City leases land for Indian Head Harvest Festival

By JENNIFER COHRON
Posted 10/10/19

CORDOVA — The Cordova City Council voted Tuesday night to lease a lot on Main Street so that it can be used during the upcoming Indian Head Harvest Festival.

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City leases land for Indian Head Harvest Festival

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CORDOVA — The Cordova City Council voted Tuesday night to lease a lot on Main Street so that it can be used during the upcoming Indian Head Harvest Festival.

Mayor Drew Gilbert said the landowner requested the lease, which will cost $10 for the day.

"They just wanted to cover themselves legally," Gilbert said. 

The inaugural festival will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26, in downtown Cordova and will include food, vendors, games and live entertainment. 

The documentary "Wind and Water Balloons," which tells the story of Cordova's tradition of hosting a downtown water balloon battle on Halloween, will be shown at City Hall at 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m, 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. 

Cordova native Jamie Jean made the film in 2017. It was screened at the George Lindsey UNA Film Festival and Sidewalk Film Festival, as well as several other festivals around the country. The Oct. 26 screenings will be the first public screenings held in Cordova.

The city's annual Trunk or Treat hosted by Cordova Fire and Rescue will also be held on Oct. 26 from 5 to 8 p.m. in front of City Hall. 

In other action, the council voted to advertise for bids on janitorial services at City Hall. 

The individual who was previously hired for the job has a work conflict, according to Gilbert.

The city has been paying $100 a week for the service. 

Bids will be accepted through Nov. 12.

Fire chief Dean Harbison informed the council that his department requested that an electric meter be pulled from a residence on Massachusetts Avenue due to unsafe conditions.

"When we got inside, there were burning wires. They had wires hanging from room to room at eye level. The meter box looked like someone went in there and tied them together with their fingers," Harbison said.

Water services had previously been cut off to the residence, which remains occupied, according to Harbison.

"They're not trying to fix it. They're just squatting there. It's not safe and definitely not sanitary," Harbison said.

Gilbert said the city would act on the matter.

Police Chief Billy Dill informed council members that two of his department's police vehicles are in the shop. The work is covered by warranty.

Dill is also planning to offer a basic firearms training and basic medic course at the end of the year. 

"The emphasis will be on safe and proper firearms handling. Once you have completed that, then we will go to a marksmanship course," Dill said. 

Gilbert also announced that there are two openings on the Cordova Economic and Industrial Development Authority.