Royalton makes changes to outdoor music policy

by Jennie Zeitler, Staff Writer

The Royalton City Council adopted changes to its outdoor music policy, allowing more opportunities for local groups and bars to hold outdoor events.

The previous restriction of one outdoor permit per weekend was amended to read “except for Platte River Day weekend.”

One change that had been requested by local bars and the American Legion was an extension of the hours to midnight.

Pam Cimenski of Craig’s Sports Grill spoke to the Council at its July meeting on behalf of all three Royalton bars. She asked that the Council review the ordinance for outdoor music. To encourage business, Cimenski requested a later closing time of midnight for two of the four allowed events per bar per year;

The amended policy allows the hours of every permit to extend from 11 a.m. to midnight.

“As with any policy — if there is a problem, it gets revisited,” said Deputy City Clerk Michelle Stevens.

A penalty for violations was also specified in the policy. Any entity violating the policy will forfeit their right to any outdoor music event for 12 consecutive months from the date of violation.

“I think it’s a wonderful thing,” said Deb Wenner, co-owner of the 10 Spot. “It’s expensive to hold an outdoor event and a lot of work, so you want people to stay as long as they can.”

Royalton City Council Briefs

Other business that came before the Royalton City Council Tuesday included:

• Authorizing the Fire Department to purchase equipment to replace what was lost on Truck 1101 in the fire at Gene’s Repair, not to exceed $24,881.51;

• Approving the Fire Department’s request to offer $6,000 to the Rice Fire Department for a 1975 International Harvester pumper truck, contingent upon it passing a pump certification test. “The last test was done Sept. 22, 2011,” said Council Member Al Libke. “It will be strictly a backup truck;”

• Approving the refurbishment of five self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) at a cost of $7,150 plus shipping;

• Authorizing the purchase of a new taser at $848.40. “The old one was sent in for repair but couldn’t be fixed,” said Council Member Ron Verley;

• Discussing the possible division of property at 602 N. Birch Street — Lee’s Plumbing and Heating;

• Approving the revocation of Carly Winscher’s rental license for 605 N. Evergreen. The property was inspected earlier this year after the city received complaints. After sending letters to Winscher dated July 27 and Aug. 30, City Inspector Nancy Scott never received a request to reinspect the property. “Although that property has been sold by contract for deed, we will continue with the revocation on the advice of our attorney,” said Mayor Andrea Lauer;

• Certifying the assessment of six properties for delinquent utilities. Six properties were included for a total of $3,389.04;

• Approving donations for new city winter decorations from two families, three service clubs/non-profits and six businesses totalling $4,575; and

• Approving accepting the proposal from Clifton Larson Allen to provide audit services to the city. “This was the low bid and the best fit,” said Council Member Scott Walberg.

The next regular council meeting will be Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. at the city complex.