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Bismarck aldermen make holiday plans

BISMARCK – Plans for the upcoming “Christmas On Main Street” was the main topic of discussion Thursday evening at a brief meeting of the Bismarck Board of Aldermen held at the city’s old train depot.

The program, co-sponsored by the Bismarck Chamber of Commerce, Depot Committee and the city of Bismarck, will take place at 6 p.m. Dec. 6 in and around the depot on Main Street.

Depot Committee President Liz Bennett asked that parking along the street be kept to a minimum during the event and also requested that safety markers and fencing be placed around the tracks by city workers.

“We want to keep everyone safe that evening,” she said. “I think everyone is going to have a great time.”

The event will feature festive Christmas decorations along Main Street; carriage rides; and cookies and hot chocolate; as well as a visit from Santa Claus who’ll be giving out goodies to any children who drop by to pay him a visit.

Mayor Seth Radford said city workers — including the police department — were willing to do whatever is needed to make sure the evening is a safe and family-friendly event.

In other action by the board, Radford said he’d been contacted recently by several city residents planning to shoot off fireworks in celebration of the new year. They asked if a city permit was required to do so.

Noting that the city had never had a fireworks permit for New Year’s Eve, Radford asked board members if they felt one was necessary. After briefly discussing the matter, it was requested that city attorney Dan Fall draw up a permit allowing for the shooting of fireworks between 11:50 p.m. Dec. 31 and 12:10 a.m. Jan. 1. The permit will be discussed and voted on in the board’s December meeting.

In other actions, a request from Beer, Bait & Bull owner Mel Jordan that he be granted a permit to allow wine sampling in his store was approved.

Also, Radford announced the city has submitted a grant application for the installation of a sidewalk running to the senior citizen complex located on South Cedar Street. The board had discussed the proposed project in its September and October meetings.

Mayor Seth Radford and Alderman Sioux Young discuss the need for a city permit allowing residents to shoot off fireworks inside the city limits on New Year's Eve. The board decided to ask city attorney Dan Fall to draw one up and have it ready for a vote at its December meeting.

Mayor Seth Radford and Alderman Sioux Young discuss the need for a city permit allowing residents to shoot off fireworks inside the city limits on New Year’s Eve. The board decided to ask city attorney Dan Fall to draw one up and have it ready for a vote at its December meeting.

Kevin Jenkins is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-518-3614 or kjenkins@dailyjournalonline.com

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