CHAPTER XII. PUBLIC PROPERTYCHAPTER XII. PUBLIC PROPERTY\ARTICLE 4. SPECIAL EVENTS

It is the purpose of this article to establish a process for permitting special events to use City streets, parks, and city-owned facilities. The City recognizes that substantial community benefits may result from special events. They can provide cultural enrichment, promote economic vitality and enhance community identity. They may also provide funding opportunities for service organizations. This article is to provide a coordinated process for managing special events occurring on public and private property to ensure the health and safety of event patrons, residents, workers, and other visitors; to prohibit illegal activities from occurring at the special events; and to protect the rights of community event permit holders. It is also the intent of the Council to protect the rights of people to engage in expressive activities in the City’s public places and to establish the least restrictive and reasonable time, place and manner regulation of these activities, without regard to the expressive content of those activities.

(Ord. 988; Code 2016)

(a)   “Community event” means:

(1)   An outdoor event on City-owned property with an expected attendance of fifty (50) or more persons, organized for a particular and limited purpose and time;

(2)   Outdoor events on private property or which occur in City parks with an expected attendance of two hundred fifty (250) or more people, organized for a particular and limited purpose and time. Such events shall include, but not be limited to: Fun runs, roadway foot races, fundraising walks, bikeathons, carnivals, festivals, community celebrations, truck pulls, shows, exhibitions, circuses and fairs. Such term shall not include events, other than fun runs or races, occurring solely on sidewalks or public rights-of-way immediately adjacent to public streets.

(b)   Exceptions. The provisions of this article shall not apply to:

(1)   Special events conducted or co-promoted by the City of Louisburg.

(2)   Events consisting only of a parade that are otherwise approved by the City of Louisburg.

(3)   funeral processions.

(4)   Social or political protests, rallies, gatherings, assemblies, or vigils occurring on public property, which consist solely of the displaying of signs or banners, singing and the delivering of speeches, provided they do not impede or distract the attention of motorist, or create other public safety hazards.

(5)   Events, by a religious institution, conducted entirely on property owned or leased by a religious institution, or on public property with prior approval from the City, when no extraordinary police services are required.

(6)   Outdoor events held at a members-only facility where no extraordinary police services are required.

(7)   Events held entirely inside gymnasiums, fire department or city offices.

(8)   Farmers Markets authorized by the City of Louisburg.

(9)   Auctions held at private residences within the City of Louisburg.

(10) Garage or miscellaneous sales held at private residences within the City of Louisburg.

(11) Sporting events, contests, practices or tournaments occurring at sport complexes or playing fields where the scope of the event is limited to the sporting event for which the property is designed to be utilized.

(12) Events held at a private residence or in a residential neighborhood where no admission is charged, and no extraordinary police services are required.

(13) Outdoor events conducted entirely on the property of public or private schools, colleges or universities, where no extraordinary police services are required.

(c)   “Community Event Coordinator” means the person or persons appointed by the City Administrator to carry out the provisions of this Article.

(d)   “Community Event Promoter” means the person who is directly responsible for organizing and/or conducting the event.

(e)   “Extraordinary police services” means responsive police services which are in addition to and in excess of the normal police services provided to the location or offsite as a direct result of the event.

(f)   “Person” shall mean a natural person or a legal entity such as, but not limited to an individual, firm, association, joint stock company, partnership or corporation.

(g)   “Street” or “highway” means the entire width between property lines of every way publicly maintained when any part thereof is open to the use of the public for purposes of vehicular traffic. Where the word “highway” or the word “street” is used in this title, it means street, avenue, boulevard, thoroughfare, trafficway, alley and any other public way for vehicular travel by whatever name unless the context clearly indicates otherwise.

(h)   “Temporary Entertainment District” means a defined area, which includes city streets and public sidewalks, on which the City Council has authorized the sale, possession or consumption of alcoholic liquor for a specified period of time, during a community event which has been properly licensed under this article.

(Ord. 988; Code 2016)

The City Administrator shall appoint one or more city staff members to carry out the provisions of this Article. In reviewing special events applications, the appointed coordinator(s) shall consult representatives of City departments, including, but not limited, to the following departments: City Administrator’s Office, Community Development Office, Public Works, Fire, and Police. The City Attorney shall provide legal advice regarding issues pertaining to this Article.

(Ord. 988; Code 2016)

The Special Events Coordinator(s) is authorized to:

(a)   Administer and apply this Article;

(b)   Represent the City, under the authority of the City Administrator, in discussions and in establishing agreements with the person(s) who represent the event;

(c)   Establish, under the authority of the City Administrator, any implementing regulations/guidelines consistent with this Article, and other provisions of the Municipal Code applicable to the event.

(Ord. 988; Code 2016)

Except as otherwise provided by this Article or other applicable law, a Community Event Permit shall be required to be obtained from the City for any community event as defined by Section 12-402.

(Ord. 988; Code 2016)

(a)   To receive a community event permit. the event promoter must file a completed community event application with the City Clerk, or other designated representative, on a form provided by the City. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. The applicant must provide the following information:

(1)   The type of proposed use, event, or activity; i.e., fun run, carnival, festival;

(2)   The street or other public or private property and the specific area or areas thereof which will be utilized in connection with the proposed use, event, or activity;

(3)   The date or dates and the specific times thereat including set-up and tear-down, that the public property is to be utilized for the described use, event, or activity;

(4)   The name, address and telephone number of the person, entity or organization sponsoring or conducting the proposed event;

(5)   The name, address and telephone number of the person or persons to be contacted regarding the application or permit;

(6)   The number of past participants who attended previous events sponsored by the applicant, if available;

(7)   The number of persons which the applicant anticipates will be attending the event;

(8)   Whether alcohol or cereal malt beverages will be sold or consumed at the event;

(9)   The applicant shall submit a site plan which includes:

(A)  Any plans for fencing, and the size and location of the gates contained in such fence;

(B)  The plans for supplying potable water, including the source, amount available and location of outlets;

(C)  The placement of any stages:

(D)  A map of the event identifying any and all street closures and placement of any barricades, with a designation of the types of barricades to be used;

(E)   The plans for providing toilet and lavatory facilities, including the source, number and location, type. and the means of disposing of waste deposited;

(F)   The plans for collection and disposing of solid waste material;

(G)  The plans, if any, to illuminate the location of the community event, including the source and amount of power and the location of lamps;

(H)  The plans for parking vehicles, including size and location of Jots, points of highway access and interior roads including routes between highway access and parking lots and any shuttle service;

(I)    The plans for sound and sound amplification, if any, including number, location and power of amplifiers and speakers;

(J)   The placement and size of any signage for the event;

(K)  The plans for seating, tables, bleachers or seating facilities;

(L)   The plans and locations, if any. where alcohol or cereal malt beverage will be consumed.

(M)  The plans for electrical power and generators, if applicable;

(N)  the plans and location of any tents or canopies and the size of any such tent or canopy.

(O)  The plans and location of any portable amusement park or inflatable rides.

(10) Security. All security must be provided by certified law enforcement officers and/or approved private security. The applicant shall be responsible for all costs incurred in providing security for the event;

(11) The plans for food and beverage concessions and concessionaires who will be allowed to operate on the grounds, including the names and addresses of all concessionaires and their license or permit numbers. if applicable;

(12) The plans and specific description for each of any other type of vendor or amusement or entertainment provider who will be allowed to operate on the grounds, including the names and addresses of such vendors and their license or permit numbers (if any) and their State sales tax ID number;

(13) Proof of liability insurance for the event as required by Section 12-412;

(14) Receipt for payment of the application fee as set forth in Section 12-408.

(b)   The City Administrator and Chief of Police shall jointly establish a formula for determining the minimum number of officers necessary to provide adequate security for the event. The criteria set forth by the Chief shall be the sole criteria utilized in determining the security necessary for the specific event. In establishing the formula, the following criteria shall be utilized by the Chief of Police:

(1)   Number of event participants;

(2)   Number of past event participants, if available;

(3)   Whether alcohol is allowed at the event;

(4)   The time and duration of the event;

(5)   Location or venue of the event;

(6)   Number of street closures required for the event;

(7)   Number of private security officers employed for the event;

(8)   Whether admission is charged for the event;

(9)   Size of area where alcohol is to be consumed;

(10) Means of ingress and egress to the event.

(c)   All applications must be complete and submitted in accordance with the time limits established by Section 12-408.

(Ord. 988; Code 2016)

(a)   Any community event promoter, who desires to allow the consumption of alcoholic liquor at a community event, shall submit an application to the Community Event Coordinator for the consumption of such alcoholic liquor at such community event or in a temporary entertainment district.

(b)   Such written application must be made on a form provided by the Community Event Coordinator. The application must be submitted to the Community Event Coordinator not less than thirty (30) days before the date of the proposed community event or temporary entertainment district.

(c)   The written application shall contain the following information:

(1)   The name and address of the event promoter;

(2)   The dates and times when alcoholic liquor or cereal malt beverages will be served at such event;

(3)   For temporary entertainment districts. a copy of the temporary permit issued by the State of Kansas, pursuant to K.S.A. 41-2645 and the City of Louisburg, pursuant to Section 3-104 of the Code of the City of Louisburg for the sale of alcoholic liquor at such event, or written documentation that an application is pending for such temporary permit;

(4)   A copy of the caterer’s license issued by the State of Kansas for any individual responsible for the sale of alcoholic liquor at such event (if approved by the Louisburg Governing Body by formal resolution).

(5)   A detailed security plan;

(6)   A plan as to how the event promoter will prevent the off-premises consumption of alcohol and the consumption of alcohol by minors;

(7)   A detailed site map indicating:

(A)  Entry and exit points to the event venue(s);

(B)  Description of the signage, barriers or maps which will be used to designate the area in which alcoholic liquor or cereal malt beverages may be consumed;

(C)  The location of any licensed drinking establishments that desire to participate in the temporary entertainment district, and a designation of the area of the licensed premises of such drinking establishment(s) which have been extended into the temporary entertainment district.

(8)   Whether entry to the event or temporary entertainment district is restricted to invited guests, or open to the general public.

(9)   The type of alcoholic liquor to be allowed for consumption.

(10) The name, address and licensee of any drinking establishment, which is adjacent to the event and which has extended its licensed premises into the temporary entertainment district if such event is occurring on the public streets and sidewalks of the City of Louisburg. Only those drinking establishments listed on the community event application will be granted approval by the City Council to utilize the city streets, sidewalks or other public property for the extension of their licensed premises. such approval shall require adoption of separate resolution by the Louisburg Governing Body;

(11) The name and address of any adjacent businesses which are to be included in the event area or temporary entertainment district;

(12) A list of streets and or street rights-of-way to be closed to motor vehicle traffic for such event or temporary entertainment district and the dates and times for such street closures;

(13) If signs are to be used to designate areas were alcoholic liquor or cereal malt beverage may be consumed, a diagram showing the number, size and location of such signs.

(d)   The City Council shall review written applications for temporary entertainment districts and may, by resolution. authorize the possession, sale and/or consumption of alcoholic liquor on streets which have been closed to motor vehicle traffic and sidewalks in the designated temporary entertainment district. In determining if approval should be given. the City Council shall consider those factors set forth in Section 12-409 of the Code of the City of Louisburg, Kansas.

(e)   Approval by the City Council, pursuant to this section, shall not be required for special events held on locations exempted from the prohibitions of consuming alcohol in public, as otherwise designated by the Code of the City of Louisburg.

(f)   It shall be unlawful for any person to possess or consume alcoholic liquor or cereal malt beverages at a community event or in a temporary entertainment district unless such person is the legal age for consumption of alcoholic liquor or cereal malt beverage.

(g)   It shall be unlawful for any person to distribute, sell or allow the consumption of any alcoholic liquor on the streets or sidewalks within a temporary entertainment district without obtaining the approval of the City Council and any and all necessary state and local permits for the sale of such alcoholic liquor.

(Ord. 988; Code 2016)

All applicants for events whether held on private or public property shall be responsible for any applications, fees, licenses. permits and any rental fees which may be required based upon the scope and nature of event. The City Administrator shall establish a schedule of fees for special events. Such schedule of fees shall be approved by the City Council. Applications may not be accepted by the Special Events Coordinator(s) less than thirty (30) days prior to the event.

(Ord. 988; Code 2016)

Subject to Section 12-410, the Louisburg Governing Body may approve a community event permit if it is determined that all of the following criteria have been met:

(a)   The event will not obstruct the operation of emergency vehicles or equipment in or through the particular permit area;

(b)   The proposed event does not present a safety, noise, or traffic hazard;

(c)   The proposed event conforms to regulations regarding the use or allowable number of pa1ticipants for the proposed venue, location, or site; and

(d)   The proposed event does not violate any provisions of the Code of the City of Louisburg, the laws of the State of Kansas or the laws of the United States.

(e)   If the proposed event is to occur on park property. the event conforms to regulations of the City of Louisburg.

(f)   If the event requires the closure of public streets, such street closures shall be approved by the Louisburg Governing Body.

(Ord. 988; Code 2016)

The Governing Body may deny an applicant’s request for a Special Events Permit upon any of the following findings:

(a)   One or more of the approval criteria specified in Section 12-409 is not met;

(b)   The applicant has knowingly made a false, misleading or fraudulent statement of fact to the City in the application process;

(c)   The application is incomplete or does not contain the information required by this Article;

(d)   The application does not satisfy the requirements of this Article or administrative regulations adopted by the Special Events Coordinator(s);

(e)   The applicant fails to comply with any conditions of approval including, but not limited to:

(1)   Remittance of fees, charges or deposits.

(2)   Proof of liability insurance required,

(3)   Obtaining all other permits and licenses as required by the City Code for the proposed event.

(f)   The applicant, in the last five years, has had a previous community event permit revoked for failure to comply with the terms or conditions of the permit, or for violations of the ordinances of the City of Louisburg.

(g)   The applicant, in the last five years, has organized a community event which did not conform to the plans and application submitted to the Special Events Coordinator(s) or which failed to comply with any conditions for such event placed on the event by the Louisburg Governing Body.

(h)   The proposed event would be in violation of the Code of the City of Louisburg, the laws of the State of Kansas or the laws of the United States.

(i)    The event fails to conform to regulations regarding the use and allowable number of participants for the proposed venue. location or site.

(j)    The proposed event fails to conform to regulations adopted by the Louisburg Governing Body. The applicant shall be notified of the denial in writing. The denial shall set forth the specific reasons for the denial of the application.

(Ord. 988; Code 2016)

Any actions resulting in a stay of permit or other unreasonable administrative delay shall have a right of appeal to the Louisburg Governing Body by filing a written request with the City Clerk. The notice of appeal must be filed with the City Clerk within five business days of the defining period of delay or denial of such permit application. The appeal shall be heard at the next regularly scheduled meeting of the Council. The Louisburg Governing Body may affirm the denial, overrule the denial or modify the request for the permit.

(Ord. 988; Code 2016)

The permit holder for events occurring on public or park property shall procure and maintain in full force and effect during the term of the permit a policy of insurance from an insurance company authorized to do business in the State of Kansas, which policy includes the City of “Louisburg, its officers and agents, as named insured and which provides general liability coverage in an amount not less than $1,000,000.00 per occurrence and a minimum of $250,000.00 property damage coverage. Proof of insurance shall be submitted to the City prior to issuance of the permit and maintenance of this insurance shall be a binding condition of the permit. Permit holder shall further indemnify the City from any other probable liabilities that are deemed valid or potentially subject to subrogation.

(Ord. 988; Code 2016)

Directional signs for walks and races may be installed on the event route, including the City right-of-way or other private property with the property owner’s permission, by the permit holder or his/her designee, provided that each sign complies with the requirements of the City of Louisburg Sign Regulations. A site map showing the type and location of the proposed directional signs and any other signage must be submitted as part of the community event permit application and be approved by the City.

(Ord. 988; Code 2016)

(a)   Any street closures requested by a licensee or which are necessary as part of a community event or temporary entertainment district application must be approved by the City Council prior to the issuance of the Community Event Permit by the Special Events Coordinator(s).

(b)   The following requirements must be met before a street closure is approved:

(1)   The applicant must submit to the Special Events Coordinator(s) a written request for the street closure at least thirty (30) days prior to the date of the proposed street closure.

(2)   The applicant is responsible for attempting to secure the cooperation of all property owners/residents affected by the street closing and will provide proof that all property owners/residents have been notified by attaching to the application a statement signed by all affected property owners/resident listing the name, address and telephone number of the person contacted expressing their approval or disapproval of the street closure. Failure to notify any property owners/residents may result in the denial of the application or require a change in the scheduled closing date.

(3)   The applicant must be the responsible party or event promoter for the event. 9

(4)   The applicant will provide a sketch of the street area indicating the area to be closed and the location of all properties adjacent to the area being closed.

(5)   The closure of the street affected by the event must not cause a significant hardship to pedestrian or vehicular traffic. Alternative routes must be available for public and emergency vehicles.

(6)   The applicant is responsible for obtaining and placing barricades for the street closure and for removing the barricades promptly after the event is concluded.

(7)   The applicant must, promptly after the conclusion of the event, clean the right-of-way to its condition prior to the street closure.

(8)   The applicant must allow city personnel, emergency vehicles and police officers to lawfully enter the area. Orders or directions given by police or fire officials in the lawful discharge of their duties must be obeyed.

(c)   The licensee and any drinking establishment serving, selling or distributing alcoholic liquor on city streets or sidewalks which have been closed pursuant to this section, as a temporary entertainment district, shall meet with the community event coordinator and city staff, no less than seven (7) days prior to the event, to review security plans and procedures to be utilized by the vendors relating to the sale and consumption of alcoholic liquor.

(Ord.988; Ord. 2016)

Outdoor entertainment for events licensed, pursuant to this Article, shall cease between the hours of 10:30 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, unless otherwise stipulated and approved by the Louisburg Governing Body.

(Ord. 988; Code 2016)

A copy of the signed approval letter from the Special Events Coordinator(s) shall be exhibited upon demand of any City official.

(Ord. 988; Code 2016)

The Special Events Coordinator(s), or her/his designee, may adopt administrative regulations that are consistent with and that further the terms and requirements set forth within this Article. All such administrative regulations must be in writing.

(Ord. 988; Code 2016)

The issuance of a community event permit does not relieve any person from the obligation to obtain any other permit, license or pay any additional fees, including rental fees, required pursuant to this article or other governmental entity or department of the City of Louisburg.

(Ord. 988; Code 2016)

The issuance of a community event permit does not relieve any person from limitations or restrictions contained in the Code of the City of Louisburg relating to noise, sanitation, consumption of cereal malt beverages or alcoholic liquor or street obstructions.

(Ord. 988; Code 2016)

Any person, firm, partnership or corporation violating any of the provisions of this article shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction thereof shall be fined in a sum not less than fifty dollars ($50.00) nor more than two thousand five hundred dollars ($2,500.00). or by imprisonment not more than one (1) year, or by both such fine and imprisonment.

(Ord. 988; Code 2016)