Tracy blogged Let’s Stage a “Sit-Out” a month ago on the impending problems with the new sidewalk dining ordinance. The subsequent message thread wandered into pedestrian walkability and related issues so I thought I’d start fresh and up the ante.
There’s a city council work session on Monday and it’s quite possible that city staff recommendations on the fees for a sidewalk dining license, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic, will be presented there, with an early July start for implementation.
I’m praying atheistic prayers (equally valid to other types, IMHO) that:
- the application is simple/quick/easy
- the license fee is cheap, ie, less than $25 for alcohol, less than $10 for non-alcohol
- no additional building/business/food inspections are required/included
If my prayers are not answered on Monday night (someone alert the prayer ladies, please), I think that the sit-out/civil disobedience should include a group of willing participants getting arrested, handcuffed, and booked at the Northfield Safety Center.
This would be a great opportunity for all the baby-boomers in town who always wished that they’d gotten arrested for something important back in the 60s. And it would be an equally great opportunity for all the younger people in town to get this experience now, early in your career. Imagine being able to add this to your college application or job resume!
The only problem I can foresee is that all the attorneys in town are so busy with all the municipal-related lawsuits, we might have to rot in the Rice County Jail for a while until one of them has an opening in their schedule. But I heard the jail has great wi-fi so it shouldn’t matter too much for those of us who work at a computer all day.
So if you’re willing to put your life and reputation on the line for the good of downtown Northfield, attach a comment now and be ready to mobilize next week.
What other issues need to be considered for this plan?