Christmas lights return to Amelia

December 6th, 2008    Author: Michael Bradley    Filed Under: News

For the first time in five years, the village of Amelia will enjoy Christmas decorations.

While installing the light decorations along Main Street last week, Amelia Public Works Supervisor Wayne Allison said that residents, who have been wondering about the absence of holiday lights for years now, are receiving an early Christmas gift this year.

“The whole village gets an early gift this year,” Allison said. “Everyone is very happy.”

When asked what took so long to get the lights and decorations back up, Allison said that the problem was that the electric company (at that time it was Cinergy) had told the village that the way the lights were put up in the past was unsafe.

"Because they just strung extension cords from pole to pole," he said. "And they said if you have a contractor rewire everything, it will be okay."

The rewiring was completed, and then, Allison said, Duke Energy took over the electric service in the village and they also said no.

Legal problems ensued, and finally Duke said that they would wire a breaker box on each pole for the public works department to wire them.

"It takes about two days to put the lights up (there are more than 30 of them) and about a week to wire each pole," Allison said. "Next year will be easier."

But the lights, which are now back up on the poles in the village, are twinkling and spreading Christmas cheer, Allison said.

"It was worth the wait," he said. "This is for the village. Amelia can once again join the other villages in the county who have street lights and Christmas decorations lining their main streets."
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