Harrisburg approves letter of support for Bi-Mart Willamette Country Music Festival

During the Harrisburg City Council meeting, residents voiced their opinions for, against, and for but in a different location, for the Willamette Country Music Festival.

Posted: Tue Sep 11 23:31:54 PDT 2018
Updated: Tue Sep 11 23:31:54 PDT 2018

Speech to Text for Harrisburg approves letter of support for Bi-Mart Willamette Country Music Festival

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and the celebration. the harrisburg city council has voted to send a letter of support to the linn county board of commissioners.. to bring the bimart willamette country music festival to the harrisburg area. kezi 9 news reporter tyler jones is in harrisburg.. to show us what area residents had to say.. before the council made that decision. tyler jones says, "during the harrisburg city council meeting, residents voiced their opinions for, against, and for, but in a different location, for the willamette country music festival." for nearly two hours.. residents.. the linn county sheriff's office.. and festival organizers.. discussed the issues.. and possible solutions.. to bring the music festival to the harrisburg area. many residents.. voiced their favor of bringing the festival to the area.. but had other concerns.. such as fire risks.. "if it gets beyond our place, it'll go up the mountain, into the timber, then private timber, and eventually blm. it's a real fear that we live with." others.. simply didn't want it in the proposed area. "the people who live there don't want it there. that should be reason enough. they would be the ones who are most affected. they don't want it there. it's their home." but some residents did note the benefits it would bring to the area.. especially the schools. "this festival helps these kids. i went to junction city, we worked the booths in the scandy fest. that gave us money for new jerseys, new helmets, stuff like that. that's what this is for." however.. a representative from the linn county sheriff's office came to the meeting.. and stated that sheriff jim yon.. will not sign his own letter of support.. for the festival coming to the proposed location.. just outside of harrisburg.. because of public safety concerns. "the coverage provided at the festival pretty much gives us the inability to handle any other major incident or catastrophe throughout the county." when all was said and done.. the council voted four to two.. in favor of sending a letter of support to the linn county board of commissioners.. with an amendment.. emphasizing pubic safety and security.. during the festival. but if sheriff yon does not sign off on the festival.. organizers could be forced to look for a new location.. for 2?19. in harrisburg.. tyler jones..
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