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Relay will move to Courthouse Square

By Brian Knox | Published Wednesday, February 6, 2019
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Wise County Relay for Life will have a new home for this spring’s event.

Last week, the Decatur City Council approved a request to hold the annual event on the downtown Decatur Square.

Since its inception, Wise County Relay for Life has been held at the McCarroll Middle School track. The event raises money and awareness for cancer research and treatment through the American Cancer Society.

Decatur Main Street Director Frieda Lasater said the event will be held Friday, May 3, in conjunction with the Eighter From Decatur Food Truck Challenge – an event sponsored by the Decatur Chamber of Commerce.

“Since it has gotten smaller over the years, they wanted to do something fresh and new and proposed the idea to bring it to the square and thought up the idea to do it the night before the car show in conjunction with the food truck challenge,” Lasater said.

The food truck challenge will have a preview night on Friday before the main food show Saturday, so food will be available for those participating in Relay for Life.

Roads around the square will be shut down Friday night for the event.

The first Cruise Night on the Courthouse Square of 2019 will be held the next night, which will also result in street closures around the square.

Council member Randy Parker asked if businesses around the square have concerns about losing business when the roads are shut down.

“For the most part, they are used to the car shows once a month, and they love the food truck challenge for the amount of people it brings to the square,” Lasater said. “I think they’ll embrace the Relay for Life the night before. That’s such a community event anyway, so I don’t see a problem with that.”

In other Main Street business, the council approved Lasater’s request to expand the number of Main Street Advisory Board members from 11 to 15.

Last year, a public hearing was held about possibly expanding the boundaries of the Main Street district. Lasater said with the continued hope of that expansion, she felt it was prudent to expand the size of the board as well.

“We do have several organizations represented on our board that are fairly static positions with certain organizations, and so those members do play a good part, but they are not always available to attend events and help out with activities, so this will help us with that as well, to have more manpower,” she said.

Following the approval of the expanded board, the council voted to appoint Erin Murphy and Andy Fincher to serve in two of the newly created positions through June 1, 2019, and Christina Onofre and Chris Fernihough to serve in the other two new positions through June 1, 2020.

The council also accepted the resignation of Holly Fuller from the Main Street Advisory Board and appointed Marie Rieger to fill the vacated seat for a term to expire June 1, 2019. Melinda Reeves was also appointed to the board to fill a vacant seat for a term to expire June 1, 2020.

In other business from the Jan. 28 meeting, the council:

  • approved a specific use permit (SUP) to allow the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church to hold charitable bingo.
  • approved an SUP for Casa Torres restaurant to allow the sale of alcoholic or mixed beverages for on-premises consumption. The restaurant previously had permission to sale alcoholic beverages with a private club.
  • approved an SUP to allow permanent makeup application as a secondary use at Tangles Hair Salon.
  • approve an SUP to allow Head Start to operate a daycare facility at its location at 575 W. Mulberry Street.
  • approved a zoning change application from Single Family-2 to Townhouse Residential for property at 1400 Emma Call Court.
  • approved expanding the minimum square footage limitation on multifamily projects from 6,000 to 12,000 per floor in the code of ordinances.
  • approved the appointment of Dwight Reeves to the Decatur Housing Authority for the vacant position held by the late J.E. Carson for a term to expire June 1, 2019.

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