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Washington Township Carnival Law Amended

The township council voted to require more insurance for carnivals and circuses held in the town, and added a new application fee.

The Washington Township Council approved changes to the town's amusement law before a circus comes to town next year.

The changes include an increase in the amount of insurance required for anyone planning to hold a carnival, circus or similar event in the township. Previously, insurance protecting the public from damage or injury for at least $500,000 per occurance and $25,000 for property damage was required. The amended law requires $5 million per occurance for damage or injuries to the public and $1 million property damage.

A new application fee was also added for carnivals and circuses, to cover the township's expenses. The fee is $150 for events expecting 150 or fewer attendees or $150 plus $100 for every additional 100 expected attendees.

The amendments came in advance of a circus planned to be held next spring at the Bergen County YJCC on Pascack Road.

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resident December 07, 2012 at 01:01 PM
Great to see he council agreed on an issue, thought the circus was already in town. Guess the cfo issue will be voted on next year after the merry go round gets dismantled
Kevin P December 07, 2012 at 10:10 PM
It's nice to see the council moving onto very important items...NOT

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