Park Ridge Holiday Lights
8 months ago on 12/01/2016 at 9:51 AM
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8 months ago on 12/01/2016 at 10:09 AM

Shame they couldn't take care of the problem before or after light season!

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8 months ago on 12/01/2016 at 10:15 AM

From what Public Works communicated, this is a structural issue with the poles (i. e. could fall under the weight, so a safety issue). The manufacturer is bearing the cost to repair and/or replace these still new lighting poles. No one was aware of the issue until a recent inspection. Unfortunate but necessary.

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8 months ago on 12/01/2016 at 10:47 AM

Absolutely!

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8 months ago on 12/01/2016 at 2:45 PM

When they do end up purchasing more does anyone else feel the current color is too blue and prefer the regular white ones?

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8 months ago on 12/01/2016 at 3:17 PM

I don't like these bluish lights either. They seem very cold and unwelcoming.

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8 months ago on 12/05/2016 at 8:40 AM

I've heard several people express a preference for the warm white lights but if you think of those as candle lights and the cool whites as starlight, it helps. Grateful the Holiday Lights committee took this task on at all, actually. Without them, we'd be even darker Dark Ridge. LOL

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8 months ago on 12/05/2016 at 11:12 AM

I was in highland park and also drove through downtown Arlington heights and mount prospect and the warm white lights are a far better look. I applaud the efforts by the holiday light group and am thankful for ha big lights, however the color is a mistake. Unfortunately, since we purchased the lights I don't believe changing them to warm white is an option right now. Maybe Someone on the committee can shed some light on the issue.

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8 months ago on 12/05/2016 at 11:44 AM

That's correct, Tom Sotos. We purchased the lights over a three year window. Next year, we will have paid for all of the lights in full. The committee spent a great deal of time this summer/fall looking at options for swapping out the lights for the soft white color that a few folks in town have suggested is more appealing to them. The costs to switch out the lights were astronomical (basically doubling the budget of the project for 2016). Since I, along with two other committee members, signed personal financial guarantees with the lighting contractor, we were not willing to take on such a substantial financial obligation knowing that we would need to raise in excess of $70, 000 this season (from donors) alone to make up the difference.

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8 months ago on 12/05/2016 at 2:09 PM

Are we never happy?

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8 months ago on 12/06/2016 at 2:43 PM

My mother used to say, "You have to distinguish between a lump in your breast and a lump in your oatmeal. " We don't always do that. ;)

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