Aldermen said that they have heard
opinions in both directions about marking the newly paved and marked
streets around the square. Some don't want it messed up yet. Some
think that support of our high school students and the team is more
A proposed compromise was reached at
the last discussion. The boosters club and supporters will go out
after the homecoming events and clean off the whitewash.
Authorities and experts on streets were
consulted, and there is some concern that the whitewash may adhere
to the more porous new surfaces. City engineer Mark Mathon and
streets superintendent Tracy Jackson have tried a test patch on
Wyatt Avenue and had a difficult time getting it off.
Alderman Patrick Madigan, who had said
at an earlier meeting that he was against it, said that he has been
talking to people around town and they want to support it. "It's a
road. It's going to get messed up. Keep in mind the football team
and boosters. Let it go," he said.
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The city received numerous complaints
for allowing the Art of Wine to put tent holes in the pavement. It
provoked those in favor of the whitewash tradition, muddling matters
Streets chairman Derrick Crane said it
was unfortunate that Main Street was put in the middle of this. "It
is unfair to them and unjustified. They maintain the integrity and
appearance of that street," he said.
The holes that were made have metal
sleeves that are now capped. It will be necessary to use a metal
detector to find them for next year's event. This was worked out
with the city engineer and the streets superintendent.
This is the most appropriate location
for the Art of Wine, Crane said. The merchants like that it brings
business into that area.
granted with Aldermen Armbrust and Crane against it.
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