At the beginning of the meeting, Councilmember Bob Noel asked if the Ham Festival Committee’s current funds would be put in the city’s general fund or if they would be placed in a separate account. Mayor Lyn Bailey said the money would be documented so that there would be no question of what it had been used for.
Renaissance on Main Director Cindy Sholar told the council that City Attorney Allen Wilson, who was not present at the meeting, had requested that the money from the Ham Festival Committee be put in a separate account until all the funds are depleted. She said this was so there would be an “easy audit trail.” She said this had something to do with one non-profit organization turning its money over to another. Ham Festival Committee member Pam Alexander said she thought it wouldn’t take more than a year-and-a-half to spend all the money.
For more on the City's assumption of Ham Festival operations, read your Cadiz Record.