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Carnival returns to Marseilles Fun Days

A young carnivalgoer aims a dart at balloons in an effort to win a prize at the Marseilles Fun Days carnival in 2012. The carnival will return this summer for the first time since the 2013 flood.
A young carnivalgoer aims a dart at balloons in an effort to win a prize at the Marseilles Fun Days carnival in 2012. The carnival will return this summer for the first time since the 2013 flood.

For the first time since the 2013 flood, this summer’s Marseilles Fun Days again will feature a carnival.

The announcement came from Fun Days Committee member Catherine Strottner at Wednesday’s City Council meeting.

The carnival will be on Lincoln Street across from City Hall. Also, adjacent Knudson Park will be the location of bands and the beer tent.

Strottner said the Fun Days Committee is planning some special activities to be unveiled at a later date.

The City Council approved holding Fun Days from Tuesday, July 10, through Sunday, July 15. Strottner said the carnival will be Thursday through Sunday.

The City Council also approved holding the Marseilles Firemen’s Car Show on Saturday, July 21.

“It’s going to be a fun, full week with Fun Days and then the next weekend the Firemen’s Car Show,” said Mayor Jim Hollenbeck.

In other business, Commissioner Gary Lewey said there have been complaints about all-terrain vehicles on private and public land in the Timber Edge subdivision. Last December, 10 streetlights were approved for the subdivision. When those are installed, the city may follow through on a suggestion by Commissioner Bob Davis that surveillance cameras be installed, Lewey said.

Lewey also said surveillance cameras may be considered for the city’s new salt shed, which recently was discovered to have been used for the dumping of sheetrock, nails, boards and other refuse.

Additionally, Commissioner Jim Buckingham said there had been complaints about recent water bills, but he encouraged water customers to check for leakage from their faucets and toilets as well as considering turning off their water if they are going to be away for a while.

Some bills were higher than usual because they were based on meter readings. The previous billings were estimates because public works employees were busy with snow removal duties.

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