Events discussed at City Council meeting

Some of the biggest news from Augusta’s City Council Monday night came before the governing body even got to its business.
Tony Madrigal brought the annual dividend check to the council from Employers Mutual Insurance to the city. Madrigal presented a check worth more than $21,000.
In addition, representatives from the Rainbows United Glow Run came to the council to report on the event’s success this year. Last year, around 300 people took part in Rainbows’ run.
This year, 891 people lined up at The Point for the glow run. With more than 100 volunteers helping make the run work efficiently, that means more than 1,000 people were in Augusta specifically for this event. Only 171 of the participants were from Augusta. El Dorado sent 145 more but the rest of the participants came from around the area.
They told the council more than $18,500 was raised to help special needs children in the area.
After hearing a report on a successful event, two local business leaders requested dates to hold exciting events in downtown Augusta.
Corky Cook brought a request for the annual WFO Car Show to be held Aug. 2. The event is always one of the biggest and best in Augusta. But this will be the 20th annual event and Cook said organizers have big plans for this year’s event.
The WFO Car Show has been going on for two decades. Downtown Augusta Inc. is hoping they will be back before the council 19 years from now asking for permission to hold its 20th annual Brick Street Festival. The event will begin with the annual Relay For Life on Friday night, June 20. On Saturday, Bikers on the Bricks will be back for a second year with a carnival and also a 4-H event in the 400 block of State Street.
The council approved closing the streets and holding the events. But Councilor Matt Childers also wanted to express his appreciation to DAI for the Chalk Art Contest they held downtown recently. He pointed out more than 60 children participated in the contest and he said two of his daughters truly enjoyed the event and he appreciated the number of people the event brought to the downtown district.
The council also authorized staff to sign a fireworks company to provide a display on Independence Day this year. Typically, the city waits to sign such an agreement until all of the money is raised for the event. However, with July 4 falling on a Friday this year, the demand on fireworks companies has exploded and the city needed to take action to insure the show will go on.
The city’s action items Monday involved refinancing bonds, approving six projects at the airport, approval of an agreement with Aqua Tech for work at the wastewater treatment plant and an agreement with MKEC for utility relocation for the South Ohio widening project.

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