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GODFREY, IL (KMOX) - What started as a festive holiday display is now being considered a major safety concern by some in Godfrey, Illinois.

A three-house Christmas light and music display on Paris Drive in the D’Adrian subdivision has become so well-known that hundreds of cars visit the street every year. So many, in fact, that neighbors are beginning to complain. They say there are too many cars on the one-way street, too much noise, and people constantly standing in the street.

Now Godfrey’s Mayor Mike McCormick is mediating with a goal in mind, “Over this next year, before it’s the season for lights to go up next year, to sit down with people in the neighborhood, even maybe the Madison County Sheriff’s Department, and try to address the safety.”

McCormick says the light display brings hundreds of people to the community and he would hate to get rid of it. Visitors to the display are encouraged to donate to local charities, this year raising more than $4,000.

“They raised money for two organizations that really need money,” McCormick points out. He says one possibility is to move the display to a public location, such as a park, where there’s a parking lot and more space.

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