Commission backs Sunday carnivals, tighter regulations

May 12, 1992|By Dennis O'Brien | Dennis O'Brien,Staff writer

The county's Amusement Licensing Commission agreed to legislation yesterday that would allow carnivals on Sundays, but sets down five pages of rules for anyone planning to operate a carnival, marathon or other special event.

The proposed legislation, which is being sought by County Council members trying to help non-profit groups make ends meet, would require anyone planning a special event to submit an application 45 days ahead of time and pay a $10 application fee.

The application must include the names and addresses of each member involved in the operation and a detailed description of the games of skill or chance, plus the rides and amusement devices that are to be on the midway.

Non-profit organizations, such as fire companies and legion groups, would be charged fees to only cover "the necessary inspections, security, traffic control and other related county service cost."

Commercial carnival operations would pay fees of $10 per concession per day of operation, or a minimum of $50, according to the bill.

Both commercial and non-profit groups would have to submit a financial report detailing the amounts raised by the event within 60 days. The report would be available to the public.

The law, which will be forwarded to the council this week, calls for criminal background checks of anyone named in the application.

It also restricts carnivals to run no longer than 12 days, and would require operations to close by 11 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 8 p.m. Sundays, and 1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Operators must also post a $5,000 bond and show proof they have $500,000 in liability insurance for the event.

The legislation comes about three months after County Councilman Edward Middlebrooks proposed a bill that would have allowed carnivals on Sundays.

Middlebrooks said he wanted the legislation passed to help small volunteer fire companies and other non-profit groups make ends meet.

But the bill failed after County Executive Robert R. Neall asked the council to hold off until the newly appointed commission could review the issue.

* The commission yesterday also agreed to wait until next Monday to decide on an amended application from Bingo World Inc. to transfer its bingo license to Arundel Amusements.

The commission had rejected an earlier request to allow the transfer, saying the plan did not sufficiently sever financial ties between the buyers and Bingo World, which is owned by Stephen B. Paskind.

Representatives of Arundel Amusements, a group of five Baltimore attorneys and a Millersville developer, submitted a new proposal yesterday that they say severs the ties between Bingo World and their operation.

Officials have been trying for three years to get Paskind, whose bingo parlor allegedly had ties to organized crime, out of the bingo business in Anne Arundel County.

Paskind has appealed in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court a 1989 county decision not to renew his license to operate his bingo hall on Belle Grove Road in Glen Burnie.

A hearing on that appeal is scheduled for June 5.

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