PIEDMONT -- Let there be light.

Thanks to a $5,000 donation from the Piedmont Garden Club, the entry pillar will be lit. The historic pillar built around 1911 has never had light in the lantern atop the pillar at the junction of Grand and Lower Grand avenues.

"This (donation) makes the whole project possible," park commissioner Patty Siskind said at the April 3 meeting.

"It will light up that corner and make it safer," she said.

Siskind has been leading the campaign to refurbish the pillar that's taken a beating from careless drivers who have plowed down its landscaping and run into the pillar careening through the junction.

Lisa Tuck, of the garden club, said the club reviewed several civic projects in need of funding and gave the pillar lighting priority.

"I pass it every day," she said. "It has a real reason (to be funded)."

Neighborhood meetings have been held to gauge support for the project, parks manager Mark Feldkamp said. More than $2,000 has been raised from neighbors in addition to the garden club donation. Its overall budget for improvements is $10,000. Now the city can move ahead. A mock-up of the lantern lighting using amber glass, milky-white glass and dimmers will be created.

"We don't want it too bright to disturb neighbors," Feldkamp said.

The city is hoping to begin the electrical installation in May and have it completed by July 4. More work needs to be done at the site to revamp the planted area and install signs to alert drivers. Other business: The commission also firmed up plans for the annual Arbor Day celebration, which will be held April 22 at Beach Elementary School. The garden club donated $100 toward the event.

Feldkamp announced the Ramona-Ronada triangle project has gone out to bid after three years of planning for the public-private partnership. Bids will be opened April 30. The Piedmont Beautification Foundation donated more than $25,000, with donations also from many neighbors.

John Lenahan is the new chairman of the commission and Sue Herrick was nominated as vice chair.

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