The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

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June 28, 2014

Three-year Symphony of Lights agreement on the table

CLINTON — The city of Clinton and organizers of the Symphony of Lights Christmas display are working on a new lease agreement that provides the latter “more comfort,” said city recreation director Gregg Obren.

Little will change for users of the attraction, which takes place annually during winter at Eagle Point Park. The agreement would do away with the current one-year structure in favor of assuring the program is maintained for the next three years.

“In the big picture, nothing has changed,” Obren said. “In the small picture, some items have been tweaked. The person going through the Sympony of Lights won’t notice a thing.”

Obren will present the agreement to city council members during Tuesday’s committee of the whole meeting. He said the new contract cleans up the old agreement and adds two extra years. He hopes this will allow event organizers more stability with planning future events by knowing the Symphony will be around.

“It offers a little bit more comfort in knowing that we’re good to go,” he said. “Now we can go forward with a multi-year term.”

The agreement also consolidates two separate lease agreements for use of the drive and use of the Eagle Point lodge and increases the lodge lease fees to $75 per day, up from $50. There’s also a formalized process in the event Symphony of Lights needs to take a hiatus, though that hasn’t happened since its founding in 1996, Obren said.

The new contract has been on the priority list for some time, he added. But with year-to-year personnel changes, Obren said only recently have both sides of the contract demonstrated stability, enabling longer terms.

The council may forward a resolution to the July 8 council agenda approving the contract if there are no holdups during this week’s COW.

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