The celebratory nature of Radcliff’s weekend parade and festival carried over Tuesday evening in City Hall as the monthly council meeting largely was a celebration of community pride.
The parade coordinated by city government attracted 92 entries and was followed Saturday by the first Radcliff Cultural Festival, an all-day event staged by community volunteers.
The meeting attire reflected the celebratory nature. The entire council and other city leaders were outfitted in “I Love Radcliff” T-shirts and audience members who worked on the festival committee wore identical green shirts with the message “Celebrate Radcliff”.
Toshie Murrell, one of the festival organizers, praised the committee for its work and discussed the enthusiastic response of participants and patrons. She said groups already are requesting applications for the 2020 festival.
“It’s going to continue to grow. We’re going to continue to work together as a city and community,” Murrell said. “We’re going to continue to bring this to our great city of Radcliff.”
Kevin Parrett, chairman of global studies at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College, is a frequent international traveler and joined the festival steering committee during its summer-long planning stage. He praised the event and its diverse list of performances representing international cultures.
“It really made me feel like I was there in those countries,” Parrett told the council.
The festival committee presented each council member with a locally produced Radcliff Cultural Festival medallion.
In turn, Mayor J.J. Duvall presented Murrell and co-chairwomen Jeannette Stephens and Pam deRoche with certificates of appreciation for their efforts.
“It really was a whole lot of people working together,” Duvall said earlier in the meeting as a parade slide show appeared on television monitors in the council chambers.
Also during Tuesday’s meeting, the council received a report of the pool season. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, the municipal pool at Colvin Community Center served 4,635 patrons with admission fees and concessions raising more than $23,500 to defray expenses.
Duvall also fielded a series of community concerns during the public comment section of the meeting. Issue included sidewalk concerns, an unfinished neighborhood road repair and speeding vehicles, which a resident said is turning a section of North Woodland Drive “into a three-block drag strip.”