EDA holds special meeting, approves funding for Music-in-the-Park
Tuesday, August 06, 2013 6:53 AM
A special meeting of the Spring Grove EDA was convened on Monday, July 29, since the group lacked a quorum at its regular July 23 meeting.
Commissioners took up a request from the Spring Grove Commercial Club to support the continuation of Music-In-The-Park through the end of August.
Ordinarily, that series of community music only lasts until the end of July. The Commercial Club has traditionally sponsored the music series along with the City of Spring Grove, the Spring Grove Lions, the Legion Auxiliary and new this year, Merchants Bank of Spring Grove.
The EDA was asked to extend the weekly series through the end of August to coincide with the EDA-sponsored ongoing Detour Dollars drawings.
The EDA will contribute up to $1,300 ($300 for advertising and $1,000 for bands) for the August concerts. The vote was not unanimous; commissioner Roger Bender cast a lone "no" ballot on the measure.
Music-In-The-Park will continue to feature the weekly Detour Dollars prize drawings, which are intended to draw shoppers to town during Main Street construction.
In September, the drawings will move to the Fest Building, where Wednesday evening "kubb" practices are scheduled.
The grand prize drawing ($4,444 in Spring Grove Dollars) will be held on the first weekend in October during UffDa Fest. That Saturday celebration is intended to mark the re-opening of Main Street and will occur on the fifth even if Main Street construction lasts until month's end.
The board also approved a request from the Bluff Country Artist's Gallery for $300 to pay for radio ads and entertainment for another Spring Grove event, the Bluff Country Brew Fest held this past weekend.
With several EDA-owned Spring Grove Commercial Park lots still unsold, members decided by consensus to look into the new "for sale" signage, which was originally approved in April, but hasn't gone up yet.
The remaining lots will now be offered "starting at $3,500," a price which represents a steep discount from their original price.
"You'll get a tax bill for them next year," commissioner Robert Vogel said of the lots. Beginning in 2014, the EDA will pay property taxes on any unsold parcels.