The Douglas County Commission on Wednesday decided it wanted to see the site of a proposed concert before approving a temporary business permit for the event.
The commission heard an hour of questions and answers about the Free State Music Festival scheduled for 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. May 9 on the property of Darrell R. Long, east of Eudora off County Road 2300E.
The commission will tour the 20-acre site after its Monday morning meeting and reconsider the permit request of Reed C. Brinton, Lawrence, at its Wednesday meeting.
Brinton said the music festival would be a for-profit event, with tickets priced at $20 in advance and $25 at the gate. He said the ticket price should keep the crowd to a manageable size of 2,000 to 2,500 people.
Brinton also is asking the county for a cereal malt beverage license so he can sell 3.2 beer at the event. He said a major sponsorship hinged on getting the license, and a denial "probably would cancel" the festival.
THROUGH A quirk in the state's liquor laws, Brinton said he could sell stronger beer at the show using his company's catering license. But he said he would prefer to sell 3.2 beer.
County Administrator Chris McKenzie said the commissioners should consider granting themselves authority to issue cereal malt beverage licenses for a limited period on a case-by-case basis. The commission will address this issue next week along with the permit.
Brinton reviewed crowd and traffic control plans for the commission. The commission indicated it wanted to see the site so it could study the traffic and parking plans. Brinton also told Lyle Weeks and Glen Grosdidier, both Eudora Township officials, that he plans to have water sprayed on the roads near the site to keep dust down, and would cancel the show if too much rain fell in the area before May 9.
IN OTHER business Wednesday, the commission:
Approved a resolution concerning the reapportionment of commissioners' districts by a 2-1 vote. Commissioner Louie McElhaney voted against the resolution, as he had with the plan on Monday.
Approved McKenzie pursuing a state Social and Rehabilitation Services grant to develop policies and procedures for the regional juvenile detention center. The unspecified grant would allow the county to develop policies and procedures for the Douglas County center as well as the other proposed centers in Girard, WaKeeney and Garden City.
Approved the following consent agenda items: commission orders and the purchase of a temporary easement for a grading project on County Road 1023 north of Big Springs and west of Lecompton.
Approved Jan. 27 minutes and accounts payable.