Shining a light on Crawford's star

By Tamie Meck


Crawford Town Hall won't be as festively lit as in past years due to removal of lights during the renovation project, which was completed last summer. There's not enough time left to reinstall them, said Bair. "We'll do what we can to try and make things festive. We have plenty of small lights and decorations that we can light things up with."

Most of the other lights around town are in place and will be lit soon.

The star that shines from the water tank above town is showing its age and wear and tear and starting to rust, added Bair. The star was first put in place in the early 1980s by the local Lions Club, and just can't take much more handling. The steel structure, which measures some 30 feet in diameter, is heavy and requires a fire truck or other piece of heavy equipment and a winch to put it in place. In the process the star is scratching the paint on the tank.

Also, a couple of its legs are barely attached. While it's been rewelded in the past, at least two of the welds have since broken. Because of its size and condition, "It's a hazard," said Bair.

Bair recommends that it be rebuilt, perhaps out of lighter material, although it needs to be heavy enough to withstand high winds. At one time it was placed on C-Hill, but that requires Bureau of Land Management permits.

"If it's compromising the tank at all it needs to be rebuilt," said trustee Mike Tiedeman.

While no action was taken, trustees agreed it's worth replacing, even if the next star is a little smaller. Even a 15-foot star would be easy to see, noted Tiedeman.

"It makes a wonderful night light," said Mayor Susie Steckel.