Council Denies Two 5Ks

The future of two 5K races were up for discussion at the latest council meeting.

Both the Rotary Club’s Freedom 5K race and Scullen Middle School’s “Scullen Sprint” missed the original deadline to be added to the city’s Special Events Calendar.

The Rotary Club came before the council at a January meeting to request for the run to be added as an exception because they weren’t aware of the deadline.

Their event, as well as the Scullen 5K race, would require the use of city services and staff, which already have a full load for the year.

Although the Rotary Club offered to pay for the city services themselves, some council members said if they made an exception now, it would open the floodgates for future requests.

“We do look at them on a case by case basis, to see if we could follow through to see if it would be of benefit to our community” said Councilman David Wentz, in favor of the races. “I think it would be a benefit to the north side.”

“The thing is then we’re going to set a dangerous precedent if we add these two because, guess what, you’ve now opened the door,” countered Councilman Doug Krause. “[We’re] saying, okay, now someone else can apply. At what point do you say, staff just doesn’t have time to do this.”

The council was split down the center and voted 4-4 to reopen the Special Events Calendar. The tie, according to council rules, went to the no votes.

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