By RYAN FERGUSON
GIBSON CITY — The "Buy Gibson City" program will kick off its third straight year on Saturday — with one minor change. Rather than spending $100 to earn $100 worth of "Gibson Bucks," those who participate in the program will have to spend $125, including tax, to be eligible for the four $25 "Gibson Bucks" gift certificates.
Customers spent $253,730 during the 10 days the program spanned last year. With $100,000 available in "Gibson Bucks," 1,000 people from 62 cities participated. Of those 1,000 people, 427 visited from out of town.
The same $100,000 total will be offered, and the program will end when the balance hits $0. The money is budgeted as part of the city's general fund.
Like last year, the program is limited to one participant per household. People seeking "Gibson Bucks" must take their original receipts to City Hall. Staff will adhere to the "first-come, first-served" rule. A sign will be posted outside City Hall throughout the program announcing how much of the $100,000 remains until that number is reached.
In other business:
— Gibson City police have issued 21 notices for such ordinance violations as excessive garbage, overgrowth and abandoned cars. Citizens have until May 26 to comply before additional action is taken.
— Jacob Dickey, son of Mayor Dan Dickey, was granted the council's permission to investigate the formation of an action committee to hold parades for returning veterans. He recently organized a surprise parade for his brother Seth, who returned from Afghanistan.