"It was worse than bad." That's Athens Service Safety Director Paula Mosely's assessment of Palmerfest last weekend, which she says cost the city in excess of $20,000.
Mosely spoke last night to members of Athens City Council about the block party, noting that city officials had met with Ohio University President Roderick McDavis to talk about the problem. Police in riot gear broke up the party after a couch was set on fire in the street and officers were hit with cans and bottles thrown from the crowd. Mosely says the city is bracing for another street fest this weekend. Yesterday, the Ohio Investigative Unit announced that agents arrested 51 people during Palmerfest. Most were related to underage drinking, although some were for disorderly conduct, possession of marijuana and other offenses. These arrests are in addition to the 30 arrests made by Athens Police.