More than 50 people, including businessmen, artists, musicians and residents, gave a thumbs-up to the City Council's Public Safety Committee on Monday night in support of a variety of festivities designed to improve the downtown business climate.
The group met with lawmakers in a fourth-floor conference room at City Hall.
Lee Harkness, executive director of Downtown Jamestown Development Corp., said he was flattered by the positive response, which was encouraged by Harkness, who sent out e-mails to participants.
"We put a lot of work into these events," Harkness said. "We don't want just-average events, we want above-average events. We try to be fair to everybody, and we've changed events to accommodate people. Everybody's not going to be happy, but we do the best that we can."
Harkness said the events work to bring people downtown and pointed to the Gus Macker and the upcoming Wild Rib Cook-Off as successes.
"People are coming here, and the other part of this is the urban design plan that was passed by the city wants another 100,000 people downtown per year," he added. "Tourism is a very important part of that, and we really need to increase to meet the recommendations of that plan."
Not in attendance was Gary Templin, the owner of MacDuff's restaurant, who for the past few weeks has criticized the Public Safety Committee for allowing so many events, which he branded as an impediment to business at his restaurant at Fourth and Pine streets.
In other matters, the Council discussed the proposed sale of city property at Third and Washington streets. Krog Corp. is looking to build a 48,000-square-foot, four-level building in a $4.5 million project. Krog is offering $250,000 for the land. The anchor tenant will be the Buffamante, Whipple, Buttafaro accounting firm of Jamestown.
The Council will consider a resolution to sell the site when it meets Monday.