Committee Approves Speedway Concert Plan

OSWEGO, NY – Some rock and roll will be added to the heavy metal thunder at The Steel Palace this summer.

At its meeting Monday night, the Administrative Services Committee laid the groundwork for a concert to be held at Oswego Speedway in August.

Barbara Sugar, city clerk, received correspondence from the Oswego Speedway requesting permission to hold a 95X concert. She brought the request to the attention of the committee.

The Trespass America Festival event would include seven national acts and be held on Speedway property.

The event would take place on Aug. 7. It could draw an estimated 4,000 music fans, organizers said.

They want to set up for the event on Aug. 6 and tear down on Aug. 9.

The show would run from 5 until 10:30 p.m. The gates would open at 4 p.m. and close at 11:30 p.m.

“We have given authorizations (such as this one) two times in the past. Both times we’ve had some restrictions included in the resolution,” City Attorney Gay Williams pointed out.

Conditions include: the payment of a license fee in the amount of $5 per event; the employment, at their own expense, of a sufficient security force to keep and maintain order in and about the premises as required by the Code of the City of Oswego, Chapter 232, Theatrical Performances, Shows and Exhibitions, Section 232-1; and the strict compliance with any and all laws, ordinances and regulations relating thereto.

The license shall not be transferable.

“My only comment is that $5 is a little bit ridiculous,” Council President Ron Kaplewicz said.

He added he would like to see the fee either eliminated or “make it so it’s a responsible amount of money.”

Area resident Sue Matthews said the music really wouldn’t bother her. However, she noted that following some racing events at the speedway, “they have been putting up hot air balloons with candles and they are getting caught in trees.”

“I live nearby and my house is in the woods. I’d appreciate it if someone would stop them from doing this before trees are catching on fire,” she said. “That bothers me. The noise is not a problem; you were there first, you can make all the noise you want.”

Councilor Mike Myers thanked the track’s management for looking beyond racing and bringing other things to the city.

The committee gave the request a favorable recommendation.

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