Sunday, many Madison residents joined police and city officials in breathing a collective sigh of relief following another installment of the traditional celebration. Now, concerns turn toward next weekend's traditional celebration schedule.
UW Senior Mike Mejac says he appreciates the timing of this year's Mifflin Street Block Party. "We tend to focus more toward the end of the year, so everybody's pullin' it together at that time. It would've it would've, for me, personally, interrupted a lot of studying."
Mejac says a May 7th Mifflin would have adversely affected UW students as they prepare for finals beginning May 8th. As it stands, he says he'll join thousands of other students in the library next Saturday.
"Everybody I've talked to has told me they have absolutely no plans to be doing anything next Saturday, except studying for finals," says Madison 4th district alder Mike Verveer.
He says he too, is pleased with the city's decision to let students celebrate the 36th annual event one week earlier than tradition dictates.
He also expresses his pleasure in the event's execution, adding even those who didn't participate in the party may have reason for relief.
"It's important that taxpayers are given the comfort to know that most all of the police overtime costs should be covered by the fines levied (Saturday)," Verveer says.
Meanwhile, Madison police, who issued 317 citations, to go along with 225 arrests, say they will return to Mifflin this week, to levy additional fines to homes which illegally distributed alcohol.
They add their hope that students will stick to their word, and refrain from attempting a repeat performance. Officer Mike Hanson explains, "We need to go back to the drawing board early in the week and get a sense from students and the liquor stores and some other areas to make sure that this doesn't happen this weekend."
Hanson adds, union contracts, based on more than three decades of Mifflin Street Block Parties, already allocate additional resources for the first weekend in May. He explains, based on what police hear this week, next weekend's schedules may be adjusted accordingly.
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