CROSSVILLE — The Crossville Town Council met Tuesday, Nov. 5, and discussed plans for the upcoming Christmas parade.
Danny Collins, who is leading parade planning, gave the council a list of needs for the parade which will be held in Crossville on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 5 p.m.
Collins said he needed more volunteers to help put together and decorate a float for the parade. The float assembly is scheduled for Thursday and Friday, Nov. 14 -15, at 6 p.m. each night at the Street Department office, located at 7854 Alabama Highway 227 South. He said he also needed a person to verify other parade entrants’ applications the day of the event.
The main issued Collins addressed concerned horses in the parade and how they are unloaded and loaded before and after the event.
A designated area will be roped off for horses to be loaded and unloaded, with two volunteers directing the handlers. In the past, there have been issues with horses being unloaded at random spots in town and ridden back through town after the parade, Collins said.
“If you’re going to ride a horse, you will ride from point A to point B, you will load up at point B,” police chief Chris West said. “Do not go back through town.”
Collins recommended anyone riding a horse back through town be issued a citation by police.
In other business, the council:
• Approved minutes from the Oct. 8 council meeting.
• Accepted a bid of $1,013 from a citizen to purchase the town’s 2004 Kawasaki MULE (Multi-Use Light Equipment).
• Voted to rebid the town’s 2008 Chevrolet police vehicle after receiving a bid for $327.
• Accepted an employee one-time overtime pay.
• Voted to move the December council meeting from Dec. 3 to Dec. 10 at 6:30 p.m.
During time for department reports, the police department announced two training classes for its officers: a shooting class Friday, Nov. 15, and a first aid/ CPR class Friday, Dec. 6.
The fire department ordered T-shirts to sell for fundraising at a chili and soup dinner in December.
Collins’ wife, Lisa, spoke during the time for public comment about the walking track in the city park, saying it was in dire need of repairs.
“It’s dangerous to walk on; it’s cracked bad,” she said.
Mayor Tera Fortenberry said the council would assess the issue with the track and see what repairs could be done.
Councilman Bryan Ray was absent from the meeting.