the large tree outside the Mason County Courthouse to be lit on Dec. 15 in memory of the Silver Bridge tragedy. Jones’ credited Kenny Grady with spearheading this effort. More on this as details become available. Jones also praised Diane Wallace of Main St. for her work on the mini-park near the corner of Fifth and Main St., with fencing recently having gone up in the area.
More on this week’s council meeting in an upcoming edition.
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