Plans for Slater's annual Steve McQueen Days are coming together smoothly, Assistant City Administrator Gene Griffith reported at the city council meeting Tuesday evening, March 2.
The event is scheduled for the weekend of April 24, about a month later than normal, in hopes of having better weather.
Another change is in the location of events, some of which used to be held at Slater Youth Center.
"We're going to try to keep everything on Main Street," Griffith said.
A discussion panel with Sharon Farrell, Chris Noel and Pat Johnson will be held in City Hall. The celebrities are also scheduled to attend a buffet dinner Friday, April 23, at Maxine's Tea House from 5 to 8 p.m. The meal is open to the public.
As usual, a car show is also part of the Days.
"I'm going to encourage all of the local car clubs to come and be a part of this," council member Terry Jordan said.
Slater Mayor Stephen Allegri said Steve McQueen Days are just one part of the city's calendar of events.
"That's kind of our kickoff to our summer of festivals," he said.
Allegri also said the cost of the event is appealing in the current economic climate.
"You can't have any more reasonable entertainment," he said. "... All our entertainment is family-oriented and affordable."
Another event, the Slater Fall Festival, is scheduled for Sept. 23-25.
In action items, the council approved the purchase of 31 bicycle helmets for Slater kindergarten students, at a cost of $7 each, through a safety program with Fitzgibbon Hospital.
A beer and wine liquor license for Doc's Bar, located in what was formerly R Bar, was also approved.
In other business, Allegri announced a test of the city storm sirens Tuesday, March 9, at 1:30 p.m. Now, he said, the Saline County E911 Dispatch Center will be operating the siren.
Council members Ruby Romine, Brownell Bryant, Matt Campbell, Ron Monnig, Brett Hemeyer and Harry Lightfoot were also present at the meeting.
The council is scheduled to meet again Tuesday, March 16, at 7 p.m. in City Hall.