Hiawassee questions Halloween options for city

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The City of Hiawassee discussed whether the city should host Halloween on the Square in light of the pandemic, modify it, or cancel altogether. The discussion began in their work session and they agreed to revisit at Tuesday’s regular session. The city has been following CDC guidelines for interaction since the pandemic started.

They were unable to come to a decision on whether to host it or not and have opted to renew the discussion at their next work session on Sept. 24.

Jennifer Garner, city clerk, told the council that the Chamber of Commerce had researched what other municipalities were doing and presented “Drive-thru Halloween.”

“Businesses would donate candy to City Hall and we’d bag it and hand it out as cars came by,” said Garner.

The idea was met with questions and concerns, including the extra work involved.

“If you look around, our employees aren’t exactly needing extra work,” said one council member.

Another member pointed out that because Blairsville and Hazel were not having Halloween events, there would be no way to know if they had enough candy.

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“It’s a great idea, but it will be a lot of work,” said Garner.

The council agreed to continue to look at options later.

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In other Hiawassee news, the council:

  • Approved contracting with Freedman Design Group for new email and Microsoft contract at $4,650 or $18.50 a month per user.
  • Approved the set the technology fee for police citations at $20.
  • Held the first reading of the new alcohol ordinance.
  • Approved the alcohol license for the Tilted Cafe.
  • Approved the contract of the Turf Care contract.

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