Savanna Introduces New Halloween Trick or Treat Hours
By MICHAEL MILLER | For The Prairie Advocate News
SAVANNA – The Savanna City Council agreed to alter the City’s long standing policy of having Trick or Treat hours in the afternoon, passing a resolution to allow Trick or Treat between 6 and 8 PM on Thursday, October 31st of this year.
This meeting was attended by Council members Bill Robinson, Ray Skiles, Peg Haffey, Jeff Griswold, Christine Lee, Lisa Robinson and Gary Scott Law, with Merle Long absent. Also attending were Mayor Tony McCombie, City Clerk Paul Hartman, City Attorney Phil Jensen, and department heads Sheryl Sipe, Michael Moon, Shawn Picolotti and John Lindeman.
Mayor McCombie explained that she had received positive feedback on Facebook for the idea of changing hours for Trick or Treat. She said she did not know why it was scheduled early for so many years.
The very brief (less than a half hour) meeting basically covered perfunctory issues. Warrant 5A, additional bills totaling $779.77, was approved swiftly by Council. They also approved a resolution to allow for the closure of Illinois Route 64-84 between 5 and 5:30 pm for the annual Halloween Parade.
The West Carroll Booster Club asked for, and received, permission from the City via a resolution to use the fire bays of the Fire Department for their annual Homecoming concession stand on October 3rd of this year.
Council also approved a sixth addendum to the facilities space lease between West Carroll and the City, which will allow West Carroll continued use of city space (water tower) to affix their equipment, for a fee of $1.00 for one year.
Council likewise approved the Savanna Lions Club’s request for an Intersection Solicitors’ license, contingent upon receiving the proper paperwork, for October 12th, from 7 am to 2 pm at the Route 84 and Route 52-64 stop lights.
Public Works Superintendent Lindeman announced that he had met with MSA Professional Services, an engineering consulting firm, in discussions for construction of the City’s new waste water treatment plant, and that present thinking was that the firm would charge around $600,000.00 for their services, “below what I think we all expected.” He added that this firm is very qualified, having done five similar plants in the last five years.
McCombie told the audience that the Haunted Forest, spearheaded by the Chamber of Commerce, was in need of volunteers for ticket taking and wagon riding, and would be open in October, on the 5th, 12th, 19th, 25th and 26th.