Thus we e-mailed the mayor to express our concern, asking if the event had non-profit roots? If not, did the company pay big bucks to use the park? And the really big question is why was such an event deemed appropriate given its proximity to residential properties?
In response to our questions, the mayor wrote:
“Meetings on this event began in January. We asked for more information and outlined what would be needed to get approval. We suggested Linden Ave. recreation site as a possible location, but Nathan (who we gathered applied for the permit) noted there would be no food vendors and he wanted the attendees to patronize the local businesses, one block from Lakefront. The proposal was reviewed at the Parks Board at February (and more information was requested) and March meetings. Nathan attended the March Parks meeting and board members discussed it. With input from DPW Brian Clancy, the Parks Board discussed how this event could be safely staged in Park.
"The trustees approved it at the April meeting for a $500 deposit and $65 non-resident fee (plus $25 application fee).”
He also said that attempts are always made to create “... something for the greater good.”
As we told the mayor, “We don't think there is a case to be made that it wasn't possible to hold the event in Lakefront Park. We are just questioning why the residents of the village never seem to be considered when decisions regarding the use of public property are discussed.”
As our resident e-mailer noted: “The noise was unbelievable and the MC never shut up. Obnoxious!”
We also think there must have been some amount of additional air pollution as a result of the event. So exactly what that “greater good” might be in this case quite escapes us.