Record season for White River Wonderland reported at Tuesday night’s Batesville City Council meeting


The Batesville City Council met in regular session Tuesday.

Jonathon Abbott, supervisor of the city’s landscaping department, presented the final report detailing the 2019-20 holiday lights display performance.

The overall traffic count was down, however, this was attributed to patrons parking outside of the park entrance and walking through the display versus driving through.

The monies collected from donations, concessions, and other attractions reflected a record number of visitors. Donations alone totaled $29,158.17.

The total collected from the lights display this season was $64,893.17.

This most recent display contained 92 new individual light pieces.

In other business, the council approved and adopted an ordinance waiving competitive bidding for certain items in 2020.

“Just because this waives competitive bidding doesn’t mean that we don’t check on the prices on stuff like fuel,” said Councilmember Tommy Bryant.

The council also adopted a resolution authorizing Mayor Rick Elumbaugh to enter into a contract with KM Masonry, Inc. for the construction and repair of the library steps. This project is funded through a grant the city received.

Article by Teisha Bagwell

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