BERLIN — With thousands of people cramming into downtown Berlin last Saturday for a multitude of events, highlighted by the wildly successful “America’s Coolest Small Town” celebration, one of the interesting side stories to emerge is that Berlin does not have a public urination ordinance on its books.
The huge party held in celebration of the town’s “Coolest Small Town” honor attracted thousands of reveling residents and visitors last Saturday for an afternoon of live music, dancing and the liberal flow of adult beverages. During his follow-up report to the Mayor and Council on Monday, Berlin Police Chief Arnold Downing said the big crowd was generally well behaved and there were no major incidents reported, but perhaps the largest celebration in downtown Berlin ever revealed a glaring omission in the town code.
“It was a good day all around and the attitude and behavior of the crowd was outstanding for the most part,” he said. “What we did learn, however, is we have an omission in our ordinance covering public urination.”