Downtown Tuesday Nights saved

Merchants raise enough money to pay for this year's event
By: Sena Christian, The Press Tribune
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Downtown Tuesday Nights will go ahead as planned, following weeks of doubt that the annual event would happen. Janeen Gasior, owner of Blue Moon Auto on Riverside Avenue, chipped in $400 Monday to a last-minute donation drive to pay for the annual 13-week series of events in Roseville. This followed another substantial donation Friday by the local firefighters union. Scott Milligan, vice president of the Roseville Firefighters Association, said the union will donate $2,500 to Johny 5 Productions, the company that puts on Downtown Tuesday Nights. “We raise lots of money for different charities during the year,” Milligan said. “This is our way of giving back to the community. It’s an important event, a gathering place, and it brings a small-town feel (to Roseville).” Organizers worried the event wouldn’t happen this year because the City of Roseville might not be able to contribute in-kind services, as it had done in the past. A group of downtown merchants raised $2,100 following the Roseville City Council’s decision April 7 that the city would provide $10,000 as in-kind services to Downtown Tuesday Nights, if business owners generated the remaining $5,000. City staff was able to reduce the cost of city services for the event, such as traffic control, street closures and security. The city council voted on Wednesday to set aside $7,300 from the council’s discretionary fund to help offset in-kind costs for the event. “We know how important (Downtown Tuesday Nights) is to the community and downtown merchants,” said council member Carol Garcia during Wednesday’s meeting. The city council had previously asked City Attorney Brita Bayless if the city’s redevelopment funds could be used to cover in-kind services. Bayless determined that these funds could not be used. “I really appreciate how much the city manager’s office and city staff worked to reduce the costs and I appreciate Scott (Milligan) and his organization for all the money they came up with,” said John Javidan, who runs Johny 5 Productions, on Friday. The first of the Downtown Tuesdays Nights is scheduled for May 4.