By BOB SHRALUKA
Mayor John Schultz expressed at this week's city council meeting his obviously sincere appreciation to the many local volunteers and emergency personnel who made the recent Callithumpian parade and festival a huge success.
The mayor pointed to the Callithumpian Committee, the police department and street department. And he also noted the city's fire department, which brewed up 70 gallons of chili to sell on parade night.
Police Chief Ken Ketzler said "everything went real well," and he talked briefly about the huge turnouts for Safe Trick or Treat at Safety Park and Trunk Or Treat downtown.
Approximately 800 youngsters took part in the Safe Trick or Treat.
Schultz also said he wanted to wish good luck to Bellmont's football team, which goes for a Sectional championship tonight at Western High School."It's really great that all three county teams are still going, he added, referring to Adams Central and South Adams.
In other matters:
• Council agreed to provide $25 and $15 in Decatur Dollars to fulltime and parttime city employees, respectively. The same amount has been given as a Christmas gift for several years and last year amounted to $2,125.
• Discussion of the city's firearms ordinance, on the agenda for the meeting, was delayed until the November 15 meeting.
• The mayor said leaf pickups are continuing, and that some people mistakenly thought the service ended this week. What is ending, in fact, is yard waste collections. People are now urged to toss their yard waste in with the leaves.
• The Survive Alive program will keep Safety Park busy the next two weeks, Fire Chief Les Marckel said.