CARTHAGE, Mo. —
With the 36th annual Marian Days celebration only weeks away, the Carthage City Council has approved a resolution authorizing city support and permission for several elements of the festival.
This year’s Marian Days celebration is set for set for Aug. 8-11 on the campus of the Congregation of the Mother Co-Redemptrix at Fairview and Grand avenues. The event annually brings tens of thousands of Vietnamese Catholics to Carthage for a celebration to honor the Virgin Mary. The celebration includes Masses and other religious programs, and serves as a reunion for many families and friends who come to Carthage each year.
On the recommendation of the public safety committee, the council on Tuesday approved a resolution that, among other things, gives city permission for activities including open air programs, street closings for the religious procession and fireworks after the procession. The Carthage Police Department oversees security for the gathering and hires officers from other departments to assist.
The council also heard a report from Patrolman Dan Fox on the results of a community policing project completed recently in neighborhoods in the west part of the city.
The projects increase the police presence in the neighborhoods while helping residents address issues including property maintenance. Fox said students from North Dakota University participated in a community cleanup project in March, and a neighborhood block party for residents was held in May. He said the effort also teamed with the Carthage Fire Department in distributing smoke detectors to residences that did not have them.
He said calls for service had dropped significantly as a result of the effort.
THE CARTHAGE COUNCIL approved on first reading a contract with Anderson Engineering Inc. to provide consulting services for a project to install new traffic signals at the intersection of Route HH and Interstate 49. The council earlier approved an agreement with the Missouri Department of Transportation for funding toward the project, which will include the widening of Route HH as it approaches the highway. Eighty percent of project costs — up to $234,420 — will come from federal funds via the state.