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Hope Fest returns to Jefferson’s downtown riverfront

January 4, 2019

JEFFERSON -- Tomorrow’s Hope’s annual Hope Fest will be returning to the east bank of the Rock River in downtown Jefferson this summer following Jefferson Common Council approval Wednesday evening of a Special Event Permit for the annual gathering.

Until the summer of 2018, Hope Fest had been held at the Jefferson County Fair Park.

The council acknowledged many features of the festival in its resolution related to it. The city recognized:

-- Tomorrow’s Hope is in existence solely to foster health-related research, education and support activities that have a direct impact on individuals in the local health care service area.

-- Tomorrow’s Hope has submitted the Special Event Permit, which has been approved by staff.

-- The group is requesting to begin setting up in the park and surrounding areas on Wednesday, July 17.

-- Tomorrow’s Hope is requesting that South Gardner Avenue from West Milwaukee Street to West Linden Drive and a portion of West Linden Drive be closed to vehicular traffic.

-- It is requesting an exception to Section 204-2 Park Hours, of the Municipal Code to allow activity in Rotary Waterfront Park until midnight.

-- Tomorrow’s Hope will have all vendors submit Permits for Sales of Goods in the right-of-way.

-- The group will submit the proper paperwork for a Special Class B Picnic License.

“Now therefore be it resolved by the Common Council of the City of Jefferson, Wisconsin that it herein approves and ratifies the Special Event Permit between the City of Jefferson and Tomorrow’s Hope to conduct Hope Fest 2019 in the downtown area including street rights-of-way, Rotary Waterfront Park and Stoppenbach Park,” the resolution that was approved concluded.

Mayor Dale Oppermann presented a proclamation commemorating City of Jefferson School Choice Week.

The first year recipient of the Jefferson Award Program was the Live Music Foundation.

Charter Cable was granted an easement agreement. (To be introduced by Ald. Peachey.)

The council agreed to the purchase of a 2019 Jefferson Police Department Squad Car.

Discussion was also scheduled on a Community Investment Grant.

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