The ordinance, number 15, carried with no negative votes and set property taxes for next year lower than last year's.
The council also voted to have the city observe Halloween trick-or-treat rituals from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 31. The council noted that this year's celebration will not coincide with the annual Halloween event at the Mountain Arts Center.
Last year Halloween was celebrated on the same night that the MAC offered its annual Halloween concert by the Kentucky Opry which was preceded by trick-or-treat in the lobby as well as prizes for costumes. The council opted to have trick-or-treat run from 5 to 7 p.m. so that the events wouldn't overlap.
Mayor Fannin noted that he got a few complaints about the earlier trick-or-treat times from residents who had gone to great lengths to decorate their homes with lighted displays which were not as effective before darkness set in.
This year trick-or-treat will run into darkness and parents should observe caution after dark. Safety guidelines have been established for trick-or-treaters, parents and those staying home to give out treats.
Make the yard safe by clearing any items that could trip trick-or-treaters, like hoses, flower pots, ladders, etc.
Battery powered jack o'lanterns are preferred to candlelit pumpkins.
Candlelit pumpkins, if in use, should be kept away from paths that children will use.
Make sure children eat a healthy dinner before going out.
Store-bought costumes should be checked to make sure they are made from flame-retardant material.
Tampering with candy is rare but children should be encouraged to bring everything home for inspection before feasting on the bounty they've collected.
Should carry a flashlight.
Always walk and don't run.
Wear shoes that are comfortable, regardless of whether or not they match the costume choice.
Avoid wearing masks until they get to the host's door, as most head coverings obscure vision.
Wear clothing with reflective patches or bands.
Never approach homes that are unlit.