Euharlee festival plans ahead of schedule
by Neil McGahee
Sep 18, 2013 | 1554 views | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Plans for Euharlee’s Covered Bridge Festival are moving along ahead of schedule, festival coordinator Samantha Berry told the Euharlee City Council at its monthly work session.

“We are a lot further ahead than we were this time last year,” she said. “I have 22 booths reserved. We have concerts planned for Friday night, hayrides and kid’s crafts. We’re rolling.”

The festival gets underway Friday, Oct. 18, at 7p.m. at Frankie Harris Park in downtown Euharlee with a concert under the stars. Saturday features a full day of live music, arts and crafts, concessions, children’s activities and more. Festival activities continue Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. with live music, arts and crafts and more.

In other business, Police Chief Terry Harget reported on the progress of erecting a traffic signal on Euharlee Road in the vicinity of Euharlee Elementary and Woodland Middle at Euharlee schools.

Harget said each light would cost between $120,000 and $250,000 for purchase and installation and $5,000 a year per light for maintenance and power.

“We do have some older lights in storage,” he said. “They are LED lights but we have to determine if they would line up with the computers.”

Council person Joseph “Jo-Jo” Turner asked Harget if someone could inspect the older lights to see if they match the city’s needs.

“If we can’t use them here at the school, then we can’t use them anywhere else,” he said.

Parks and recreation director Mark Mathison brought council up to date on improvements planned for Osborne Park, including the tennis courts, which have historically been used by the Woodland Middle School tennis teams.

“In the last meeting, you asked me to talk with the middle school administration about their preferences about where they play,” Mathison said. “They are all about wanting to play at Joe Cowan Park, but the logistics of getting the teams there make it difficult. They don’t have enough courts for everyone to practice at one time, much less host a county tournament, so they would prefer to play at Joe Cowan.”

Turner said that if it isn’t feasible for the teams to use Cowan Park, then the city needs to repair the Osborne courts.

Other improvements included restoring the baseball and softball fields.

“I had some people look at the fields as far as repairs,” Mathison said. “Those fields are in pretty bad shape, including a bad erosion problem near the third base dugout that has washed away all the topsoil, so the field is asphalt. It’s a very dangerous situation and someone is going to get hurt.”

Council also heard reports from Public Works Director LeeRoy Shepherd, regarding the conditions of the vandalized Osborne Park restrooms and the price of installing lights in the area, and Mathison, regarding the disposal of outdated lights that are taking up too much storage area.

The Euharlee City Council will meet Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. at the city hall.