2018-05-10 / Front Page

Public safety primary concern for new Fun Fest venue

By Timothy Mucciante Contributor

GRAND BLANC — The City of Grand Blanc Public Safety Committee met last week to consider moving the Grand Blanc Chamber of Commerce Family Fun Fest from its long-term location on Grand Boulevard to a larger location at the high school.

The primary theme of the meeting was keep those attending, working and volunteering at the fair safe at the new proposed venue.

This year the fair and its components will be spread over several different areas in Grand Blanc. The workers will be living in the mobile village lot next to the U.S. Post Office on Reid Road, the entertainment tent will be at the Holy Family Church parking lot, and the carnival will be in the high school lower lot.

Jet Kilmer, Grand Blanc Chamber of Commerce president asked Police Chief Brian Lipe,

“Can you just vocalize what you think the ideal situation is?”

Lipe responded, “I think this is a kind of a nightmare,” which drew laughter. “Because it used to be a lot easier, we were shutting down a whole area. Right now, we have two different schools across the street from each other. We got the carnival who has to reside in one spot but operate in another. We got a main street that people like to use as a cut through. The ideal solution is to get the necessary areas shut down with minimal inconvenience to all parties involved while keeping the public safe.”

Ultimately the committee made a unanimous recommendation to the city council to approve the chamber’s request to hold the festival at the high school. They also unanimously recommended to have the city property next to the U.S. Post Office be used to house the carnival employees.

Furthermore, the committee also unanimously recommended approval of Holy Family Catholic Church’s request to operate an entertainment tent during the Grand Blanc Family Fun Fest. This includes a recommendation that the city council suspend the Noise Ordinance during the operation of the entertainment tent. In addition, the committee agreed with Holy Family’s request that Bush Street be closed on Friday afternoon, June 8 through Sunday, June 10 at approximately 8:00 p.m.

The precise time of closing Bush Street on June 8 depends information to be received by Chief Lipe from Grand Blanc Community Schools regarding when Perry Center latch-key students are released.

In other committee news, Chief Lipe provided an update on the new K-9 officer joining the police department. The new officer’s name is Kash, and he should be on full duty by the end of May, according to Lipe. Sergeant Jim Jolman has been named as the handler for Kash.

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