The Oak Ridge City Council on Monday could consider changes to the Secret City Festival, including a possible move to the fall. The annual festival could be expanded into a celebration that could start in October and run through Veterans Day (November 11), last at least a week, and include the Secret City Festival.
It’s one of five changes recommended by the Special Events Advisory Task Force set up by City Council in February. Each Council member appointed a member of the task force, which was chaired by Council member Trina Baughn. The task force was expected to meet for six months and provide a recommendation to City Council by this month.
The City Council will need to consider an amendment to the Monday night agenda to formally include the recommended changes.
“The idea is not to limit the celebration to a single event, but to incorporate other activities over an expanded period of time that allow for greater participation by both patrons and various organizations within the community,” Baughn said in an August 5 memo to City Council.
Other potential changes include:
- setting up a nonprofit to start the Secret City Celebration, with the goal of becoming self-sustaining within five years;
- encouraging or requiring that nonprofit to develop a veterans theme for the celebration around the arts, history, science, and culture of the City of Oak Ridge either directly or indirectly with other organizations;
- appointing the inaugural board of directors of the nonprofit in October, and
- appointing a board with a minimum of 14 members, with seven of them being the previously appointed members of the Special Events Advisory Task Force. Council could also appoint non-voting, ex officio members as representative members of community organizations with specific areas of expertise. The board would be expected to hire an executive director or consultant within 12 months of their first meeting.
The independent nonprofit could function similar to the Dogwood Arts Council in Knoxville.
More information on the discussion of the proposed changes is available in the earlier story by Oak Ridge Today.
A summary of the recommended changes that Council could consider on Monday is available here. It’s not clear yet whether any Council members might want more information or discussion, possibly in a work session, before agreeing to make any changes.
The Monday night meeting starts at 7 p.m. August 10 in the Oak Ridge Municipal Building Courtroom. See the agenda here.
Information on this year’s Secret City Festival, which could be the last one in June, is available here. Organizers said this year’s festival had record concert crowds.
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