White city councilmen at their monthly meeting Monday night gave the green light to a name, time and date of an inaugural city festival. The "White City Springfest" will be held the last day of April and will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The festival's name is what councilmen came up with after discussing the event's moniker. City Manager Jane Richards initially put up the name "Party in the Park Fest," which she and members of the city festival committee thought of when they met days prior.
"That's kind of what we're known for now, is our park," she said.
The event's location is slated to be the city's James A. White Memorial Park, which features a pavilion that was constructed earlier this year. Other additions made to the park in recent months include new restroom facilities and a merry-go-round.
Richards said the event's potential attractions could include face painting, a dunking booth, an old car show, and booths for food and more. She and other committee members are slated to meet Nov. 18 to further plan the event.
Councilmen during the meeting also received a copy of the proposed fiscal year 2011 budget. The financial plan put forth calls for a general fund of $418,800 -- up from the $400,000 FY2010 budget approved the first of this year. The city's fiscal year runs Jan. 1 to Dec. 31.
In addition to next year's budget, the council also will consider amending the 2010 budget to an amount of $407,000. Increased revenues and increased expenses, such as jail costs and facility maintenance, led to the budget's upping.
The next meeting of the White City Council is scheduled for Monday, Dec. 6.
Neighborhood watch program set for Nov. 11
City leaders Monday also gave their blessing to holding a neighborhood watch question-and-answer forum at city hall Nov. 11 at 7 p.m., following a proposal from Councilman Dennis Huskins, who looked into holding such following more than half a dozen break-ins targeting area businesses and vehicles.
"It's just the times we're living in. Unfortunately, the citizens don't know what they can and can't do, and I think it's been needed for a while," Huskins said. "Now that this has started taking place, we're getting more aggressive with it."
Deputy Richey Harrell of the Bartow County Sheriff's Office will lead the program.