Following is a document prepared regarding the upcoming Fake Patty’s Day in Manhattan:
Things You Should Know Before Fake Patty’s Day
Prepared by City of Manhattan and Riley County Police Department
Fake Patty’s Day will be held on March 10, 2012. For many, particularly college students, this is a time to enjoy the atmosphere of Aggieville and the company of friends before the mid-semester break. Unfortunately, in the past, many attendees have perceived Fake Patty’s Day as an opportunity to act irresponsibly without consequences. The event has been associated with many negative issues including overcrowding, public intoxication, traffic congestion, illegal parking, acts of violence, and trash nuisances. Residents and visitors who want to enjoy themselves safely and responsibly are most welcome in the community. Those who intend to overindulge in alcohol, abandon personal responsibility, and commit crimes should be aware that all state and local laws will be enforced during Fake Patty’s Day. Here are a few examples:
Alcoholic Beverage Offenses
Minor in Possession of Alcoholic Beverages: No one under the age of 21 may purchase, attempt to purchase, consume, or possess alcoholic beverages. A conviction is punishable by a fine between $200 and $500, $136 in court costs and a driver’s license suspension.
Open Container (21 years or older): It is unlawful to carry an open container of alcoholic beverages on public property, including parks, streets, sidewalks, and parking lots. A conviction is punishable by a $10 fine and $79 in court costs.
Transporting an Open Container: It is unlawful to transport open containers of alcoholic beverages in a vehicle. A conviction is punishable by a fine of up to $200, up to six months in jail, and $79 in court costs.
Intoxicated Pedestrian in the Street: No one may walk in the street who is under the influence of alcohol or drugs to a degree which makes him/her a hazard. A first conviction is punishable by a fine of up to $500, up to one month in jail, and $79 in court costs.
Furnishing Alcohol to a Minor: It is unlawful to buy, sell or give alcoholic beverages to a minor. A conviction is punishable by a fine between $200 and $500, and $136 in court costs.
Hosting Minors: It is unlawful to intentionally permit your home or other property to be used by minors in such a way that results in the possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages by minors. A conviction is punishable by a fine of $1,000, up to six months in jail, and $136 in court costs.
Open Saloon: It is unlawful for any person to operate an open saloon, which includes any public or private place where alcoholic liquor is sold or offered by the drink without state and local licenses. A conviction is punishable by a fine of up to $500 and up to 90 days in jail, plus district court costs.
It is unlawful to display or possess any fictitious or fraudulently altered driver’s license. A conviction is punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 and up to six months in jail. It is unlawful to lend your driver’s license for another person to use or to display another person’s driver’s license as your own. A conviction is punishable by a fine of up to $2,500 and up to one year in jail. It is unlawful to lend your driver’s license to a minor to purchase alcohol, or to use or display a fictitious driver’s license to obtain alcohol. A first conviction is punishable by a fine between $200 and $500 and at least 100 hours of community service. Court costs of $79 are assessed for ID offenses.
Disorderly Conduct (fighting)
Convictions are punishable by a fine of up to $500, up to six months in jail, and $136 in court costs.
Possession of Marijuana/Drug Paraphernalia: A conviction is punishable by a fine up to $2,500, up to one year in jail, and $136 in court costs.
Littering: A conviction is punishable by a $25 fine and $79 in court costs.
Urinating/Defecating upon Public Places: A conviction is punishable by a fine of $25, up to six months in jail, and court costs of $79.
Public Nuisances: It is unlawful to allow trash to accumulate anywhere – yards, alleys, sidewalks, neighboring properties, etc. With 24 hours notice, the City may clean up your trash and send you the bill for the cost of clean-up (minimum $150). Convictions are also punishable by up to a $500 fine and/or up to six months in jail.
Noise: Playing loud music or making any other excessive noise that disturbs others is unlawful. Convictions are punishable by a fine up to $500 and/or up to six months in jail.
Smoking Indoors: It is unlawful to smoke in indoor public places, such as bars and restaurants, or within twenty (20) feet of the entrances to indoor public places. A first conviction is punishable by a minimum fine of $50 and courts costs of $79.
NOTE: ANYONE WHO COMMITS THE ABOVE OFFENSES IS REQUIRED TO APPEAR IN COURT
AND IS SUBJECT TO PHYSICAL ARREST
It is unlawful to park on a sidewalk, within three feet of a driveway entrance, within three feet of an alley’s intersection with a street, in front yards, or in any zone in which parking is prohibited. The fine is $10.
It is unlawful to park on the grass in a park or anywhere in a park where parking is not allowed. The fine is $25.
It is unlawful to park in a municipal parking space longer than permitted by the posted signage. Violators may receive more than one ticket while parked in the same location. The fine is $5 for each violation.
NOTE: VEHICLES MAY BE IMMEDIATELY TOWED AT THE OWNER’S EXPENSE FOR PARKING VIOLATIONS. Although charges vary, it typically costs approximately $200 (cash only) to retrieve a vehicle from impound.
Proactive Community Response
The public and private partners listed below have a common commitment to keeping Aggieville and all of Manhattan a safe and vibrant place to live, shop, eat, work, and have fun. Each has made the following commitments related to Fake Patty’s Day:
Law Enforcement: Riley County Police Department (RCPD) will have heavy foot patrol throughout Aggieville and the immediately surrounding neighborhoods. There will be a focus on enforcement of alcohol violations. Dedicated staff will be available for parking enforcement and violators will be towed. Staff will be assigned for overlapping shifts during peak times to maximize police presence. In addition, officers from the following agencies have agreed to assist RCPD: Kansas State University Police Department, Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office, Junction City Police Department, Emporia Police Department, and Kansas Highway Patrol. Agents with the Kansas Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control will be in Aggieville to assist in monitoring alcohol violations, and staff from Riley County Community Corrections will be there watching for probation violations.
Aggieville Business Association: ABA is coordinating an application for a special event permit from the City. The permit will authorize the closure of Moro St. (N. Manhattan to 11th St.) and 12th St. (mid-blocks of Laramie St. and Bluemont Ave.) beginning at 7am on Saturday, March 10th. Notices to this effect will be posted in Aggieville 48 hours in advance. In addition, the special event permit will allow for approved food and merchandise vendors to operate in the streets that are closed for traffic. As part of the special event permit, ABA will be responsible for providing additional portable restrooms, bottled water, and trash collection. ABA will also actively promote www.AggievilleLIVE.com to remind visitors that their actions are visible via live camera feeds.
City of Manhattan Fire Department will have staff in Aggieville from mid-morning on Saturday until bars close to monitor overcrowding.
Riley County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) will provide a first aid station at the round house in City Park.
Kansas State University administration and Student Government Association (SGA) will send targeted messages to students before the event to encourage appropriate behavior. Those providing written messages will include President Kirk Schulz, Student Body President Nate Spriggs, and other K-State leadership. SGA will also extend Safe Ride hours for the weekend. Safe Ride will run from 11:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. (Thursday – Saturday morning) and from noon to 3:00 a.m. (Saturday – Sunday morning).
Fort Riley will extend Riley Rides to 4:00 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday (March 9 – 11). Marquee signs on the installation will promote responsible drinking and safety messages throughout the weekend. Non-commissioned officers will be circulating in Aggieville throughout the day to help address any issues involving Fort Riley soldiers.
City of Manhattan Parks and Recreation Department will rope off available parking areas in City Park and display signs to warn of prohibited parking areas. Staff will circulate to direct visitors away from restricted parking areas. Illegally parked vehicles may be immediately towed at the owner’s expense.
City of Manhattan Code Services will have staff on-call to address any sanitary nuisances on Saturday. Code Services will patrol the neighborhoods around Aggieville on Sunday to primarily address any trash nuisances. When appropriate, 24-hour clean-up notices will be issued, and any properties not cleaned will be abated by the City on Monday, at the owner’s expense. The minimum cost is $150.
Manhattan Good Neighbors has scheduled a student volunteer clean-up event in Aggieville and the surrounding neighborhoods on Sunday from 9:30 – 11:30 am. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or (785) 532-3670.