All members of the volunteer Independence Day Committee have resigned because they can't agree with the City Council on a plan for the July 4th parade.
The controversy involves the parade route and park entertainment events. The committee decided to stage the parade on a newly refurbished 400 West Street and hold activities at the Richfield Lions Park.However, the City Council favors holding the parade on Main Street and holding the activities at the Richfield City Park.
The committee called the council's action a no-confidence vote. In a resignation letter to the council, members said they have worked nine months and hundreds of volunteer hours in planning this year's celebration.
The committee said Lions Park was selected because it is much bigger and is adjacent to the swimming pool. The parade route was selected because 400 West ends at Lions Park.
Council members countered that tradition is important, that safety is a concern and that they don't like people watching the parade from private property. Traditionally, and up until last year, the parade has been held on Main Street and activities have been at the City Park.
City officials have appealed for help from volunteers and especially those who have worked on the committee in the past. Bob Jepson, who served on the committee in the past, has agreed to lead the committee for this year.