City council approves fence plan for Decatur Celebration

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DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - The Decatur City Council has voted to approve a plan that would fence in this year's Decatur Celebration.

The vote was taken during a regularly-scheduled council meeting on Monday.  Under the plan, a fence will be placed around the perimeter of the Decatur Celebration, and checkpoints will also be set up.

Officials say the fence will provide additional safety for people attending the Celebration, as well as ensure that the Decatur Celebration receives this year's admission charge.

Under current plans, everyone wishing to attend the Decatur Celebration this year will need to pay for a wristband.  The wristbands cost $5 in advance, or $8 at the gate, and provide admittance to the celebration for the full weekend.  

Children ages 12 and younger will receive a wristband at no charge.  Additionally, those who live and work in the downtown area will receive special wristbands to allow passage through the gates and checkpoints.  The carnival area will remain free, and will not require a wristband.

Although the City Council passed the plan 6-1, some Council Members did show some hesitancy regarding the fence being put up.

Council Member Lisa Gregory says, "by placing a gate around the celebration it really highlights the difference between those who can afford to attend and those who can't."

Council Member Bill Faber says, " i think we have done a poor job of public relations and laying out to the public first on what to expect i think this late roll out is a bit surprising to them."

For more information about the Decatur Celebration, click here.

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