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City Council to Discuss Future of Fourth of July Carnival

After city staff recommended discontinuing the annual carnival, the Richfield City Council will discuss the event Tuesday night.

Shortly after the 2012 Richfield Hometown Fourth of July Celebration, City Manager Steve Devich composed a memo to the city council suggesting the carnival be removed from the festivities due to a high number of police contacts and the presence of several gangs.

After a small media storm in late September, the matter will be discussed Tuesday night during a special city council session.

At the council's Sept. 25 meeting, Council Member Pat Elliott said some residents may be under the impression the city is considering canceling the entire event.

"There's a significant amount of information that's still going to come our way," he said at the meeting. "[The carnival] is one part of it and it's entitled to some discussion."

Elliott also said the carnival contract is still valid for another year, so there is plenty of time for the council to weigh the pros and cons to make the right decision.

The special session begins at 6 p.m. in the Bartholomew Conference Room at Richfield City Hall and Municipal Center. The council will also hold its regular meeting immediately following the special session at 7 p.m. in council chambers.

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