Panel Report on Festivals Considered

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St. Charles officials say they are scrambling to help guide organizers of festivals through additional steps intended to help make their events more enjoyable to the public and palatable to the merchants and residents along Main Street.

On Tuesday, the City Council discussed suggestions regarding festivals from a festival review committee. Council members accepted the report of the committee, which was unanimous in its recommendations. Although the council did not endorse the recommendations, none of the members spoke against any of the suggestions.

The committee was formed last November to discuss ways of easing tension between festival organizers and merchants and residents near Frontier Park, the area for the major festivals.

Mayor Grace M. Nichols, who headed the group, said that the committee had finished its work more than a month ago and that several of the recommendations were already in place.

She said the key part of the committee's suggestions involved the board of directors of the Special Business District. The committee suggested that the SBD board get all of the plans for major festivals along Main Street and generally in the downtown area.

Nichols says this suggestion is important because the board represents merchants from a much broader area than just South Main Street and includes representatives from nearly all of the merchant and historic associations covering all of Main Street and the Frenchtown area.

The festival committee, composed of representatives of each of the major festivals, also suggested that:

Festival committees include sufficient staff to develop smooth-functioning traffic and parking patterns during the events. …