National Night Out is just around the corner, and for those who plan on halting traffic on their street to hold a block party, the July 19 deadline to submit the street closure application is drawing near.
National Night Out is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support for local anti-crime efforts, and strengthen neighborhood spirit and community-police partnerships.
This year’s NNO takes place on August 2, and residents and law enforcement will once again come together to express a message of fighting back against area criminals. By coordinating and participating in block parties, barbecues, cookouts, and other social activities, residents will strengthen neighborly relationships and be able to better stand up and look out for one another.
However, there will be conditions for obtaining a street closure permit.
The City of Turlock has six conditions that will need to be met, and the failure to adhere to these conditions may result in the suspension of the event, immediate reopening of the street, and the denial of future street closure applications from the applicant.
The City will provide a Traffic Control Plan which must be followed at all times, exactly as specified. Applicants need to provide their own signs, barricades, or any other traffic control items, as the City of Turlock does not have them available for the public to use.
Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, and must notify each of the residents within the proposed closure area, either in writing or verbally, as soon as possible, but no longer than 72 hours prior to the actual closure.
Additionally, applicants must maintain a path of travel 12 feet wide, use lighted barricades for events held outside of daylight hours, and have the approved original permit available on-site for the duration of the closure and presented to authorized City officials upon request.
In order to obtain a temporary residential street closure permit for National Night Out, residents must submit the application to the City of Turlock Engineering Department by July 19.
Submitted applications will be reviewed by City staff, police, and fire services, and if no concerns arise, permits will be approved and emailed to applicants.
Permits are of no cost to residents, and the Residential Street Closure Application Form can be downloaded online and faxed to (209) 668-5563, or submitted in person, by July 19, to the Engineering Division, at 156 S. Broadway, Ste. 150.