The Boonville City Council asked the Chamber of Commerce to reconsider the Heritage Days street closure plan after City Attorney Brad Wooldridge told the council it would block off his Sixth Street restaurant on the busiest week of the year.

The carnival is proposed to close Sixth Street from the alley north of Spring Street down to Chestnut Street, and to close Chestnut Street between Sixth and Main streets. The streets would be closed from Tuesday evening, June 18, until Sunday afternoon. That would make it tough to get to Wj’s on the corner of Sixth and Chestnut streets, Wooldridge said.

Last year, Sixth Street was a parking and unloading zone for the carnival, Wooldridge said. A dumpster in front of the restaurant left the ground littered, and with the barricades around Sixth and Chestnut, there was almost no way to get to the restaurant, he said.

“The blockades that are proposed basically completely landlock our restaurant on the busiest weekend of the year,” Wooldridge told the council.

Mayor Ned Beach said the council will consider the street closures at its next meeting May 20, and encouraged Wooldridge to get together with the Chamber of Commerce to form a plan.

Second Ward Councilwoman Susan Meadows said it’s time to think outside the “Spring Street-Sixth Street-Chestnut box” for Heritage Days, which Beach enthusiastically applauded.

“It’s silly to keep going over this, and we have this beautiful corridor down Spring Street that’s perfect for that venue,” she said.

Council vacates Hazel Lane, buys new mini excavator

The council on Monday unanimously voted to vacate a street called Hazel Lane Drive, which was platted in 1947, and planned as a cul-de-sac branching off the east end of South Street, running between Sixth Street and Jefferson Drive.

The planned street would have had 15 lots, but it was never built, and remained undeveloped. The city vacated the right-of-way so a family who bought the land last year can build a house.

The council also approved the purchase of a second miniature excavator for the Boonville Parks and Recreation and Public Works departments. Two vendors each submitted two bids, ranging from $82,671.12 to 93,659.33. The two lowest bids came from Bobcat of Columbia, but the cheapest option, a Bobcat E85, didn’t have a desired angle blade feature.

Public Works Director M.L. Cauthon recommended buying Bobcat of Columbia’s other bid, a $90,500 Takeuchi TB290. The listed price for the miniature excavator was $124,970, and Bobcat of Columbia dropped it by $34,470 to match the price Boonville could have obtained through a cooperative purchasing agreement.

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