BRENTWOOD -- Although Brentwood CornFest organizers have alleviated some of the fears expressed by neighboring residents of this year's venue, many of those residents still want the regional event to move to another location next summer.
"Our communication has been pretty darn good," Coppergate representative Marc Johnston said. "It doesn't mean we want to continue to have CornFest in our backyard."
Johnston presented a petition to the Brentwood City Council this week with signatures from half of the units in the gated, residential community stating that they want CornFest to move next year.
This is the second year in a row that the CornFest has been held at this venue, which is a 20-acre site west of Brentwood Boulevard, south of Sand Creek Road and north of Technology Way.
Last year, Coppergate residents and others complained about excessive noise, dust and light, limited pedestrian access and inadequate trash removal.
The council granted CornFest organizers from the Brentwood Chamber of Commerce a temporary use permit for the event planned for July 12-14, which could draw up to 30,000 people total.
After a temperature spike and dozens of people were treated for heat-related issues during recent local graduations last weekend, Brentwood Mayor Bob Taylor said he wants to ensure that there is adequate water and first aid on hand at the upcoming event.
"Brentwood is going to experience a long, hot summer," Taylor said. "I want to make sure we protect the public in this heat."
CornFest organizer Dirk Zeigler said that there will be ambulance presence, roving first aid services and plenty of water at the upcoming three-day event.
Fellow organizer Ken Seamann said that a Tri-Delta Transit shuttle service will ensure that attendees don't have to walk long distances from the three main parking lots. To alleviate dust on the CornFest grounds, Seamann said they will use the same dust abatement measures that local farmers utilize.
Coppergate residents also initially expressed concerns over the closure of two of Coppergate's three community gates. Since then, CornFest representatives have agreed to convert Coppergate's Sand Creek exit into both an entrance and exit by keeping the gate open during the closure of Business Center with the provision of two security guards to ensure access for residents only.
Seamann added that ongoing communication with Coppergate will ensure that there are no major issues that weekend.
"It is nice to see both parties working together," Councilman Erick Stonebarger said.
Councilman Gene Clare said that a vast majority of Brentwood residents have said that they want the CornFest moved back downtown.
"We hear the voices of people. We respect and honor their voices," Clare said to chamber officials.
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