ST. CHARLES – The St. Charles City Council on Monday tabled part of an application for a December event so there can be more discussion about how it might affect downtown businesses and another event.
Council members voted 10-0 in favor of tabling the request for street and parking lot closes, as well as use of amplification equipment for the 2014 St. Charles 12K of Christmas. Aldermen would revisit the issue at their July 28 Government Services Committee meeting.
The proposed event, organized by Multisport Madness, would begin at 8:30 a.m. Dec. 6 and likely conclude by 10:30 a.m. in downtown St. Charles, according to a memo from St. Charles Deputy Police Chief Steve Huffman to the council. The event would require some street and parking lot closures in the downtown area.
Ward 4 Alderman Jim Martin made a motion to table the holiday run because he was concerned it might conflict with TriCity Family Services’ next Snowflake Shuffle 5K Run/Walk event.
TriCity Family Services raises between $20,000 to $25,000 with the annual event, and early December is when it is usually held, Martin said.
Ward 4 Alderman Jo Krieger said she had several calls from downtown merchants that are upset at the thought of closing downtown streets even for hour or two for any weekend after Thanksgiving.
“They feel that downtown merchants are being trampled on … by all of these additional activities,” Krieger said.
The race organizers invited area businesses to a July 1 meeting to discuss any issues they might have with the events. No one showed up for that meeting, Huffman told the City Council on Monday.
The initial application was for the 12K of Christmas and the 2015 St. Charles Half Marathon. The council on Monday did vote 10-0 in favor on closures and amplification for the half-marathon event, which is proposed to be held on April 25, 2015.