City Council Discusses Trick or Treat

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Published on October 2 2012 8:09 pm
Last Updated on July 14 2013 12:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

Effingham has observed Trick or Treat on October 31, Halloween Day, for years.

City Commissioner Matt Hirtzel is asking the City Council to consider something different.

Hirtzel asked the Council Tuesday night to consider linking Trick or Treat with the Halloween Parade and making it an event.  The Halloween Parade is now held on the Sunday afternoon prior to Halloween, so that could be an issue if you want your ghouls and goblins going after their goodies after dark.  Then there are the "traditionalists" as Mayor Merv Gillenwater termed those who like Trick or Treat on Halloween Night.

Hirtzel, though, said he hears complaints when Trick or Treat is held on a school night and competes with school activities and homework, so is open to a change.

Gillenwater who, as mayor, sets the date, thinks there won't be a change this year, but said he welcomes input from citizens on the issue for future years.

The Council discussed proposals from City Director of Public Works Steve Miller that would consolidate City policies.  Topics raised by Miller included sidewalks being developed throughout a subdivision when development begins; curbs rather than V-gutters to better channel storm water runoff; and requiring sump pumps to dump storm water on yards instead of into the streets.

Hirtzel said he understands the desire for standardization, but recognizes that the changes being discussed would likely raise development costs at a time when the City would like to encourage more residential building within the City limits.

There was discussion on whether to completely remove the old water storage tank along Grove Avenue east of Effingham Junior High School, or just take off the top and the top of the side walls to a certain point below ground.  Leaving the bottom of the tank in the ground would save almost $30,000.  Hirtzel wondered about just busting up the bottom of the tank and making sure a prospective purchaser of the site knows that the concrete is still there.  Commissioner Don Althoff wondered about somehow utilizing the property for a storage building now being proposed across Grove Avenue on the water maintenance building site.

The Council voted to ban parking 50 feet from the centerline of Market Avenue and First Street in all four directions in an effort to improve visibility at the intersection, which is next to East Side School.  Council members also rehired West and Company of Effingham for audit services; approved resurfacing costs on Culpepper Street and at the wastewater treatment plant; awarded a quote to replace a manhole at St. Anthony and Oak; and amended a contract on traffic signal work at Grove and Raney to include traffic pre-emption signals at Raney and Fayette.