The Oblong Chamber of Commerce second annual Hootenanny could get a little more exciting this summer with the addition of a beer tent.
During Wednesday night's Oblong Village Board meeting representatives from the chamber came before the board requesting permission to add a beer garden/tent to the Hootenanny scheduled for July 7 in the city park. Before getting too far into the planning stages of the event, the chamber wanted permission from the village.
The basic plan calls for a fence enclosed tent with one entrance, law enforcement presence, only individuals 21 and over may enter, and only beer will be available. On representative said it will be very similar to the setup for the Pioneer City Rodeo in Palestine.
The board approved the request with more details to come as the event draws closer.
In a related issue the board denied a request from Casey's General Store to sell package liquor. Mayor Teresa Fielder said there have been no changes to the liquor ordinances nor additional licenses created.
A fence-enclosed dog park was approved pending funding for the project by Leadership Crawford County. The fenced area will be east of the causeway near the RV parking. Additional pet waste collection stations will also be installed in the park and in other parks in the county.
Spring cleanup will be Thursday, April 19. Republic Service will pick up in addition to regular bagged, boxed and bundled items lawnmowers with the gas and oil drained; carpet cut in to four foot section, rolled and tied; and mattresses that are sealed in a plastic bag or wrapped and sealed with plastic sheeting like a present.
The will not be picking up car parts, appliances, construction material, nor chemicals or flammables.
Bids for solid waste removal in the are being taken.
The village is working with the county engineer to purchase the new mandated street signs, and expects to have them all installed by the end of the year.
The request for a lowered tax assessment for the Dollar General Store was approved by the county assessor and not opposed by the village. Trustee Jeron Harris explained how the assessment dropped form $1.1 million to $700,000. Because the store is located in a TIF district the actual loss of revenue to the village did not out way the legal cost of contesting the new assessment.
The board did discuss a complaint on trash blowing away from the dumpster at the Dollar General store, and have asked them to address the issue.
With warmer weather on the way, Police Chief Chad Pusey will be issuing citation for junk vehicles and trash in yards beginning April 1.
In his monthly report Pusey said his department issued seven citations in February, had 12 offence reported and dealt with one accident. They had 57 calls for service.
The next scheduled meeting will be Wednesday, April 4.