Belden Town Resort plans to host at least four music festivals again this summer.
At its meeting Tuesday, April 10, the county’s Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to issue permits for the resort’s first two events.
“The Bounce” festival is scheduled for June 15 – 17. “Fractalize” is set to take place July 6 – 8.
As in previous years, the supervisors received a complaint letter and calls from Belden resident Darrel Smith.
Smith has argued the festivals “don’t follow the rules that are imposed.”
Smith submitted a letter that cited the resort’s failure to keep attendees from trespassing on his property. He also claimed people park and camp illegally, and leave trash behind.
Supervisor Lori Simpson, who said she receives a number of calls from Smith before, during and after the festivals, brought Smith’s concerns to the board’s attention.
“I do listen to Mr. Smith. I feel that is part of my job,” Simpson said. “I will probably drive down there if he calls me. I will take my camera and see for myself.”
Simpson asked the sheriff, public works director and environmental health director if they were aware of any problems.
“In working with the staff at Belden, they’ve responded to requests for some added services and personnel,” Sheriff Greg Hagwood said. “Our calls for service are minimal. We send the available staff we have down there to check in periodically. And there really haven’t been any problems.”
Belden Town Resort spokesman Richard Folen said the resort and festival organizers take the guidelines of their permit seriously. He said they try to make sure they follow the rules and not cause problems for Smith.
“During our festivals we have a security team at Belden, along with a team of volunteers from each festival,” Folen said. “And (festival organizers) usually hire a security team also.”
Folen said that in addition to 24-hour security, Belden Town Resort has contracted for additional parking at Greys Flat. He said the attendees would be shuttled from that parking area to the event center.
Folen said he plans to submit permit requests for two additional festivals during the supervisors’ May 8 meeting. He said there could be a fifth festival in late August.
During the public comment period before the board’s vote, resident Larry Douglas said the festivals — which attract hundreds of visitors — are important to the county.
“I think it’s really important that we realize the key to Plumas County’s economic recovery is attracting tourism,” Douglas said. “And this is one of those events. I think it’s a very positive thing.“To let one man (Smith) try to stop the survival of this county is horrid. And I think we need to support every kind of activity that comes to Plumas County to try to do this kind of work."
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