ADDISON - Known as the most wonderful time of the year, Christmas in Addison is a big event, celebrated on the second Saturday every December. Christmas In the Park and the annual Christmas parade will continue this year on Dec. 12, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, although there will be one change. The free food bags will be available at the fire department, it was mentioned at the town council meeting Monday, Nov. 16. The parade is scheduled for 5 p.m.
“We’re going to have the bags already bagged up, and they can walk out and get one or we can hand them one,” Mayor Marsha Pigg stated. “No one will be standing around, and they can visit the park. The fire department said they would be glad to help us.” No large tents where people can gather will be there this year to help stop the virus spreading.
“The only thing different this year is we just won’t have the tents, because it is so crowded in there,” Pigg said.”
The free food bags contain barbecue, hot dogs, chips, snack cakes and candy canes, along with a drink. The bags will be available by 4 p.m. and should be picked up by 7 p.m. All participating in events at the park are encouraged to wear facial masks and social distance, as per Piggs’ instructions.
In addition to the bags, Santa Claus will be in Alexander Park on County Road 41 North, where the main area of activity will be after the parade, including live animals and a train ride.
Also mentioned at the meeting was whether or not to continue paying for animal control, which is $100 per month.
“If we have an animal (such as a stray), we call and they come and get it,” Pigg said. “Then they charge us so much. But we’re not getting any service out of it.” The company which has been serving as animal control for many municipalities in the area for several years is difficult to reach by phone, it was learned.
“We pay it to the county commission, and it’s not doing us (any good),” Pigg said.
While the animal control fee was discussed, one council member brought into discussion about the situation on Hunter Road with vicious dogs.
“Dogs have been running wild for a month,” the council member said. “They have done killed 40 something chickens.” People are being terrorized by nearly being bitten by the dogs when out walking. “We’ve warned them numerous times to put the dogs up because there’s a leash law,” it was said. “The police have done warned them. They’re doing nothing about it.” The breed of these two dogs was mentioned as a labrador and a pit bull.
Pigg mentioned she would need to speak with the police to get the correct legal procedure before action is taken.
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