Mayor Domenic J. Sarno stated, “the City of Springfield has an obligation to protect the safety of ourCity’s residents and visitors and the activity that occurs after the bars close creates an unnecessarydemand on the Springfield Police Department which could have an adverse effect on the public safety of individuals in the City’s entertainment district and in our residential neighborhoods.”Associate City Solicitor Alesia Days was appointed by Mayor Sarno to serve as the hearing officer for apublic hearing held on December 23, 2011, regarding the entertainment license restriction proposal.During the public hearing, Springfield Police Commissioner William Fitchet testified that as a result of the disorder in the downtown Entertainment District, cruisers are routinely pulled out of their assignedsector to assist, thereby leaving sections of the City without adequate police protection. Additionally,Captain C. Lee Bennett of the Springfield Police Department testified that from September throughDecember 23, 2011, over 50% of the related arrests made in the entire district between the hours of 10:00p.m. – 4:00 a.m. were in the Entertainment District with most arrests occurring between the hours of 12:00 a.m. – 4:00 a.m. Moreover, Springfield Police Department Captain Cheryl Claprood testified thatthere is a heightened concern for officer safety within the Entertainment District because many of thearrests involve persons associated with gangs, involve weapons and violent offenses; including murder.The amendment to the City of Springfield’s Rules and Regulations for Entertainment Licenses issuedpursuant to M.G.L. Ch. 140 §181 and §183A will require holders of an alcohol pouring license such as arestaurant, tavern, hotel, club and general-on-premise (M.G.L. Ch. 138, section 12) license to provide theentertainment licensing authority with a written request to offer entertainment pursuant to said license forany entertainment to be held after 1:00 a.m., otherwise all entertainment authorized pursuant to thatlicense must cease by 1:00 a.m. Licensees can apply for a Special Late Night Entertainment Permit bysubmitting an Application to the Office of the Mayor through the City’s License Commission Office,Springfield City Hall, Room 204, Springfield, MA 01103, and provide the following details:a.
The type of entertainment to be offered;b.
Allowable capacity of the premises as referenced in the Certificate of Occupancy;c.
The condition and set up of the premises;d.
Measures licensee will take to prevent the over service of patrons consuming alcoholicbeverages; ande.
Security measures to be taken in order to prevent danger to the public safety, health or orderIn furtherance of the purpose of the previously held public hearing, the following additionalrecommendations were made:a.
Any infraction of the licensed premises substantiated after a hearing would result in either areduction of the entertainment hours or revocation of the license; andb.
Licensees voluntarily abide by a self-imposed 1:00 a.m. restriction on the re-entry of individuals to the licensed establishmentIn February 2009, Mayor Domenic J. Sarno directed the City’s Law Department to hold a public hearingon proposed entertainment license regulations for establishments offering age 21 and under nights. InApril 2009, the Under 21 regulations went into effect.