City council hears Safe and Sane cost, thanks staff

The city council received a report Wednesday, Dec. 2, on the staff cost of October’s city sponsored Halloween event and thanked staff for putting it together.

On Oct. 30, the city sponsored the Safe and Sane Halloween in the Park event, which was the first Public Health approved community event held in 2020, according to the staff report presented to the council. The event brought more than 46 businesses into the Frank Ernaga Ball Park at Memorial Park and hosted more than 1,500 children and their families.

According to the city, the event was staffed by five administrative department employees, 10 public works employees, eight fire department employees, five police department employees, more than 10 volunteer police explorers more than 10 volunteer Lassen Community College baseball players.

In total, the fiscal impact of the event was $7,043.99 in staff hours.

“It was a lot of money, but well worth it, I believe,” said City Administrator/Chief of Police Kevin Jones.

“I think it’s the best $7,000 we could spend on our children. They had so much fun,” commented Mayor Mendy Schuster.

Councilmember Thomas Herrera thanked staff for putting on the event.

“It’s been a really rough year for everyone and I think that was just a breath of fresh air,” he said.