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April 20, 2013

Informal Springfest party canceled

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PLATTSBURGH —

An event like Springfest could go smoothly or it could cause problems, potentially putting city residents and party-goers in danger, Racicot said.

“The problem is, you don’t know what you’re going to be dealing with,” he said. “The police have the responsibility to come in and make sure the people that are there are safe and that the people who are promoting (the event) there are following the laws.”

In the past, the City Police Department has had problems with underage drinking, people drinking to the point where they need medical attention, fights and quality-of-life issues like vandalism and noise, Racicot said.

“Those things don’t happen every time. That’s not to say you can’t have a venue. There are a lot of professional organizations that hold events, concerts, fairs ... but there’s a cost associated with that.”

During Springfest in May 2008, nine street signs in the Center City area were either knocked over or taken out of the ground. The damage cost taxpayers more than $1,000.

“It’s not something we would support,” Racicot said of Springfest. “We don’t know the liability. It’s just risk mitigation.”

And while it seemed the party got doused this time around, Corry did not express complete defeat on Facebook.

“We guarantee the main event for next year,” he wrote.

Email Felicia Krieg:fkrieg@pressrepublican.com

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