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New policy adopted for event costs

The fears of seven community groups facing the loss of minimal city funding were erased Monday when the City Council voted, 8-0, to adopt a new events policy defining financial help for outings ranging from a parade to the traditional GO-ART Picnic in the park.

The policy limits city costs for overtime and materials to $500, with the sponsor responsible for any expenses beyond that amount. A new $25 nonrefundable application fee is also part of the rules.

The event sponsors' requests were all well below the $500 limit. The largest was a $350 overtime estimate for police coverage of the annual St. Joseph's Drum Corps parade. A second event, a music and arts festival, could cost from $175 to $350 in police overtime.

Two others figured costs at less than $300, and two planned events -- a GASA Soccer Tournament and a National MS Race -- could proceed without any financial help from the city.

Although not on the list, two veterans service officials pleaded for the city to drop a proposed insurance requirement to cover the annual Memorial Day Parade.

Both veterans service officer Hal Kreter and American Legion official James Neider noted that the event has always had city sponsorship. The numerous veterans organizations, they pointed out, cannot afford liability insurance.

The Council was shy one member. The 2nd Ward representative, Anne M. Pololak, resigned last month. Her likely replacement is Mary Ann Clattenburg, a 46-year-old teacher with no previous political experience. She will take her seat at the April 23 meeting of the Council.

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