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Council to consider awarding Community Events funding
Festival of Lights
The Turlock Downtown Property Owners Association is requesting $12,800 of Community Events and Activities Program funding for the Festival of Lights, Turlock Sip and Shop, Downtown Turlock Pot of Gold Scavenger Hunt, Mother’s Day Event, Shop the Blocks events (Journal file photo).

Nine organizations are hoping the Turlock City Council will approve their requests for funding local events as part of the Community Events and Activities Program.

There is $50,000 budgeted for events and activities grants for 2022/23 but if the Council approves all the requests there will still be $17,200 remaining. The grant funding is derived from the transient occupancy tax that hotel guests pay when they stay in Turlock.

The nine organizations requesting funding for 12 local events gave presentations to the Turlock Parks, Arts & Recreation Commission on Sept. 14. The Commission scored each event based on the information contained in the application and the presentation.

Those requesting funding include:

·         Turlock Community Theatre — $3,000 for the 2022/23 season headliner show

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

·         Turlock Downtown Property Owners Association — $12,800 for the 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 the Tastes of the Valley

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

·         Alegria Performing Arts Academy — $3,000 for the Downtown Turlock Trick-or-Treat

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

The Council could decide to accept the recommendation of the PARC regarding the individual funding requestions and then re-open the funding cycle with the remaining allocated funds or the Council could choose to modify the amount awarded to any or all of the individual organizations up to the $50,000 total.

Also on Tuesday, the City Council is expected to:

·         Hear a presentation from Opportunity Stanislaus on their Quarterly Report;

·         Have final readings on an Ordinance amending the Dangerous Fireworks Prohibited: Penalties adding 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 addressing regulations and operations of pedicabs for hire within the City of Turlock;

·         Consider adopting an updated cost recovery in the schedule of fees to include pedicab services;

·         Accept the Turlock Downtown Property Owners Association 2021-22 Annual Report;

·         Accept the HUD Monitoring Report and notification from HUD regarding the lead of the HOME Consortium.

The Turlock City Council will meet at 6 p.m. Sept. 27 in the Yosemite Room at City Hall, 156 S. Broadway. The meetings are open to the public.