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City Council votes to not approve road closures for Electric Flurry

Tuesday, September 17, 2013 | 7:38 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — The City Council unanimously voted Monday night to not approve road closures proposed for Electric Flurry, a concert that calls itself the "World's Largest Foam Party."

At the time of the meeting, the event's organizers had not met with the city's special events committee to discuss issues of public safety and a noise ordinance, Assistant City Manager Carol Rhodes said at the meeting.

"This hasn't been through the vetting process we normally go through," Mayor Bob McDavid said. "I like to approve street festivals if the special events committee and CID have approved it, and MU has to approve it, too, but we don't have any of those things."

Electric Flurry's organizers submitted a proposal to shut down the streets around Bengals Bar & Grill for the event from 6 a.m. Oct. 4 to 5 a.m. Oct. 5, and to allow open containers during the event, according to documents posted on the council's website.

Sixth Ward councilwoman Barbara Hoppe voiced concerns, asking what the foam would be made of and if it would have a harmful environmental impact going down the city's storm sewers.

"There's a lot of questions," Hoppe said.

The coordinators for Electric Flurry are working with the city to try to find a new location and possibly a new date, said Jared Goetz, one of the event's coordinators.

Supervising editor is Margaux Henquinet.


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