EG City Council to Consider Grant Guidelines, 'Second Saturday' Support

At last night's Elk Grove City Council meeting, the council heard two separate reports that were directly related to each other. The ...

At last night's Elk Grove City Council meeting, the council heard two separate reports that were directly related to each other.

The two reports presented to the council were about defining more specific rules on how the city shall provide grants and in-kind services to various civic groups for event sponsorship and the possibility of the city supporting a new community event in Elk Grove's Old Town area.

The report regarding the establishment of the event sponsorship guidelines came about concerns expressed at earlier council meetings regarding the city's support of the inaugural Running of the Elk half-marathon on April 1. As part of the event, the city will be providing police services costing approximately $7,000.

In her report to the council city staffer Sarah Bonrager noted that three have been no exact guidelines for how event sponsorship grants are approved. "The application process has been unclear through the years," she said.

Among the guidelines Bonrager recommended for an event receive a grant or in-kind services it that it most come from a non-profit, the event will meet one of the city's goals, be open to everyone and proceeds benefit a non-profit. Also events with religious or political focus will not be be supported.

During deliberations Council Member Steve Detrick said he supports defining how grants are awarded.

"I appreciate you bring this forward," Detrick said. "This is really good, so everyone can play by the same rules."

"Its a matter of fairness," Mayor Jim Cooper added.

In the other presentation regarding possible support of the Old Town Elk Grove Foundations's new event tentatively dubbed "Second Saturday."

Speaking on behalf of the Old Town Elk Grove Foundation was Paula Maita who said the new Saturday event would replace the former First Friday event that was cancelled due to insurance concerns. Maita also said the new Saturday event would include a closure of Elk Grove Blvd. to permit more vendors and entertainment.

During deliberations on this matter Detrick expressed concern that each event would cost approximately the city $2,000 per event and would be to the benefit several businesses and suggested they contribute to offsetting the costs. Council Member Pat Hume acknowledged that several businesses may benefit from the event, but said that it would help Old Town.

"I think there is a benefit to the businesses," Hume said. "But I think this event is bigger than just a business event."

The city council will consider specifics on both matters at a future meeting.

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