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'College Fest' Cost Estimated at $26,000 for Emergency Personnel

Kent Police preparing for a repeat this weekend of last weekend's melee

The cost of the emergency response to "" this past weekend was about $26,000, according to city officials.

But that cost could double after this coming weekend.

Chief Michelle Lee said the city tabulated the cost of police and fire staffing for the 24-hour period from 7 a.m. Saturday until 7 p.m. Sunday.

Lee said staffing for that period cost the police department $9,200 and the fire department $3,200. The city also reimbursed the Portage County Sheriff's Office for $1,300 for providing officers.

"And we estimated the other mutual aid agencies, including Brimfield and the state patrol and our swat team, and that came to $12,650," Lee said. 

The total estimated cost of is $26,350. Those figures are only for personnel costs and do not include fuel, materials or other costs. Kent is not reimbursing the two agencies that responded via mutual aid.

About 100 officers were on foot in the vicinity of the party and included officers from the Brimfield Police Department, Metro SWAT, Portage County Sheriff's Office and Ohio Highway Patrol.

The fire department responded to 19 calls between 6 p.m. Saturday and 1 a.m. Sunday, averaging almost three calls per hour for seven straight hours.

And officials are preparing for a repeat of the block party this coming weekend, as a Facebook page advertising "College Fest 2012 #2" already shows 3,000 people are planning to attend.

Lee said the response to this coming weekend's events will vary depending upon whether there's an actual repeat of last weekend's College Fest.

"We’re not really sure what to expect," she said. "What we’re afraid of is College Street may not be the location for the parties this weekend. We haven’t really had an end of the year party response to University Drive yet. So that’s maybe where it’s going to go."

That varied response will include plain-clothes officers and an earlier presence on the busier streets to try and maintain calm. Part of the problem this past weekend was how quickly the events on East Colleve Avenue escalated out of control, Lee said.

"We’re trying some different tactics, but we are planning for some sort of event," she said. "Hopefully it turns out to be nothing."

Kasha Legeza April 27, 2012 at 03:04 PM
That's really cool that Jake and Ricky organized this event -- kudos to them! But Dj-Jordan Knight, while appearing here as altruistic, also seems to be an instigator, according to his April 22 Facebook post on the College Fest 2012 #2" page: "whoever picked up that tear gas grenade and threw it back at the swat teams is my hero" That comment prompted responses from people about buying oven gloves enabling them to pick up the grenades. Poster David Gilbert shared this: "PROTIP: Tear gas grenades are highly effective in the right hands, but extremely hot to the touch. DO NOT handle without heavy winter gloves!" And the admitted thrower of a grenade last weekend boasted: Scott Allen: "I had to do what I had to do. It's going to take more then some tear gas and a few rubber bullets to stop me lol." (Wednesday at 8:46am via mobile) Scott Allen: "I gota get me a fest 2 shirt. The shirt I wore there last week has blood on it from the rubber bullets lol. Can anyone hook me up" (Wednesday at 8:55am via mobile)
Chris (Kit) Myers April 27, 2012 at 03:45 PM
And I apologize to Jacob Ruby and Ricky Martinez. In reading the Record -Courier article I thought the 'event' they organized was the Fest itself. Kudos to the two for organizing a clean-up. Again, my apologies for the misinterpretation.
Chris (Kit) Myers April 27, 2012 at 03:59 PM
I guess my earlier apology of this morning was cut as a result of it being a reply to a personal attack on me. I don't want anyone to get the impression that I call people names.
Matt Fredmonsky April 27, 2012 at 05:40 PM
Chris, your comment was not the one removed.
Sandra Chalmers April 29, 2012 at 06:47 PM
I think everyone of those kid's should be charged (I say kid's because they don't know how to act as an adult) and if I were one of the parent's of those kid's they would have to earn the money to pay back to the community believe me I had teens and if you don't put the blame were it belongs there will be more trouble it's a no brainer

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