Green Lake Police Chief Mike Ratter explains a plan to close Mill Street for this year’s Harvest Fest to the City Council Monday. Listening are, from left, Ald. D’Lene Sandleback, Ald. Dusty Walker and Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Liane Walsh.
Green Lake Police Chief Mike Ratter explains a plan to close Mill Street for this year’s Harvest Fest to the City Council Monday. Listening are, from left, Ald. D’Lene Sandleback, Ald. Dusty Walker and Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Liane Walsh.

Mill Street in Green Lake may be closed to through traffic Sept. 23 and 24 during this year’s Harvest Fest.

In fact, the City Council already approved the closure last month.

Police Chief Mike Ratter wanted to make sure the members were aware they’d voted to slice downtown Green Lake in half for the event.

During the council’s Committee of the Whole meeting Monday, Ratter expounded on his concerns, as he was unable to attend the council meeting Feb. 13.

“I think we identified an extreme safety issue at the intersection right here at Mill and Water streets,” he said, holding up a map for the council to see.

Ratter explained that during Harvest Fest hay bales usually are put in the west parking area of Mill Street at that corner, across from Adam’s Rib, to widen the pedestrian path where visitors can walk.

“The hay bales would hopefully separate the visitors and the traffic,” he told the council. “Well, they don’t.”

Read more and see a map of the approved street closures for Harvest Fest in the March 9, 2017 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.