Niles Council green lights bridge bash

Published 7:08 pm Monday, September 23, 2013

The Main Street bridge in Niles.

The Main Street bridge in Niles.

The bridge bash is on.

On Monday, the Niles City Council unanimously approved a request by the Downtown Development Authority/Main Street to hold a fundraising event on the Main Street bridge in Niles from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6.

Money raised at the bridge bash will benefit the Hunter Ice Festival and other DDA Main Street activities/events.

The Main Street bridge will serve as the area for all entertainment with hopes of finding face painters, jugglers, balloon animal artists and other street performers.

According to the city council report, Niles DDA has verbal approval from the Michigan Department of Transportation to close the bridge from the corner of Front and Main Streets to the corner of St. Joseph and Main Streets.

Organizers are requesting and have been granted the use of the Riverfront Amphitheater, city electricity, barricades and the north boat launch.

Also Monday, the council:

• Accepted a bid of $99,770.50 from Future Construction of Watervliet for the re-roofing of the street division garage and office.

• Approved a request from Niles High School’s student council to hold the annual homecoming parade on Friday, Oct. 4 at 1 p.m. The parade is scheduled to begin at the corner of 15th and Merrifield, go west on Merrifield to 14th Street, south on 14th Street to Sycamore Street, east on Sycamore Street to 17th Street, north on 17th to Merrifield, and west on Merrifield to the north side of the high school in the parking lot. The parade is expected to last no more than an hour.