HOLIDAY LIGHT DISPLAY EXPANSION
In October 2021, the Board approved $50,000 of year-end savings from the County’s FY21 budget for electrical upgrades in Rustburg. The funds were utilized to pay AEP for installation of electrical outlets on power poles in Rustburg, and to purchase 29 lighted snowflakes. Staff researched and found durable, aesthetically pleasing snowflakes at a deeply discounted price following the December 2021 holiday season. The County partnered with Mr. Richard Parker with Commercial Lighting, LLC, who generously donated his time and professional talent in installing the snowflakes over the Thanksgiving 2022 holiday. The decorations spanned from the intersection of Routes 501 and 24 to the Rustburg Rescue Squad.
The efficient use of funds and collaboration with Mr. Parker allowed $14,967.91 to be reverted to the General Fund at the end of FY22. Staff is also pleased to report that a tremendous amount of positive feedback from the community was received through social media posts, phone calls, and emails. In an effort to expand the light display for the 2023 holiday season, staff is requesting to use the unspent funds to purchase additional decorations.
Due to the costliness of commercial-grade holiday displays, staff recently met with Ms. Pat Merryman to discuss enhancing the project through small business and corporate sponsorship. Ms. Merryman has agreed to collaborate with the County by signing the attached letter, in an effort to gauge the local business community’s support.
RECOMMENDATIONS: Staff recommends the Board:
a. Approve the appropriations as presented;
b. Approve the County Attorney invoice of $7,474.00;
c. Approve the transfer of funds in the amount of $14,967.91 from the General Fund Unassigned Fund Balance to line 4-302-094400-0165, Rustburg Electrical Upgrades, in order to purchase additional seasonal displays, and allow staff to coordinate with Ms. Pat Merryman in an effort to solicit feedback from local businesses.