A great Fourth of July cel­e­bra­tion

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What a great time we all had July 3 on the down­town square.

I was im­pressed with the large turnout of peo­ple from all over this great county look­ing to spend a re­lax­ing af­ter­noon lis­ten­ing to good mu­sic, spend­ing time with fam­ily and friends, and of course watch­ing some of the best fire­works I can re­mem­ber see­ing.

I would like to take this op­por­tu­nity to thank a few groups for mak­ing the In­de­pen­dence Day cel­e­bra­tion a suc­cess.

Most folks have no idea what it takes to pro­duce an event like this.

There are so many un­knowns to con­tend with when you’re try­ing to plan. How many peo­ple will come? What will the weather do? Who will come to the square, or who will choose to sit in other park­ing lots or lo­ca­tions around the city? How should the square be blocked off and at what time?

I think you get the pic­ture.

This is where the peo­ple who worked be­hind the scene come in.

First, thanks go to Mack McKibben and Josephine Kelly for the plan­ning of the event and mak­ing it run smoothly.

A very spe­cial thankyou goes to the City Of Cov­ing­ton Pub­lic Works Depart­ment for mov­ing bar­ri­cades, re-rout­ing traf­fic, and help­ing keep the square clean and look­ing nice. These crews worked late af­ter the event to make sure our square was left in its beau­ti­ful, scenic form.

One of my goals was to pro­mote a very safe event from a Pub­lic Safety stand­point. Chief John McNeil, Deputy Chief David Gunter, and Capt. Craig Tread­well did an ex­cel­lent job plan­ning for the pub­lic safety re­sponse to this event.

We weren’t just fo­cused on the square, but also on all those other ar­eas around the city where large crowds gath­ered. We had to be pre­pared for ev­ery con­tin­gency and we were.

I also need to thank New­ton County Fire, New­ton County EMS, New­ton County Sher­iff’s Of­fice, Rock­dale Sher­iff’s Of­fice, and the Ge­or­gia State Pa­trol. They pro­vided per­son­nel and equip­ment to make sure the event was safe. Work­ing with all of these agen­cies was a great ef­fort en­joyed by all.

Fi­nally, I need to thank the largest group that made this event so suc­cess­ful, the cit­i­zens. Con­sid­er­ing the amount of peo­ple who de­scended onto the square and sur­round­ing ar­eas, ev­ery­one was well-be­haved.

We had noth­ing more than a few mi­nor in­ci­dents. Thank you.

For the record, to­tal calls re­lated to the Fourth of July were min­i­mal. Peo­ple lis­tened to the re­quest for a safe hol­i­day and we were blessed by hav­ing one.

The po­lice depart­ment re­ceived just one call for dis­charge of a firearm on July 4 and none on July 3. Thanks again for us­ing your head and hav­ing a happy but safe cel­e­bra­tion of our coun­try’s in­de­pen­dence.

STACEY COT­TON

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