Westville Trustee to fund Christmas lighting contest

Kim Luttrell

Correspondent

Independent News

Westville trustee Darin Troglia announced that his business, Tribute National Talent, will fund a Christmas lighting contest in the village to help raise funds for the park improvements commission.

Troglia, announcing details of the contest at last Tuesday’s village council meeting, said the idea came from a young Westville girl, Aubrey Jenkins, who suggested the idea at a village council meeting a month ago.

Troglia said he remembers his own family participating in a similar contest in the mid-1980s in the village.

“I remember all the work my family did in decorating our house for Christmas and then waiting and watching for the car that carried the judges around to judge the different houses,”  said Troglia.  

Troglia even had a plaque that his family won one year for coming in third place in the contest.

“Our new contest will be called the 2017 Westville Outdoor Christmas Lighting Contest,” added Troglia.

Troglia said the idea is to raise funds for the park improvement commission to go towards the refurbishing of the restrooms in the park.

“While the goal is to raise funds for our work in the park, I think it will also help with a sense of pride in the village,” Troglia continued.

Troglia said this time the program will cost $20 to submit an entry.  That fee can be either paid by the homeowner, friends or neighbors.  Registration forms can be printed from the village’s Facebook page or picked up at the municipal building.

“I would like to encourage neighbors to submit an entry on behalf of someone else,” Troglia said.

All entry fees will go directly to the park improvement commission and there can be multiple nominations for one home.

Troglia said he will award $100 for first place, $75 for second place and $50 for third place.  Each winner will also receive a plaque, paid for by Troglia’s company.

The deadline to submit an entry into the contest will be Dec. 22 with the winners announced after Christmas.

Judging will be done on Dec. 26 between 6 – 9 p.m. by Troglia and fellow village trustee Gary Delhaye.  Winners will be announced on the village Facebook page on Dec. 26.

In other council action, trustees:

- Voted to table, for two weeks, any action on three bids it received to rebuild the Michigan Street lift station.  The three bids received were for $211,162 from Cross Construction of Urbana, $197,500 from Stark Excavating of Bloomington and $197,388 from Schomburg & Schomburg Construction of Danville.

- Voted to move to one meeting per month beginning in January 2018.  Trustees currently meet on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month.  No decision was made on what day the council would meet on each month.

- Approved the 2016-2017 audit.

- Removed three part-time police officers from the roster due to inactivity.  Police Chief David Booe said the three were either working elsewhere or no longer desired to serve the village.

The Westville village council will meet at 7 p.m. Dec. 12 in the municipal building.

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