BRENTWOOD -- The city's three-decade-old holiday parade will not be a ghost of Christmas past after all.
The parade, which is put on by the Brentwood Chamber of Commerce, was in danger of being canceled this year because of a shortage of funds. Now, it will go forward, thanks to pledges of financial support from the city, the Brentwood Police Officers Association and local businesses.
"We want to keep it active and keep it going," Dirk Zeigler, chief financial officer for the Chamber of Commerce, said Thursday. "It's one of the events that makes Brentwood Brentwood."
The City Council voted 5-0 this week to contribute general fund money to pay for the permit cost for the parade, which is slated to take place Nov. 23 in downtown Brentwood. Separately, the Police Officers Association donated $2,500 to cover the cost of required police personnel to be on hand for things like traffic control on the day of the parade.
"The Chamber of Commerce's holiday parade has faced some challenges," Vice Mayor Joel Bryant told council members. "The Police Officers Association stepped in with a $2,500 donation to help make this event feasible and possible."
A proposal was before the council to spend as much as $3,000 in general fund money to help cover the necessary permit fee and police services to support the event after it became apparent that the parade faced cancellation. But the $2,500 donation from the Police Officers Association made that unnecessary. So council members voted instead on a motion by Bryant to cover the cost of the estimated $800 temporary use permit fee.
"(It) shows our support as well as doing what we can to make sure this important community event goes forward," Bryant said.
The city had given the chamber a $4,500 grant to help cover expenses for the holiday parade this year, or $6,000 less than the amount that was requested, according to a city staff report.
Last month, the chamber put out a call for sponsorship pledges to make up for the shortfall.
"We've had a few companies that have stepped up and made donations," Zeigler said.
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