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9/13/2012 1:06:00 PM Email this articlePrint this article 
Bandstand to serve as reminder of St. Francisville bi-centennial
ST. FRANCISVILLE - A replica of a century-old bandstand will be built in downtown St. Francisville serve as a reminder of the July bi-centennial.

At Wednesday's city council meeting, the St. Francisville City Council approved the bi-centennial's request to build the grandstand on the city-owned empty lot, just south of the fire station.

Becky Stout, representing the bi-centennial committee, said the grandstand, which will replicate a bandstand that once stood in a city park on the northwest edge of St. Francisville, will be constructed at no cost to the city.

Stout had a photo of the original bandstand, which stood at the park at least as early as the early 1900s. The park no longer exists.

The size of the bandstand will be about 12 x 16 and will be used for community functions. A plaque will be placed on the structure to commemorate the community's 200th anniversary celebration.

Stout also told the city that the committee will plan a couple of fund-raisers each year to raise funds for continued maintenance of the bandstand.

The council also received a report on the Cannonball bridge complex.

"The main bridge cross the river - we're going to replace some angle-iron bracing underneath, replace a few cotter pins. It's minor repairs to keep it in the condition it is now," said Mayor Stan Williams. "It's going to be an ongoing maintenance project."

Several pilings have been replaced this summer along with other maintenance projects. Williams told the council another $15,000 would probably be spent on the bridge this year.

A meeting with the Indiana Department of Transportation is scheduled for later this month to discuss replacing the small bridge on the Indiana side of the Wabash River.

"There will be a meeting with INDOT and engineers to make sure everyone has their paperwork in line to proceed with the drawings and proceed to the next step, to get the bid out," Williams said.

HALLOWEEN plans were discussed and detailed at the council meeting.

The council set trick-or-treat hours for Halloween night, Oct. 31. No start time was established, however trick-or-treat hours are to end by 8 p.m. Costumed children are asked to go only to homes where a porch light is turned on.

On Oct. 30, the St. Francisville American Legion Auxiliary will host its second annual trunk-or-treat. That event will be from 5-7 p.m. at the fire station.

Plans are for chili and hot dogs to be served at the first station. Anyone bringing in a canned good will get a free hot dog, with canned goods collect going to help support the United Methodist Church's food pantry.

People wanting to participate in the trunk-or-treat portion of the even are urged to park their vehicles up on the street along the side of the fire station. Children can also enter a drawing for prizes.

After a year's absence, St. Francisville Police Chief Billy Darnell said Haunted Trails will again be set up along the Wabash River, south of River Park. The event is tentatively scheduled for Oct. 19 and 20. 

Darnell said a planning meeting for Haunted Trails is set for 7 p.m. Monday at city hall. Darnell stressed that anyone and everyone in the county is invited, and urged, to participate. In the past, proceeds from the event have been used to support county law enforcement's Shop with a Cop Christmas program.





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