Jefferson City festival districts to expand

Jefferson City Police keep an eye on the crowd during the Thursday Night Live event held on High Street. In the future, the City Council will discuss funding the law enforcement presence at such events.

Jefferson City Police keep an eye on the crowd during the Thursday Night Live event held on High Street. In the future, the City Council will discuss funding the law enforcement presence at such events. Photo by Deborah Cote.

The Jefferson City Council is set to approve a bill Monday eliminating the November 2012 expiration for festival districts, but is looking at ways to cope with the costs of added officers needed for those types of events.

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At the Brown Bagel meeting Thursday, 3rd Ward Councilman Bryan Pope said the overtime costs of officers needed to patrol the events held with temporary outdoor consumption permits should not be the city’s burden.

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