Revitalization board discussing special event rules tonight

From Staff Reports

July 14, 2008 - The city's Downtown Revitalization Board will discuss new regulations governing events in the central business district at a meeting scheduled for this evening.

The board will convene at 6:30 p.m. in the council room at the Sulphur Springs Muncipal Buildings, 125 South Davis St.

The first order of business will be to administer the oath of office to Becky Flippin, who was appointed to the downtown board by the City Council earlier this month. The panel is then slated to select a board chairman and vice chairman for the coming year.

The main item on tonight's agenda involves regulations for vendors operating at downtown events. Sulphur Springs Director of Community Development Johnny Vance asked the revitalization board at the June 17 meeting for input regarding regulations for vendors operating in the downtown. As ordinances are currently written, vendors are not allowed to operate in the downtown district.

A draft ordinance will be presented tonight to the board.

The eight-page ordinance appears exhaustive in its limitations and requirements. Almost half those pages are devoted to a required permit, from provisions for applying to the contents of the applications, reasons for denial or revocation of a permit, and appeals and time limitations. Another section sets out parking requirements, while the remainder is devoted to "miscellaneous" provisions, penalties and the like.

The regulations generally do not affect events staged by the city or the Sulphur Springs Independent School District on public property, private events, parades and funeral processions.

Special events will require a permit from the city's building official. The fee for the permit would be $50.

Applications for a special event permit would have to be filed at least 30 days prior to the event, but the ordinance would not prevent the building official from issuing a permit. Late applications would be approved at the sole discretion of the building official.

Should the downtown board approve of the ordinance, it would have to get an OK from the City Council before going into effect.

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