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Rain hampers Carrollton celebrations
, Courier Staff Writer
Tuesday, July 09, 2013 11:00 AM
Carrollton City Council members discussed activities in the city during the last two weeks that were canceled because of rain.
Storms first canceled several of the annual Race Fest activities in downtown Carrollton prior to the three-day race weekend in Sparta. The 2013 Race Fest Soap Box Derby had been rescheduled during the First Friday activities, but First Friday events were canceled because of more rain.
The First Friday "Carrollton's Hottest Dog" contest went on as planned, Main Street Manager Sam Burgess said, but the other events were canceled.
"We opted not to set up the farmer's market and inflatables," he said.
Organizers will set another date for the soap box derby.
Carrollton's Fourth of July Celebration activities were canceled last week because of rain as well. The rescheduled date of Saturday was also postponed when rain continued to be an issue, Mayor Gene McMurry said.
"We're still cleaning up limbs and draining issues," he said. "Needless to say, I'm a little frustrated."
Fireworks have been rescheduled for an evening during the three-day Labor Day weekend in September. Organizers will reschedule the concert as well, but no final plans have been made at this time.
Carroll County Tourism director Rhonda Riley said the rescheduled event may overlap with already scheduled fall events like the Goldenrod Gala at General Butler State Resort Park or the Bands and BBQ at Point Park. She suggested pairing some of the events along with Bands and BBQ to add to the festival atmosphere.
McMurry said nothing is final, but the fireworks show will need to take place during the Labor Day weekend to coordinate with the fireworks provider.
The city will work with Herb Kinman to reschedule the concert featuring T.G. Sheppard and Kelly Lang.
During the meeting, the council approved a resolution to allow Carrollton Utilities to apply for funding for water treatment plant improvements. Carrollton Utilities General Manager Bill Osborne said this will be the third year for the company to apply for the funding.
The funding will continue to pay for infrastructure improvements that have not been completed through previous funding opportunities yet.
"We have an aging infrastructure," McMurry said after the meeting. "Every time we get an opportunity (for funding), we apply for it."
In other business:
The city council unanimously accepted a planning and zoning recommendation to install stop signs on Fifth Street at the T-intersection of South Fourth Street and Fifth Street.
Council members received notification that 33 businesses in the city limits had not paid the annual business license fee to operate as of July 8.
McMurry said police will be sent out to shut down businesses until license fees are paid.
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