Little Falls City Council to ban displays on city property

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Attorney advised that fair policy for applications is ‘nearly impossible‘

The colorful lights of the Lindbergh Lions’ holiday decorations in city-owned Le Bourget Park are on display until Feb. 1, 2016, after which the Council will no longer allow displays on city property. The vote was made after City Attorney Toni Wetzel advised that the Council could not regulate content of displays, and so would have to either permit any display or ban them entirely.

The colorful lights of the Lindbergh Lions’ holiday decorations in city-owned Le Bourget Park are on display until Feb. 1, 2016, after which the Council will no longer allow displays on city property. The vote was made after City Attorney Toni Wetzel advised that the Council could not regulate content of displays, and so would have to either permit any display or ban them entirely.

The Little Falls City Council has voted to cease permitting displays on city property after queries about the policy on such displays led City Attorney Toni Wetzel to advise against them.

Robin Hensel of Little Falls inquired about applying for a display in a city park in November after noting the Lindbergh Lions were permitted to put up annual holiday decorations in Le Bourget Park.

The city previously permitted decorations by the Lindbergh Lions to be displayed in Le Bourget Park, from Nov. 15 until Feb. 1, 2016.

City Administrator Jon Radermacher said that conditions for the Lions’ display on city property were that the display would be put up and maintained at the Lions’ expense and that they would reimburse the city for utilities (such as electricity to run the lights).

“If we’re going to allow it for one group … we have to allow it for others,” Radermacher said.

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