by Dennis Dalman
At its last meeting, the Sartell City Council approved a special permit and waiver of fees for a party/fundraiser dubbed “Hairball Concert” set to take place from 7-11:30 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at the Bernick’s Arena.
The event is a fundraiser sponsored by the Sartell Youth Hockey Association. While the concert is planned as an outdoor activity, inclement weather may change the venue to inside the arena. The council mulled over that uncertainty with regards to fees. If the concert is held inside, the sponsor will have to pay a fee to the state fire marshal’s department. If held outside, the hockey association would have to pay a total fee to the city of $525 – that is, $375 for a fire-department standby fee and $150 for a fire-department permit fee.
The council voted unanimously to waive the city fees (total of $525) for the event. It also authorized the special permit request for the concert and granted an exception to the city’s noise ordinance, extending it from 11 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Residents in the area have been notified of plans for the concert.
Besides the Bernick’s Arena parking lot, there will be places for concert-goers to park at Pine Meadow Elementary School and at Sartell City Hall. Shuttle buses will be available to and from the concert.
Author: Dennis Dalman
Dalman was born and raised in South St. Cloud, graduated from St. Cloud Tech High School, then graduated from St. Cloud State University with a degree in English (emphasis on American and British literature) and mass communications (emphasis on print journalism). He studied in London, England for a year (1980-81) where he concentrated on British literature, political science, the history of Great Britain and wrote a book-length study of the British writer V.S. Naipaul. Dalman has been a reporter and weekly columnist for more than 30 years and worked for 16 of those years for the Alexandria Echo Press.