Carnivals On Sundays Win Panel's Support

April 07, 1992|By Dennis O'Brien | Dennis O'Brien,Staff writer

A county advisory group has recommended that carnivals be permitted on Sundays from noon to 8 p.m. and has suggested a series of rules togovern the operation of special events.

The Amusement License Commission also recommended yesterday that groups planning carnivals should apply for a permit 45 days in advance of the event and submit a site plan that details the impact on public facilities and surroundingproperties.

Under the commission's definition, a "special event" would be a carnival, fair, bazaar, amusement ride, or equestrian and rodeo event,temporary in nature, held in the open air, or in a temporary structure. The event also would have to be primarily for amusement or entertainment value.

Commission members said any event that attracts more than 100 people and "impacts public facilities," such as highways or trash collection, would require a permit.

The group was appointed by County Executive Robert R. Neall on Feb. 28 to look for ways to fine-tune county codes regarding bazaars, lawn fetes and carnivals.

Commission Chairman John G. Klocko III said the recommendations areaimed at excluding groups that have garage sales, church dinners or fire hall dances from the special-events permit requirement.

"If it's indoors, and it's in a facility that's intended for that purpose,then we're not looking at it," Klocko said.

Klocko said the commission also would recommend to Inspections and Permits Director RobertDvorak that he "create some type of financial controls" to ensure that nonprofit groups that hire a professional carnival operator net a fair percentage of the proceeds.

The commission's guidelines wouldlimit special events to 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and from 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Klocko said the commission would likely formally approve the recommendations at thegroup's April 13 meeting. They must then be approved by Dvorak before being sent to the County Council for legislative action.

The council passed a measure in January legalizing Sunday carnivals after operators petitioned for a revision of the rules. The council's action was vetoed Feb. 14 by Neall, who said he wanted to wait for recommendations from the commission.

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