m20.jpg (15652 bytes)Required permit dampens car wash plans
School fund-raiser put in question due to city regulations
by Ian Gertzen


NEWBURY PARK - Plans for the Newbury Park High School band's seventh annual car wash-a-thon have been dampened by the city of Thousand Oaks because of a restriction placed on a mobile car wash business that assists in the event.

The band and tall flags' major fund-raiser can no longer by held at the Newbury Park Mobil gas station along a busy intersection without a special-use permit, a city official said this morning.

In addition, The Car Wash Guys, the mobile car wash business that donates its time and equipment to the fund-raiser, was ordered earlier this year by the City Council not to have mass car washes, sand Don LaVoie, city code enforcement manager.

LaVoie would not elaborate on the requirements of a special-use permit or on the event, but said the City Council will consider mass car washes when it meets next Tuesday, which is four days before the planned fund-raiser.   That would make it difficult for a special-use permit to be issued before the planned even.

Lance Winslow, The Car Wash Guys owners, said the wash-a-thon does not pollute the environment with waste and is economical - having used 900 gallons of water for 540 cars last year.

Winslow said students would use four times as much water to wash half as many cars if they did the job on their own.

Mayor Frank Schillo said, however, that it has been determined that the material the business uses harms waste pipes.  It needs a permit, Schillo said.

Water restriction, in effect in the city since spring to address the region's five-year drought, also are a consideration.

"If you're doing one car in a parking lot, you don't use much water," Schillo said.  "But if you're going to do it for a lot of cars, it will be a problem."

"We will definitely protest," said Susan Quinland, whose daughter, Dawn Morsa, plays in the high school bank.  "They should have given use more time."

Quinland said the band had sent out 9,000 fliers announcing the wash-a-thon before being told it couldn't be held at the site.

However, the band, which raised $11,000 last year at the event, has been given the option of holding it outside the city in an unincorporated area.

But Quinland said a different site would lessen the visibility, and thus fund-raising potential.

Quinland said the band's budget is estimated at $40,000 this year.  Funds will be used for instruments, music sheets, coaches, transportation, and entry fees at competitions and parades.

Winslow said the event will be held, even if in an unincorporated area.

Reprinted from New Chronicle, September 18, 1991.

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