One of the most overlooked yet crucial jobs within the City of Marion is that of the maintenance crew for the annual Walkway of Lights. The crew is responsible for the set-up, tear-down, and ongoing maintenance for the hundreds of displays carrying over two million lights. The City expresses appreciation to the team, which this past season included:
Mike Potoski (hired 2011)
Kinnie Sollars (hired 2015)
Randy Hiatt (hired 2017)
Mark Casto (hired 2018)
Brad Evans (hired 2018)
Scott Helpling (hired 2018)
Anthony McClung (hired 2018)
Citywide Maintenance Superintendent, James Loftis, expressed sincere thanks for their dedication to an immense task which piles on top of their regular duties during a significant portion of each year.
“I can’t say how much their attention to detail and overall pride they take in the installation of the Walkway of Lights has made what this event is today. These individuals are out in all weather conditions, away from their families, to ensure the lights are running and kept up.”
Loftis explained the process lasts six to seven weeks which includes set-up, maintenance, and tear-down of the displays.
Mike Potoski added there were a lot of repairs this past year. “We spent a good amount of time on repair which includes rewiring, some welding, and sometimes complete redesign which is taken to GP Designs (in Marion). Maintenance is so important to keep up the annual event while also making the displays safer, easier to install, and more energy-efficient,” he said.
The team expressed acceptance of the yearly routine. One member stated, “When it’s gotta be done, it’s gotta be done. Even when the weather’s bad, we do it anyway.”