Erie Street Bike Race Looking For Council’s Help

Monday August 18th, 2014

Posted at 11:00am


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The Tour di Via Italia is look for City Council to wave some fees for this year’s race down Erie Street.

In a written request to the city on August 13th, organizers are asking for a waver of fees for city services needed both before and during the event. The total amount requested to be waved is $1,298.00 and is for services such as noise bylaw exemptions, road closure permits, special event permit, police support and barricade rentals.

In a report to council, city administrations notes that on April 7th they approved new rules and regulations to follow when evaluating requests for grants. The report says that all requests for funding must be made at a minimum of 45 days before the event, and administration points out that this request was made under 45 days, as the race is scheduled for August 31st.

In addition, the policy also states that any grant or waving of fees is to be considered in exceptional circumstances only, and is not intended to be regular or ongoing financial support.

Administration says that the Tour di Via Italia has received support in the past, there for would not meet the criteria for eligibility. In 2013 they received $5,000 for sponsorship support and in 2009 they received a $1,000 grant.

The Tour di Via Italia organizers have requested to appear before council and will do so on August 25th where council will make the final decision.

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