Now that Halloween has passed and temperatures are falling, it’s time for many to start preparing for the holidays.
The Department of Public Works is beginning their first of many holiday preparations by setting up this year’s Alpena City Christmas Tree as the sun rose. With some help from Alpena Power Company and the city police, they were able to transport the 35 foot tree smoothly through town. Department of Public Works employee, Kevin Alexander recaps the process, “It was cut down yesterday, usually we don’t get a chance to put it in right away, but we’re getting kind of short on time, so we had everything work just right so it could go in today. We got it all secured to the base of the stand, now we’re going to attempt to start decorating it.”
This is anticipated to be the last year the tree is placed using this stand system, as the Culligan Plaza redesign will take out the fountain the tree currently stands on. A more permanent solution that may be considered with the future redesign is an in-ground hole to support the tree.
The tree was harvested from the Alpena County Fairgrounds and was donated from the Alpena Township. The DPW team noted that next year they will be accepting nominations for local tree donations with the minimum tree height being 30 feet tall.
Be sure to mark your calendars for the official tree lighting ceremony and holiday parade on November 24.