Commission resigns, street fair to continue

Sunday Times Newspapers

ALLEN PARK – The city’s popular summer street fair will go on as scheduled in the wake of the resignation of the entire commission that organizes it.

The entire seven-member Festivities Commission resigned following a special meeting Jan. 17 in which councilors asked questions about the commission’s spending, including the purchase of computers for the Police Department, a purchase councilors said could have been made with drug forfeiture funds.

The positions are to be filled and the event, which normally takes a year to plan, will go on as scheduled with Councilman Harry Sisko and the Downtown Development Authority acting as the administrative arm of the event, Sisko said Tuesday.

“What we’re here to say is ‘thank you’ to all the people on the Festivities Commission for all their years of service,” Sisko said. “We understand they don’t want to be involved anymore, but that does not mean this is not going forward.”

DDA Executive Director Jennifer Kibby said the DDA will handle everyday tasks for the event, like mailings and phone calls, but hopes to work with a planning committee, such as the to-be appointed commission. She said the event is vital to the city for the influx of cash it brings to downtown businesses.

“The DDA is not trying to muscle in and take over the street fair,” Kibby said. “Quite frankly, we don’t even want it. We have too much on our plates anyway. But it’s very very important to the downtown and the DDA that the street fair happen, so we will do whatever it takes to make sure it happens.”