SC stews over support of “citywide” events

Decisions, decisions – the Shady Cove City Council had many to make during their June 5th study session and meeting. One topic that carried from the afternoon to evening session was that of what constitutes a “city wide” event, which of these events should the City contribute money to and how much money should be given? A few well known events – the SPAM Festival, Daffodil Daze etc. were noted on the 10/11 budget as “city wide” events and earmarked for donations. However with the tourist season in full bloom it seems to the Council that more and more events are popping up weekly.

Councilor Leith Hays noted it feels like there’s a “barrage” of requests for donations coming at the Council of late. A sub committee was formed and will meet to solidify what types of events will be funded in the future and how monies will be fairly doled out. For the two proverbial hands being held out on the 5th – one by the Shady Cove Open Golf Tournament (benefiting the SC Boys & Girls Club) and the River Art Walk – interim decisions were made. One thousand dollars was donated directly to the B&G Club in lieu of a donation to the Golf event itself. No monies were given to the Art Walk as there was no representative for the event at the evening meeting.

Also on the evening docket was a Public Hearing to consider an appeal to the Planning Commission’s denial of a partition on Sowell Drive. After much discussion and contemplation the Council did grant the partition – thus over turning the PC’s decision. The key reason the Council opted to “go against” the PC was they had no evidence/documentation from the PC as to why they had initially denied the request.

Additional decisions included: the hiring of a new Administrative Assistant for the City, completing a survey for the League of Oregon Cities, allowing a property caretaker to temporarily reside in a recreational vehicle on the premises being cared for and authorizing an application for a Pedestrian and Bicycle Improvement Grant.

All in all SC City Council started off July with a bang, no lazy days of summer where Shady Cove politics are concerned!
By Christy Pitto
Of the Independent

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