WASHINGTON COUNTY, MINNESOTA
AN ORDINANCE CONCERNING SPECIAL EVENTS
THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS OF THE TOWN OF STILLWATER ORDAINS:
SECTION 1. Stillwater Township Ordinance No. 146 is hereby added to read in its entirety as follows:
2.21 Special Events
(1) Purpose and Intent – The purpose of this section is to establish standards for special events on Township roads or on Township property to protect the safety of the general public and event participants.
(2) Required Permit – A permit shall be obtained from the Township Chief of Police by any organization or person who will be holding or sponsoring a special event in Stillwater Township. The permit requirements set forth apply in addition to any licensing requirements found in other federal, state, or local laws. The Township may condition the issuance of the permit by imposing reasonable requirements concerning the time, place, and manner of the event, and any requirements to protect the safety of persons and property, and the control of traffic.
(3) Other Requirements – If the special event takes place across multiple jurisdictions, the applicant is required to include all applicable permits and insurance information obtained from other jurisdictions.
(4) Performance Standards – Special events must comply with the following standards:
1. Any person or organization wishing to sponsor a special event shall file an application with the Township at least ten (10) days, but not more than one (1) year, prior to the date of the event.
2. The applicant may be the chief officer or a member of the sponsoring organization who has been authorized by the chief officer to apply for a permit. The authorized applicant must be at least 18 years of age and available to work closely with the Township Chief of Police and Town Officials throughout the application process.
3. All proposed signage will be reviewed for compliance with Chapter Two, Part Three, Section 1.10.
4. The Township Chief of Police and the Township may condition permits for certain special events, including but not limited to special events involving physical activity by participants or some hazardous exposure to spectators, on the provision of emergency medical technicians at the site of the event and throughout the event.
5. The applicant shall be responsible for clean up, proper disposal of garbage and trash, and restoration of the special event site or route to the same condition as existed prior to the event. The applicant shall be responsible for the reasonable costs incurred by the Township for clean up, proper disposal of garbage and trash, and restoration of the special event site.
6. It shall be prohibited for any person to engage in any special event that would constitute a substantial hazard to the public safety or that would materially interfere with or endanger the public peace or rights of residents to the quiet and peaceful enjoyment of their property.
(5) Denial of Permit – The Township Chief of Police may refuse to issue a special event permit to the applicant for any of the following reasons:
1. The conduct of the special event will substantially and unduly interrupt the safe and orderly movement of other pedestrian or vehicular traffic contiguous to the proposed route or location.
2. The proposed special event violates the Town Zoning Ordinance.
3. Adequate sanitation, first aid, emergency medical assistance, or other required health facilities are not, or will not be available.
4. Sufficient parking near the site of the special event has not been provided to accommodate the number of vehicles reasonably expected or the applicant has not provided a plan that is sufficient to shuttle visitors or spectators to and from a special event.
5. The special event would create or constitute a public nuisance or cause significant damage to public property or facilities.
1. Application fees, if any, are to be determined by the Town Board.
2. All costs incurred in conjunction with the event shall be reimbursed in full to the Township by the sponsoring organization within thirty (30) days of receipt of an itemized invoice from the Township.
SECTION 2. This ordinance shall be effective immediately upon its passage and publication.
ADOPTED by the Board of Supervisors of Stillwater Township this 14th day of June 2012.
by: /s/ David Johnson
/s/ Kathy Schmoeckel, Township Clerk
12/27/13, Ordinance 146