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    Posted: Apr 10 2018 at 10:05am

Mr.  Funk  reported  that  the  Public  Involvement  Committee  met  with  representatives  from  
the Monroe Lions Club and the Monroe Historical Society.   The Monroe Historical Society spoke 
about their General Membership meeting, Spring Tea Event, and their membership drive.   Mr. Funk 
further reported that the Monroe Lions Club brought up the Light Up the Sky Event.  One of the 
items discussed was the $10,000 the City donated for the event.  It was the normal $5,000 that is 
donated by the City and an extra $5,000 for the Bicentennial year. The Lions Club would like for 
the City to maintain that $10,000 to cover the cost of the fireworks as a whole.

Mr. Hickman asked if the City takes care of the fireworks and the Lions Club continues doing the 
ground event with the City given some recognition on doing the fireworks.  Mr. Funk replied that 
this was brought up by the Committee as a co-branding and the Lions Club was very open to that.

Mr. Clark thought that it was a good idea and a lot of people were very positive about the 
fireworks last year.  The Lions Club keeps trying to build on the event every year.

Mayor Routson stated that he is always agreeable to the $5,000 but, last year was a special year. 
Even if we are sharing, there are a lot of other benefits they do have a way of funding and perhaps 
they could find more sponsors for the event.  Maybe $7,000 and some funding from another area. We 
also provide police protections, public works, and the fire department.  Mayor Routson would like 
it to be a good event, but we need to see those figures of what is already provided.

Mr. Clark stated that we cannot increase the size of the shells, but we were able to use more.  It 
isn’t like anyone is going to be upset if the City gives $7,000 or $10,000 as anything is 

Mrs. McElresh likes the idea of incorporating the City for the fireworks.  The community really 
enjoyed the show; however, she felt 7,000 versus $10,000 really makes a difference.  The Monroe 
Lions Club is non-profit has to pay for the fireworks, but it impacts somewhere else such as the 

Mr. Funk suggested maybe the donations received for the bicentennial will result in those same 
donors helping he Lions Club.

Mr. Hickman’s concern is the taxpayers money and would like to make sure Monroe is recognized as 
putting on the fireworks display.

Mayor Routson requested that the City Manager  provide a  cost breakdown for providing City 

Mr. Hickman brought up the subject of being able to walk around with alcohol.  Mr. Funk advised 
that the Lions Club also would like to know Council’s opinion on not being restricted to a beverage 
garden.  Mr. Hickman felt that if we keep it off the concrete it would be okay.  Mayor Routson 
asked about fencing.  Mr. Frentzel replied that it is not a Council requirement and several 
scenarios were brought up such as, keeping it out of the inflatable area or close to the parking 

They're not saying the entire park, but seeking an opinion from Council on expanding the area
for beer. Mr. Clark heard from a lot of people that they didn’t like the beer and food being separated.

Mr. Funk asked Chief Buchanan how it affects his department if it was confined versus being a 
larger area.  Chief Buchanan said he would have to look at the geographic area and do their due 
diligence to make sure they stay within the area.

Mr. Frentzel asked where Council would not like to see alcohol at such as not being by the cabin or 
the playground.

Mr. Hickman thought it should be kept down by the stage in the grass and not on the blacktop 
because it is easier to watch people on the blacktop.  If you keep them around the stage and not 
around where the kids are riding the rides.

Mayor  Routson  and  Mr.  Clark  would  like  to  see  a  map  of  the  area  where  the  beer  
would  be permitted.

Mrs. Hale asked Mrs. Wasson if we could get a survey out in the newsletter, Facebook, and the 
website to see what people think about this.  Mrs. Wasson replied that if that is what Council 
would like to do it could be put out there.

Leslie Sumner of the Monroe Lions Club indicated that a license for the alcohol would need to be 
applied for by May 1st.  Mr. Frentzel noted that the May-June Messenger would not allow sufficient
time for feedback.

Source: Monroe Council Minutes
Regular Meeting of Council
March 27, 2018 – 6:30 p.m.
233 South Main Street, Monroe, Ohio
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"They're not saying the entire park, but seeking an opinion from Council on expanding the area
for beer. Mr. Clark heard from a lot of people that they didn’t like the beer and food being separated."

It makes sense to have food by the beer. People drinking beer should be eating too because if they are only drinking beer then someone might..... get drunk. 
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