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Terre Haute, Indiana
Terre Haute, Indiana
The Terre Haute Board of Public Works and Safety approved several requests during the meeting at City Hall yesterday afternoon, including a request for downtown road closures to accommodate an event that is expected to drum up business in the community.
The Indiana Percussionist Association is holding its annual state finals competiton at Hulman Center for the first time on Saturday, April 2 . The past venue for the event was at Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis.
Dave Patterson, exectutive director of the Terre Haute Convention Center informed the board that the event is expected to draw a crowd of 6,000 and they will be utilizing parking lots west of facility. He says that if all goes well this first time at this venue, there are talks of a ten-year deal.
Roads to be closed during the IPA State Finals event --- from 7 a.m. to midnight --- include Eagle Street between Eighth and Ninth Streets and Ninth Street between Cherry and Eagle Streets.
With guests from all around the state visiting the city, Patterson said organizers are trying to fine- tune preparations by thinking ahead.
"Given all their equipment and everything, it's just a safety aspect," he said, adding, "I'm really trying to think ahead -- safety and everything."
The board unanimously approved the request.
"It will be a great way to showcase the city," President Jon Stinson said.
See more on the event at the IPA website.
In other business:
The board approved a one-time request from Terre Haute Area Association of Realtors to paint an “R” at the intersection of 13th and Hulman on Sunday, April 3.
THAAR Vice President Tom Chiado said that it's just a small part of the association's celebration of 100 years in the community. He acknowledged that organizers are aware of the intersection being a high-traffic area and he has considered safety precautions in planning the barricades to be placed out early for the paint work near the THAAR office building.
The board members voted in favor of the street closings, with Bob All, newest board member and a former realtor, emphasizing that reaching the century milestone is a big deal.
"You get any group that has been here for a century, that is a big deal," All said, adding that dignitaries from throughout the state will be attending planned events around the anniversary.
Chiado said the group is being recognized nationally and noted THAAR is only one of 15 realtor associations to reach the milestone.
"This is pretty special," he said.
The board approved the following:
Addressing the board regarding a non-action item, Terre Haute Parks and Recreation Department Superintendent Eddie Bird updated the members about changes in event guidelines.
He explained that during park events such as 5Ks or bike races held at Fairbanks Park and the related requests by organization to closing First Street, the department decided change was necessary due to traffic and safety concerns.
"If a group comes in and wants to have a bike race and actually use the entire park -- close it down -- we will allow that if they rent out everything that's rent-able in that park," Bird said,noting that he wanted to inform the board because traditionally groups seek road closure approval related to park requests.
For more information call the department at 232-2727
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