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Holiday Tree Lighting Site Changed In Saugatuck; Council Discusses Water St. Work

      Saugatuck City Council Monday approved a special event that combines—and changes the dates—of the annual Christmas parade and the annual holiday lighting ceremony. 

     The event, sponsored by the Saugatuck-Douglas Area Business Association (S-D ABA), marks an extended program with new activities. 

     The tree-lighting ceremony will be moved from its previous years’ location, Wicks Park gazebo, to the Rose Garden on Butler and Mason streets. 

     There, an approximately 14-foot holiday tree will be erected just inside the entrance of the Rose Garden, decorated with colored lights.

     The ceremony will take place on December 6, with parade line-up starting at 12: 30 p.m. and ending with the tree lighting at 5 p.m. at the Rose Garden, followed by a Christmas concert between 5 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. 

Mason Street will be blocked off to accommodate the crowd. 

     The warm-up for the tree lighting includes entertainment by the Saugatuck High School Pep Band and hot chocolate and cookies, provided by Laura Durham of Mill Pond Realty. 

     “We are inviting the community to bring their own ornaments to decorate the tree!” states the memo from SD-ABA to the city, explaining its proposal. 

     Other activities include a meet-and-greet with Santa and Mrs. Claus with a photo op, kid crafts, carriage or sleigh rides, Santa’s workshop (at the Annex), refreshments, games, and so on. 

     In other city business, Saugatuck City Manager Kirk Harrier told council that the city’s engineer, Fleis & Vandenbrink, is in the process of coming up with a recommendation regarding the substandard reconstruction work recently done on Water Street.

     The city engineer and other city officials agree that the work completed by subcontractor Rieth & Riley, with oversight by general contractor Schipper’s Excavating, was below par. 

     They point out that there were many areas that were uneven, unsmooth and with exposed aggregate and that the work on Water Street should be redone. 

     Fleis and Vandenbrink Vice President Steve Vanden Brink told the city two weeks ago that his firm would be contacting paving specialists at the Michigan Department of Transportation to get a good handle on that agency’s standards as it relates to the work done on Water Street.

     The engineer would then provide a recommendation, outlining steps the city could take to remedy the problems.    

Holiday Tree Lighting Site Changed In Saugatuck; Council Discusses Water St. Work

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