The town of Dearing is gearing up for Mayfest, and Mayor Sean Kelley is hoping for a good turnout.
"We're hoping everyone in the area will come by," Kelley said at the Dearing Town Council meeting Monday at City Hall.
The annual event is held on the first Saturday of May. According to the town's Web site, www.townofdearing.org, the Mayfest celebration is a time "to step away from our busy lives and take a moment to have our 'annual visit' with friends and family." Activities include a parade, which kicks off at 9 a.m. and goes from the post office to the old school, where there will be inflatable activities for children, crafts and food vendors, the popular "Burger Battle," fire department exhibits, train and fire truck rides and musical entertainment.
Everyone is invited. Anyone who wishes to participate in the parade just needs to show up at the park by the post office by 8:30.
No registration is required to participate in the parade.
In preparation for the event, Dearing is having a free trash cleanup day on Saturday, April 30.
"We're hoping the local residents will really pitch in and help clean up our town, the public areas, and their own properties," the mayor said. 'We'll have six free dumpsters parked by the fire department for people to come and drop off any trash they want to get rid of. Since so many trees and limbs were blown down by the recent storm, we'll even have one dumpster just for tree limbs, leaves, any other natural wood products. We do ask for people to bring an ID, just to show they live in the general area. But we know just about everyone in Dearing anyway, so it shouldn't really be a problem."
In other business, Mayor Pro-Tem Allen Axon reported that Dearing has recently completed the International Organization for Standardization inspections, and the results should be posted within 60 days.
"This should make a difference in our residents' home insurance rates," Axon said.
He also said there had been some vandalism at the Dearing skate park.
"One of the ramp structures had been moved, torn up from its anchors and turned over," Axon said. "It must have taken four or five people to do that."
"It's just a few of the skateboarders that are doing it," Kelley said.
"Most of them are good kids. But we're going to install cameras at the skate park, and when we do catch the ones doing it, it's going to be bad news for them."
The issue of restrooms for the skate park was also discussed. "We've decided to take it in a new direction," Kelley said. "We had originally thought of a very simple, permanent restroom, but now we're looking at upgrading to more spacious facilities, including separate facilities for men and women."
Council member Bobby Aldred brought up the issue of what to do with the town's old fire truck, a 1968 Howe pumper truck, which the city no longer needs. Agreement was reached to put it up for sale at a price of $1,000.
"It needs some work to be operable," the mayor said, "and we can't use it 'cause the tank is too small, so we'll be happy to let it go."
Before the meeting was adjourned, Kelley had one request.
"Please let everybody know I won't be competing in the 'Burger Battle' at the Mayfest this year. I've won it the past two or three years, and I think it's time to let someone else have a shot at the prize."