ARTICLE VIII – RECREATION EVENTS

           7-8-1           EVENTS SUBJECT TO LAW.  All businesses, including not for profit businesses, engaged in the holding or providing large group recreation or entertainment, including, but not limited to carnivals, circuses, fairs, festivals, music festivals, rock festivals, and other amusement in Union County, Illinois, outside the limits of any city, village, or incorporated town, excepting established community organizations and churches so long as the anticipated or projected daily attendance is less than five thousand (5,000) persons and so long as the established community organization or church event is not linked in any way with an outside business, including a not for profit business, and so long as the event is a recurring event having been in existence prior to January 1, 1984, shall be subject to the conditions in this Article.

           7-8-2           APPLICATION; CLASS; FEES.  All activities covered by this Article are required to be licensed by the Union County District Board, Union County, Illinois, before they are permitted to transact business.  No phase of any such activity shall be commenced or continued without a proper license.  Application for license will be made in accordance with Section 7-8-3 and 7-8-4 hereof.  The license fee for the use of the County ofUnion in the manner hereinafter specified shall be:

License Class                               Daily Attendance                          License Fee             

Class 1                                       Under 5,000                                    $500.00

Class 2                                       5,000 to 10,000                              1,500.00

Class 3                                       10,000 to 20,000                             3,000.00

Class 4                                       20,000 to 30,000                             5,000.00

Class 5                                       30,000 to 50,000                           10,000.00

Class 6                                       Over 50,000                                 15,000.00

License fees for the second and subsequent day shall be fifty percent (50%) of the fee for the first (1st) day.

           7-8-3           STANDARDS FOR EVENTS.  The standards applicable to the aforesaid event shall include the following, to-wit:

           (A)               Parking facilities, off public roadways, shall be provided to fully serve all reasonable anticipated requirements at the rate of no more than one hundred (100) passenger cars per usable acre or eighty (80) buses per usable acre.

           (B)               Privy construction and location shall not constitute a threat to surface of underground water pollution.  Such facilities shall be designed to fully serve all reasonable anticipated requirements at a rate of no more than one hundred (100) persons per toilet seat and one hundred (100) persons per lavatory.  Sealed containers for toilet waste are acceptable.

           (C)               One (1) pint of potable water per person, per hour, at the maximum estimated hourly attendance, shall be provided, and shall meet the approved water supply standard of the United States Public Health Service as applied to interstate traffic.  Internal water distribution shall meet the requirements of the State ofIllinois Plumbing Code.

           (D)               Internal covered storage and collection of refuse shall be provided and shall not constitute a threat to surface or underground water pollution.  A refuse disposal site approved by the State of Illinois Department of Public Health shall be provided; the premises and immediate surrounding properties shall be cleaned within forty-eight (48) hours after an event.

           (E)               Enclosed and roofed emergency first-aid facilities or shelters and food service arrangements including mandatory dispensing of liquids in plastic, paper or styrofoam cups, shall be provided to fully serve all reasonable anticipated requirements.  In addition, the sponsor, organizer or manager of such event shall provide one (1) ambulance at the scene for every ten thousand (10,000) people, one (1) registered nurse for every ten thousand (10,000) people, one (1) licensed physician for every twenty thousand (20,000) people and one (1) first-aid tent for every ten thousand (10,000) people.

           (F)               Amplifying equipment shall control the noise level at the perimeter of the site to no more than seventy (70) decibels on the A scale of a sound lever meter which meets the specifications of the American National Standards Institute.

           (G)               The site shall be provided with adequate light to illuminate the site at all times with a minimum of five (5) candle power.  All lighting shall be controlled so as not to reflect on any area beyond the boundary of such site.

           (H)               Public liability and property damage insurance shall be furnished by the applicant at the rate of One Hundred Thousand Dollars ($100,000.00) per incident and Five Hundred Thousand Dollars ($500,000.00) per occurrence.  An umbrella policy shall be provided in the following amounts:

Class 1 & 2                        $1,000,000.00

Class 3                             $2,000,000.00

Class 4                             $3,000,000.00

Class 5                             $4,000,000.00

Class 6                             $6,000,000.00

           (I)                Security enforcement, including prevention of the unlawful use of alcohol, narcotics, or dangerous drugs at the site, and methods for limiting the size of the proposed function to the number of participants for which the license has been granted shall be employed by the applicant.  Security enforcements shall include the external as well as the internal crowd control and sufficient security personnel for crowd control and security enforcement shall be provided.  One (1) security guard shall be furnished for each five hundred (500) persons attending any site.  Each guard shall be licensed pursuant to the requirements of 225 ILCS Sec. 446/1 et seq.

           (J)                At least three thousand (3,000) square feet shall be made available for each trailer or tent located at the site of the event.

           (K)               Applicant shall submit, with his application, proof of his financial resources sufficient to execute his plans, as submitted and shall give such further assurances as may be required by the County Board as a part of the license issued.  In addition, applicant shall submit with his application, a performance bond guaranteeing against damage to the proposed site and damage to neighboring property owners in the following amounts:

                             Class 1 & 2                                $50,000.00

Class 3                                    $100,000.00

Class 4                                    $150,000.00

Class 5                                    $200,000.00

Class 6                                    $250,000.00

           (L)               No entertainment activity governed hereby shall be located within five hundred (500) feet of any adjacent property line or one thousand (1,000) feet from any occupied dwelling unless:

                      (1)      The County Board determines that the area to be specially used by the activity is adequately buffered from all resident development; or

                      (2)      A written waiver has been filed by the County Board by owners of all adjacent property within five hundred (500) feet of the proposed activity area or the applicants of any dwelling within one thousand (1,000) feet of the proposed activity area excepting such dwelling as found by the County Board to be adequately buffered;

                      (3)      All entertainment activities shall be discontinued at the following times:

Class 1 & 2                        Midnight

Class 3, 4, 5 & 6                11:00 P.M.

           7-8-4           WRITTEN APPLICATION.  Applications for the license shall be made to the County Board by filing a written application, together with the license fee in the office of the County Clerk.  The application shall be delivered by the County Clerk to the Chairman of the County Board.  An investigation and examination to determine the adequacy of the application and to determine compliance of said application with the rules and regulations herein set forth shall be conducted by the Chairman or such persons as he may designate.  The Chairman shall report his findings to the County Board at the regular meeting or a special meeting called for that purpose.  The license shall be issued by the Chairman over his signature on behalf of the County Board, after he is given authority to do so by a majority vote of the Board, and shall be displayed by the licensee in a prominent place at such activity sight.

           (A)               The application for license shall contain:

                      (1)      Name, date of birth, driver’s license number of the applicant.  If the applicant is a partnership or corporation the application shall contain the name, date of birth and driver’s license numbers of all partners, corporate officers, stockholders.  If the applicant is a corporation the application shall include a certified copy of the articles of incorporation and a list of the names, addresses, dates of birth and driver’s license numbers of all persons directly involved in the management of such activity.

                      (2)      The location and legal description of the premises where the activity is proposed to be conducted, including all lands to be used directly, indirectly or incidental to the proposed activity or any part thereof.  As to all such lands, there shall be attached to the application certified copies of documents disclosing the nature of the interest of the applicant in and to the same.

                      (3)      The date or dates and the hours during which the activity is to be conducted and a statement as to whether or not the activity will involve a total time period of more than twelve (12) hours and if so, the total time period.

                      (4)        A detailed statement, containing plans and specifications of the applicant’s program and plans for the activity in its entirety including, but not limited to, the manner in which the applicant proposes to meet the regulations, requirements and standards provided for elsewhere in this resolution along with whatever evidence of such plans may be required by the County Board, including but not limited to copies of actual signed contracts.

                      (5)        An estimate of the costs of producing the activity and all other costs related thereto which said estimate shall not be binding upon the County Board.

                      (6)        An estimate of the minimum and maximum numbers of customers, spectators, participants and other persons expected to attend the activity daily or per performance.

                      (7)        A statement certified on penalty of perjury, the correctness of the information given on the application and in supporting documents, and agreeing on behalf of the proposed licensee that there shall be full compliance of the licensee with all state and local laws in the conduct of the activities for which a license may be granted.

                      (8)        A copy of all contracts involved in the total event shall be furnished to the Chairman of theCountyBoard.

                      (9)        Authorization for inspection by the Chairman or his representative and/or by the Sheriff of Union County or his deputies.

                      (10)      Applicant shall certify application under oath before a notary public.

           7-8-5              ACTION ON APPLICATION.  Application for license under this Act shall be made in writing to the County Board at least sixty (60) days in advance of the assembly and shall be acted upon by the County Board within thirty (30) days or at the next regularly scheduled meeting of the County Board after receipt of said application.  If such application meets all of the requirements set forth above, the County Board may issue a license to the applicant.  Such license, if granted, shall permit the assembly of only the maximum number of people stated in such license.

           7-8-6              INJUNCTION; REVOCATION OF PERMIT.  The Chairman of the County Board is hereby authorized to proceed by way of injunction or any other form of action to stop violation of or to enforce compliance by all applicants and all persons covered by this resolution with the terms and requirements hereof, and additional terms and requirements imposed by the County Board and the laws, rules and regulations adopted by federal, state or local governmental agencies applicable to the activity or event in question.  In any event, any license issued under this Act may be revoked by the County Board at any time if any of the conditions necessary for the issuance of or contained in the license are not complied with or if any condition previously met ceases to be complied with.

           7-8-7              EXCEPTION TO COUNTY SPONSORED EVENT.  The foregoing rules and regulations shall not be applicable to any business sponsored or subsidized in whole or in part by the County of Union nor shall it apply to any business operated by a corporation incorporated under the not for profit act of the State of Illinois whose principal place of business is located in Union County, Illinois.