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CHARLESTON -- Musician Chris Lane is set to perform at this year's Red, White & Blue Days festival after a city council vote Tuesday.

The council authorized a contract with Variety Attractions, Inc. to get Lane on the roster for Charleston’s annual Independence Day celebration. Scott Smith, city manager, said that the city usually has a local artist, as well as a more national artist, come in for the entertainment on that day.

There is no confirmation on if that will be the case this year, however, if so, the council will have to OK the other selection for the event.

As previously reported, Lane is a modern country music artist from Kernersville, N.C., who borrows flavors from country as well as smooth pop and R&B in his songs, according to his biography.

“Lane listened to all of the requisite country music staples: Alan Jackson, George Strait, Kenny Chesney and Garth Brooks,” his biography reads. “But as a child of the Nineties, he was also shaped by the smooth pop and R&B sounds of artists like Justin Timberlake, Usher and the Backstreet Boys.”

Lane infuses these style in one of his newer singles, “Fix.”

Lane is expected to perform at 8 p.m. July 3 at Morton Park along with potentially another artist. According to the contract, a meet and greet will also be scheduled prior to his performance.

Two taxable funds were also abated or removed from the city’s levy. One fund covers costs associated with the city water treatment plant and another covers expenses of the Rotary Pool.

Heather Kuykendall, city comptroller, has said this an annual move by the city to absorb these costs within city general funds. Otherwise, the costs of these funds would be levied.

Other items on the city council’s agenda were also passed including:

--The authorization of an agreement for a janitorial contract renewal between city and Excel EcoClean.

--The approval of an agreement to provide ambulance billing services for Taylorville.

--The mayor's re-appointment of Erin Blitz, Gary Henigman, Merry Lichtenberger, and Blair Lord to three-year terms as commissioners, and Nora Pat Small to a one-year term as ex officio member of the Charleston Historic Preservation Commission.

--The mayor's re-appointment of Stan Adkins, Cynthia Nichols and Bob Wagoner to three-year terms on the Charleston Tree Commission.

--The mayor's re-appointment of Barb Marquis to a three-year term on the Fire and Police Board of Commissioners.


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