Fourth of July and Rib Classic no longer set on same weekend



Two weeks ago, Rib Classic organizer Jeff Anderson told the council the Fourth of July event and the Rib Classic were combining for a full three-day weekend of events, but since that time, the events have been split.


Fourth of July and Rib Classic no longer set on same weekend

Two weeks ago, Rib Classic organizer Jeff Anderson told the council the Fourth of July event and the Rib Classic were combining for a full three-day weekend of events, but since that time, the events have been split.

Police/fire committee chairwoman Judy Cantwell told the Chillicothe City Council Monday night the consensus of the committee was not to allow a beer tent on the Fourth of July, citing it was a
“family holiday.”

The other two days of the Rib Classic activities the beer tent would have been OK, according to aldermen. The tent is sponsored by Rescue 33.

Mayor Troy Childers Sr., as the city’s liquor commissioner, echoed the sentiments of Cantwell. He stated he did not want a beer tent on the Fourth of July.

Rib Classic activities, which are normally in October, cover a three-day span.

Anderson would not comment about the issue Tuesday, but said the Rib Classic committee would meet within the next month to discuss when to host the event.

The council approved a notice for special event held on public property for the 4th of July Committee to use Cutright Park, the foot of Walnut and Elm streets and ADM property July 4 for the Fourth of July celebration.

Aldermen also approved a notice for special event held on public property for the 44th annual Claud-Elen Days committee to use City Park, the 900, 1000 and 1100 blocks of Second Street and Cutright Park June 6 through 12.

Talk also included Rescue 33 hosting a beer tent for Claud-Elen Days as well, but the current Class L liquor license allows an organization only one special-use license per year.

Cantwell also said the beer tent would be in direct conflict with the American Legion’s beer garden for the weekend, which she said is one of their major moneymakers.

In the judicial committee meeting before the council meeting, aldermen did discuss changing the number of special uses for one organization to three or four per year and cutting the fee from $200 to $100.

In other items, the council:

• approved a priority one project of a veterans’ marker for the new section of City Cemetery. The price of granite recently went up, Cantwell said, and $7,400 will pay for the monument from Wyoming Monument Co. and its installation.

Cantwell also suggested using a quote from the late Neil Young’s book about his experiences in war as an inscription on the back of the monument, as long as his family agreed. Before his death,
Young was an alderman. Alderman Denny Gould commended Cantwell for her long and hard work on the project.

• approved a $20,000 transfer from the general fund to tort liability to set aside funds for the minimum/maximum insurance program for 2010

• approved an agreement with the city and PDC Laboratories for drinking water monitoring required by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency from July 1 through June 30, 2013

• authorized the city attorney to prepare documents to vacate a portion of the right of way on the west side of Cutright Street in the 800 block

• approved paying PAFCO Truck Bodies Inc. $2,119 to purchase a tailgate lift to assist public works employees in the lifting of water treatment products

• approved an ordinance amending the liquor license code to allow mini marts to only receive a license to sell alcohol as a mini mart. Mini marts are allowed to sell beer and wine only, not hard liquor.

• allowed student Shelby Daum, the mayor’s granddaughter, to lead them in saying the pledge of allegiance at the beginning of the meeting. Childers said he wants to get more young people involved in city business.

• heard Childers say the city received a letter from the state commending public works employee Josh Cooper, who holds a water operator’s license, for maintaining the city’s compliance with fluoridation for 2009.