When: 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 16
Where: Patterson City Hall, 1 Plaza
Who: Mayor Luis Molina, Mayor Pro Tem Larry Buehner and council members Sheree Lustgarten, Deborah Novelli and Dominic Farinha were all present.
The Patterson City Council decided unanimously Tuesday, April 16, to spend $12,000 to help the annual Apricot Fiesta, sponsor a cycling fundraiser and allow Boy Scouts to revitalize a downtown park in honor of veterans.
• In what was described as an emergency expenditure to the Patterson Apricot Fiesta, the council voted to give $5,000 from the city’s general fund to help offset extra expenditures from insurance costs. For the last three years the Fiesta had paid $5,000 for police services to the city and Fiesta organizers requested that fee be waived. Patterson Apricot Fiesta Chairman Rich Greer told the council that the Fiesta had recently received an April bill with an increase for their annual insurance policy premiums.
• The council also decided to give $5,000 from general fund to become a diamond sponsor of the West Valley Century Ride, which will raise money for the college scholarship fund Patterson Recognizing Individuals Determined to Excel. Organizers had asked the city to give $2,500 as a platinum sponsor of the Sept. 21 ride. Walmart in Patterson is also a diamond sponsor of the event. PRIDE President Dave Santos, who is helping organize the event, said 300 to 1,000 cyclists are expected to participate. Events were held in 2010 and 2011 raising more than $25,000 with about 75 riders. Santos said he expects there to be four options for this year’s event including a 100 mile ride, a 100 kilometer ride, a 35 mile ride and a short family ride of which the length has not been determined. Santos said details are being worked out on fees, but he hopes the race raises at least $25,000 this year.
• Boy Scout Troop 82 was granted $2,000 from the city’s promotional account to clean up South Park and rename it Patterson Veterans Memorial Park. The money will be used to polish and paint plaques and memorials throughout the park and install flagpoles for each of the branches of the United States military. The project was proposed by Ron Swift, editor-publisher emeritus of the Patterson Irrigator, and former Councilwoman Annette Smith. Smith told the council that the Scouts expect to have the park ready for Memorial Day.
• Contact Nick Rappley at 892-6187, ext. 31, or email@example.com.