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City Council Addresses Possible Resident Concerns Over Fourth of July Celebration

Recent discussions about eliminating the carnival prompt council members to address the issue in public.

Following the 2012 Richfield Hometown Fourth of July Celebration extravaganza, city staff recommended the council discuss possibly eliminating the carnival portion of the festivities due to high police contacts and the presence of several gangs.

During the Richfield City Council meeting Tuesday night, members briefly touched on the subject in an attempt to clarify their position. 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. "[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 to weigh the pros and cons to make the right decision.

Council Member Fred Wroge agreed and mentioned a letter council received from a man with a carnival association. Wroge thought the city should make its concerns clear to the vendor as well.

"He didn't understand the concerns we had," Wroge said. "He thought we just wanted to cancel [the carnival] for no reason."

Dave Decker September 27, 2012 at 06:30 PM
We never should have put the carnival over in Veterans behind the rest of the festival area. As long as the Street Dance band is going to be off in the grass over by the arena area anyway, having the entire arena parking lot open really isn't necessary. Put the carnival back in the parking lot with the food vendors...
Caitlin Burgess (Editor) September 27, 2012 at 06:51 PM
That's a good point. Seems to me that it would be easier for police to monitor the event if all the festivities were happening closer together.
Mike E September 30, 2012 at 05:36 PM
After watching this meeting; it was interesting to hear that the carnival its self did not abide by their contract to leave the park by a specified time. Myself; I do not think that Richfield should give much leeway when working with uncooperative vendors. Many of the vendors for Richfield are willing to work with the city; and that allows the city, and the vendor to shine. The mini-golf is a great example of what happens when a true partnership is formed; and not taken advantage of.

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