In a 4-1 vote at an emergency meeting on Saturday, April 1, village council members set new guidelines for those who want to hand out candy during the game.
In a 3-2 vote at an emergency meeting on Saturday, April 1, village council members set new guidelines for those who want to hand out candy during the game.
Village Board President Billy “Feeling” said the move will promote harmony throughout the village and will be consistent with all 47 Yellow Springs Village Values that the Board voted on last month.
“Basically, if you’re giving out treats, they should be treats that everyone can enjoy,” Dobra said.
“And without saving,” added the head of the village, Julia Voris, discussing the provision in the law, which obliges the villagers to give each child three treats.
“We estimate about 2,000 kids come out on Halloween night,” Worries said. “So the villagers have to have about 6,000 candies on hand to see them through the two-hour rush hour.”
Councilwoman Gia Smokes said she was “thrilled” the legislation came early enough for villagers to plan ahead.
“I’ll start buying candy right after Easter,” Smokes said with a wink.
Vors said other municipalities have taken similar steps, but Yellow Springs will be the first municipality to require three candies for treats.
While praising the addition, Councilwoman Beverly Bubbles said she hopes the minimum requirements will send a clear signal that the Village is serious about inclusivity and equity.
“Candy is actually not that hard to find,” she said. “This legislation just makes sense.”
Council members Smokes, Bubbles and Alright voted for the measure; Council members Wiley Coyote and Ina Pinch abstained as they fell asleep at the podium before the measure could come up for a vote.
In other matters of the Council, April 1:
- The council adopted a resolution on limiting the time of citizens’ speeches to 15 seconds per speaker.
- The council adopted a resolution to designate each day as “Children’s Appreciation Day.”
- The council is considering naming “Baby Shark” the new Yellow Springs anthem, proposing to play the song over tornado sirens on the first Tuesday of each month.