Residents of Joel Circle, refusing to take no for an answer, persuaded the City Council and the Police Department to let them hold a New Year’s Eve party on their block.
Their request was initially denied by the Police Department. Officials were concerned that block parties would put an additional burden on city resources on New Year’s Eve.
But during the Dec. 13 City Council meeting, neighborhood representative Susie Linde addressed the council to make the case for allowing the party.
She explained the New Year’s Eve celebration was a way for residents to reunite. Most on the 12-home cul-de-sac have lived there for years and the block party would be a way for children who have grown up and moved on reconnect with their families, she said.
Police Chief John Hensley told Linde that if crowds did not block the street itself there was no reason residents couldn’t have their party on their frontyards.