It appears that everything is set for next week's Independence Day festivities at Robinson City Park.
Parks and Recreation Superintendent Mike Shimer told the Robinson City Council Tuesday that negotiations for the community cookout and entertainment have gone well, and the park will be ready.
A band from Tennessee will be performing that evening, while hot dogs, dilly bars and Pepsi products will be served during the cookout.
"We've made arrangements for entertainment to be provided by a band called Andy Avery and the Decades," Shimer said. "The will performing from 6:30 to 9 p.m."
Meanwhile the community cookout will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Shimer made arrangements with the local Pepsi Mid-America to provide drinks for the event, while Dairy Queen will have about 500 Dilly bars on hand. Cost of admission will be a free will donation which will be used to pay off fireworks expenses.
Inflatables will be available for the kids from 6 to 9:30 p.m., and the fireworks will begin at 9:30 p.m. Shimer said that music will be played over the sound system as the fireworks are going on. It is expected to be a nearly 30-minute firework show.
First Robinson Savings Bank offered a donation of $1,000 to defray the costs of the night's expenses, which the council approved.
Shimer had three other items approved by the council last night. A donation of $250 was accepted from the Berty Family, for whom the parks department planted a tree at Washington Park for recently. He also announced that his intended plan for $5,000 worth of exercise circuit equipment at the Depot on South Cross will change. Lincoln Trail College, whose athletes train there year round, has agreed to purchase $11,000 worth of equipment for the depot. Shimer said that he believes he can get both those orders in at the same time, so the council approved motion.
Advertisement of bids for asphalt for the Washington Park walkway and section of the city park parking lot were also approved. Shimer said this will be for the west side walkway, and he would like to receive those bids separately by 10 a.m. July 8.
In other business the council agreed to hire Cody Collins and Kale Adams as officers for the Robinson Police Department after the latest round of testing.
An amendment to the city's liquor ordinance was approved upon the recommendation of Alderman Jim McKinney.
"This would create an F-2 license for special events on public property by not-for-profit organizations," McKinney said.
Mayor Roger Pethtel pointed out this would be used for the city's fall festival for beer tents, while McKinney confirmed it would be for two days.
In other business the council approved: giving union employees at the street and wastewater departments a work day on Thursday, July 4, and a paid off day for Friday, July 5; and the annual appropriation ordinance,which sets spending limits on line items for the fiscal year 2020.