The Main Street Cowboys aim to strike a deal to place Main Street vendors at Round-Up under one sweeping city business license.
At the June 2 city council meeting, Paul Gadaire, Main Street Cowboys member, said the organization is having revenue shortages because the city raised the business license fees. Gadaire claimed the $160 fee discouraged vendors from coming to the Round-Up.
In a compromise, the city will allow the Main Streeters to pay $5,000 for a license that will cover the 50 vendors Gadaire said arrive in a typical year.
The city council will consider the proposal during it's meeting Tuesday, starting at 7 p.m., in the council chambers at city hall, 500 S.W. Dorion Ave.
While the city will lose about $3,000 in revenue from the individual licenses, there are benefits to the move. Pendleton Police Chief Stuart Roberts said the proposal would mean less frantic, last-minute work for his department. Pendleton police run a background check on each vendor that wants to set up during the Round-Up. That sometimes means completing stacks of paperwork the days just before Round-Up. Under the Main Street Cowboys' proposal, Roberts said, his officers will know in advance who will be on Main Street, and that will ease the workload.
Further, it also will mean officers won't have to verify every downtown vendor as a business license, which the police now do.
The council also will consider a recommendation from the city's planning commission to allow breweries, wineries and leatherworking in the downtown zone. City code now prohibits those uses, but the planning commission recently voted to amend the code. City Planner Evan MacKenzie said plenty of downtowns in Oregon and Washington benefit from having brewpubs and wineries, and there have been businesses doing leatherwork in the downtown zone for many years.