Continued discussion on what type of event the city would like to see in the near future as well as years from now generated the topic as well as when to hold the festival. Events Planner Samantha Berry urged the council to determine a date and stick with it every year.
"Consistency is important to strive for," Berry said, also noting the importance of a consistent theme. Ideas arose for several dates, including the possibility of a joint event with the historical society for a Halloween-themed festival to incorporate a haunted ghost walk of downtown or a cemetery walk for the weekend before Halloween.
Ideas and public comments are strongly encouraged.
A presentation by Paul Pitkins representing VALIC GPS -- Guided Portfolio Services -- offered an option to the city for employees. In his presentation, Pitkins said that the service would be optional for employees and offer a management of their retirement plan and help them stay on track.
Discussion emerged again on the Dobson Drive launch site for river access. Concerns were raised on parking issues, as councilman Craig Guyton shared with the council that he saw a full parking lot both days of the past weekend. A Dobson Drive resident also spoke out, saying that the narrow road has been difficult to navigate in the past due to congested parking and few areas available. A proposal was submitted for consideration as the council looks at possibly creating more parking spaces in the area.
Concluding the meeting, Public Works Director Lee Roy Shepherd presented quotes for a new cable to be installed between the scoreboards and score tower at Osborne Park. Further quotes were requested by council for two different types of cables.