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Grinch - The Rest of the Story

Councilman Bryan's reply to a Cherokee Tribune editorial

Dear Editor,

So Rebecca you say, "It’s official — the Grinch has stolen Christmas in Canton this year". Really!? Are you serious!?

It's just a bunch of plastic light fixtures. It can be changed, swapped, and replaced. I've lost count of how many times the need to replace the Christmas lights has been discussed in Council meetings over the past 4 years.

Until this week, never, not one single time ever, has any citizen mentioned to me any preference, choice, or opinion about Christmas lights.

Last January the Canton Tourism Board and the Street Department started looking at replacement lights. The old ones were just worn out; literally held together with bailing wire and duct tape. Why the Tourism Board? The Christmas light money was in their budget because selection of Christmas lights is their responsibility. Why the Street Department? Maintenance and installation of the lights is their responsibility. Together, these two bodies recommended the selections that the City Council approved.

Now the Main Street Board Chairman Bill Grant is all bent out of shape because he was not consulted. Well Bill Grant attends most Council meetings. Assuming Bill Grant actually listens at the meetings between his yelling and booing, he was well aware of the situation. If this was such a big deal to the Main Street Board, why did the Main Street Director Ginger Garrard (annual salary $42,000 of your tax dollars) not say anything?

So Rebecca, do you remember how the Grinch story ends? Just when we think all is lost, what happens? Go watch the entire thing again. Be happy.

Merry Christmas, 

Bill Bryan

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Pat Porter Gold December 05, 2012 at 09:58 PM
Canton Tourism, Inc. Minutes January 11, 2012 (part one) Members present: Pat Gold, George Murphy, and Frances Vaughn. Members absent: Bill Magurder and Joyce Swindell. Ginger Garrard, Pat Fowler and David Cangemi also attended. President Frances Vaughn called this meeting to order at 1:30 PM for the purpose of a presentation and request for funding from David Cangemi, Director of Public Works. Mr. Cangemi is requesting that Canton Tourism, Inc. fund replacement of 73 city holiday pole decorations. The present pole decorations were purchased in 1993 and 1998 and are deemed to be beyond repair. Mr. Cangemi presented a suggestion of replacement decorations, consisting of five (5) designs, which would attach to 73 light poles throughout the downtown area. The designs included: 22 – 8’ loop tree 10 – 7’ double candy cane w/holly 20 – 8’ angel w/candle 13 – 7’ leaping buck 8 – 8’ star spray Total dollar amount: $19,950.50 (including trade-in/credit of our old décor The members present asked Mr. Cangemi if there was any way to repair the existing snowflakes and angels. Mr. Cangemi answered that they were severely damaged after years of use and doubted that repair was an option. Mr. Cangemi was asked to check on the repair viability and let our board know the result. All members agreed that we would prefer to repair and use the existing snowflakes and angels.
Pat Porter Gold December 05, 2012 at 10:01 PM
In the event that repair is not an option, and after much discussion, the members present recommended narrowing the number of designs down to three (3) and using those with white lights only. Mr. Cangemi showed the members a catalogue of possible designs from which to choose. Tourism members present agreed on the following: 32 – 8’ loop tree 20 – angel with trumpet from catalogue 21 – 8’ star spray The committee members thanked Mr. Cangemi for his time and hard work in preparing the proposal. He agreed to contact Universal Concepts for a revised cost, which we approximate will be about $13,795.00 for the replacement of 73 pole mounts and hardware. Tourism members discussed replacing old designs and mounts only at this time. A brief discussion also took place concerning the possible development of a winter carnival between Thanksgiving and Christmas. The minutes from the November 09, 2011 meeting were presented for approval. George Murphy shared that we have $59,000 in hand. Future costs to include: $15,000.00 for Fourth of July fireworks 7,500.00 for future façade grants 2,500.00 Mason façade grant already approved by the Main Street Board 5,000.00 pledged for Canton Festival of the Arts sponsorship Anticipated expenditures total $30,000.00 for the remainder of fiscal year. No further business at this time. The meeting adjourned at 2:25 PM. Submitted by: Pat Gold
Bill Bryan December 08, 2012 at 11:03 PM
Jeff didn't you ever learn that you are known by the company you keep? I will have to compliment you guys though after the last meeting. Much better. Good job!
john public December 09, 2012 at 11:46 AM
Zzzzz zzzzz
Change For Canton December 18, 2012 at 09:24 PM
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