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Goold Park to be barricaded for Shine Music Fest

Traffic will be controlled at Union Street and Northern Avenue for Saturday event

Brent Mitchell with the Shine Music Fest answered questions from the Morris City Council Monday regarding his request to close Northern Avenue for the Christian music festival. The council agreed to closing part of the road near Lisbon Street.
Brent Mitchell with the Shine Music Fest answered questions from the Morris City Council Monday regarding his request to close Northern Avenue for the Christian music festival. The council agreed to closing part of the road near Lisbon Street.

MORRIS – Travel patterns around Goold Park are going to be different Saturday to accommodate the Shine Music Fest. The Morris City Council approved a proposal Monday to barricade the eastern entrance.

Brent Mitchell of the music festival answered questions from the council after his proposal was tabled at the council meeting July 2.

The original request was to shut down the length of Northern Avenue from Union to Lisbon Streets, which would block use of the Morris City Pool.

“Right now we’re getting a ton of traffic for the pool,” 2nd Ward Alderman Julian Houston said. “We don’t want to have people not be able to use that.”

Houston said that he’ll drive by before the pool opens most days and see lines outside of people waiting to get in.

“We want you to do yours, but we don’t want to hinder people getting to pool,” Houston said.

First Ward Alderman Randy Larson suggested splitting the parking lots at the site, designating those closest to the pool for people using the pool, while those along Union Street and at the high school could be for the festival attendees.

“We could also have a designated walkway,” Larson said.

The city council voted to approve a plan that would block off a portion of Northern Avenue from Lisbon Street west, but still allow access to the pool parking lot.

The festival will have barricades and staff to control traffic coming
in from Union Street. The barricades will be set up from noon to 9 p.m. Saturday.

The Morris City Council also voted to buy a 2017 Kubota tractor that had about 63 hours of use. It previously was used as a demonstrator and the city bought it with a two-year factory warranty.

The tractor is replacing another tractor, a Ford from 1971.

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