The city of Pacific has agreed to sponsor a Bluegrass Benefit Bash.
With a unanimous vote by the board of aldermen, the city will be the official sponsor for the July 26 event. The event will benefit the Riverwalk Trail project.
Alderman Steve Myers requested the city sponsor the event. Myers said having the city’s name attached will help in promoting the event.
Mayor Jeff Palmore originally misunderstood what the sponsorship entailed. He said he was wary of groups asking for money at meetings.
“I’d like to step back from having requests at a meeting,” Palmore said.
Palmore said he would like requests for money to go through various committees and staff. That way, he said, the mayor and board would be informed when making decisions.
Myers said he wasn’t asking for money.
“That’s over and above what we’re asking for,” Myers said.
The event already has $10,000 allocated from the tourism commission, Myers said.
“I’m not asking for any money than what was already allocated for the project,” he said. “All I’m asking for is this event to be held as a city event. The city of Pacific proudly sponsors the Bluegrass Benefit Bash. That’s all.”
Once the confusion was cleared up, Palmore supported the sponsorship.
“I have no opposition to it whatsoever,” Palmore said.
Police Chief Matt Mansell said an added benefit to having the city sponsor the bash is that police can work the event. He said for private events, off-duty officers have to be brought in for security.
The event will take place at the Pacific Brew Haus and Partnership Grounds.