A petition with more than 2,000 signatures in favor of keeping the tree was presented to the village council Monday night, said Jeff Wolfe, who started the petition.
“We have conquered one hurdle,” he said.
If they vote in favor of keeping the tree, funds will need to be raised to put LED lights on the tree, which is currently strung with non-energy efficient bulbs, and new electrical wiring to ground the lights, Boyd said.
The money would have to be raised by Nov. 15 so that the tree could be ready for the lighting ceremony the day after Thanksgiving.
Nearly 1,000 people have joined a Facebook group opposing the possible removal of what they call a historic tree in downtown West Liberty.
The tree is outside of the town hall that is undergoing renovations, and council has proposed to remove the tree.
People are signing a petition asking council to keep the tree, which is normally lit during the holidays.