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Council discusses moving observance of Halloween

The Carlisle City Council discussed moving the observance of Halloween on Tuesday night during the city council meeting.

Guest speaker Jamie Carter presented the idea to move Halloween to a Saturday so that students involved in extracurricular activities such as football can still participate in festivities. She said this will also help teachers in not having “hyped up kids” at school the day following Halloween.

Carter said she has spoken to many parents who support the idea as well as teachers. She said in the event the observation day is moved, kids will still celebrate Halloween at school if it falls on a school day.

“I think it’s a good idea,” alderman Chad Bennett said.

Bennett suggested moving observation of Halloween to the Saturday prior to Oct. 31, in the event the date falls on any day other than a Saturday. He said this is something many other communities do, so that students are not running the streets all hours of the night during an academic week.

Due to the Halloween only being two weeks away, the council decided to not make any changes this year. Alderman agreed to table the change of the observation date until a future meeting, so that an ordinance can be prepared. No action was taken.

Police chief Eric Frank said all departments have been moved into the new police and court building. He said they are still have some shelving to assemble, but phone lines and other services are all up and running in the building.

At this time, the jail section of the building remains inoperable due to changes needed to be made before jail standards and the fire marshal will give their final approval. Frank said they are waiting for the new jail doors. The new doors will cost $468 each plus the $236 hardware per door. He said the new doors will also be modified for a pass through, which will cost $35 per door. Frank said those are the only fees he is aware of at this time with the changes, with the exception of a $41 key to unlock the doors as well as the purchase of a back up.

Frank said building architect Ray Lindsey is in the process of working with the Fire Marshal’s architect to address those issues as well.

No date or time frame of when the jail will open was discussed during the meeting.

Park and Recreation director Ronnie Ashmore said new lighting is up at the city park. He said the lighting is not over done, but still allows officers to see anyone who may be in the park at night. Ashmore said the pavilion columns and merry-go-round has received a necessary paint job, and the new swing set should be delivered and installed by next week.

Public Works superintendent Jeff Ward said they have been smoking lines throughout the city. He said they located some leaks both on the city as well as residents. Ward said they have begun repairs to the city’s services and residents with leaks on their property will be notified of any problems found following smoking of the lines.

Mayor Ray Glover said recent phase of street paving has been completed. Glover said they city will begin paving again in the spring. He said there are 19 streets left to pave and the whole town will have received an overlay.

The council also met in a special meeting on Oct. 10 at the Civic Center to discuss the water and sewer revenue refunding bonds. By approving the bond refund, the city will have a saving $108,402 on the bond dept. The council voted unanimously to authorize the issuance and sale of water and sewer refunding revenue bonds; providing for the payment of the principal of interest on the bonds; prescribing other matters relating and declaring an emergency.

Eddie Moore was absent from the special meeting.

Anne Anderson was absent from Tuesday night’s meeting. The next meeting will be at 6 p.m. on Nov. 19 in the Civic Center.

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