West Grand Homecoming activities to continue in town center
September 22, 2008
West Grand High School’s homecoming bonfire, pep rally and barbecue will take place for the second year at Kremmling Town Square Park on Oct. 16.
Kremmling Board of Trustees approved the location last Tuesday.
“An event like homecoming is not just a high school event. It’s a community event,” said Philip Bonds, West Grand High principal. “Last year, it created just an incredibly positive atmosphere.”
Kremmling Police Chief Scott Spade didn’t favor closing Third Street for the event.
“I never like to close streets if there’s an alternative,” he said. The alternative is to have the bonfire at the high school parking lot.
If moved back to the high school it would lose that “town involvement piece,” Bonds said.
Doug Moses, Kremmling public works director, said a fire could threaten old buildings near the park.
“I argued against having a bonfire in the center of town last year,” Moses said. “If the fire got out of hand, it could be a safety issue.”
Bonds said he understood the concern because “West Grand High School is no stranger to hazards associated with fire.” Workers are still cleaning up after a blaze struck the high school Sept. 13.
“We would certainly not want to burn anybody down,” Bonds added.
The bonfire lasts for about an hour and a half. Bonds designed the vertical column fire last year.
“It did shoot up in the air,” he said. “It was actually designed to do that and to burn very fast. I used to work with Park Service. I’m really good at lighting fires.”
The board unanimously approved the bonfire at the town park.
“I don’t have a problem with this,” said Trustee Mike Music. “I don’t think it’s anything that’s going to cause a big disaster in our town.”
Kim Bodemann, a booster club member, liked having all the homecoming activities in one spot last year.
“It was just incredible,” she said. “They loved the use of the stage, coaches could get up and speak on it.”
“It was really well supervised,” said Melanie Schmidt, a West Grand High Student Council Advisor. “(Students) were all able to interact with people from the community. It’s great when the rest of our community can see our students in such a positive way.
We didn’t have behavior problem.”
Kremmling Board of Trustees approved the liquor license for Quarter Circle Saloon.
In a 4-3 vote, the board decided to hear an appeal of a decision made by the Kremmling Planning and Zoning Commission that approved John Van Grinsven’s request to operate a Garage Door Fabrication business in an R-2 Residential area to be located at 565 Kinsey Ave.
Members Jason Bock, Ken Bentler, Erik Woog and Mayor Thomas Clark approved the decision. The appeal will be scheduled for a future meeting.
Woog also was appointed to take a vacant spot on the Planning and Zoning Commission. Music previously held the position.
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