Dance is legal in ECC, council decides
The party will continue in East Carbon as city council members voted unanimously Tuesday night to continue the annual Community Daze Adult Dance.
East Carbon council members passed multiple motions, one which approved the council sending a letter to Sunnyside, asking their counterparts to draft an ordinance making the Sunnyside Park a drug, alcohol and smoke free environment. East Carbon had their attorney draft a similar motion for the Viking Park. The final resolution approved continuing the adult dance.
The event, which concludes Community Daze was called into question when East Carbon City Police Chief Sam Leonard approached the town council in late April to discuss the dance's merit.
"I think we need to take a hard look as a city at the Community Daze Adult Dance," said Leonard, earlier this spring. "When our forefathers decided to have a dance years ago, I don't think they envisioned what we now have. I think the city has a lot of liability as it's a city sponsored event."
According to Leonard, who has been a part of the celebration for 22 years, the event started as an evening for adults. It was an evening where the whole community would come together, listen to a little music, dance and blow off some steam. In recent years however, the gathering has become progressively difficult to police with widespread underage drinking, illicit drug use and violent altercations, said Leonard.
The council discussed the issue for more than two months, tabling the debate twice to allow for citizen input as well as legal questions. When the group came together Tuesday evening, the public and the insurance providers had spoken.
"I think we need to have this dance because we have had such a large degree of positive feedback," said East Carbon Council member David Avery. "The public I have spoken with wants this event."
To mitigate some of Leonard's concerns, the council has agreed to provide additional support for the town's three officers. They agreed to look into asking various county law enforcement agencies for assistance as well as hiring temporary help.
"In my mind, it's just too much money being spent on an event that has no real benefit," said Leonard after learning that the council has approved the dance. "I feel like those funds would be better spend on year long family activities. I'm glad I said something though, after seeing what that dance has become, I felt like I had to."