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Camp Bisco promoter misses town deadline for required report

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Camp Bisco promoter misses town deadline for required report

The promoter behind the festival known as Camp Bisco is facing sanctions from the town after failing

The promoter behind the festival known as Camp Bisco is facing sanctions from the town after failing to comply with requirements for post-event reports, planning officials said Thursday night.

The sanctions include the possibility that MCP Presents would be barred from putting on the festival in 2014.

Any such sanction, though, would be directed at the promoter and not impact Indian Lookout Country Club, the home of the music festival, from putting on another festival with a different promoter, officials said.

Property owner Frank Potter said that with or without MCP, a similar festival would take place next year.

“As far as me having another event, I can have another event,” Potter said. “I can have whoever I want, as long as they comply.”

Also Thursday night, the town Planning Board voted to consider recommending the Town Board pass an ordinance specifically aimed at mass gatherings like music festivals, saying the current ordinances don’t adequately do that.

Regarding MCP Presents, the Planning Board voted to have the town code enforcement officer investigate whether the promoter was in compliance with conditions placed on the event. Planning Board chairwoman Sandra Scott told the board the promoters missed a key Sept. 1 deadline for three separate reports.

The town was to receive a post-event synopsis in the form of a written report. The town was to receive a notarized number of ticketholders, a number capped by the town at 12,000. And the promoters were to participate in a review group.

All that should have happened by Sept. 1 and didn’t, Scott said. She noted Potter met with her Aug. 30 and reported the promoters would not be in compliance.

As of now, Scott confirmed afterward, an event known as Camp Bisco is not one of the approved festivals for Indian Lookout in 2014.

“That’s not to say that they couldn’t come back again to the board for permission and then we start all over again,” Scott said. “But [Potter] can still have two music festivals coming in.”

Though Potter is allowed two, Camp Bisco has been the only annual music festival at the club, Scott said.

As to why MCP didn’t comply, Potter afterward did not give a specific reason. But he said MCP never said they wouldn’t comply; “They said they can’t comply at this time.”

“If they would go into executive session, I could tell them,” Potter said afterward of the Planning Board. “As you know, there’s a pending lawsuit, and you’ll have to read between the lines.”

Potter did not elaborate, but a formal lawsuit was filed last month related to injuries suffered by a Schenectady woman at the 2012 festival.

Camp Bisco has been a point of contention in the town almost since it began, with residents concerned about traffic, litter, noise and unruly festival-goers. Several residents repeated those concerns at Thursday night’s meeting, some pointing out problems that persisted in 2013, while others saying problems have eased.

Regarding the possibility of a new town ordinance covering mass gatherings, the Planning Board agreed to investigate the idea. Any new ordinances would have to be taken up by the Town Board, and any action by the Planning Board would only be a recommendation.

The Planning Board indicated it would come back at the November meeting with a status report on that effort.

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