TROY — City council approved 7-1 to allow alcohol sales and consumption at three concert events at Treasure Island Park this summer on Monday.
Council member John Schweser was not present at the meeting.
Council member Bill Twiss was the lone “No” vote for the request. Twiss said he wasn’t opposed to the free concerts being held at Treasure Island, but was against the sale of alcohol.
“I just think on a public land that we have been trying to promote Treasure Island as a family place that alcohol could hinder that,” said Twiss after the meeting. “We are promoting as a family place to come. I don’t have a problem with the concerts just the sale of alcohol is what I was against for that (ordinance).”
On April 11, the parks and recreation committee approved three Treasure Island concerts which requests alcohol sales and consumption.
The concerts at Treasure Island Park will include “Phil Dirt Presents: Surf’s Up: A Tribute to the Beach Boys” on June 25, Stranger on July 9 and the River Rock series’ “Parrots of the Caribbean” a Jimmy Buffet tribute band on July 23.
The agreement, which states the recreation board as the applicant, includes alcohol use during the event with members of the city’s recreation department staff handing the alcohol sales and consumption according to state laws. The ordinance states sales of alcohol will be held from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. during each event.
Troy resident Lester Conard asked why the ordinance needed emergency legislation since the first concert would be held on June 25.
Public service and safety Patrick Titterington said the reason of the emergency legislation was to submit appropriate documentation for insurance and permits, including the state of Ohio’s liquor control board.
“Our experience with past temporary permits is that it is time consuming,” he said. Titterington said once those special permits are obtained it takes several weeks for general planning “to ensure it’s a safe and secure event.”
Conard asked why the city waited so long to request permission if they knew it would take several weeks to obtain all the required documentation.
“How long have you been planning this or thinking about this, that you’ve been dragging your feet and wait this long for emergency legislation? This didn’t just pop up to you, it’s been going on for a good while,” Conard said.
Titterington said plans have been in the works for several weeks including getting the musical acts signed and confirmed their dates.
Treasure Island Park construction is currently underway. A soft opening for the park has been tentatively planned for June 12.
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