ST. CHARLES – The St. Charles City Council on Monday approved an application tied to a 12K event over the concerns of two aldermen.
Council members voted 8-2 in favor of street and parking lot closures, as well as use of amplification equipment for the 2014 St. Charles 12K of Christmas. Ward 4 Aldermen Jim Martin and Jo Krieger voted against the motion.
Krieger said downtown merchants told her that the closures would affect their holiday season revenue because customers will have a harder time getting to their stores on the day of the event, which is scheduled for Dec. 6.
St. Charles Deputy Chief Steve Huffman worked with the Downtown St. Charles Partnership and Multisport Madness, the event’s organizer, to change the event’s start time from the afternoon to 8:30 a.m. The closures would be in effect from 5 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Dec. 6, Huffman said.
Martin in past meetings said the 12K conflicts with the TriCity Family Services Snowflake Shuffle 5K fundraising event, which also is scheduled for Dec. 6 in the Mill Creek subdivision near Geneva.
Hallie Hudson, development associate for TriCity Family Services, shared concerns about the conflict at the city council’s July 28 committee meeting. On Monday, she said the agency feels that Multisport Madness will be respectful of the Snowflake Shuffle.
“They are tapping into a different market, and we understand that now,” Hudson said.
No one from TriCity Family Services or Multisport Madness were in attendance Monday at the City Council meeting, but the two groups were at the July 28 committee meeting.
“I’m glad we can coexist,” Multisport Madness President Danny Delgado said in a phone interview after the meeting.
Delgado said he has not had any contact with TriCity Family Services since the July 28 meeting, but he said Multisport Madness intends to help offset any loss TriCity Family Services might have because of the same-day races.
Delgado said it took two years for one of his group’s races in Batavia to make a profit, but officials were eventually able to donate to the Batavia Fireworks Fund after building up the number of race registrants.