Town taking Mayfest funding proposals

The deadline for interested organizations, groups or residents to apply for an $8,000 “Mayfest” line item with the town of Strasburg is 5 p.m. today.

Town Manager Ryan Spitzer said on Friday that the town expects to have two proposals. One has been received from  Woodstock resident Jorge Gutierrez, who is chief executive officer of Business Management and Operations Consulting Group in Woodstock and head of Veterans Community Resources in Strasburg.

Spitzer noted that the town received a notice of intent to apply from the Strasburg Chamber of Commerce, but has not received an official proposal from that organization.

The town will meet in regular session tonight, but Spitzer indicated that he does not expect any decisions to be made on the Mayfest proposals.

“There probably won’t be any action at the September meeting,” he said. “What I’ll do is tell them how may applications we got.”

With this process, the town is following the timeline that Councilman Donald “Don” Le Vine outlined in a May 12 motion to reallocate the donation.  In the motion, Le Vine stated that organizations “able to sponsor Mayfest 2016” should approach the town manager by Sept. 8. Negotiations between the town and a chosen organization would be completed by Oct. 31, according to the  outline.

“I haven’t gotten any direction to do anything other than what the motion was back in May,” Spitzer said.

“After the (Aug. 17) council meeting, I talked to them both (Gutierrez and the Strasburg chamber) about what we discussed about the RFP (request for proposal),” Spitzer said. “It’s just been general discussions of kind of what I expect or what I’m looking for.”

Spitzer said that he is looking for “how they are going to spend the money, their expectations for a workflow or how they are going to get set up … kind of their planning process behind it.”

He said they will get into more detail once they considering the proposals.

Contact staff writer Kevin Green at 540-465-5137 ext. 155, or kgreen@nvdaily.com