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Hancock Sets Christmas Plans; Doubles Council Meetings

Hancock’s Christmas celebration will look different this year.

Instead of the traditional Christmas Walk the day after Thanksgiving, where kids would meet Santa in person at City Hall, Santa will be touring the city’s residential neighborhoods on a fire truck…

“We will start at one end of town, and there’s a map created which will be distributed through the school ListServe. The JROTC will be dressed in elf costumes, and they’ll have gloves and masks on, and hand out bags of treats from Santa.”

City Manager Mary Babcock told the city council last night that the health department has signed off on the plan.

Downtown merchants will be decorating their windows, and will offer Christmas specials next Friday and Saturday. The lighting of the Hancock Christmas tree will be streamed on Facebook.

The council opened up a 30-day public comment period for the city’s new five-year recreation plan.

The report summarizes improvements made in the last few years, and looks ahead to potential future investment.

Possible projects for 2021 include work on the restroom and shower facility at the city campground, Fathers Day Flood repairs to the Maasto Hiihto Trails, and playground equipment for Klondike Park.

The proposed plan will be available for review at the city’s website, and at the Hancock Public Library. Citizen input is encouraged.

The council also decided to meet twice each month, beginning in January.

Council members hope the change will shorten the length of the meetings, which have recently stretched out to as long as four hours.

Meetings will take place on the first and third Wednesdays at 6:00.

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