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Carrollton Council approves plans for July 4th fireworks
, Courier Staff Writer
Tuesday, March 26, 2013 11:00 AM
Council members approved plans to increase the amount of fireworks at Carrollton's July 4 event to be held at Point Park this summer.
The Carrollton City Council approved a purchase of fireworks for the celebration during a Council meeting Monday. Mayor Gene McMurry recommended increasing the fireworks display to 750 shells, which will feature nearly 200 more shells than last year.
"I'd just like it to be a little bit bigger and better this year," McMurry said.
Council members approved the purchase of $15,500 worth of fireworks. The city has planned nearly $25,000 in the budget for the celebration.
"Everybody liked it last year," Council member Hayley Franklin said. "Everybody praised it."
The one-day event will also include entertainment by T.G. Shepherd and Kelly Lang.
"It's not just a city event," Council member Dwight Louden said. "It's a community event."
McMurry said he expects even more people to come out to the event this year. Nearly 5,000 people attended last year's event, he said.
"It's a multi-county event," McMurry said. "The least we can do is carry on this tradition."
Carrollton residents should expect trash rates to increase with the renewal of a previous contract with Rumpke trash services. The Council unanimously approved a resolution to authorize McMurry to renew the city's contract with Rumpke over the next two years. Rates will increase 2.1 percent this year with rates increasing again by no more than 3 percent during the second year.
"They said rates will go up, and I expected it," McMurry said. "We'll adjust (rates) according to theirs."
Also during the meeting, the Council approved an Enterprise Incentive Program request for Maguana's Unique Gifts and Decor, which will be located at 430 Main St. Business owners Maguana and Chuck Qualls requested $15,755 for building improvements.
"There's been some hurdles, and we're sorry for that," Council member Mike Gordon said.
McMurry told the Council the Qualls had already ordered items and would soon be open for business.
"We're going to have another quality business in downtown Carrollton," he said.
McMurry also noted that a business owner discussed at a previous meeting was not in violation of an EIP agreement. Steve Buchanan had not sold his business as previously thought, McMurry said.
"It seems like we jumped the gun," he told Council members of a letter sent to Buchanan requesting the EIP funds be repaid to the city.
Another business owner had approached McMurry about possibly making an EIP request for a business at the same location as Buchanan's business. McMurry was under the impression the property had been sold to someone else. No transfer of property deeds have been recorded at this time.
"Nobody - including myself - checked the facts," McMurry said. "I'll do some more checking beforehand from now on."
In other business:
The Council authorized the mayor to sign documents for a Land and Water Conservation Fund grant for the city's planned splash park.
McMurry plans to begin working on the documentation and information needed to apply for the grant again this year. The city applied for the LWCF grant in 2012, but did not receive any funding.
The LWCF grant will pay for 50 percent of the project while the city would have to match the other half needed for the project.
"We're just saying if we do get the grant, we'll have (half) in reserve" to fund the project, McMurry said.
The Council won't find out until the end of the year whether the city will receive any funding for the grant.
The Council heard the first reading of an early retirement incentive program for city employees. The program will allow a one-time $5,000 retirement incentive for employees with 20 years of service to the city. The employee must submit a formal letter of retirement to the city to be eligible for the incentive program, and the program will only last until December 2013.
A second reading of the ordinance will be heard at 10 a.m. on April 1.
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