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City considers helping fund triathlon
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McMinnville City Triathlon may get financial assistance from its namesake. City officials will be considering $3,500 in assistance on services in the 2014-15 fiscal year budget.
As part of expenses for the event, organizers must pay for the use of the Civic Center and reimburse the city for its costs associated with having police officers work the event — approximately $3,500 combined.
“We had a successful year last year,” said Matt Feno, race director and Triathlon committee chairman. “I will be blunt. We would like to get these expenses in your budget as a line item so we won’t have that expense next year.”
Feno, who is responsible for organizing the event with Freddy Hoover, Scott McCord, Paige Northcutt, Carlene Brown, Mike Niederhauser and Bobby Kirby, made the request Tuesday night to a joint meeting of the Finance Committee and the Parks and Recreation Committee.
Specifically, Feno asked the city to waive the fee for use of the Civic Center (approximately $1,500) and place additional funds in the police department’s budget earmarked to cover the cost associated with officers patrolling the event.
“Last year we had 16 people along the route,” said McMinnville Police Chief Bryan Denton. “We were fortunate to have five individuals from our volunteer unit to help. However, 16 people are required to cover the event.”
Denton says the department has to arrange for off-duty officers to come in on their day off to help cover the event at a cost between $1,500 and $2,000.
Placing the expense as a line item within the police department’s budget means that cost for the triathlon would be paid by city residents out of property tax revenue.
Providing those services free of charge would allow organizers to keep more of the proceeds from the triathlon, a portion of which are donated back to the community, says Feno.
City officials used to pay a company called Team Magic to organize the race.
“With Team Magic, the city was paying anywhere from $6,000 to $10,000,” said McMinnville Parks and Recreation director Scott McCord.
The triathlon ended when the city began cutting its expenses due to the economy.
Committee members Ken Smith, Mike Neal, Ben Newman and Rick Barnes agreed to place the items in the proposed budget for 2014-15 and consider the request during budget discussions later in the year.