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Council approves four events permits

Four events scheduled for late October and early November were unanimously approved during Osceola City Council’s regular meeting on Oct. 2.

Osceola Chamber Main Street annual events Trunk or Treat and the Osceola Wine Walk were approved, as was a drive-thru flu clinic and a Family Halloween Fun Walk.

“It’s exciting to see, we have four events permits going on, so things to do for families in our community,” Mayor Thomas Kedley said.

Osceola Chamber Main Street’s Trunk or Treat event will be held 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, on the Osceola square.

Board Member Dr. George Fotiadis asked if the time for Trunk or Treat overlaps with the city’s trick-or-treat times, which was also approved during the council meeting for 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30.

City Administrator/Clerk Ty Wheeler said the Trunk or Treat event used to last just an hour.

“A few years ago, Chamber Main Street asked if Trunk or Treat couldn’t overlap trick-or-treat by a half hour, just to make sure all the participants of Trunk or Treat had enough time to get through and enjoy, without wanting to limit the trick-or-treat window or push it back,” Wheeler said.

“I know we are working on keeping trick-or-treat on the 31st, but it does overlap with church night and we didn’t want to have beggar’s night on church night,” Kedley explained.

Additionally, Osceola Chamber Main Street’s Osceola Wine Walk will be held from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2.

Clarke County Public Health’s drive-thru flu clinic will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, on the square.

The event has been held in years past. This year, the angle parking on the courtyard side of the square on Jefferson and Fillmore streets will be closed off, and traffic will funnel into the parking lot using the driveway off of Fillmore Street.

“It’s both to allow the public an opportunity to get their flu vaccine and also to allow the public health personnel to drill an exercise in the event of there being a mass deploying of vaccination – a public health emergency,” Wheeler said.

The Family Halloween Fun Walk, sponsored by CCOPS, was also approved for Saturday, Nov. 3.

The event will be held at Grade Lake Park and feature people dressed up in theme-based costumes, handing out healthy snacks along the trail.

In other Osceola City Council news:

• The council passed by a 4-1 vote the second reading of a proposed ordinance amendment permitting golf carts on city streets.

According to the proposed ordinance amendment, golf carts would be legal to use on city streets by a person at least 16 years of age who possesses a valid driver’s license.

The third reading of the proposed ordinance amendment will be held during the Oct. 16 regular city council meeting.

• The council passed by a 4-1 vote the second reading of a proposed ordinance amendment pertaining to solid waste containers in the public right-of-way.

The proposed ordinance amendment reads, “It shall be unlawful for any residential solid waste or recycling container to be stored in the public right-of-way for more than 24 hours after collection has occurred. All residential containers must be stored on private property in a secure location.”

Violations of the ordinance would be subject to a fine schedule of $50 for the first offense, $100 for the second offense and $150 for all subsequent violations.

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