After years of renting, the Town of North Judson is now on track to own their own holiday decorations.
When the Town Council met Tuesday evening, they approved a proposal from Temple Display that would allow them to pay $7,255 per year for the next 3 years in order to purchase a total of 42 decorations.
Those decorations would include 16 snowflakes for the downtown area and 26 various holiday-themed tinsel decorations that will line State Road 10. All 42 decorations utilize LED lights.
Clerk-Treasurer Andrew Rowe noted that the Town budgets about $9,500 per year for decorations so they’ll be coming in more than $2,200 under budget with this new arrangement.
Since Town Superintendent Joe Leszek said utility crews could use their forklift to take care of decoration installation, the Town will no longer have to worry about that additional expense either.
Clerk-Treasurer Rowe mentioned that a rack will be constructed and installed in an available space at Town Hall in order for the decorations to be stored securely. He added that they are made of a sturdy material so they’re expected to last quite some time.
Rowe noted the company that previously provided the rented decorations and took care of installation, HAP Industries, will be notified that North Judson will no longer require their services.
The Town’s contract with the company ended in 2018 and officials had not entered into a new one so nothing will have to be terminated.