Fairview Heights tables business request for sale tent

News-DemocratJuly 2, 2013 

Fairview Heights aldermen expressed concern Tuesday night about permitting a tent in the St. Clair Square parking lot for a 90-day sale.

Matt Goebel, of Halloween Express, submitted an application to the City Council for a permit to set up a giant, temporary tent in the parking for 90 days, and after some discussion at the council meeting, members voted to table the resolution.

"I am opposed to this. It sets us up for too many liability issues," said Ward 2 Alderman Roger Lowry. "I do not think this is a good fit at all for the city. The Fire Department is opposed to it, the Police Department is opposed to it. Last year a man in St. Louis was killed in a tent like this when high winds came up and destroyed the tent."

Ward 4 Alderwoman Linda Arnold echoed Lowry's concerns.

"I do not think this is a good idea," she said. "I don't think we get that much revenue from a 90-day business. We have other Halloween businesses that come in and they are able to use a building, not a tent."

Ward 1 Alderman Joshua Frawley suggested the council table the plan until the next planning committee meeting.

"I'd hate to see us shoo off another business," he said. "We should sit down with the planning committee and the applicant and really discuss what his intentions are here and get our concerns addressed and questions answered."

Council members approved the purchase of a new Ford F150 pickup truck to be used by the Land Use Department. The purchase price of the truck is $18,338.

The council also voted to get permission from the Illinois Department of Transportation to close the eastbound lanes Lincoln Trail from Bunkum Road to Ruby Lane on Aug. 10 for the city's annual Homecoming Parade.

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