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Updated: 07/17/2014 08:00:01AM

Downtown forum makes slow progress

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Arcadia Administrator Tom Slaughter explains permitting limitations during the Special Event Planning Forum.

ARCADIAN PHOTO BY JOHN BLACK, photeke@gmail.com

Members of the Arcadia Antique Association listen during last week's public forum.

ARCADIAN PHOTOS BY JOHN BLACK, photeke@gmail.com

A variety of downtown business owners were in attendance for last week's Event Planning Forum.

ARCADIAN PHOTOS BY JOHN BLACK, photeke@gmail.com

Last week's public forum gave community members an opportunity to present ideas on how to improve the winter weekend events in downtown Arcadia.

ARCADIAN PHOTOS BY JOHN BLACK, photeke@gmail.com

Team Arcadia member and downtown business owner Renee Otto addresses a topic during last week's forum.

by Steve Bauer

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After nearly two hours of personal insults and high tempers, cooler heads finally prevailed during last week’s first Downtown Special Event Planning Series. The forum was intended to give downtown business owners an opportunity to make suggestions on how to improve Saturday events during the winter months, but was repeatedly derailed as owners and members of the Arcadia Antiques Association argued with other downtown business owners over perceived personal differences. The meeting ended on a positive note, however, when the two groups agreed to a small, face-to-face meeting July 22 to discuss specific permit concerns.

City Administrator Tom Slaughter, along with Marshal Matt Anderson and Code Enforcement’s Carl McQuay, led the forum, asking participants to give them direction on how to resolve ongoing issues over how vendor permits are handled. Anderson said he and McQuay had heard from many downtown owners who were upset over how the AAA limits who can get an AAA permit, as well as complaints that non-licensed vendors were setting up during the AAA’s fourth Saturday event, presenting a liability concern.

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