By Jean Doran Matua, Editor
At its Oct. 7 regular meeting, the Eden Valley city council agreed to allow trick-or-treating from 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, within the city of Eden Valley. They added that anyone who does not wish to allow their children out for trick-or-treating can simply keep them at home. Likewise, anyone who does not wish to have trick-or-treaters visit their home should not turn on their porch light. The council’s intent is that participation in trick-or-treating this year, with the COVID-19 in our midst, is entirely voluntary and the council will not make any mandates one way or the other.
The council approved Police Chief Ernie Junker hiring two part-time officers in addition to current staffing. The two part-timers are already working for the county (saving the city costs), and they would be used to fill in as needed for vacations, extra events, etc. Junker reported that the total hours of policing will not increase by hiring two more part-time officers.
Public Works director Zach Blonigen reported that the city’s brush pile will close Nov. 1, or earlier if we get snow. For the most part, people are cooperating and following the rules at the brush pile.
Mayor Brent Bengtson reported that the CP Rail Holiday Train will not run this year. They will do a virtual event (yet to be determined), participate in a food drive, and will again present checks to food shelves in towns along the usual Holiday Train route. It has not yet been decided whether the Chamber/Citizens 4Progress will sponsor a Holiday event this year. An outdoor event could work, if weather cooperates.
The next regular meeting of the Eden Valley city council will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10 (postponed because of the election Nov. 3).