GIRARD — The Crawford County Commission discussed a special treat for Christmas at its regular meeting Tuesday.

Carolyn Zagonel of Celebrate Girard approached the commission about placing a tree on the courthouse grounds — but not a temporary tree like they have done in the past.

“In the past we have put up a 10-foot tree near the gazebo to decorate,” Zagonel said. “But this year we looked at the idea of planting a tree for a ceremonial tree lighting each year.”

Celebrate Girard organizes several holiday and community events for the city. The group puts on the city’s Christmas parade, and would like to make the tree lighting an annual part.

Zagonel coordinated with County Noxious Weed Director — and de facto courthouse landscaper — Ed Fields about type of tree and the best place to plant it. She said a spot had been selected on the north side courthouse square.

Celebrate Girard selected a Norway Spruce as it is a strong tree and will stand about 18-foot high, according to Zagonel. She said the plan would be to decorate it with white lights and red bulbs or poinsettias.

The tree will come from a dealer in Springfield, Missouri, and Celebrate Girard will purchase and take care of planting the tree.

The commission authorized Zagonel to move forward with planting the tree and requested that the lights be tied into the Christmas lights on the courthouse for a greater display.

“I think it’s a really neat idea,” Commissioner Tom Moody said.

In other business, County Counselor Jim Emerson presented bids for a lease purchase agreement on a new dump truck. The lowest bid for both a 24-month and 36-month agreement was First National Bank of Girard. Commissioner Carl Wood requested tabling the acceptance until the commission’s Friday meeting to make sure everything is in place. The commission agreed.

Following the regular meeting, the commission had a work session with IMA Consulting to discuss the renewal of the county employee benefits insurance plan.

— Chance Hoener is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.