A misunderstanding between the Village of Ephraim and Northern Electric is threatening an extensive new holiday display set to be unveiled next month. There are two components, the first being a set of banners that will hang from street lights on Highway 42 and other main roads.
A small panel has been tasked with purchasing new outdoor lights. Physical Facilities Chair Cindy Nelson says the goal is to decorate several village landmarks.
The committee believed it was in agreement with Northern Electric (NEI) to review all available displays, including those manufactured by other companies. Once a selection was made, then NEI would submit a bid to help install the lights. The village only has 17 public outlets, which means some electrical work is required to modify the display that goes above and beyond what the Public Works Department is generally asked to do. Just last week, NEI backed out, and the panel is now left without even an estimate as far as the cost involved.