To The Daily Sun,
I am not opposed to the city giving nonprofit organizations the chance to use city facilities such as the parking lot at Weirs Beach in order for them to raise funds for their projects.
I have three reasons for opposing the Weirs Action Committee's request at this time.
First, they have been given this valuable opportunity for 20 years, and have made much money for their causes. All very good causes. But, there are many other nonprofit organizations in the city who would love to have the same opportunity. After all, this event for the benefit of the whole city. A few examples would be the Belknap Mill, which needs yearly sustaining funds to stay open, the Boys and Girls Club, New Beginnings, our food pantries, the Salvation Army, and on and on.
I believe the city should make the property available to different nonprofits each year or perhaps charge a vendor fee for the opportunity of raising huge sums of money.
Don't forget, the very members of the Weirs Action Committee are actually benefiting because the event is held in their area where all the money is spent by the motorcyclists.
Secondly, while I mistakenly brought this up with the Weirs Park Association at the last City Council meeting, it should be noted that this means two of the Weirs' committees gets proceeds from all of the city's lots.
The third point is that this organization, which has been a member of the Motorcycle Week Association, withdrew its support rather than pay the $5,000 membership dues which supports the work of the association. This from the group that benefits more than any from the event being held there. The city supports the Motorcycle Week Association's efforts, as does much for The Weirs as well. Is it too much to ask that the Weirs Action Committee support this event from which they benefit?
This is an event for the whole City of Laconia and the Lakes Region and everyone should be involved and everyone should benefit.
Councilor Brenda Baer
Ward 4, Laconia
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