Thursday, 02 February 2023

Council schedules public BoardStock meeting

LAKEPORT – BoardStock has another chance to call Lakeport home this summer, with the City Council voting Tuesday night to invite the community to come and discuss the event coming to town in late September.


BoardStock promoter Rob Stimmel asked the city earlier this month to reconsider allowing the event to take place in and around Library Park, either Sept. 19-23 or Sept. 26-30.


About 20 people came to hear the discussion, which took place toward the end of Tuesday's meeting.


The council didn't invite public comment, however, saying that they would do so at a May 1 workshop.


At the discussion's onset, Councilman Ron Bertsch said he was against reconsidering the issue.


Mayor Roy Parmentier, who has been against the event coming to Lakeport, said, "If we put it on, we're going to get paid for our police and fire department."


Parmentier had said previously he told Stimmel that he would need to pay upfront for the city's emergency services.


If BoardStock isn't based in Lakeport, Parmentier said he's concerned Konocti Vista Casino may host the event, in which case the city will have the same problems but no extra money to pay for police and fire.


Councilman Buzz Bruns said the lake is low, and is likely to be shallow and filled with weeds during the proposed dates in late September. If visitors see the lake that way, he said, they're likely to come away with a bad impression.


BoardStock would be better held earlier in the season, such as June, Bruns suggested.


Councilman Bob Rumfelt said when he made the motion against BoardStock at the March 20 meeting, it was based on the proposal that the city host the event. This latest plan, said Rumfelt, has Stimmel listed as the event's host.


Despite their concerns, Bruns made a motion to discuss the event, with Rumfelt seconding. The council voted 4-1 to hold a discussion, with Bertsch voting no.


Bruns reiterated his belief that the county and city could suffer “a slap in the face” if the lake wasn't at its best in September. “If we had a high lake like we did last year we would have a shot at it.”


For his part, Parmentier said he thinks June is too soon to hold BoardStock.


Responding to concerns about water quality, Stimmel said, “The reality of it is, if we're talking about the quality of the water, unless it's unfit for someone to be in the water, it's not an issue.”


When the event was in Stockton, they had issues with green water, but it didn't bother the competitors or for the television coverage, Stimmel reported.


Stimmel said he couldn't be ready to hold BoardStock by June or August.


“In the past, we had been a September event," he said, with the event held during what he called “the shoulder season.”


Rumfelt asked about the minimum water depth needed for the competition. Stimmel said 4 feet, with the average depth ranging between 4 and 8 feet.


“We want our lake to look good,” said Bruns.


Parmentier asked other council members for their thoughts.


“I just don't see what's changed," said Bertsch, who said the use of city staff time was a primary reason for turning down the previous proposal.


Bruns said he didn't want to see the park fenced and the city having to collect money during the event.


Parmentier reiterated his concern that if the city doesn't allow BoardStock in, Konocti Vista will host it.


Stimmel told the council that the September dates will reduce attendance by 20 to 25 percent, which Parmentier agreed will remove a problem element.


The discussion's result was that the council voted 4-1 – with Bertsch once more voting no – to schedule a May 1 public meeting where they'll hear what the community thinks about having BoardStock in the city at a different time. Until then, negotiations between Stimmel and the city will continue.


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