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Local businessman speaks to Scottsboro Council about Summerfest

The Scottsboro City Council recently heard from Jimmy Coble, local business owner, during their regular meeting. Coble, a local resident, discussed the upcoming first and hopefully annual Summerfest, to be held at the Goose Pond Amphitheater. Coble requested the city’s support on the event.

Coble explained that the three main goals of Summerfest are to boost local economy; bring something fun to the community; and give back to the community.

Coble explained that music festivals, bring $2 million to cities who participate in them. On average people spend $110 per day when they visit a city, if they stay overnight that number increases. It is expected that 10,0000 to 15,000 people will attend Scottsboro’s Summerfest. Coble explained that as a small business owner, when the economy struggles, his business does as well.

A large portion of ticket sales and proceeds from activities such as a dunking booth will be given to the Boys and Girls Club. Coble explained they are not trying to make money, just help the community and boost the economy. Coble hopes to see the event grow in the future. Currently there are five bands booked for the event. The bands booked at this time are the Velcro Pygmies, Your Girlfriend, Loxley, Colby King and Robert Lee. Many activities for children will be planned. Food and other vendors will also be present. So far the event has cost approximately $25,000.Council member Patrick Stewart stated that he worked in Manchester during Bonnaroo. On one weekend they sold 82,000 bags of ice. He explained that people working the event come in months before the event and support local businesses such as hardware and lumber stores. Stewart stated that there are definitely benefits to participating in the events.

Coble explained that basically they need the communities support for the event. If they plan it and people don’t show up, it can’t continue.

During the meeting council members approved an alcohol license for CW’s Pit Stop; approved a resolution to surplus a building owned by the Recreation Department; approved a budget amendment for $7,490 for Municode Codification Services; approved a budget amendment for $5,598 for a HVAC System at the Senior Center; approved a lease agreement with the Boys and Girls Club for a building on Chestnut Street; and approved a Geotech and Testing Contract for Veterans Field.

City Clerk Whitney Phillips announced that Arlene Grede requested that Dot Claybrook, Cecil Wells, Ron Cleaver and Donna Greer be reappointed to the Tree Commission. All members were reappointed.

Phillips also announced a vacancy on the Downtown Redevelopment Authority. Anyone interested should apply in writing to the City Clerk’s office by Monday, April 3.

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