More fundraising dollars will go to buy uniforms

Council partially waives facility rental fee to help band

By: BY Patty McAlpin Lincoln News Messenger Reporter
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The City Council agreed on a way to help the Lincoln High School Band put more fundraising dollars toward its goal of buying uniforms. But the council will not totally waive all rental fees associated with the rental of McBean Park Pavilion for a fundraising event, its inaugural jazz dinner dance, the band has planned for March 2013. The band is a nonprofit organization. The fee for a nonprofit to rent the facility is $610. Of that amount, the band would save $300 by doing setup and cleanup themselves, a service for which the city normally contracts. Of the $310 left, the city council agreed to waive half, $155. The $155 will be paid with money from the General Fund. The city will send a letter to Western Placer Unified School District requesting that the district pay the other half. The band will still have to pay a $400 refundable damages deposit. Band Fundraising Chairman Ken Marlow, whose son Kenny Marlow is a band member, said he is fine with the arrangement. Marlow had asked the city to waive fees associated with the rental. “I will make sure the facility is cleaned up even if I have to scrub the place myself,” Marlow said. Councilman Paul Joiner initially suggested sharing the cost with the band class. Councilman Gabriel Hydrick said, “This is one school function, but it is indicative of a much larger issue – the funding of public education.” Hydrick said he believes there’s value in paying for something. The councilman also said the city is responsible for how public money is spent and recouped and he thinks the city should be consistent about the collection of city fees. Mayor Spencer Short asked for the letter to be drafted to the district asking the district to help. “It’s only fair,” Short said. “This will be a way for them to show good faith. The band is meaningful to the entire community. I want to make sure the school district does participate.” Mayor Pro-tem Tom Cosgrove said the city has no control over the school district, but he hopes the school district will “step up.” In other news, the council: Directed staff to begin the RFP process for a data collection firm for trend and market evaluations for retail and industrial projects as a part of the city’s Strategic Action Plan, which the council reached consensus to continue developing Tuesday night. The evaluation will show purchasing habits locally and what kind of shops might be a good fit for Lincoln. The council also directed staff to come back to the council with an analysis about how to provide support for economic development activities. The city hopes to have the support person on board and complete the city’s Strategic Action plan by January. Asked Public Information Officer Jill Thompson to survey city residents to gauge if residents are in favor of changing the city seal. This survey will go out to residents who receive the city’s e-bulletin. To sign up for the e-bulletin, visit Proclaimed October 2012 as Friends of Lincoln Library Month in Lincoln. Accepting the proclamation from Mayor Short were Friends of the Lincoln Library President Karen Jarrell and Publicity Chair Lora Finnegan. Accepted a commemorative aerial photo of the Lincoln Bypass and commemorative license plate holders commemorating Lincoln’s upcoming opening of the bypass Oct. 8.