Council to consider awarding Community Events funding

Nine organizations hope Turlock City Council will approve their applications for funding for local events under the Community Events and Activities Program.

For 2022-23, $50,000 is budgeted for events and activities grants, but if the council approves all applications, there will be $17,200 left. The grant funding comes from the transitional occupancy tax paid by hotel guests when staying in Turlock.

The nine organizations applying for funding for 12 local events made presentations to the Turlock Parks, Arts & Recreation Commission on September 14. The commission evaluated each event based on the information contained in the application and the presentation.

Grant applicants include:

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Turlock Community Theater – $3,000 for the 2022/23 season headlining show

WGAS Motorsports – $3,000 for the 2023 Monster Truck Spring Nationals

Turlock Downtown Property Owners Association – $12,800 for Festival of Lights, Turlock Sip and Shop, Downtown Turlock Pot of Gold Scavenger Hunt, Mother’s Day Event, Shop the Blocks

· Carnegie Arts Center – $3,000 for the Carnegie Block Party

· Friends of the Stanislaus County Fair Foundation – $2,000 for Tastes of the Valley

· Modesto Area A’s – $3,000 for the Turlock Swap Meet

· Alegria Performing Arts Academy – $3,000 for the Trick-or-Treat in downtown Turlock

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· SupHerb Farms – $3,000 for the SupHerb Farms 5K/10K Race & Walk

The Council could decide to accept PARC’s recommendation in relation to each funding request and then re-open the funding cycle with the remaining funds allocated, or the Council could decide to change the amount granted to any or all individual organizations up to Total $50,000.

Also on Tuesday, the City Council is expected to:

· Hear a presentation from Opportunity Stanislaus on their quarterly report;

Final readings of an ordinance amending the ban on dangerous fireworks: Penalties introducing a new fee schedule of $1,000, $1,500 and $2,000 for the use, display or sale of illegal fireworks for the first, second, third and subsequent offenses and an ordinance on Add treatment of regulations and operation of cycle rickshaws for hire in the town of Turlock;

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· Consider including updated cost coverage in the fee schedule to include pedicab services;

Adoption of the Turlock Downtown Property Owners Association Annual Report 2021-22;

· Accept the HUD surveillance report and notification from HUD regarding the leadership of the HOME Consortium.

Turlock City Council meets September 27 at 6:00 p.m. in the Yosemite Room of City Hall, 156 S. Broadway. The meetings are public.

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