Upcoming meeting will address Woodstock questions
WATKINS GLEN--The Schuyler County legislature held their regular meeting Monday, March 11, again answering a number of public questions about the proposed Woodstock 50 concert at Watkins Glen International.
Many of the concerns expressed were similar to last month's meeting, where residents shared their experience with the infamous 1973 Summer Jam concert and questioned how promoters and officials will keep the Woodstock event under control.
While the official lineup of bands has yet to be announced, Variety published a story on March 7 citing sources involved with the concert saying Dead & Co., Jay-Z, Chance the Rapper and the Black Keys could be headliners. Additional acts may include Santana, Led Zeppelin, Imagine Dragons and many others.
Members of the legislature repeatedly said they are still in the due diligence phase and are looking toward to an upcoming question and answer session.
"I think, just to throw out, those concerns will be addressed at the meeting on the 27th, I think that will be a substantial part of what will be discussed, are plans and contingencies for how to make sure that doesn't happen...it's not the same era...I do think there is a difference between now and '73," said Legislator Mark Rondinaro.
Legislator David Reed followed up saying, "Everybody here and everybody that knows this or has anything to do with this, be aware, we have not voted on anything to accept this or not accept it."
He added, "The number of tickets that are going to be sold are 100,000 tickets. The most that track has ever handled...was 200,000 people back in the days of the open-wheeled racing. So the facility itself can handle that number of people there; my biggest concern, as everybody here, isn't what's going to be handled inside that facility, it's the effect it's going to have on all the residents around there and all the towns around it, that's what's going to have to be addressed."
County Administrator Tim O'Hearn again repeated the planning and tickets sold before the event is permitted are done so "at his own risk," referring to Woodstock co-creator Michael Lang. "I can't speak [for] them, but I would assume if they start selling tickets, they would feel confident they could meet the conditions."
The meeting March 27 will be held at the Watkins Glen Performing Arts Center, which is the auditorium at the old Watkins Glen middle school. The meeting is set for 6 p.m.
During the regular meeting, all resolutions were passed.