Stillwater has taken the first step in moving beyond Lumberjack Days, the controversial regional festival that remains under criminal investigation.
The polling firm Readex Research will submit a proposal to the City Council in coming weeks to ask Stillwater residents what they want in a new community festival and other special events. The council canceled permits for Lumberjack Days and declared a moratorium on festivals last fall after a series of complaints to police over unpaid bills.
County Attorney Pete Orput said recently that he foresees filing criminal charges.
"I think there was an image problem," City Administrator Larry Hansen said last week of Lumberjack Days. "There was too much bad publicity and it was starting to spill over on the city."
Hansen estimated that the survey would cost about $15,000. City Council members have said they want to hear what residents think before deciding on summer festival proposals.