Father Steve Wilson lives on what he calls the “Great Halloween Route,” of Carthage.

Father Steve Wilson lives on what he calls the “Great Halloween Route,” of Carthage.

Wilson told the Carthage City Council that, every Halloween, he sees hundreds of spooky creatures that spend more than 364 days in a year as normal children.
Wilson spoke in favor of a proposal to close Grand and Main streets from Macon to Centennial avenues from 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Halloween night, Wednesday, Oct. 31, to provide these spooks a safe place to search for the sugar they crave.

“I know that I traditionally give out 1,500 to 1,800 pieces of candy, one and only one per child,” Wilson said. “Not all of those 1,500-1,800 children, or the 300 who are still knocking after I run out of candy, are paying attention to the roads or are dressed appropriately.”

City officials said they've never closed the streets for Halloween, but they recognized that closing it will make for a safer holiday on streets where hundreds of children roam.

Wilson supported the idea.

“I urge the council to consider the wisdom of acting with forethought rather than asking 1,800 sugar-crazed children to act with forethought,” Wilson told the council.

The council approved the closure unanimously.

Carthage City Administrator Tom Short announced that the email addresses for city employees and officials will be changing in the next couple of weeks.
He said all city email addresses will adopt an “@carthagemo.gov” suffix, changing from the “@ecarthage.com” suffix they have now.

“We’re working on that now so probably in another week or so we’ll have it all switched over,” Short said. “We’ll have a time period where we’ll be receiving our email at the old address for a limited amount of time and sending automated responses saying the new address are this. The conversion should be complete in 30-60 days.”

In other business, the Council approved the annual closure of the Square and streets to the south from 4 p.m.-10 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3 for the Carthage Christmas Parade.

The parade is scheduled for 7 p.m. People will be allowed to bring their cars to the Square before the parade and park for the duration in case of cold weather.
The theme for the Christmas parade is “It's a Wonderful life.”

The Council also accepted a $4,990 bid from Big John's Heavy Equipment to demolish a condemned home and garage at 222 N. Francis St.

The bid was the lowest of three bids received. Schrader Excavating bid $10,700 for the project and B and B Yard Builders bid $5,600.

Council members and others thanked city employees and department heads for their work to help make Saturday's Maple Leaf Parade a success.

The Council also accepted the donation of 300 smoke detectors from the Missouri Division of Fire Safety for the Carthage Fire Department’s smoke detector program.