By Audrey Spencer

Killeen Daily Herald

LAMPASAS - The Lampasas Association for the Arts received approval to expand its annual Art in the Park event next spring.

The Lampasas City Council unanimously approved the organization's request that next year's event, to be held April 28, not require tickets. The group also wants to include food and wine vendors, children's art activities and live music.

The event is usually a fundraiser for LAFTA, but the group wanted to draw more people and offer artists an opportunity to sell their wares.

Typically, 100 people attend Art in the Park. LAFTA members hope that by removing the ticket-admission, the number will increase to between 300 and 500.

"We're comfortable with it," said Kim Wilde, interim city manager, when the question of insuring wine vendors came up. "The event is good for the community." The vote to allow LAFTA to proceed was unanimous.

The council also voted to repeal the small-business grant and incentive program, effective immediately, after only awarding one of five possible $5,000 grants.

According to the minutes of the Nov. 28 council meeting, area businesses were unhappy about the city helping competitors come to town. It was decided that leftover funds from the grant program be given to the facade grant program.

The council approved the Lampasas Fire Department's request to purchase $13,073 worth of rescue equipment using Helping Governments Across the CountryBuy state contract funds.

The council also:

Approved the construction of additional hangars at the Lampasas airport.

Authorized an agreement between the city and Lampasas County for the funding of building the proposed Lampasas County Fire Annex/City Fire Station, contingent on county approval.

Agreed to include Martin Luther King, Jr. Day as a paid holiday for regular city employees.

Selected a photo submitted by Amanda Storm as the winner of the Lampasas website photo contest.

Contact Audrey Spencer at or (254) 501-7476.

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