Previous | Index | Next

The Columbia Press

Top News

Sponsors of large events must give city time and information

By Cindy Yingst, Thursday, November 8, 2018

The city is in the process of tweaking policies governing events held in the city, water fees and rules, and sidewalks.

There are no broad sweeping changes proposed, but some people may be affected by the rule-tightening.

“This became a very hot topic because of problems we’ve uncovered,” Community Development Director Kevin Cronin told city commissioners when describing proposed changes to the group events policy.

The current policy, which covers city parks, was adopted in 2012 and is administered by the Public Works Department in cooperation with other departments as needed. Problems have come up with groups selling alcohol, being in the parks after dark and not providing the city with diagrams that include safety facilities and event logistics.

Changes proposed include a requirement to give the city two months’ notice when turning in applications for large events, a more consistent way to collect fees and review applications, and requiring city-sponsored events to have the city’s logo on all marketing material. And there will be no mass release of balloons.

“We just tried to cover everything that someone would do,” Chief Matt Workman said. “We want to know about it and how it’s going to affect the city.”

City departments need to know about street closures, addresses to be blocked off, where tents will be set up and how animal events will dispose of animal waste.

Public Works employees Trish Hayrynen, Nancy Claterbos and accounting technician Jessica Barrett spent several months overhauling the 1990s-era water ordinance, finding some service charges over and others under cost.

Those seeking after-hours nonemergency services, such as turning water back on after shut-off for nonpayment, would be charged $150. Those who block their meters to prevent them from being read would pay fees of $25 per day. General service calls will increase from $10 to $20.

Commissioners also instructed Public Works Director Collin Stelzig to come back with rules about which properties need to install sidewalks at the time improvements are made in a neighborhood and who might be able to contribute to a fund slated for future improvements in an entire neighborhood.

Previous | Index | Next