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Council one step closer to adopting dance hall ordinance

At Monday's Sunnyside City Council workshop meeting City Planner Jamey Ayling and the council members discussed questions regarding the proposed dance hall ordinance.

City council at a September meeting did not adopt the ordinance because several members questioned parking requirements, as well as how the chief of police determined the number of security officers and/or police officers needed for a function held at a dance hall.

After reviewing the questions council members had, Ayling explained the ordinance has language in place regarding parking requirements. The ordinance refers to chapter 17 of the city code, which details the number of parking spaces required for any business.

After discussing further how security and police officers needed for a function will be determined, it was decided those numbers would be based on the maximum occupancy of the venue. The occupancy load is already predetermined according to building codes.

Sunnyside Police Chief Ed Radder was pleased with the decision, stating it would take a lot of guess-work out of his decision.

"I think we have it (dance halls) as regulated as we can," said Councilwoman Theresa Hancock.

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