BROOKINGS – Brookings City Council will be considering a temporary liquor license for Downtown at Sundown, which is making a comeback following a COVID-19 layoff last summer.
The council will also hear a second reading on medical cannabis at its meeting this week, which begins Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Brookings City & County Government Center.
Downtown at sunset
“The Brookings Area Chamber Downtown Committee has applied for a temporary liquor license to host a series of events for Downtown at Sundown on Fifth Street and 400 on Main on July 22, July 29, August 5, August 5 Avenue to host. August 12 and 19, 2021 ”, according to an appendix.
“All temporary alcohol licenses must be approved by the city council through a public hearing. All documents on insurance and other admission requirements are deposited with the city ”, it says in the annex.
The Downtown at Sundown event began in 2015 as a weekly concert of vendors and activities. It runs on Thursdays for seven weeks each summer. At the beginning, according to the appendix, it drew around 526 participants per event, a total of seven headlining bands and four food / alcohol sellers.
“This event has grown to 1,500 visitors per event for five weeks with four grocery / alcohol vendors: Main Street Pub, Pints & Quarts, Wooden Legs Brewing and Craft,” the appendix states.
The Brookings Area Chamber of Commerce has distributed cards of the new layout for the event. The location shifts slightly to the east. In the past, it occupied the 300 block of Fifth Street between Main and Third Avenues, with the stage east of Third Avenue.
This year the band stage is at the intersection of Main Avenue and Fifth Street (Post Corner). Food and beverage vendors will still be located on the 300 block on Fifth Street, but only on the eastern half. Vendors and sponsors will be located near the stage on the 400 block on Main Avenue with the Kid Zone and activities on the south end of the 400 block on Main Avenue.
Moving it east and taking another block will give more space to the growing crowds. The stage in front of the post office will shift the position of the band so that the audience doesn’t stare into the setting sun later in the evening. Moving most of the stalls and activities to a north-south walkway will allow the buildings on the west side to shade the street instead of letting the hot summer sun burn on the black asphalt and everyone who stands on it.
The council will hear a second reading on an interim ordinance setting procedures for licensing medical cannabis facilities in Brookings.
“The City of Brookings has issued a preliminary ordinance granting local permits and / or licenses for medical cannabis facilities. The proposed ordinance is temporary while the city awaits instructions from the South Dakota Department of Health on the rules and regulations regarding the licensing of medicinal cannabis facilities, ”the annex reads.
“Measure 26 (IM 26) initiated, which legalized medical cannabis in the state of South Dakota, requires the South Dakota Department of Health to establish rules for medical cannabis facilities by October 29, 2021. The standards and requirements of the Department of Health, as well as the current regulations and City controls may not yet adequately address the specific needs and impact of medical cannabis facilities, ”said a memo by Ryan Miller, city planner.
“The proposed ordinance will expire while the city awaits instructions from the South Dakota Department of Health on rules and regulations relating to the licensing of medical cannabis facilities. Since IM 26 has an implementation date of July 1, 2021, this interim ordinance would allow the city to reject applications for medical cannabis facilities until the state enacts rules and regulations for licensing medical cannabis facilities. In the meantime, the city continues to research zoning regulations for medical cannabis facilities, ”Miller’s memo said.
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City of Brookings declares LGBTQ + Pride Month in June
BROOKINGS – A proclamation declaring June LGBTQ + Pride Month will be read at the Brookings City Council meeting on June 22nd.
The proclamation is in line with the city’s vision of a welcoming and inclusive community – it encourages all residents to “bring your dreams”.
Every June, colorful flags are hoisted in Brookings for a week to celebrate Pride Month. The flags are an initiative of the Brookings Human Rights Commission (BHRC).
“BHRC was honored to be able to hoist the Pride flags from June 4th to 11th in support of Pride Month and at the same time as the Brookings Pride event,” said BHRC member Jason Meusburger. “We appreciate the community’s support and commitment to raising awareness and inclusion of our LGBTQI community to promote equality in the Brookings area. The flags symbolize our efforts with values that promote equality, respect, courage, justice and love. With the support of the wonderful Brookings community, the Pride flags are presented every year. Thank you for your continued support. “
Public works of art celebrating equality are also an integral part of Brookings thanks to a collaboration between the Brookings Public Arts Commission and the Brookings Human Rights Commission. The artwork added in 2019 consists of a rainbow of colors that grace the sidewalk at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Fifth Streets.
The multi-colored stripes, which are not painted, but consist of a thermoplastic insert with a white border to delimit the edges, last about five years and are then refreshed. The artwork is symbolic of the community’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, according to a press release from the City of Brookings.
The city of Brookings has earned a perfect 100 score on the Human Rights Campaign Municipal Equality Index, the largest LGBTQ + civil rights organization in the United States, for three consecutive years.
To date, Brookings is the only South Dakota community to achieve a perfect score.
“This year and in the future, the City of Brookings and the Human Rights Commission will continue their efforts to achieve greater equality and inclusion within the Brookings community,” the statement said.
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