South Bend students can party on... for now

By: Marcie Kobriger Email
By: Marcie Kobriger Email

The South Bend Common Council voted to table the rewritten "Special Event Regulations" ordinance until next Monday.

The rewritten ordinance, which is expected to pass, is very different than the original bill, which required residents at boarding houses to register with the city ten days before a party with 25 or more people if alcohol is being served.

But that prompted quick reaction from Notre Dame students and a veto threat from Mayor Steve Luecke.

As it’s written now, the party permit provision is still in, but won’t be put into effect until a later date, which will be up to the council.

The original parking provisions included a hang tag system; the new bill does away with hang tags, and simplifies the permitting process.

An advisory coalition comprised of students, university officials, and city leaders will be formed. Their role will be to advise the council when and if the party permitting regulations should be implemented.

The council decided to table the bill based on some concerns about language, and what offices would be responsible for handling the licensees, but say they will be ready to pass a strong, well written ordinance next Monday.

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