Students "Reschedule" Mifflin Street Block Party

By: NBC 15
By: NBC 15

City leaders and Madison Police will meet Thursday morning to discuss what to do with the Mifflin Street block party.

Students say they'll party on Saturday, April 30th, despite efforts to discourage a date change in the annual event.

Three UW students recently surveyed the neighborhood to determine when most residents will be celebrating. The majority agreed with the advanced date, do to a conflict in the school calendar.

But police and the mayor say they've already set aside too many resources for May 7th.

District 4 Alder Mike Verveer says if they don't listen to the students' wishes, it will be a lot more expensive for the city in the long run.

"We are actually probably going to save more money by saying the party is on the 30th, cut our losses. Otherwise, if we continue to say May 7th and confuse the issue, what we are doing is guaranteeing two parties," says Verveer.

The party typically falls on the first Saturday in May, but this year, that's also the day before finals.

Alder Verveer is holding a neighborhood meeting with Mifflin Street residents next Tuesday night to discuss issues surrounding the party.


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