Community Center wants to hold carnival Oct. 2-4

By on September 18, 2009

Village asks event planners to revise fundraiser’s layout
by Martha Quetsch
ELBURN—A three-day carnival proposed for Elburn & Countryside Community Center the first weekend of October will not happen unless the Village Board is satisfied with its safety.

A temporary-use permit from the village is needed for the event.

The carnival would be a fundraiser for the revenue-strapped Community Center.

Bill Brauer, a member of the center’s board, reviewed the proposal and permit request Monday during the village’s Public Safety Meeting.

Brauer presented a drawing showing that carnival rides and food vendors would be located in the Community Center parking lot and in front of the building, 525 N. Main St. Parking would be on the south side of the property, on the grass west of the playground.

The Community Center would employ Fantasy Amusement to provide the carnival rides and food vendors, Brauer said.

Assistant Police Chief Wayne Byerhoff said he is against allowing cars to enter the property from First Street, since people would have to drive over sidewalks and curbs. Committee members advised Brauer to revise the proposal to eliminate the use of First Street as an entrance and move the rides to the ballfield to the north of the Community Center, allowing for parking in the building lot.

If Brauer brings a revised petition to the village this week, the Village Board could consider the proposal on Monday, Sept. 21, Assistant Village Administrator David Morrison said.

Elburn Police Chief Steve Smith said the event would require a special police detail because of the potential traffic it would bring to the Community Center area.

Smith said that to be fair, the village should charge the Community Center for the police detail, since it required the Lions Club to cover that expense for Elburn Days.

He also said he would need the name of every employee of the carnival company, Fantasy Amusement Corp., so that the Police Department could conduct background checks on each.

“These are issues we have to take care of,” Smith said.

Brauer asked whether Smith could provide a cost estimate for the police work.

“It could make a big difference to us,” Brauer said.

Smith said he would evaluate the cost with Brauer this week.

Brauer said the Community Center would coordinate with the Kane County Health Department and the Elburn and Countryside Fire Protection District to review the set-up before the festival starts.

Trustee Patricia Romke, a Public Safety Committee member, said she is concerned about the short time remaining to plan and ensure the safety of the carnival.

“I don’t think it’s possible to do in two weeks,” Romke said.

Brauer said if the Community Center had the festival any later in the year, the weather could be a challenge.