Competing festivals must split services three ways
A request by the operators of two craft fairs that compete with Genoa’s Candy Dance will have to each pay a third of the police and fire costs for the fair.
Attorney Judy Sheldrew, representing Martha Williams and Phil Stoll, asked commissioners to divide the costs based on the number of booths the competing fairs have.
“To alleviate these concerns the fees should be based on the maximum number of vendors,” Sheldrew said.
Instead of paying the roughly $5,000 each for the services, Sheldrew proposed that Willams’ Peddler Fair pay $918, and Stoll $1,145 as their proportional cost based on the number of booths they have.
For the first time in years the town approved the competing fairs’ requests for festival permits.
During public comment Foothill resident Jim Slade pointed out that commissioners have been consistent in asking the town and two businesses to work out their differences.
Williams said they have approached the town through their attorney and both women have talked to the town manager, but there has been no answer.
“My business has been there for 30 years,” she said. “People hit the road block and think that’s the end of the show. People don’t come down there, but they expect me to pay $5,000. I don’t get the king of traffic everyone else gets.”
Town Manager Phil Ritger said that he met with them.
“My door is open,” he said. “My objection is the way we were approached, which was through their attorney. That’s a nonstarter for me.”
County commissioners greeted the festival permits with resignation.
“Here we are again,” said Chairman Doug Johnson. “It’s Groundhog Day.”
Commissioner Nancy McDermid pointed out that it is the competing festivals who ask for a permit the same weekend as Candy Dance.
“If they wanted to, they could hold this any other weekend and not pay any of these costs,” she said.