Figuring that enough had been said about closing the 200 block on Saturday for Jake Walthour's birthday, Gossips didn't report on the discussion of the subject that took place at the informal Common Council meeting on Tuesday. Obviously, John Mason felt differently. His report appears in today's Register-Star: "Was this party out of bounds?" It's worth reading if only for the quotes from the mayor that appear at the end.
The mayor, reached by Mason for comment, expressed the opinion that it is "beyond unrealistic to think the mayor could go door to door (notifying neighbors)." He suggests that this should be the job of the aldermen representing the affected wards. That idea could work, but only if the aldermen know well in advance--before the mayor has issued the mass gathering permit. The mayor considers it the aldermen's job to know about these events and tell their constituents. In this case, however, nobody seems to have known about the event until three days before it happened.
The mayor also challenges the Common Council to amend the law further: "If the aldermen feel more changes need to be made, then make the law dictate we're not cavalier." Hmm. Isn't this the kind of thinking that led to such warning labels as "Remove Child Before Folding" on baby strollers and "Cape does not enable user to fly" on Batman Halloween costumes?
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