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Citizens for a Better Williams meets
About a dozen members of Citizens for a Better Williams met on Monday night in Williams and discussed the Festival of Lights — its successes and hitches — and started looking ahead for ways to make the event better for next year.
"It is kind of an unusual meeting at the end of the month; a meltdown meeting so that we don't forget everything before we meet next month. You've got to strike while the iron is hot," said member Pat Ash, who is also the city's mayor.
The overall feeling surrounding the Festival of Lights was one of a job well done. The event was well attended, and most members of the group heard good things from the community.
"I've heard a lot of positive feedback from the community," said member Steve Woldanski — also a sergeant in the Williams Police Department.
There were, however, some minor issues discussed for the group to iron out before the festival of lights next year.
Chief among those were buckling down on the requirement for all floats in the parade to have at least 1,000 lights. A couple of members said that some of the trucks in the parade lacked lights, and spent a little too much time blasting their horns.
"It's the festival of lights, not of smoke and horns," one member quipped about the diesel trucks.
Other items discussed included:
• Glenn-Colusa Cattlewomen and Cattlemen were judged as the best float entry in the parade.
• Changing the location where the parade ends.
• Not allowing people to pass out candy and fliers because it required a substantial cleanup afterward.
• Extending the Holiday Stroll to 9 p.m. so people could spend more time there after the parade next year.
• A possible Jan. 8 "grand opening" of the Williams Hotel mural downtown.
CONTACT reporter Brian Pearson at 713-9519.