The city of Ardmore received an early Christmas gift when it opened bids Tuesday for yuletide decorations for Main Street.
Bruce Cypert, director of general services, said the city received 15 bids of 35 for the new Christmas decorations.
"It's not bad, it is really good," Cypert said of the number of bids returned. "We are going to change the decorations. The current ones have been there since 1992, and they are beginning to deteriorate. Every time we put them up, the garland will come off. We want to go with LED lighting, because it is more efficient. We only run them for six weeks, and we will not have to replace the lamps as often."
Cypert said the city will either donate the old decorations or auction them off. The new wreaths, which will total 60, will be placed from C Street and West Main to G Street and East Main. The city had budgeted $60,000 for the project, and the bids came in considerably lower. The range of bids was $11,300 to $23,158.
"When I initially priced them, we had figured approximately from $48,000 to $51,000," Cypert said. "We priced them a little over a year ago. I don't know why they came in lower. I don't know if it was competition or what."
Cypert said the city expects delivery of the new decorations to be between 45 to 60 days, once the city commission awards a bid. He is hopeful they will be received in time for the holiday season.
Should the decorations not arrive in time, the city will move forward with the old decorations, then place the new ones should they arrive in a timely manner. But that is a worse-case scenario.
"I think we should get them here in time," Cypert said.