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|West Monroe Christmas display moving downtown|
After more than 10 years in Kiroli Park, West Monroe's annual Christmas lights display will have a new home in the upcoming holiday season.
Mayor Dave Norris said the annual lighting display would move to the city's downtown historical district this year, thanks to a partnership between the Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Downtown Merchants Association.
"It's not going to be like Natchitoches, but similar," Norris said Tuesday at the West Monroe Board of Aldermen's regular meeting.
Norris said the move would benefit the downtown historical district, which is home to Antique Alley.
Also, the holiday lights display will be expanded to a month-long stay downtown, which Norris said will help draw people into the shops that make up the historical district.
Entergy Louisiana will provide a small grant to make sure electricity is routed properly in time for the lighting installation, Norris said.
In other action at its meeting Tuesday, the board of aldermen unanimously approved a contract with Johnson Controls to provide maintenance to the environmental control systems of the Ike Hamilton Expo Center.
Norris commended the Johnson Controls proposal and pointed out the contract would include round the clock support and repair year-round.
"These are very complex, very expensive and very difficult systems to maintain," Norris said.
He also noted how important rapid response could be at the Ike should air condition systems fail during an event.
Aldermen also signed off on a new, 39-lot real estate development on Warren Drive. The property had been unincorporated land but, at the property owner's request, West Monroe annexed it into the city limits.
Norris said he expected demand to be high for the project, where developers have already begun infrastructure improvements.