City Councilor Terry Chase told Dell Davis that he wanted her to know, as well as those who donate their time to the event, that the Bluegrass and Chili Festival looks like “one of the better events the city puts on.”

Chase said, in the case of “other events [receiving city money], we have a set amount designated for them. This is an unlimited liability.

“Also, it’s just that we haven’t had an opportunity as a Council to look at your request and discuss it,” Chase said.

Councilor Mick Webber, in a phone conversation late Tuesday evening, said, “I’m not against it (the festival) in no means.

“But, this is the only organization we contribute to that we don’t know our potential loss. We want to see the event take place, but I’d like to see them make some adjustments,” Webber said.

Webber said more stringent requirements for organizations requesting city funding are part of the city’s new commitment to a “hold everyone accountable” business model.

“Anything moving forward on the 2006-2007 budget will have more scrutiny,” Webber said.

In line with Webber’s and Chase’s comments, Councilor Rebecca Askew said the City will be implementing an application process for event sponsorship requests in the future.

“I enjoy the Bluegrass and Chili Festival and I think it’s a great thing for Claremore, a wonderful, wonderful thing,” Councilor Tony Mullenger said. “I don’t see the Chili Fest not getting support, but I’d like to see them and everyone else becoming less dependent on handouts.”



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