Savanna City Council mulls Halloween options

Full-time sewer operator hired

In an effort to balance safety and a community event, the Savanna City Council discussed what the upcoming Halloween season could look like in a year of a pandemic.

Alderman Deb Long said Sept. 8 that she favored leaving participation in Trick or Treat up to the discretion of parents and citizens. She recommended masks and individually wrapped candy for those who do participate.

Mayor Chris Lain said he agreed, but said he was unsure if the traditional parade could go on as usual, citing difficulty in keeping people six feet apart.

When Alderman Jocelyn Boyd suggested lengthening the route, Lain said that would be hard to do in light of the scant amount of volunteers normally helping with the event.

Alderman Roger Husband echoed the call for caution. He said having a parade was “encouraging people to gather along the streets, which is defeating the purpose of social distancing.”

No final action was taken regarding the plans, as the council elected to wait a bit longer to see what the status of the pandemic was nearer to the holiday.

In other action, the council voted unanimously to hire a full-time operator for its Savanna Sewer Treatment Plant. The vote was made following a closed session.

The city is not releasing his name until he has a chance to tell his current employer. He is fully certified with 30 years’ experience. His pay will be $60,008 annually or $28.85 per hour.

Currently, the city is paying Integrated Public Resources, an engineering firm, $150,552 annually.

In further action, Lain reminded the council that signatures for municipal elections can be started this month.

Alderman Jim Friedenbach, Pat Sanchez, Jocelyn Boyd, Sarah Purdom and Mayor Lain are all up for re-election again.

Alderman Jeff Griswold said he’d had comments from two of his constituents regarding the loud music on Main Street.

Lain said he would discuss this with the proprietor in question and that this person had been responsive to complaints.

Police Chief Jeff Doran said that such issues should be relayed the police department, and that he’d instructed his force to allow the music unless there were complaints.

Alderman Nick Law said he had a concern about businesses blocking off space for bike parking only, and the mayor said he had also talked to the person in question regarding the issue.