Fests will seek funding at City Council meeting

February 12, 2014 • Local News

City councilors will be asked to fund this year’s UFO and Fiddle and Griddle festivals again this year using Lodgers Tax revenue at their regular meeting tonight.

UFO Festival planners are asking for $75,000 in Lodger’s taxes. This year’s festival is tentatively scheduled for July 5 and 6.

Organizers are asking for $56,250 to fund the third Fiddle and Griddle Festival, expected to be held in June.

The city’s Finance Committee recommended funding both events on a reimbursement [auth] basis. The money would be used for advertising and promotion.

Councilor Dusty Huckabee, also director of MainStreet Roswell and organizer of both events, did not return calls for comment Wednesday about the events.

Another event, the Roswell Road Race Series, is asking for $2,000 in Lodgers Tax funds. The staff report did not give a description of this event.

In other expected action, councilors are expected to consider plans to pay for a New Mexico Department of Transportation project to put solar power lighting on the Spring River Recreation Trail from Riverside Drive to Nevada Street.

The $132,000 project would require a $19,000 match from the city. The city would pay for the project and request the state funds after the project is complete. The city needs to budget the money before the project can proceed.

Another project on the table tonight is a plan to construct bridge guardrail upgrades for three bridges. All three bridges span the Spring River.

The $118,300 project qualifies for a 75 percent reimbursement from the state. The city’s match would be nearly $29,600.

The locations would be at the 900 block of North Missouri Ave, the 900 block of North Lea Avenue and the 1800 block of North Atkinson Avenue.

The work would include removing existing pipe railing and concrete and retrofit the bridges with new metal barrier guardrails.

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