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Memorial Day events cost city $6K
Staff recommends digging into tight budget to cover tab
Part of the crowd at last year’s Memorial Day Weekend event at Woodward Park. - photo by HIME ROMERO
Manteca is expected to incur $6,332 in expenses in support of the annual Not Forgotten Memorial Commemoration events over the three-day Memorial Day weekend that typically draws 15,000 people to Woodward Park.

The events organized by the committee headed up by Pastor Mike Dillman include a military fly-over, special tribute to wounded warriors, a classic car show, the traveling tribute to those who have died in the War on Terrorism along with 6,000 crosses, a military vehicle display, petting zoo, exhibit, children’s play zone, concession, music, a ceremony honoring our veterans and aerial fireworks.

Those activities are in addition to the second annual Memorial Day parade being planned by the Manteca Chamber of Commerce.

Manteca, though, budgeted just $8,000 for community contributions used to defray the cost the city incurs for public events. The fund reimburses police, parks, and streets for staff time and things such as tipping fees that it incurs from garbage collected at the events.

The city has spent $2,867.32 so far for the Pumpkin Fair, Twilight Christmas Parade and farmers market since the fiscal year started on July 1, 2010. That leaves a balance of $5,132.68 for such expenses through June 30, 2011.

The city also must deduct $1,078.22 from the balance once costs are incurred for the April 2-3 Crossroads Street Fair. The Manteca City Council approved such action at their March 1 meeting.

That means the city would have roughly $4,000 or two thirds of the money set aside to cover municipal costs incurred supporting the Memorial Day Weekend ceremonies.

Those expenses include $2,020 for parks support staff and maintenance; $2,203 for traffic control officers, general event supervision, and crowd control with extensive volunteers resources being used to offset additional costs; $738 to have a fire inspector on site for the fireworks; and $1,389 in public works costs including $560 in costs related to garbage disposal and $829 associated with setting up street barricades.

That is in addition to the cost of inserting a flyer in municipal water bills promoting the weekend events and Memorial Day parade.

Staff is recommending the council on Tuesday waive the in-kind fees for municipal services and to insert the flyer. Their recommendation though doesn’t include how the shortfall will be covered whether it is by chipping into the balance sheets of each department impacted or out of an account such as the discretionary fees collected for sewer allocation certainty that has been imposed on growth during previous years.

The City Council meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Civic Center, 1001 W. Center St.