KELLER — Old Town Keller Merchants Association recently asked City Council for more than $35,000 to fund the Crawfish Krawl and to waive the city service cost for security.The association, represented by Terry Thomas, presented council with a budget during the March 19 meeting hoping the city would fund this year’s Crawfish Krawl, but Council voted only to pay the $540 for security and denied funding the entire event."If we don’t ask, we can’t get," Thomas said.Thomas said the idea to ask for more funding came after the association went before Council last year to ask for security funding, but heard representatives from the Chamber of Commerce ask for and receive more than $20,000 in funding for its own Kellerfest event."Our jaws pretty much hit the floor when we heard the Chamber of Commerce ask for over $20,000," he said. "We would like to see what the city could help us with, as we are the best festival in Keller."Councilman Doug Miller said the Old Town list this year left him speechless."Boy, when I saw this list ... I guess I don’t know where to start. You have me at a loss for words," Miller said.Miller told Thomas he would, however, like to look for ways to help with items such as fencing and similar things that council has provided for the Chamber of Commerce."When I see this and it’s $35,000 ... I understand your reasoning, but you also have to understand that maybe on some of the other events we’re not funding that much money,” Miller said. “It’s similar to what we’re doing for you, providing manpower, and that manpower has got to be budgeted ... I would like to see us be able to work with you in our budget constraints to be able to help you a little bit more than just having two security guards, but you’ve got to be a little bit more reasonable than this list."Councilman Bill Dodge said asking "for the sky" is the committee’s right and prerogative.Questions from Dodge included where the proceeds will go.Committee member Becky Harness said the association has not yet voted on what this year’s proceeds will fund.Harness said some of the things the association has talked about in the past include entrance signs, directional signage, improvements to the park and benches along sidewalks.Funds from previous events were used last year to buy a Rock Island Railroad car, currently parked in downtown Keller's locomotive display.The vintage passenger railroad car, bought for $18,000 sparked controversy between board members and was partly dismantled for salvage during the Memorial Day weekend.Board members came to an agreement about restoring the train car during a June 4 meeting.Thomas said this year’s event, scheduled for April 13, will be held only on Olive Street; Pecan Street will not be shut down due to an event at a nearby church.