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Town Council has agreed to defer a pending policy that delineates the town’s role in many of Ashland’s special events to allow more time to meet with the parties that would be most affected by the change.
Tuesday night, Council voted in favor of Mayor Faye Prichard’s suggestion to put off implementation of the town’s proposed special events policy. She argued that town officials needed to have a sit down meeting with the parties involved before the policy goes forward.
Council has proposed limiting its financial support and resources for all town events, except the annual Olde Time Christmas Parade and Fourth of July Parade. Officials argued that special events overstress already limited public works staff who have to set up and take down event-related equipment and police officers who provide security at town events. Concerns were also voiced that the town had not been doling out its support in an equitable fashion.
The policy would also restrict the number of road races to the current number taking place in Ashland. Any new bicycling events would have to first obtain approval from Town Council.
Town Manager Charles Hartgrove on Tuesday said that no policy would take effect any earlier than July, as a way to give volunteer groups adequate time to make up for the resources that could disappear under the change if it goes forward.
Town Council planned to meet with stakeholders during the upcoming three-week lull between meetings. They next convene Nov. 5.