Mt. Vernon Register-News

September 4, 2013

Festivals, events prompt street closures

By TESA GLASS tesa.glass@register-news.com
The Register-News

---- — MT. VERNON — The city council approved a series of temporary street closures to allow for the Fall Fest and for two cruise-in events.

During its meeting Tuesday, the council approved closing Ninth Street from Broadway to Casey Avenue, Jordan Street from Eighth Street to 10th Street and Casey Avenue from Eighth Street to 10th Street on Oct. 18 at noon to Oct. 20 at midnight for the Fall Fest.

“This is the same area we closed as last year, but for a longer period of time,” said City Councilman Todd Piper. “We have learned it takes longer to set up the area, so we have requested a longer street closure time.”

In addition, the council approved requesting Illinois Department of Transportation approval to temporarily close Main Street and Broadway from Fourth Street to 12th Street and from Harrison Street to Casey Avenue on 10th Street for the Fall Fest Parade.

“This is the same parade route as last year,” Piper added. “It is very band-friendly, and we hope to have as many, or more bands than last year. We already have six bands signed up. ... Today we are up to 40 parade entries.”

Piper said there has been many local civic organizations who are now getting involved with the festival and parade, and a great deal of interest has been shown in the theme for the Fest, “Superheroes Get Creative.”

Two car shows are planed for next month. The Elks Second Annual Car Cruise-In event will be held Oct. 5. The Elks were granted street closures on South 11th Street from Jordan Street south to the south end of the city parking lot at the corner of South 10th Street and Jordan Street for the event, with more than 40 vehicles expected for the cruise-in.

Street closures were also approved on Oct. 19 for the downtown Cruise-In @ Fall Fest. Ninth Street from Broadway to North Street and Harrison from 10th Street to Johnson Alley will be closed from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. to allow for the show.

In other business, the council heard a monthly projects update, approved an ordinance to redefine the definition of “kennel; approved adding a package liquor license; and approved an amendment to animal control ordinances.