NORTH ROYALTON – The City Green just might be merrier and brighter than ever this Christmas thanks to an early Christmas present.

The city has been granted another energy efficiency grant from the Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council (NOPEC), in the amount of $121,350, which the city will be investing into holiday lighting upgrades.

Many agree the City Green décor could use a little bit more of the Christmas spirit. This grant will go a long way in ramping up the display on the Green and throughout the city.

Mayor Bob Stefanik said it’s a long time coming.

“Upgrading the holiday lighting throughout the city has been on the radar for many years due to the fact that our current decorations are very old, outdated and use a tremendous amount of electricity,” he said. “Now, we will have the opportunity to step up our Christmas displays and upgrade our decorations throughout the city with energy efficient and much more attractive LED lighting fixtures.”

Stefanik said he will be consulting with various commercial holiday lighting specialists to guide the city through the types of displays that would best fit community spaces.

Pam Wetterau, who serves on the Holiday Lighting Committee, said this is just the jolt of energy needed.

“We are absolutely excited. This will breathe new life into not only the Green but also the decorations at the firehouse and police station. We are still going to be selling sponsorships for Christmas trees, but this will really enable us to augment our decorations,” she said. “We’ll also still have our annual Harvest Fest, which is where the funding comes from to maintain our decorations.”

She envisions more lights in the trees of the Green, lighted archways, maybe even vendor booths during future holiday lighting ceremonies.

The city also received a NOPEC grant last year, which is being used to upgrade the electrical components throughout the City Green this spring to be much more energy efficient, so this is perfect timing.

The plan is to have holiday lighting specialists give presentations over the summer with the hope of having the new decorations up in time for this year’s Holiday Lighting Ceremony and Parade, which is Dec. 1.

“That’s the best case scenario,” the mayor said.