Michigan City plans to fund special events | Local News
MICHIGAN CITY – City council is considering a fund for special events, which raises the question of whether they generate enough money to pay for themselves.
City Councilor Paul Przybylinski, D-2nd, asked Comptroller Yvonne Hoffmaster for an account of expenses associated with past events, including overtime pay for police and other city employees.
Terry Greetham, City Director of Special Events, has been with the City since May. Greetham told the board he wanted to see more large-scale events, similar to the Great Lakes Grand Prix.
Next year, he said, he wants the city to have a Venetian night, a parade of boats in the basin area. He also plans to host a major sand and beach sculpture festival next summer and a marching band battle for high school marching bands in the area.
The city is also planning a fireworks display next year. The cost of imported fireworks has increased by 15%, but the city’s supplier is keeping the increase at 10% because it is a long-time customer, Greetham said.
Then he wants to organize a Labor Day festival. “I want to bring him back bigger and better. I want this to be the festival everyone comes to on Labor Day, ”Greetham told the board.
“All of these events are going to have expenses up front,” including advertising and group deposits, but the goal is for these to generate income, with the exception of the July 4th fireworks display. .