OROVILLE — Hotels are booked and blues tickets are selling quickly for the Rally at the Border Blues Festival.

That was the message Vicki Hinze presented to the City Council last Tuesday during a regular meeting.

Hinze, who a festival organizer, said more tickets have been sold than the same time last year and motel rooms at the Camaray are already sold out for the May music event.

Hinze also sought council’s permission for a street-parking closure from Appleway to Central Avenue, for two hours during the event.

In a similar fashion, Tina Janowicz with Run for the Border was present to give an update her event.

Janowicz said donations from the event will benefit the Court Appointed Special Advocates for children program this year. She, too, proposed a temporary road closure for her event, which was approved by council.

In other business, the council approved:

-Ordinances amending water and sewage rates. Water rates will increase by $1 per month and sewage by $2.

-Naming the new park at the north end of town Prince Heritage Park.

-Selected J-U-B Engineers, Inc. and Dan Haller Aspect Consulting for city engineering services.

-A park-use application for Joseph Enzensperger for the local chapter of the Pacific Northwest Trail Association on Aug. 8 and 9.

The council will meet next at 7 p.m. May 5 in City Hall, 1210 Ironwood St.

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