Board OKs street closure for concerts

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Tina McGrady | tmcgrady@jrpress.com

Crawfordsville Main Street’s live summer music series kicks off this Friday and has the full support of the town.

On Wednesday, the Crawfordsville Public Works and Safety Board approved a request by CMS manager Sue Lucas to close Pike Street near Pike Place from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. free summer.

The initial first Friday event opens at 6 p.m. with a food service followed by the performance of The Tony Bryant Project, featuring Tonya Lee Martin, at 7 p.m. The group performs classic rhythm, blues and soul.

Spectators are asked to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets. Backstep Brewing will serve in the on-site beer garden.

Lucas reminded the board that CMS contracts with a city police officer for these events to provide security.

In other cases counsel:

• Approved a request from the Backstep Brewing Company to close Green Street at Market Street from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm on June 18 for the Small Town Big Paw Party, a fundraiser for the Animal Welfare League of Montgomery County.

Gus Moon will open for Steve Trent and Small Town will perform. The music starts at 6 p.m. There is also a scavenger hunt by motorbike and jeep at 1 p.m. Pre-sale tickets are $8 and available at www.eventbrite.com or $10 at the door. The event also includes food vendors.

Event organizers have been instructed to work with the city’s street department for proper signage on the day of the event and with the city’s police and fire department on a layout for the event.

• I learned that the Crawfordsville Police Commissioners have extended conditional job offers to Brady Clark, Corey Koontz and Jacob Meyer which has allowed the department to be fully staffed.

• Approval of a revised right-of-way use/excavation permit application.

• Gave the Streets Department approval to mow a property at 403 E. College St. owned by Dorothy Hockersmith and a property at Hamilton Street and Darlington Avenue owned by Burkhart Advertising Inc.

• Learned from Scott Hesler of the Street Department that paint crews are on the streets, and he urged motorists to be aware and slow down in their presence.



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