There will no longer be a live Christmas tree at the Main and Elm streets parking lot now that the city agreed to purchase a pre-lit tree.
According to Washington Director of Parks and Recreation Darren Dunkle, over the past several years Downtown Washington has placed a live Christmas tree at the lot during the holiday season.
In previous years, trees had been donated to Downtown Washington Inc., however, it has been getting more difficult to find a suitable tree, Dunkle added.
That’s why Downtown Washington requested that the city purchase a pre-lit artificial outdoor Christmas tree to be used in the place of a live tree.
The council approved the low bid by Manneco, Inc. of $12,838 for an Oregon Cascade pre-lit outdoor fir tree with LED lighting. The tree would stand 22-foot-tall, with a diameter base of 13 feet. It weighs 880 pounds and additional 2-foot tall rings that can be added to the tree if needed.
The council also received a bid from Downtown Decorations for $13,512, as well as two additional higher bids from Manneco with different payment options.
Dunkle said Manneco currently provides other holiday decorations in Downtown Washington.
City Attorney Mark Piontek said the tree should be purchased using funds from the capital improvement sales tax.
Councilman Jeff Mohesky cast the only vote against the ordinance.