Council Makes No Changes To Special Events Ordinance As Officials Pursue City Insurance 3/26/13
March 26, 2013
It was a tear-filled Midland City Council meeting as the Patriot Guard spoke in support of changes to the special events ordinance. But the council says it can't make changes until it moves forward on general liability insurance for the city.
The City of Midland voted to move forward on a bid process for taking out that additional Texas Municipal League insurance for coverage of special events.
"That will start that process of reducing the insurance requirements so that those interested can get a permit for a parade or any of the events," said Mayor Wes Perry.
That insurance will only cover the city, which officials say could leave them open to change the city ordinance.
"The insurance policy will not only cover special events, but auto and other liabilities." Said Sara Higgins PIO. "The resolution also adopts staff's recommendation that the policies have limits of at least $1 million and deductibles of not more than $50,000."
This means there was no vote on any changes to the city ordinance on special events. The mayor says the Patriot Guard Riders will have to submit a request for a waiver for each event they have before the next city council meeting April 9 when they can vote on changes to the ordinance.
The Patriot Guard had mixed opinions on the council's support with no decision yet on the ordinance.
"It's not a win yet until it's in black and white," said Teresa Galloway of the Patriot Guard Riders.
The city says it can waive the deposit required, but that the 30 day notice can't be changed for now.