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Robert Cray performs a guitar solo during the Guitars Under the Stars concert series in 2015. 

LEBANON — The Lebanon City Council is giving a community event a break on its park fees.

Jason Cripe, the organizer of the Guitars Under the Stars Music Festival, requested a waiver of the $3,250 rental fee for use of Cheadle Lake Park for this year’s event, which will be held July 26-28.

The event has been held in Lebanon twice in previous years, bringing in acts such as Robert Cray. The festival paid park rental fees in full for both of those events, Cripe said.

Guitars Under the Stars has been on hiatus in Lebanon for the past two years. Cripe is hopeful that this year’s festival can build a foundation for the future.

Cripe told the council that this will be the only time he will request a waiver of the park rental fees. He said the money saved will be invested in advertising.

Councilor Rebecca Grizzle said she would vote for the waiver with the understanding that this is the only time the event will receive this consideration. Councilor Jason Bolen agreed and asked Cripe how he plans to focus his advertising efforts.

Cripe said that in the past he has spent a significant amount on television advertising. He is shifting his approach to social media and he believes this will be more beneficial, and cost effective, for the festival.

Councilor Robert Furlow said he would support the waiver on a one-time basis and asked Cripe to bring a final budget to the council for review after this year’s festival has been held. Cripe agreed to that stipulation.

Councilor Floyd Fisher joined his colleagues in voting in favor of the waiver, which passed 4-0. Councilors Bob Elliott and Wayne Rieskamp were not in attendance at Wednesday night’s session.

In other action, the council unanimously supported the re-designation of the South Santiam Enterprise Zone. Authorization for the current enterprise zone expires on June 30. City manager Gary Marks said the only change is to make the enterprise zone smaller.

At this time, the zone encompasses multiple communities. Marks said that going forward, the South Santiam Enterprise Zone will be limited to Lebanon’s urban growth boundary.

There will be no change to the requirement that projects must be located on land zoned for industrial use in order to be eligible for consideration.

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