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Police, court open house postponed, again

As of Wednesday, the new sally port of the new Carlisle Police and Court building secures left over building materials, not inmates. Although the city planned to take occupancy of the building, Mayor Ray Glover said Monday during the Chamber of Commerce meeting that they building can not be released of occupancy until the jail section of the building has been approved by jail standards and the fire marshal. Glover said since the move in has been delayed, the building’s open house scheduled for Sept. 14 has been postponed until further notice. (Photo by Allison Goodman)Buy Photo
As of Wednesday, the new sally port of the new Carlisle Police and Court building secures left over building materials, not inmates. Although the city planned to take occupancy of the building, Mayor Ray Glover said Monday during the Chamber of Commerce meeting that they building can not be released of occupancy until the jail section of the building has been approved by jail standards and the fire marshal. Glover said since the move in has been delayed, the building’s open house scheduled for Sept. 14 has been postponed until further notice. (Photo by Allison Goodman)

Carlisle Mayor Ray Glover announced that the police court building open house scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 14, must be postponed on Monday during the Carlisle Chamber of Commerce meeting.

Although this is the second time the event has been postponed, Glover said it is out of their hands. According to Glover despite prior approval of the building plans by jail standards, they are having to make numerous changes to the jail section of the building before the fire marshal and jail standards will approve the building for occupancy.

“It’s just nit-picking stuff,” Glover said.

Glover said rather than setting an official date at this time, he would like to see the building completed as well as the court and police personnel moved in before a new date for an open house is set.

“I’m sorry for the inconvenience,” Glover said. “It’s really going to be a really, really nice building when it’s completed.”

A tentative date of Oct. 12, during alumni weekend was discussed but no official date has been set.

This year’s annual Christmas parade has been moved from the first Monday of the month to the first Saturday, Dec. 7. Chamber members have big plans for the Christmas parade celebration this year. With parade participation on the rise, member agreed to have float judges and prizes awarded during evening festivities. There is no cost to participate in the parade. The nativity lighting by the Altruistic Club will be at 5 p.m. at BancorpSouth. There will be a hamburger and hot dog supper from 5-7 p.m. in the fire station. Chamber member volunteers are needed during the supper.

Also during the meeting, Glover said Alumni Weekend is just around the corner and would like to urge residents to get their yards cleaned up. He said he would like to showcase the town at its best.

“We will have lots of visitors that weekend,” Glover said.

With the Bison football season kicking off Friday, Sept. 6, Glover said there was a mishap on the city’s behalf during the game. Glover said he wanted to publicly apologize to those who were sprayed by areal mosquito spray during the game. He said it was a misunderstanding by alderman W.H. Kittler who said he was unaware of the game and authorized the plane to spray. Glover said residents should not be worried of any recurrence.

“That will never happen again, as long as I am mayor,” Glover said.

The annual chamber BBQ dinner will be on Oct. 11 in the elementary cafeteria. Volunteers are needed for the event. Chamber members are also asked to provide two desserts that should be brought to the cafeteria by 4 p.m.

Vendors are also invited to set up during the Alumni Day festivities at the Carlisle City Park on Oct. 12. Cost is $25 per vendor. Forms may be picked up at Carlisle Banking center or by contacting Judie Bariola at 870-552-7521.

The next Carlisle Chamber of Commerce meeting will be at noon on Oct. 7 in the Civic Center.

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