Highland News Leader

Highland City Council members not keen on club’s request to close streets

The Highland City Council balked on Monday at the Highland Civic Woman’s Club request for an expanded Pumpkin Patch festival that would have closed two streets around the Square for three days.

The club had a request before the council at its meeting on Monday for plans to expand its festival, which it holds annually in October.

For years, the Pumpkin Patch had been a one-day event at the Latzer Homestead. It moved to the Square last year, and the club wants to bring it back there. However, the club would like it to be a two-day festival this year — from 4 to 10 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 16 and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17.

But in addition to the use of the Square, the club also wants to close Broadway from Washington Street to Laurel Street, and Laurel Street from Main Street to Broadway from 10 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 15 to midnight on Saturday, Oct. 17. The club said the street closures are necessary both for the festival itself, as well as set-up and tear-down. The club wants to expand the festival to include a full carnival, complete with rides, this year.

However, Councilman Niell Nicolaides, who, along with his wife, runs Compustitch Embroidery on Laurel Street, said he did not think business owners around the Square would like the idea of those streets being closed that long.

“That’s a long time to ask them to be closed,” he said.

Councilwoman Peg Bellm told club representatives they needed to speak with business owners around the Square about their plans and then report back to the city.

“I would like to see you go talk with the merchants,” she said.

In the meantime, the council tabled the club’s requests.

In other business:

▪ The council OKed Mayor Joe Michealis’ appointments to various city boards.

The council agreed to the re-appointment of Richard Ringwald to the Board of Police and Fire Commissioners. Ringwald has served on the board since 2013 and was re-appointed to a new three-year term.

Michaelis’ appointments of George E. Marron III to a three-year term on the Telecommunications Advisory Board; Darrell Bellm, Jon Greve, Diane Korte-Lindsey, Eric Rehkemper and Ryan Goowin to one-year terms on the Industrial Development Commission; and Tim McGinley to a three-year term on the Liquor Control Commission were also approved.

▪ The council gave approval for purple ribbons to be tied on city-owned trees on the Square and along several streets in town as part of Relay For Life’s “Paint the Town Purple.”

▪ The council approved necessary street closures for the Schweizerfest parades. The parades will be held at 5 p.m. on both Saturday, June 13 and Sunday, June 14.

▪ Road maintenance material bids were approved to three local companies.

Beelman Logistics was awarded contracts to provide CA-6 aggregate ($10,764), CA-7 aggreate ($5,188), CM-13 slag ($224) and seal coat aggregate, furnished and delivered ($19,260).

Mike A. Maedge Trucking was awarded bids for MC-prime, furnished and applied ($16,390), and HFRS-2 emulsion, furnished and applied ($52,527).

And DeLaurent Construction won the bid for hauling and spreading seal coat aggregate ($24,600).

All material will be paid for using motor fuel tax money.