A delayed start at Winchester’s Fourth of July fireworks show is resulting in a makeup round on Aug. 31 to allow a second opportunity for those who missed out on the highlights of the initial freedom celebration.
Mayor Terry Harrell said the fireworks display is being provided free of charge. Due to a delay in the original Independence Day event, which was held a few days prior to the actual holiday, many attendees had to leave before the fireworks display even began.
The Aug. 31 event at Winchester City Park will begin at 9 p.m.
Other items covered by the council on Aug. 13 included a change of location concerning Animal Harbor’s annual roadblock fundraiser event
Representatives from Animal Harbor addressed the council concerning the relocation of the yearly Animal Harbor Roadblock event
Cecilia Brody, vice president of Animal Harbor, and Susan Rupert, president of the Humane Society/Animal Harbor, informed the council that they were told a new state law prohibited road blocks on state right-of-ways.
The council gave official permission for Animal Harbor to host this year’s annual roadblock one block over on Jefferson Street at Second Avenue.
An emotional goodbye was also expressed by the council to a departing councilwoman and a warm welcome to her newly elected replacement.
Councilwoman Jeannie Bates expressed her gratitude to fellow council members for their support during her time of service on the council. She took the opportunity to thank council members and to congratulate re-elected members Councilwoman Cile Alexander and Mayor Harrell.
Bates also congratulated her replacement, Steve Cagle, who was present in the audience.
Harrell and council members expressed kind words of thanks and gratitude to Bates for her service.
“I wanted to take the opportunity to tell Councilwoman Bates how much the council has enjoyed having her here, and you’ve certainly added a lot to our council,” he said. “We appreciate you giving (all of your) time and service, and it certainly is not often that we have people who will volunteer as much time as you’ve put into it, and we want to wish you the best in whatever you choose to do next.”
The council also reappointed Marie Mosley to the Winchester Beer Board and Harrell to the Winchester Utilities Board.
Also approved by the council was a budget amendment amounting to $40,000 for the Public Works Department.
Other items discussed by the council included the sale of various items deemed surplus property. A city and utilities company-owned property on North Jefferson Street that was previously approved for sale by the council was brought up by Mayor Harrell to discuss the specifics of the transaction.
It was determined that the property would be sold by the City of Winchester at an asking price of $400,000.
The sale of a previously seized GMC Suburban vehicle was brought before the council by Winchester Police Chief Ritchie Lewis.
Lewis said that the vehicle had been in use by a department detective, but costly transmission repairs and maintenance issues were factors in requesting surplus status for the vehicle. The vehicle was approved for sale by council members.
Council members then discussed the Recreation Department’s need for two new zero-turn lawnmowers.
A Recreation Department spokesman said the department had put out a bid for the mowers and had received three bids from area businesses and had decided to go with two Hustler model zero-turn mowers, sold by Teddy’s for a total of $18,533.32. The purchase was approved by the council.