In his 18 years with the Salt Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, President Fred S. Ball has received many different types of calls about the downtown Christmas lighting.
Some people complained about the lights being put up too early, others didn't like taxpayer money being used to purchase Christmas decorations or some felt they weren't put in the right places.But not this year. Ball hasn't received any negative calls, which pleases him. He also is pleased that new lights and decorations have been added through the Central Business Improvement District, an organization that receives funding from business license revenue paid by companies within the district between South Temple and Fourth South and West Temple and State Street.
Each of the past four years, the CBID has spent $50,000 on new Christmas decorations and lights. Added this year were more sculptured reindeer on several corners, starbursts on planter boxes, snowflakes on light poles along Fourth South, new banners on poles, more lights in the trees and new lights near the Salt Palace and Arrow Press Square.
Coordinating the placement of the new decorations is Bill Cutting, a principal in the advertising firm of Penna Powers Cutting and Haynes, who also is a member of the CBID board. Also working on the project was John Williams, co-owner of Gastronomy Inc., and CBID chairman.
Ball said some businesses, such as First Interstate Bank and Shilo Inn, have added Christmas decorations to the downtown area at their own expense. He also is excited about the positive impact Temple Square decorations have on the downtown area during the holiday season.