Event organizers complain about councilman's actions

Shawn Hardy

Representatives of Grandma's Mission Angels complained at Monday's Greencastle Borough Council meeting about the manner in which Councilman Craig Myers raised safety concerns at a weekend fundraiser.

Sam Folley, treasurer, said Myers was unprofessional and Dustin Beaver, vice president, said Myers ruined the mood as he asked who was in charge at the chicken barbecue, silent auction and cornhole tournament Sunday that raised $8,000 for a sick child.

Myers, who also is the borough's emergency management coordinator, said he was worried about people crossing North Antrim Way at Williamson Avenue.

"All it takes is one person getting hit to undo all the good you do," Myers said. "I said, "et's try to get together next year to find a better place.' I wasn't there to stop it. I was there to say, 'Let's make it better.'

"What you do is a good thing, but that intersection is bad on a good sunny day," Myers said.

The chicken barbecue was held on the Sunnyway Diner parking lot on the west side of the road, while other activities were held at the Athlete's Edge on the east side.

Grandma's Mission Angels raises money for families facing medical issues.

Beaver said the event needs to be held in a high-traffic area or "it's hard to sell 650 chicken dinners in a few hours," and have indoor space for the cornhole tournament and auction in case of rain.

Beaver said he was dumbfounded that Myers approached officers at the event.

Ben Thomas Jr. said the issue was not going to be resolved Monday, but recommended a proactive approach with the organization and the borough working together before next year's event. The public safety committee is the place to start, according to Councilman James Farley.

"We're thrilled to do anything to make our events better," Beaver said.