MLT City Council approves Tour de Terrace agreement

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Ballfields E-4/5 and E-6 will again be used for a car show and staging for a fireworks show during the 2014 Tour de Terrace festival after an agreement between the event leadership and the City  was approved by the Mountlake Terrace City Council on Monday.
Ballfields E-4/5 and E-6 will again be used for a car show and staging for a fireworks show during the 2014 Tour de Terrace festival after an agreement between the event leadership and the City was approved by the Mountlake Terrace City Council on Monday.

The Mountlake Terrace City Council gave its approval on Monday to an agreement between the City and the Tour de Terrace organization outlining the festival’s use of public property, the City’s allocation of lodging tax revenue and the City’s in-kind and non-hard costs services contribution for the 2014 event.

The council vote to approve the agreement was 5-0, with Mayor Jerry Smith and Council member Rick Ryan abstaining from the vote and discussion on the issue due to their active involvement with the Tour de Terrace organization.

The City’s approved an allocation $18,400 from its lodging tax revenue to the Tour de Terrace organization, a figure up $1,280 from the 2013 allocation. In addition, the City will spend $6,698.89 on parade security, barricade staging, field repair and ball field lighting costs for the event, and $8,191.88 for various other security, clean-up and repair costs association with the festival.

The agreement discloses a new addition to Tour de Terrace for 2014, a competitive barbecue event put on by the Pacific Northwest Barbecue Association. The competition will take place on July 26-27 on the dirt soccer field just north of the heart of the festival at Evergreen Playfield.

“Largely, this is the same agreement you’ve seen in the past and as last year, with the addition of one key event,” City Clerk Virginia Olsen told the council during its work/study session on May 1 in preparation for Monday’s vote. “The Tour de Terrace board came in contact with some folks that are competitive barbecuers; so they are adding a competitive barbecue event.”

With the council approval of the agreement, city departments will now meet with members of the Tour de Terrace board to work out the public land use, safety and security details of the different elements of the festival. “The other events of Tour de Terrace are the same: there’s a carnival, there’s a beer garden, live music, there’s arts and crafts, there’s food vendors, there’s the car show and there’s the fireworks show. Those all stay the same,” outlined Olsen.

The 2014 Tour de Terrace festival is slated to take place July 25-27.

City of Mountlake Terrace contributions to Tour de Terrace
2014
Lodging Tax Allocation: $18,400
In-Kind Services: $8,191.88
Other Non-Hard Costs: $6,698.89
TOTAL $33,290.77

2013
Lodging Tax Allocation: $17,120
In-Kind Services: $8,146.99
Other Non-Hard Costs: $5,662.44
TOTAL: $30,929.43

2012
Lodging Tax Allocation: $17,820
In-Kind Services: $7,876.39
Other Non-Hard Costs: $5,662.44
TOTAL: $31,358.33

2011
Lodging Tax Allocation: $17,820
In-Kind Services: $8,047.70
Other Non-Hard Costs: $6,067.20
TOTAL: $31,933.90

2010
Lodging Tax Allocation: $20,699.81 + $5,000*
In-Kind Services: $6,639.52
Other Non-Hard Costs: $5,786.09
TOTAL: $38,095.42
*City sponsorship of Tour de Terrace fireworks show

— By Doug Petrowski

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