PALESTINE—An expert in turning lemons into lemonade, city manager Wendy Ellis issued a press release today announcing her plans for city decorations for the coming Christmas season. Ellis, taking heat over recent reports that a large percentage of water meters in the city may be over-recording usage by local residents, summarized that situation as a “small bump in the road” and further explained, “It’s time for us a city to move forward in a positive, productive way.”
Ellis, no stranger to marketing concepts, then made the big announcement the city will be using “cute little water meter ornaments” to adorn not only the main tree at city hall, but also other trees on city property throughout the holiday season. “I was able to make a really good deal on these ornaments and they are sooooo cute” she stated, then added that local residents will likely go “awwwwwwww” when they see the detail and craftmanship that went into each ornament. She then explained the meters come in varying sizes from “normal” to almost double in size. “I’m really excited”, she said, “these ornaments represent who we are as a city. They are truly indicative of our water billing system and the cool thing is, each water user will be represented by one of the ornaments, they just won’t know which specific one it is.”
The city manager also noted that large quantities of the “meter ornaments” will be available at The Christmas Pickle, a downtown store operated by her husband during the Christmas season. The ornaments are a bit pricey as a box of six assorted sizes will cost $16.50.
Palestine mayor, Therrell Thomas, along with council members Mark Price, Steve Presley and Joseph Thompson, all voiced their enthusiastic support for Ellis noting, “Isn’t she wonderful? What a gift she is to the city of Palestine.” Other council members were not so supportive, pointing out the city is in “a real pickle when it comes to the budget” before declaring this latest idea from the city manager a “sour dill.”