Marc Johnston had a security system installed in his Coppergate development home this week due to safety and security fears over the Brentwood CornFest taking place near his backyard July 13-15.
With the Brentwood Chamber of Commerce event drawing about 35,000 attendees, Johnston and his surrounding neighbors expressed concerns at Tuesday night's Brentwood City Council meeting about impacts to their neighborhood, including noise, dust and crime. Johnston said that their fears are not being addressed adequately by CornFest organizers and requested a barrier to protect their homes.
"That is not unreasonable to do," he said. "The minimum stuff we are asking for is not being met."
The regional event is moving from last year's Sciortino Ranch site at Sand Creek Road and Brentwood Boulevard to a 20-acre site near Technology Way, Brentwood Boulevard and Sand Creek. Some neighbors in the gated residential community of Coppergate along the west side of Business Center Drive and north of the event are concerned about access to their neighborhood with the planned closure of the west- bound turn lane from Sand Creek to Business Center.
"I don't have one resident who is happy about this," said Coppergate neighbor Michelle Blasingame, who added that residents will be able to enter their gate, but not exit it with one-way traffic only allowed. "It is literally in our backyards."
CornFest organizer Dirk Zeigler said that the chamber has held
"I do not feel there will be loitering there and it will be well-lit at night," Zeigler said.
Brentwood Police Chief Mark Evenson assured residents that there will be emergency access out of their neighborhood that weekend. Neighbors added that chamber representatives expected them to pay for a portion of the costs to create special permits for unrestricted access into their neighborhood.
Zeigler said that the chamber has contacted a local printer to cover those costs. Coppergate residents complained that they were promised boxes of corn for their inconvenience and they want to compensated in some way. Councilman Erick Stonebarger, who is a salesman for G & S Farms, said that he will make sure they receive some corn.
Chamber representatives and Coppergate residents were supposed to meet this week to resolve some of the issues, but Johnston was not convinced.
"It is not that we don't want the CornFest here because it is good for the local economy," he said. "This will be problematic for us."