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City Council reinstates October Pumpkin Festival

By: Bonnie Davis Guy
Freelance Writer

 The Mountain City Council Meeting for August came to order on August 4th at City Hall. With the mayor, vice mayor and all aldermen in attendance, Mayor Keeble asked Jerry Horne to say the invocation as his last official act on the city council before retirement later this month. The council then called Gary Phillips to take the oath of office as the newly appointed Public Works Superintendent effective August 29th.
Several representatives from Main Street businesses addressed the council asking to reinstate the Pumpkin Festival. The group stated they would coordinate the festival and it would be at no cost to the city. Historically, the downtown businesses see a significant revenue increase during a festival such as the Sunflower and Pumpkin Festivals. This event would kick off the fall and winter season for most of the businesses. The Pumpkin Festival would be held on Main Street and would be similar in size and format to the Sunflower Festival. A motion to allow the event was seconded and carried with a unanimous vote. The festival will be held on Saturday, October 10th.
Alderman Icenhour raised concerns regarding overgrown bushes at the intersection of residential streets and Highway 67. He asked that road crews cut the bushes back for better visibility. Alderman Morrison stated that he would like to remind everyone that school was back in session and caution should be used while driving during morning and afternoon school hours. “Thank you to Bob Eller and Jerry Horne for jobs well done over the years,” said Alderman Vice Mayor Crosswhite. He further wished them a happy retirement. Alderman Jordan addressed the council regarding the recent Barlow and Sutton event, commenting on its success. He also noted that additional trashcans would be needed on Main Street especially in front of the courthouse next year.

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