The Department of Public Works is responsible for shutting down the state highways (41, 98 and 50) coming into Brooksville for the Blueberry Festival which is scheduled for April 22 and 23, 2017.
Some of that is done in house and other parts are contracted out, explained Assistant County Administrator Brian Malmberg. Public Works begins organizing 3 to 4 weeks prior to the festival. This is the third year in a three year funding approval by the BOCC.
There is $50,000 budgeted, but Malmberg estimates it to cost between $30,000 and $40,000.
This was a 3 year contract since they anticipated moving the festival out of downtown by 2018. However, Commissioner Allocco worries that they won’t be ready to relocate to the new Alfred McKethan Park location by next year and has concerns about continued funding for this.
Commissioner Nicholson agreed with Commissioner Allocco and is wary of them not following through with the relocation.
According to the agenda item,
“The estimated cost associated with the MOT (Maintenance of Traffic) based on prior year actual expenditures is $16,000.00 for DPW (Dept. of Public Works) in-house crews and $16,000.00 for barricades provided by outside vendor. Staff requires the Board’s approval to proceed carrying out the MOT for the 2017 Blueberry Festival that includes encumbering and providing reimbursement of funds expended by DPW.”
The item was approved 4-0.