Dillon Deal REACHed If Needed For Good Ole Days

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"People love having it on the Square," REACH director Angela King told the Woodbury Board of Mayor and Alderman at its regular monthly meeting Tuesday night.

The "it" King was referring to is the annual Good Ole Days event, which is scheduled to be held May 14-15 this year.

There is a problem looming over the festivities, however. The Woodbury Town Square, which surrounds the Cannon County Courthouse, may not be ready in time to host the event as revitalization work continues in the area.

"There is a good likelihood the Square will not be ready," Mayor Harold Patrick said.

As a back-up plan, King asked the board to give its approval to utilizing Dillon Park and Brown Spurlock Park as venues to stage Good Ole Days events, if needed.

King also requested use of the Lincoln Gannon Playground at Brown Spurlock Park for another upcoming event, the annual Children's Health Fair set for April 17.

The board gave their consent to both requests. King will return to give the board an update prior to Good Ole Days at its May meeting.

During discussion of the Good Ole Days request, Alderman Faye Knox asked that a special effort be made to invite local restaurants to set up booths to sell food. King agreed that was a good idea, and also said she is working with local businesses Off The Hanger Consignment and Gina's Boutique to stage fashion shows during the event.

In other business Tuesday, the board:

* Discussed the proposed sale of 81 water lines in the Gassaway community to DeKalb Utility District. The water lines are unprofitable because of their distance from the Town of Woodbury.

Originally the town's plan was to sell the lines to DUD for $81,000. DUD first countered with an offer of $50,000. Since then, however, DUD lowered the offer, citing numerous "hidden costs."

DUD has requested a further reduction of the sale price of $27,000. The city voted to split that amount Tuesday and lowered the offer to $37,500 and payment of the loan balance.

* Voted to donate $100 to the Stones River Relay, a run-bike-paddle event being planned for April 3 by the Stones River Watershed Association. The mission of SRWA is to protect, preserve, enhance and restore the natural resources within the Stones River Watershed. The relay is a community event focused on getting people outside and onto the River.

* Continued discussion from the previous month on plans for either new or upgraded signs at Brown Spurlock Park. Jimmy Earls showed aldermen a drawing of what the current signs would look like if it were enhanced with rock work. The board appears to be split on whether the project should be a priority at this time.
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