Garden Club asked to start ‘Yard of the Month’

Garden Club asked to start ‘Yard of the Month’

Vernon Garden Club member Rhonda Dickenson discusses changing venues for the monthly club meeting at the Vernon City Council meeting on July 22.

Published: Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 11:34 AM.

VERNON — Mayor Michelle Cook told the Vernon City Council that the postponed Fourth of July event is going to be held on Aug. 31.

The city council held its July meeting at City Hall on Monday.

“We won’t have a parade this year, and the event will begin at 5 p.m.,” Cook said. “We still will have entertainment by Gilley’s, and the fireworks will start at 9 p.m.”

The event was postponed due to the flooding that occurred in Vernon on July 4 when the area received over 20 inches of rain in the matter of a couple of days.

Several buildings and homes were damaged in Vernon — the cost of the damage to the community has been estimated at $2.1 million. Cook said she has continued to work to collect information for the city’s effort to collect FEMA assistance, but asked if someone else on the council could help her since she is also busy planning the Aug. 31 event.

Councilman Tray Hawkins volunteered to help. “If you can just bring me what you have so far I can take that on,” he said.

The Washington County Tourist Development Council approved an additional $100 for the city of Vernon during its meeting Monday afternoon to help the city promote the rescheduled event.

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