Dodge Metropolis cancels annual celebration

Dodge Metropolis cancels annual celebration

Apr. 13—DODGE CITY — The city of Dodge Metropolis has determined that plans to renew its annual Dodge Metropolis Day pageant this 12 months had been unfeasible, however hope to proceed the custom in 2025.

The pageant started in 2012 as a method to have fun the anniversary of the city’s incorporation. Dodge Metropolis continued the custom every June via 2019 earlier than the COVID-19 pandemic halted its plans for the 2020 pageant.

Final 12 months would have marked a milestone for the city seeking to have fun its thirtieth anniversary, however a scarcity of vendor participation and scheduling difficulties with leisure resulted in a last-minute cancellation.

The city mentioned the potential of resuming the occasion in September throughout Thursday’s city council assembly, however even with the proposed rescheduling, councilmember Heather Langley expressed her reservations with organizing a big scale occasion on such quick discover.

“I am really involved that we have waited too lengthy and we can’t be capable of get distributors and issues like that. We might have missed our mark,” Langley mentioned.

Councilmembers Jerry Lynn and Teeara Johns agreed with Langley earlier than the council agreed to postpone the occasion. Mayor Jason Burney did specific that the occasion could be a precedence for the city in 2025 and mentioned he supposed to start subsequent 12 months’s preparations as early as January.

Receiving updates on occasions resembling subsequent 12 months’s Dodge Metropolis Day might quickly be a lot simpler for residents of the city after the council agreed to enroll within the mass notification system, Everbridge. The software program was not too long ago adopted by the Cullman County Emergency Administration Company and the city authorised to type a “group” underneath the company. The system will permit the city to inform taking part residents of upcoming occasions by way of textual content message for an annual charge of $.23 per resident. City Clerk Vicki Ogletree mentioned Dodge Metropolis’s annual charge would fall lower than $130.

Some residents who’re already signed as much as obtain emergency textual content alerts from EMA might already be pre-enrolled, however will be capable of simply cancel the alerts by replying “STOP” to one of many messages. EMA Director Tim Sartin mentioned he will likely be discussing the system extra at-length with The Occasions subsequent week.

In different enterprise the council:

* Held the primary studying for an ordinance which is able to approve the annual “Again to College” tax vacation, scheduled for July 19 — 21.

* Accredited Burney to look into the potential of conducting a price and engineering survey for extra data on what could be required to increase the city’s sewer system.

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