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Canonsburg Council Changes Decision on July 4 Parade Chair Placement

Council voted 6-3 Monday to allow chairs to be placed along the parade route 48 hours in advance of the festivities—but no earlier than 6 a.m.

Canonsburg Council on Monday voted to reverse its decision to restrict the placement of Fourth of July Parade chairs to 6 a.m. the day of the parade.

Councilman Joe McGarry made a motion to allow enthusiasts to place their chairs along Pike Street 48 hours prior to the parade date—but no earlier than 6 a.m.

Councilman Rich Russo seconded the motion.

Chairs that are placed out before that date will be removed and taken to the borough garage. Chairs are not permitted to be locked down, Mayor David H. Rhome said.

But before a vote could be taken, Councilman Paul Sharkady spoke from a written statement.

He mentioned safety issues regarding the tape and other items used to secure the chairs along the parade route, and said he believed it could constitute as a liability for the borough.

Sharkady also mentioned that enthusiasts from out of town do not have an opportunity to set up chairs because all of the spaces would be taken up.

“What we don’t need is any notoriety that we don’t care…about our visitors,” he said.

Councilman Tim Bilsky also spoke up, saying that he also believed allowing parade enthusiasts advanced set up of chairs would constitute a liability issue.

“I don’t see if being outlandish in any way,” Bilskey said of the original deadline set by council of 6 a.m. the morning of the parade.

The motion ultimately passed 6-3, with Sharkady, Councilman Joe Graff and Bilsky casting the dissenting votes.

Mo October 08, 2012 at 11:57 PM
You know, it's these silly "chairs" that is a tradition and Canonsburg parade is famous for, aside being the 2nd largest parade in PA. Good that this was overturned, all this politically correct liberal bull gets annoying...
Debi Patragas October 09, 2012 at 03:04 AM
Tradition is wonderful but NOT when it impedes on safety or courtesy
Allan Berdine October 09, 2012 at 12:28 PM
The chairs are tradition. I have even driven down west pike days prior to the parade with people from out of town who find it quite facinating that the chairs are always there. My family has never set up chairs before the day of the parade and we have never had a problem finding space. I have never seen an issue with safety either. People know not to touch the chairs. The real issue here should be the way people leave the parade. Have pride in your town and pick up your own trash.
scott Stilwell October 09, 2012 at 01:39 PM
The chairs themselves are not a major concern for safety. However, when folks begin to place chains, ropes, etc., it can pose a serious problem for first responders in the event of an emergency.
durf October 09, 2012 at 01:45 PM
Why does it take Canonsburg 2 or 3 meetings to actually finalize decisions...i.e. "burning and grilling" and "chairs". Having the chairs out just hrs before the parade was a huge mistake and cant believe that was an idea even taken seriously to vote on. The 5k race would be going on "through town" and you would have local and non-locals racing to put up chairs for the second largest parade in the state!
durf October 09, 2012 at 01:47 PM
now that is a safety issue...

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