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Special events ordinance redrafted

February 17, 2009

The Washington County Commissioners decided Tuesday that more discussion is needed on an ordinance that would require permits for certain special events.

The ordinance would apply to events that require road closures or other special assistance, as well as certain large entertainment and athletic events, such as concerts, carnivals and races, depending on expected attendance.

Assistant County Attorney Andrew F. Wilkinson presented a draft of the ordinance that addresses several of the commissioners' previous concerns. In the new draft, approval from agencies outside the county is not required for issuance of a county permit, and the county would have to issue or decline a permit at least 14 days before an event. The new version also includes a clearer outline of rules and regulations, Wilkinson said.

Commissioner James F. Kercheval said he has been getting a lot of feedback about the proposed ordinance and requested more time to review it and suggest improvements to the permit application process.

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- Heather Keels

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