The Antioch City Council turned down the appeal of Antioch’s Grace Bible Fellowship to shut down a part of Sunset Drive for its annual Holy Eve Community Carnival on Halloween. Instead, the council agreed to allow the church to use the city’s new boat launch and waive up to $500 in fees. The church must now approve the location, and the city must approve permits before planning for the event can proceed. The event started in 2005, and last year attracted a crowd of about 20,000.
The council also approved an amendment to the operating budget to include $500,000 in sewer fund expenditures earmarked for the installation of a new sanitary sewer line on Wilber Avenue.
The Brentwood City Council Tuesday approved the closures of portions of Oak and First streets for the Brentwood Chamber of Commerce’s annual Hometown Halloween event, scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 27 from 5 to 8 p.m. About 5,000 people attend Hometown Halloween each year. Kids, and some adults, show off their Halloween costumes and walk among downtown businesses and booths collecting treats and information about the businesses. A number of other activities, including haunted houses, will also be in operation.
Tuesday’s meeting lasted just eight minutes, the shortest in recent memory.
The Discovery Bay Community Services District (CSD) has authorized staff to purchase – pending final board authorization – a portable electronic message board for posting roadwork in progress, upcoming community events and continuing town projects. The nearly $16,000 board – which measures 61 inches by 83 inches – passed in a 4-1 vote (Director Mark Simon voted against the item). Approval is expected at the next CSD meeting on Oct. 17.
In other CSD news, Parks and Landscape Manager Fairin Perez told the board that community interest in Earth Day has continued to grow since last year’s successful Earth Day event. Local groups have suggested the idea of a veterans memorial and community garden built in time for this year’s April Earth Day celebration. Board members lauded the idea, but did not think the six-month lead time was adequate. Perez said the projects were in the initial planning stages and was merely testing the interest of the board in the project.
At Tuesday’s council meeting, Mayor Kevin Romick declared the week of Oct. 21 through Oct. 27 as Friends of Libraries Week in Oakley. The Friends of the Oakley Library, affectionately known as the FOOLs, have been raising funds for the library to continue offering free programs to the community. The Oakley Library is located at 1050 Neroly Road.
Oakley is also gearing up for its fourth annual Harvest Festival, scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 20 from noon to 4 p.m. at Civic Center Plaza, 3231 Main St. The festival is the city’s premier Halloween event, featuring a costume parade and pie-eating contest. Residents are also invited to carve pumpkins and bring them by for the pumpkin contest.
A costume parade for kids, scheduled for 1 p.m., will be followed by the inaugural canine costume parade at 3 p.m. For more information, call the Oakley Recreation Division at 925-625-7044.