City of South Lake Tahoe reimburses SnowGlobe for buses, but not trash
South Lake Tahoe City Council approved a $4,500 reimbursement to the SnowGlobe Music Festival for additional transportation costs at this year’s event, but balked at an extra $9,231.40 requested for additional trash removal.
On Feb. 23, festival organizer Chad Donnelly submitted copies of receipts from South Tahoe Refuse in the amount of $9,231.40 and an email requesting $4,500 in supplemental contracted transit services, according to a city staff report. The total amount of additional services requested for reimbursement was $13,731.40.
On Tuesday, the council voted 3-1 to reimburse only the transportation portion of the request. Councilwoman JoAnn Conner voted against the reimbursement, saying she supports the event, but believes the city already provides enough resources. Councilman Hal Cole was absent from Tuesday’s meeting.
Council members in support of the partial reimbursement said they were comfortable reimbursing the extra transportation costs because it goes directly to the safety of attendees to the annual dance music festival held Dec. 29-31 next to Lake Tahoe Community College. They, however, said that extra refuse disposal costs should be the festival’s responsibility.
“I don’t have a problem covering the transportation part of it,” said councilman Tom Davis. “I do have a problem with the rest of it.”
The council approved a three-year contract with SnowGlobe organizers in 2014 that dedicates some city services to the festival.
“It should be noted that in 2015 in-kind labor for the planning and building divisions is higher than in 2014 due to substantial changes in site design not resolved up to and during the opening of the festival,” according to the staff report. “During construction, the requested changes required more intensive inspections and last-minute modifications thereby resulting in increased labor costs. Another added cost to the city was for the rental of additional traffic management signs and message boards to improve patron safety to and from the venue resulting in $5,100 additional costs. SnowGlobe experienced a savings of $3,800 for the elimination of the field turf spring cleaning as a result of the field replacement project taking place this summer.”
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