Conway, Arkansas -
CONWAY, AR - The city has its much talked about Christmas tree back but issues with its manufacturer and operation are far from over.
In an email today, Mayor Tab Townsell provided an update on what's happened since the problem-plagued tree he called "a lemon from the start," was returned to Get Lit in Springdale because it wasn't working properly. The tree cost the city $130,000 and much criticism about the pricetag.
When it was put up for the 2013 holiday season, the 54-foot-tall Christmas tree never properly lit up. Taking the tree down also proved to be aggravating and costly but early this year, Get Lit had agreed to make things right and fix it for free.
When the city tried to check with the company recently about repairs to the tree, officials found out the company had gone out of business. Mayor Townsell says the city was able to track down the Get Lit owner with the help of some city officials, lawyers and bankers and that's how the tree eventually made it back to Conway, complete with "its shortcomings, failures, deficiencies, and problems," which "were apparently left completely unaddressed by Get Lit."
Townsell says since Get Lit failed to live up to its agreement with the city to make repairs, he's asked the City Attorney's Office to "pursue any and all remedies," including legal action.
The mayor also wants to see if the tree can be fixed and find out how much it will cost. It would be up to the city council to approve funding for repairs.