City council in Timmins is taking further steps to make sure the upcoming “Stars and Thunder” festival doesn’t blow up in their face.

They have voted unanimously in favour of getting a report the first council meeting of every month leading up to the festival June 24th to July 1st.

On top of general revenues and expenses in the report put forth by Councillor Rick Dubeau, Councillor Andrew Marks successfully got council to include current and future RFP’s, notable updates or changes to the festival and donations made either in cash or in-kind into the report.

“You’re going to work, I’m going to make sure you work,” he said.

Councillor Mike Doody voiced his support to get updates, feeling all along that council as a whole have an obligation to make this festival a success once the resolution was passed.

There was a concern that giving constant updates on ticket sales would allow people to take a “wait and see” approach in terms of buying tickets, which would discourage people from buying tickets early.

As of Monday evening, Mayor Steve Black says they have sold $2.86 million dollars in tickets.

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