City Lays Out Rules for Mifflin St. Party

City officials gave their words of warning Tuesday night to Mifflin Street residents who are preparing to host thousands of party-goers Saturday.

About 50 residents turned out for the Mifflin meeting, where city officials spelled out the rules for the weekend party.

Madison police officers reiterated what we all know: Mifflin partying can get out of hand. In fact, they say almost all ambulance calls in years past were alcohol or drug related.

City officials agreed to the students' wishes to change the date of the party from May 7 to April 30. That's why Alderman Mike Verveer pleaded with students to keep their promise of only one party on the 30th.

They say they'll keep that promise; that they haven't heard of anyone having a second party of the 7th. That's because students will be studying for finals, which start Sunday the 8th.

Both students and city officials agree they're glad they could compromise, keeping everyone happy.

Most of the rules from years past will remain in place this year. More than 100 police officers will be patrolling the streets. They hope party goers practice moderation and residents control their parties, making this 36th annual Mifflin Street block party a success.

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