City takes on Music In Park to protect it

Warren’s Music in the Park program garnered some protection, courtesy of Warren City Council.

At its meeting Monday evening, council unanimously elected to designate Music in the Park as a program of the city.

Noting that Music in the Park has “become a long-standing summer tradition in the city,” Parks and Recreation Director Mary Ann Nau explained that the goal of the program was to bring people into the downtown area.

The city has assisted the program by applying for grants from the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts but, Nau said, the special events policy requires that the program have insurance.

Adopted as a program of the city, that liability insurance would be provided by the city.

Councilman John Lewis asked if the city’s normal liability insurance would cover it.

“Not really,” City Manager Nancy Freenock said, acknowledging that someone falling during the event would eventually come back to the city.

Lewis then asked who it would cover.

“Everybody,” Freenock said. “The third class city code allows it.”

She said the city donated $1,500 toward the program last yearm but the event organizers “did not draw on that” because the program costs were “paid for completely by the Northwest Savings Bank donation.”

Councilman Jim Zavinski, and one of the founders and long-time organizers of the event, said he was “glad to see this” and said he was “always concerned about getting hurt.”

“As long as the program is under the care and custody of the city, the liability insurance is comprehensive,” Nau said.

“Is there any musical acts that are religious in nature?” Councilman Sam Harvey asked.

“Last year I don’t think they had any,” Freenock said.

“(That is) something to consider,” said Harvey. “If you had a Christian group you could potentially have an issue.”