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Duo asks city to allow alcohol, paid events at Streator parks

Council considers block party ordinance

Organizers of the Jammin' at the Clock summer concert series are asking the city of Streator to allow alcohol consumption at Heritage Park (shown here). Heritage Park is not among the four parks where alcohol consumption is allowed with advance approval.
Organizers of the Jammin' at the Clock summer concert series are asking the city of Streator to allow alcohol consumption at Heritage Park (shown here). Heritage Park is not among the four parks where alcohol consumption is allowed with advance approval.

Two Streator residents are asking the city to expand options for events hosted at city parks.

Toni Pettit, who co-organizes the weekly summer concert series Jammin' at the Clock at Heritage Park, asked in a letter to City Manager David Plyman for alcohol consumption to be allowed at the park.

City ordinances allow alcohol consumption at four parks in Streator with advance approval from the liquor commissioner: City Park, Oakland Park, Marilla Park and Anderson Field. Heritage Park, at the corner of Main and Monroe streets downtown, is not currently included.

Pettit and fellow concert organizer Cinda Bond also are requesting Heritage Park improvements, such as trimming or removing bushes, getting rid of dead plants and weeds, rotating the bench on the sidewalk to face the park rather than the street and re-installing an outlet behind the wall where bands usually set up.

The pair also asked the council to allow paid ticketed events and alcohol sales inside Streator City Park.

Block party ordinance under consideration

During a combined Committee of the Whole and special meeting Tuesday, the City Council discussed creating an ordinance for block parties, which will be up for approval at the next city council meeting.

The ordinance will allow parties to take place on minor residential streets between 9 a.m. and 10 p.m. as long as 51% of the neighborhood supports the event.

Alcohol consumption will be permitted as long as it stays in the block, but the sale of alcohol is not allowed. Neighborhoods will be able to accept donations but cannot charge for participation.

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