Residents on Paris Drive in Godfrey who have an interest in the popular Lights on Paris Drive Christmas display now have until August 5th to find a solution or the Village of Godfrey could step in and decide for them. The village is trying to mediate a dispute between a handful of neighbors of the light display and the homeowner who has been building the display over the past seven years.
Opponents have expressed concerns mostly over increased traffic, but also costumed characters that stand in the roadway during the display which could lead to accidents. Homeowner Jason Adams has said he's willing to compromise and find a solution, but says he's not met face to face recently with his neighbor Larry Parks over his concerns and suggestions. The two have reportedly exchanged emails. Village of Godfrey Public Safety Committee Chairman Eldon "Twirp" Williams asked that Parks, who is also the D'Adrian Subdivision neighborhood association president, present the final plan to the village committee at its meeting next month. The display has been wildly popular, with lines of vehicles to view the display from Thanksgiving to New Year's Eve. Adams has accepted donations in past years, which he has given to local charities.
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