Council to discuss festival survey Tuesday


As the weekend without Lumberjack Days approaches, the Stillwater City Council will discuss the Readex Event Survey objectives and costs to conduct it at their meeting Tuesday.

After the moratorium on summer festivals this year was put into place, Readex, a local professional polling company, and the city have joined to decide what sort of future summer festival, if any, would be held in Stillwater.

Mayor Ken Harycki told the Gazette last week that the city is still trying to determine the percentage of people to survey for feedback on this event. The decision made Tuesday will determine overall cost.

An award and proclamation will be presented at Tuesday’s meeting. Jan Spreeman will be honored with the Stillwater Human Rights Award for his active role as an educator in the area who strives to promote understanding and awareness of diversity and equality.

The council also plans to declare Tuesday Stillwater Area High School Girls Fast-Pitch Softball Team Day because of their recent Class AAA championship win and achievements on and off the field.

Other topics discussed include:

A couple’s noise ordinance variance request for a residence in the 1500 block of Olive Street West. A couple is getting married and plan to use their backyard for their wedding reception. They are seeking to extend the noise ordinance to midnight Aug. 4 to allow the music to continue until that time.

The couple has approval of their nearest neighbors and are aware that they must turn their music down if asked.

Canvassing board dates for primary and general elections will be determined.  The council recommends that the canvassing board for the Aug. 14 primary meet at 8 a.m. Aug. 16, and the Nov. 6 general election canvassing board meet at 8 a.m. Nov. 15.