The carnival featured at Robinson's annual Fourth of July Celebration has folded, forcing city officials to tweak their summer plans.
A carnival is still coming to town, Robinson Parks and Recreation Superintendent Mike Shimer told the Robinson City Council Tuesday. It's just going to be here almost a month earlier than expected.
"I was notified last Friday that the carnival we scheduled has closed," Shimer said during Tuesday's council meeting.
Shimer immediately began a search for another carnival and found one in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. The carnival, known as Prime Time Amusements, is expected to be in town for Robinson's new Summerfest, scheduled for Wednesday, June 5, to Saturday, June 8.
"Prime Time Amusements is a new state fair type of carnival and they'll be at the park next week," Shimer said. "The city will get the same deal as with the previous carnival, 20 percent of ticket receipts."
Bracelets will also be available during the festivities.
Meanwhile, Shimer said musical and other entertainment is still being sought for Summerfest and he is asking for the community's help in finding it for those four days.
Due to their prepared schedule, Prime Time will not be able to return to Robinson for Fourth of July week. Instead the city will have a one night event beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 4, at Robinson City Park.
"Abby Siler will perform for everyone and we'll have a community cookout beginning at 6 p.m. in the pavilion," Shimer said.
The community cookout will run to 8 p.m. for a free will donation and feature hot dogs and dilly bars from Dairy Queen. Shimer said he is also negotiating with Pepsi Mid-America to provide drinks for the cookout.
Fireworks will begin at 9:30 p.m. and patriotic music will be played over the park's sound system, while they fill the night sky.
The council gave permission to several items requested by the Robinson Police Department. They agreed to purchase a 2018 Ford F-150 from Morrow Bros., Greenfield, at a cost of $41,875. Alderman Gene Sinclair recommended making the purchase, which was the only bid and cost less than the budgeted amount of $48,000.
Two computers for squad cars were purchased at a cost $7,693.16 from Tri Electronics. This includes the dock and printer for them.
The council also agreed to purchase a squad car camera from Pro Vision at a cost of $2,930.
Radar units were approved from Stalker Radar at a cost of $2,628.
The department is also seeking the need to purchase 11 bullet proof vests. With the council's permission last night, they were given the go ahead to apply for a United States Department of Justice vest grant application. The vests will cost $8,580, but if they awarded the grant they will only need to pay 50 percent or $4,290.
Aldermen also approved paying for a consulting speaker's visit to the department recently. The bill of $2,030 will be paid to Breach Point Consulting.
In other business, the council set a public hearing for the annual appropriation ordinance for 6:45 p.m. June 25.
Aldermen also agreed to fiscal year 2020 commitment to Illinois South Tourism. According to the bill received from Illinois South, the city can expect to spend up to $5,000. The council made the motion to not exceed $5,000 with the commitment.