The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

October 24, 2012

Public safety measures approved by Carthage Council


From staff reports

CARTHAGE, Mo. — The Carthage City Council on Tuesday endorsed a recommendation to close portions of two streets for trick-or-treating on Halloween night and approved a resolution accepting a donation of 300 smoke detectors.

The Halloween street closings will ban traffic on Grand and Main streets from Macon to Centennial avenues 5 to 9 p.m. The action was recommended by the council’s public safety committee for the two streets, which are in the busiest parts of Carthage for trick-or-treating, according to Tom Short, city administrator.

The Carthage Fire Department requested state help for the smoke detectors, and the grant will supplement the department’s existing effort to get smoke detectors in homes, according to Chief Chris Thompson. The smoke detectors are available to homeowners in Carthage or the Carthage Fire District.