Gibson City OKs moves for American Legion fundraiser
GIBSON CITY — Council members approved two special requests at this week's meeting.
Council members approved a special-use liquor license and partial closure of Ninth Street on Aug. 23 to assist the American Legion Post 568 with a fundraiser for roof repairs.
The approval authorizes a live band playing in the street from 7:30-11:30 p.m. The one-block area west of Sangamon Avenue will be closed from 5 p.m. until midnight.
Commander Denny Houser agreed with concerns from the council about excessive noise at later hours. He promised to have the band at a reasonable overall volume and to further reduce noise levels by 11 p.m.
In the council's second action item, a request was approved to lend three sets of aluminum bleachers to Denny Jordan, who operates Jordan Acres north of Gibson City near Sibley. The family-owned Shorthorn cattle operation is having its 70th anniversary production sale on Sept. 1.
In other business, city Superintendent Randy Stauffer said that reports of hornet-like insects in the sand pile at the North Park are actually cicada wasps which he said are usually mild-mannered unless "severely provoked."
Stauffer said chemical treatment is not a good option since children play in the area. He agreed to investigate pouring bleach in the tunnels as a control agent, a suggestion made by Mayor Dan Dickey.