Tilted Earth funding, homeless program support comes before Cottonwood Council

COTTONWOOD -- The Tilted Earth Festival returns to the Cottonwood City Council Tuesday night.

The council also will be asked to contribute to homeless emergency shelter program and is expected to receive a grant to improve Cottonwood's Jail Trail.

Originally, the Tilted Earth Festival was expected to be part of a council agenda that also considered the return (or not) of Thunder Valley Rally two weeks ago. The council voted for the return of TVR, but Tilted Earth dropped off that agenda. The new consideration calls for the city to share 50-50 the cost of hosting the Tilted Earth Wine and Music Festival, which attracted about 3,000 people last year and focuses attention on the area's wine-making industry.

But, last year, hosting Page Spring Cellars cost about $200,000 but took a loss of some $68,000. After reducing the budget for the 2016 festival, the city is being asked to invest $51,000 more than its current $20,000. With revenues estimated at $133,000, both parties would risk a loss of only about $5,200 each.

In other business Tuesday, Catholic Charities is asking the city to shoulder some of the cost of emergency housing for the homeless this winter. One transient has already died from exposure so far this winter and the issue has become a priority. The council will be asked to donate $2,000 from its undesignated funds.

The council also is expected to accept a grant from the Nature Conservancy and the Walton Family Foundation. The $45,000 grant would be used to hire a consultant to connect Riverfront Park with Cottonwood Jail Trail to enhance the public connection with the Verde River.

The City Council will meet Dec. 15, 6 p.m., Council Chambers, 826 N. Main Street.

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