A solution has been reached between the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee and the City, and bar owners and the City which will result in a cost savings for the cleanup following activities surrounding the St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
In previous years the City of Springfield had assigned Public Works personnel on the weekend to clean up after the nearly daylong St. Patrick’s day celebration following the parade. This had cost the City some $3,000 to $3,500 each year in overtime. This year, the bar owners have agreed to clean up their blocks during the weekend of the parade. City crews will return to the area on Monday morning to cleaning up the remainder of area.
Additionally, bar owners have agreed to end their outdoor operations at 7:00 p.m. on March 12th, parade day, allowing Fifth Street to be reopened to traffic a short time later. In previous years, it had been closed to traffic until 3:00 a.m. early Sunday morning to allow patrons to continue their celebration in the street.
“This is a good solution for everyone and will save the City considerable overtime costs,” said Mayor Frank Edwards. “We want to make sure that everyone enjoys the St. Patrick’s Day festivities safely and does so in a clean environment. This resolution accomplishes that.”