The council voted to contribute $5,000 to the cause, which will be used to help promote the event. The council also agreed to coordinate road closures and security for the event. The town council also sanctioned Clarkfest 2013 as an official town event for insurance purposes.
“Clarkfest is an opportunity for the town of Clarksville to take pride in who we are, what we are and what we have to offer as a community,” said Councilman John Gilkey. “It is the result of a lot of work on the part of a great many people. Last year’s event came off exceptionally well for the first time in a decade and a half for a festivity like that. Now they’re taking it to the next level this year. I commend them for doing that. It is exceptionally good for Clarksville.”
CITY-TOWN COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATIONS
The Clarksville City-Town Evaluation Committee submitted a draft of its proposed recommendation to the town council on whether or not the town should consider changing its system of government at its meeting Saturday.
The committee’s proposed recommendation supports maintaining Clarksville’s status as a town, but advocates changing the town’s form of government to a system whereby the current town council would hire a town manager “to provide full-time leadership and operational management” for the town.
The committee based its recommendation on three factors: Whether additional revenue would be available to Clarksville if it became a city; whether a city has means to reduce expenses that are not available to a town; and whether full-time leadership and operational management would be available to Clarksville only if it changed to a city structure.
“We did not find that any of these critical drives for a change exist,” the committee wrote in its proposed recommendation.