TMS requests beer garden at Taste of Troy

By Melanie Yingst -

TROY — Members of the Law and Ordinance Committee OK’d Troy Main Street’s request to set up a beer garden during its annual Taste of Troy event on Sept. 19.

Committee members Lynne Snee and John Schweser recommended to move forward with the request, which will be considered at Troy City Council’s next meeting on Aug. 3.

Troy Main Street Executive Director Katharine Hayes explained how the northwest quadrant’s parking area off of Prouty Plaza will become the event’s enclosed beer garden for the sale and consumption of beer and wine. The event starts at 11 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. The event also will extend the hours of TMS’s Farmers Market until 2 p.m.

The beer garden will only be open to patrons 21 and over with ID and wrist bands for entry. No children will be permitted inside the beer garden area.

Hayes said the proceeds from the sales of the beer and wine at the Taste of Troy will benefit the organization’s general fund for its events such as Hometown Halloween, Grand Illumination and other TMS events.

Director of public service and safety Patrick Titterington said the beer garden area will be closed off with snow fence.

Titterington said both Police Chief Charles Phelps and Fire Department Chief Matt Simmons will be briefed on the event, but will not be asked to provide additional services during the event.

Committee member John Schweser asked how Troy Main Street will be “policed.”

Titterington said the beer garden will be staffed with TMS volunteers and their board.

Troy Police Department Captain Joe Long said he met with city staff and discussed the plans for the Taste of Troy weekend.

“We really saw no issues with the event. We brought up some concerns on barricade placements and pedestrian crossing, but we spoke about that and took care of that,” said Long in an email. “We spoke about additional police at the event and decided to not have additional officers there. That was based on the size of the event and time. So there is no additional cost.”

City of Troy Mayor Michael Beamish said he feels comfortable with the Troy Main Street’s plans, layout, and execution to add alcohol to the Taste of Troy event.

If approved by council, TMS would need to apply for an F2 permit and carry liquor liability coverage. The proposal also includes a provision that states expenses incurred by the city over and above than the ones provided in Taste of Troy’s past events would need to be paid for by the TMS organization. At this time, the estimate of the costs is approximately $300.

At the committee meeting, Titterington said the additional overtime is for the street department’s set up of road barricades and other duties.

If approved, legislation would be prepared to authorize the director of public service and safety to enter into an agreement with Troy Main Street for the 2015 Taste of Troy event and authorize a notwithstanding ordinance for this event.

Emergency legislation has been requested by Troy Main Street for marketing purposes.

By Melanie Yingst

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