The Lindsborg City Council will soon discuss whether to create more policy for street closure requests. Street closure requests are made by residential neighbors for block social events — and also by community event organizers in areas such as downtown. No specific issue or complaint is leading to the discussion; rather, it is triggered by awareness of Lindsborg as a busier place overall and need from Police Chief Tim Berggren for more guidance. At last Monday’s Ad Hoc session, Chief Berggren opened a discussion with Ad Hoc on this issue. In general, there was acknowledgement that blocking east-west traffic on Lincoln Street is a special consideration because it is an often-used emergency vehicle route. It also was acknowledged that event coordinators should be more proactive in communicating with Chief Berggren and other city staff members about plans. Concern also was expressed that street closure policies should encourage those who create quality of life and engagement in neighborhoods and business districts.
While with Chief Berggren, the subject of the Smoky Valley Car Show in Swensson Park on Aug. 5. The chief and a veteran crew of volunteers has made the event a colorful, popular addition to Lindsborg's summer schedule for many years. In recent years, the Car Show Committee has generously donated proceeds after expenses to a good local cause. A note for 2017: Based on feedback, the committee does not plan to solicit promotional materials for and stuff bags for entrants. If a business or organization would like to offer materials, please contact the chief or a member of the committee.
Ad Hoc has talked about the increasing public expectation about business openness to well-behaved pets. For those who are able and want to promote pet friendliness at their locations, CVB director Holly Lofton designed a window transparency. If you'd like one, please stop by Small World Gallery. Thanks