Fulton City Council discusses Christmas Parade, Westminster stadium dedication

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Santa rides on top of a fire truck in the Fulton Christmas Parade and waves down at children. The theme of this year's parade was "A Farmhouse Christmas," as voted on by followers of the Callaway Dreams Facebook page.
Anakin Bush/Fulton Sun Santa rides on top of a fire truck in the Fulton Christmas Parade and waves down at children. The theme of this year's parade was "A Farmhouse Christmas," as voted on by followers of the Callaway Dreams Facebook page.

At Tuesday's Fulton City Council meeting, the council discussed upcoming events including the annual Christmas Parade and Westminster College's stadium dedication.

Christmas Parade organizers Jody Paschal and Keli Tate spoke to the council to request approval for the parade. It will be Saturday, Dec. 2. The parade will begin at 1 p.m.

The parade route remains the same as previous years. Street closures and police assistance will be required.

The event request was reviewed and approved by City of Fulton administration, Fulton Police Department and Fulton Fire Department.

Paschal said the only difference with this year's parade is the addition of a courthouse social after the parade. Market and Court Streets in front of the Callaway County Courthouse would be closed for the social until 5 p.m.

"And I'm not going to give you all those details because it's a surprise and it's going to be pretty great," Pashcal said.

Tim Howell, director of security for Westminster, spoke to the council about the dedication ceremony for the Kent and Judith Mueller Stadium and Vicki Mueller Memorial Plaza.

The ceremony will be on Saturday, Oct. 28 at 11:30 a.m. The event will also mark the beginning of Westminster's 2023 homecoming football game, when the Westminster Blue Jays will take on the Greenville University Panthers.

Howell said the college expects a large crowd of people to attend the ceremony.

He requested permission to close Hickman Avenue from 7th Street to the parking lot by the college's baseball field. He said this would allow more people to walk on the sidewalk and road without worrying about traffic.

The road closure would be from approximately 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The council unanimously approved the request.

In other business, the council:

accepted both the September director of administration report and the September financial statement.

heard from Tamara Tateosian, executive director of the Callaway Chamber of Commerce. She presented the year-end chamber report to the council. In her report, Tateosian reflected on some of the chamber's accomplishments throughout the year. These include the teacher's appreciation breakfast, the Be Pro Be Proud simulator, 32 ribbon cutting ceremonies so far, mock interviews and the launch of the 2024 Leadership Callaway Class. She also spoke to the council about economic development, supporting entrepreneurs and upcoming events.

discussed a resolution to authorize the mayor to fill out an application for a Local Law Enforcement Block Grant from the Missouri Department of Public Safety. Mayor Steve Myers said the city applies for this grant every year, and has received it for the past 20 years. The council unanimously approved the resolution.

discussed the first reading of an ordinance to approve plat seven for the Southwind Estates subdivision. The council unanimously approved the first reading, and will have a second reading at the next council meeting.

The next Fulton City Council meeting will be Nov. 14 at 7 p.m.

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