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File #: RES 19-973    Version: 1 Name: Hmong Freedom Festival Staff Food/Beverage Purchase
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
In control: City Council
Final action: 6/19/2019
Title: Authorizing the Department of Parks and Recreation to spend up to $1,000 to supply food and beverage for those working the Hmong Freedom Festival and Sports Tournament.
Sponsors: Amy Brendmoen

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Authorizing the Department of Parks and Recreation to spend up to $1,000 to supply food and beverage for those working the Hmong Freedom Festival and Sports Tournament.

 

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WHEREAS, the Hmong Freedom Festival and Sports Tournament is an annual event held in Saint Paul at the McMurray athletic fields in Como Regional Park; and

 

WHEREAS, the 2019 event will be held on July 6th and July 7th, with an additional clean up day on July 8th; and

 

WHEREAS, the event requires a large amount of City staff to run and maintain the event site from 5:00 a.m. until 1:00 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, and from 6:00 a.m. on Monday until the clean up is done; and

 

WHEREAS,  traffic is very congested which makes it difficult for staff to leave the work site for lunch or dinner breaks, and return in a timely manner; and

 

WHEREAS, the weather is historically very hot and humid and requires staff to consume extra fluids to sustain themselves; and

 

WHEREAS, due to the nature of the event, break times are not scheduled and staff eat and drink as they are able, in order to continue working the event; and

 

WHEREAS, the City of Saint Paul has historically spent $1,000 to purchase and provide Gatorade, fruit, and lunch or dinner for the employees assigned to work the event; and

 

WHEREAS, the cost for the employee food and drink is added to the overall costs incurred for running the event; and

 

WHEREAS, the United Hmong Family inc. will reimburse the City up to $60,000 in 2019 toward the costs incurred from the event; now, therefore, be it

 

RESOLVED, that the City Council finds that there is a public purpose for the expenditure of money for food and beverages for employees working at the 2019 Hmong Freedom Festival and Sports Tournament by increasing efficiency and ensuring a healthy work enviroment, and authorizes the Department of Parks and Recreation to spend up to $1,000 for the purchase of food and refreshments for employees assigned to work the event.

 

 

 

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