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Council handles last-minute Pow Wow details
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SEMINOLE – With the Pow Wow Parade and Festival set for this weekend, Friday, March 7 through Sunday, March 9, the Seminole City Council handled last-minute agreements and contracts associated with the annual event at its Feb. 25 meeting.

The council approved performer engagement contracts for the musical acts scheduled to take the stage over the three-day weekend. The following acts had contracts approved: Rebekah Reid, $150; Sean and the Riders, $150; the Troy Duncan Band, $600; the Arthur Z Band, $300; Frank Cannon, $200; and Sounds of Soul, $1,500.

Councilor Jim Quinn pointed out that the event’s sponsors fund these performances.

“We do not spend one thin dime of taxpayer money for these Pow Wow festivities,” he said.

The council also appointed the following volunteers to the 2014 Pow Wow Festival and Parade Committee: Bill Barbosa, Tammy Bibelhauser, Tony Kelly, David Kinsey, Harold Kinsey, Gerry Kinsey, Dovile Koveraite, Barbara Allen Liberatore, Dorie Michalik, Greg Michalik, Gerard Milot, Jelene Mingo, Eileen Newsome, Sharon Oliphant, Dottie Reeder, Carolyn Smith, Susan Sousa, Jacob Valentine and Gretchen Wells.

A motion to approve a license agreement with the owners of Seminole Mall for use of its parking lot for parade staging was removed from the table because it was “not yet prepared,” said City Manager Frank Edmunds. The council moved to allow Edmunds to execute the agreement once it was complete.

“Each year we go through the process with mall ownership to come with an agreement regarding city’s use of their property for Pow Wow Parade,” Edmunds said.

This year, it took “a little bit of extra time,” he said, and the agreement can take longer to draw up for a number of reasons, especially if there are new owners or attorneys involved.

In other action items, the council:

• authorized a funding request of up to $1,000 for a German delegation’s March 13 and 14 visit to the city as part of the National League of Cities Urban Fellowship program.

The money, taken from the city’s contingency fund, will be used to pay for meals at lunch and dinner and travel expenses to and from the airport, and within the city, Edmunds said.

The delegation will meet city leaders and employees, tour city facilities and visit St. Petersburg College’s Seminole campus.

Councilor Plantamura took a similar trip to Germany earlier this year.

• approved the city’s co-sponsorship of the Seminole Kiwanis Club’s Every Child A Swimmer program, which will take place at the Seminole Family Aquatic Center April 14 through May 1.

The Kiwanis has conducted this award-winning program for 30 years.

• reappointed Lisa Pezone and George Tripp to the Developmental Review Board.
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