By Lorri Ooley
During the most recent meeting for the Elephant Butte City Council, held Wednesday, Aug. 6, two new events were brought forth for the city’s consideration for involvement.
The first came from the Friends of Elephant Butte Lake State Park, and would involve the city partnering on hosting an annual event celebrating the nation’s birthday, to span the entirety of Independence weekend. The Friends presented their annual event as being a boat and RV show that will span the first weekend of July, as the regular schedule for the main event, the fireworks show, is typically held on the first Saturday, regardless of actual calendar date. From which, the dealerships, both local and regional companies, would participate and provide contributions in the form of donations.
Rick Harrison, Director of Fundraising for the Friends, clarified that the monies collected would not be designated solely to cover the costs of the firework show display, but would be used to supplement the costs. Currently, the contributions expected for 2015 would cover roughly half of the actual costs. Furthermore, the Friends informed the city council that the costs for 2015 are anticipated to increase by roughly 10 percent.
The premise behind the proposed annual event would be to host boat and RV dealerships on the city’s current event grounds, while also designating space for food and other types of vendors as well.
City Manager Alan Briley clarified for the council that the space could not be donated for the weekend to the Friends, but that, in following city ordinance, could discuss further financial details with the organization for contractual purposes.
With that in mind, the city council unanimously moved to enter into formal discussion with the Friends of Elephant Butte Lake State Park, to negotiate terms and conditions for both use and fees of use of the city’s event grounds. This process would then need to be presented to the council once more for a final discussion and vote.
Similarly, the Elephant Butte City Council took action with the same terms and motive for moving forward with partnering with the Family Motor Coach Association. This event is scheduled to take place Nov. 22-30, and will be a four-wheeler rally. The Association is requesting to make use of the city’s event site for both storage of the four-wheeler trailers and dry camping in their luxury motor homes.
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