4/18/17 – The Beaver Dam Common Council last night held first reading on an ordinance that would increase fees and require insurance for anyone who wants to hold a parade in the city. The ordinance as drafted would establish a $50 across-the-board fee for all permit requests; it is currently $5. A one-million dollar insurance policy must also be obtained. The ordinance would apply to all parades, marches, run/walks, marathons, bicycle races, public entertainment, celebrations, estate sales or auctions, political gatherings and any event that requires the issuance of a temporary liquor license. Police Chief John Kreuziger requested the agenda item last year following a recent influx of parades, walk-runs and related events, resulting in mounting overtime costs. He says there are not enough officers to cover all the intersections at some events while at the same time covering routine calls for service, resulting in more overtime. Exemptions would be granted for funeral processions and military convoys. A parade sponsored by an agency of the federal, state or city government may be required to obtain a special event permit but may be exempt from the parade permit fee. A final vote is anticipated at the council’s May 1st meeting.
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