Delta Chamber’s “Dancing in the Street” Moving to Community Park

At their March 7th meeting, the Delta Village Council passed a motion to allow the Delta Chamber of Commerce (DCC) to relocate their “Dancing in the Street” event from the empty lot on the corner of Main and Monroe Streets to the Delta Community Park.  The request by the DCC for the change was brought about because to the reduced space of the lot due to the construction of the new Open Door facility and the limited downtown parking.

The general consensus of the Council, along with Village Administrator Brad Peebles, was that anywhere in the downtown area was no longer conducive for this particular event.  “My recommendation to this Council would be to consider use of the park,” said Mr. Peebles.  “It’s a Chamber activity.  We support the Chamber.  We support the activities that they do to support the businesses in town.  I think the park is more amenable for that type of activity.”

Much of the discussion on the issue centered around the sale and consumption of alcohol in the park which can only be allowed by the Council for special events.  Police Chief Nathan Hartsock said he would not object because the alcohol would be served and consumed in a contained area. The motion passed 4-1 with Tony Dawson voting against.  “I just don’t want to see alcohol in the park,” said Mr. Dawson.

In legislative news, Emergency Resolution 22-05, authorizing the Village Administrator to execute an agreement with Jones & Henry for drainage improvement preliminary design and estimated cost to petition the Fulton County Commissioners for drainage improvements needed to eliminate surface water flooding.

In his letter to Mayor Frank Wilton and the Council members, Administrator Peebles stated, “This office, in conjunction with the public services department, have been dealing with surface water flooding of properties along Taylor Street, north of Eastwood Avenue, for years.  As the primary source of surface water is generated from land outside the Village, a petitioned drainage improvement is required to assess the properties and acreage benefited by such an improvement.

Following discussions with the Fulton County Engineers office, part of the petition process requires the preparation of a design and cost for improvements.  To expedite the process, the recommendation is the Village have these items prepared in advance of a petition knowing the Village will have some financial liability in the improvement.  The cost of these services will be applied to the Village’s share of the costs.”

Mr. Peebles also reported that the Street Department staff have started patching potholes resulting from the winter freeze thaw temperatures.  This year appears to be the worst in the past several years.  With the preparation of this report, crews have distributed 7.5 tons of cold mix, with a significant portion of the Village still to be addressed.  This doubles the total used for 2021.

The next Council meeting will take place on Monday, March 21, 2022, at 5:30 p.m. in Memorial Hall.

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