Steamboat Springs The Steamboat Springs City Council unanimously approved a one-time donation of $10,000 to the Free Summer Concert Series on Tuesday to make up for the revenue the series lost when it couldn't sell beer at its June 20 concert.
Free Summer Concert Series officials say beer sales at the concert would have generated between $15,000 and $18,000. The average beer sales for the free summer concerts typically is less than that figure, but officials estimated that more beer would have been sold at the June 20 concert because it was a large show with a band fee between $15,000 and $20,000.
Nancy Kramer, executive director of the concert series, hoped for a larger donation from the city. The council instead approved the $10,000 donation for now and said it would revisit the issue later in the summer.
"After all, it really wasn't our fault," Councilman Loui Antonucci said.
The concert series lost out on beer sales when a staff member put the wrong date on a special event permit form. The error wasn't discovered in time to allow for the 10-day public notice state law requires prior to a special event serving alcohol.
"We have taken action," Kramer said. "We won't be making that mistake again."
Also Tuesday, the council approved a $25,000 grant requested by John Chapman, director of the Steamboat Springs Running Series. Chapman hopes to bring the 2009 World Mountain Running Trophy Race to Steamboat, and he requested the funds to help cover the projected costs of more than $225,000.
The grant will be given only if Chapman succeeds in securing the bid over Austria and other international bidders. Chapman told the council its grant would be a good investment, estimating the event would generate almost $70,000 in sales tax revenues.
The most anticipated item on the council's agenda, a second and possible final reading of an ordinance concerning vacation home rentals, was tabled until July 17.
Assistant City Attorney Dan Foote said city staff could not get a draft ready by Tuesday's meeting. Delaying completion of the draft were concerns about how to handle existing vacation home rental licenses and making sure the ordinance complies with state statutes, Foote said.
"The question is what sort of treatment we give to existing licenses," Foote said. "There's a way to make it work; we just need to spend more time with it."
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