Sawdust Days poised for approval after talks cut fee projection


The Common Council is poised to grant a permit for this year’s Sawdust Days Festival after organizers and city staff were able to shave $24,000 off the expected bill for special services such as police.

The Sawdust Days permit is one of about 20 special event requests that are on the council’s March 28 agenda.

Although the Oshkosh has been marketing itself as “Event City,” the city’s efforts to recoup some of the extra costs associated with music festivals, art shows and similar outdoor activities had created a serious rift with event organizers.

In the case of Sawdust Days, the city had initially said it would bill the event more than $54,000, which called into question whether the event could continue.

The key to the reduced expense is a revised layout for Sawdust Days, which will allow the police to staff it with fewer personnel, according to City Manager Mark Rohloff

The city is now projecting that it will bill Sawdust Days about $30,000, including facilities fees of $5,500 and special services fees of $24,400.

Last year the city assessed Sawdust Days about $23,600.

Rendering shows the proposed layout for this year’s Sawdust Days as submitted to the Common Council.


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  1. Will you have article with the three Mayoral candidates incumbent Cummings and challengers Esslinger and write in candidate Caroline Panske

  2. Hopefully this is a great plan- however we need to see a larger map to fully assess whether it is going to work…can you post?

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