Sicamous council is saying no to a request for additional funding for the Summer Stomp and Burnout.
In a letter to council, Summer Stomp CEO/producer Steve Hammer asks that council consider contributing $1,500 to help cover the cost of fencing for the stunt rider event on Main Street. This is in addition to $7,500 payment to the Summer Stomp Committee. Mayor Terry Rysz said the district has already budgeted for the latter payment, and council has decided to leave it at that.
“We originally budgeted $7,500, and then there was an additional request for $1,500, and we agreed to the $7,500. That’s pretty much where that stands,” said Rysz.
The Stomp is also receiving use of the Dog Park at no cost and staffing time for the downtown-portion of the event which, for 2015, will not include the burnout.
“The actual stunt rider event will happen downtown on Main Street; it’s going to be a one-day event,” said Rysz. “The burnout… we’re going to hold that out at the dog park during the day so we’re not going to have a mess downtown.”
The mayor says there’s been a different model for the annual motorcycle event since it began in 2011 with Sturgis North, and he’s hopeful this year’s set-up will allow the Stomp to at least break even.
“My concern with this is we’re hoping this thing is at a break even or money-making scenario so we don’t have to be forking out money for it,” said Rysz. “It’s very good for the community. It brings a lot of people in, it’s a family event downtown and it can hopefully assist some non-profit organizations.”
Rysz said the district is keeping at arm’s length of this year’s event, with the legion taking on the beer garden for the one day of events downtown.