Three Wilmington City Council Committees to Meet on September 30 to Review Circumstances Related to a Recent Riverfront Music Festival Staged by a Private Company

Posted on  09/19/2013 7:54 pm

Wilmington City Council President Theo Gregory announced at Thursday night’s regular meeting of City Council that three council committees will hold a special joint meeting on Monday, September 30 at 5 p.m. to look into the circumstances surrounding the City government’s support of a music festival staged at the Riverfront by a private, for-profit company.

The Council President said the chairs of the Finance Committee, Charles “Bud” Freel, the Public Safety Committee, Michael Brown, Sr., and the Public Works Committee, Hanifa Shabazz join him and other members of Council in expressing serious concerns about whether the City appropriately used City staff and resources to support a music festival staged last Saturday at Tubman Garrett Riverfront Park.

“Serious questions have been raised about any improprieties that occurred last weekend,” said Council President Gregory. “We and the public are owed an explanation by the Administration about the use of police, fire and public works resources that were evident at the all-day music festival and the use of any other City resources that came into play that day. Wilmington has had an effective special events permitting process in place for at least the last five years that requires private, for-profit companies that stage events in Wilmington to use their own resources to pay for City services. City taxpayers are entitled to know if there were any violations of City law or policy.”

The chairs of the respective Council committees that will meet on September 30 issued a joint statement tonight noting that there are many private, for-profit companies in Wilmington that have been required to pay thousands of dollars for the use of City services in order to support their for-profit ventures. The Council Members said this process was established by the City so that taxpayer dollars are used solely to support direct City services, City-sponsored public events, or to support non-profit agencies.