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The Party Checklist
1. Agree with roommates/housemates about "house rules."
- Set the maximum music volume
- Set size of party and who to tell
- BYOB? to keg or not to keg
- Set party house
- Have extra trash cans available
- Decide on what food and non-alcoholic beverages to provide
- Secure areas/property you do not want people to have access to
2. Pick a responsible monitor, who will:
- turn away those persons not invited/wanted at party
- help monitor "house rules"
- talk with police should they show up
- watch for drunk drivers
3. Speak with your neighbors often.
- let neighbors know of party plans - exchange phone #'s and have your phone on during the party
- negotiate an end time and a clean-up time with neighbors
- talk with your neighbors on many occasions, not just the day before a party
- lend a helping hand like offering to mow neighbor's lawn, shovel snow, etc.
- ask your neighbors about their past experiences with students
- familiarize yourself with the City's Public Nuisance Ordinance and check on your property
4. Monitor, ask yourself these questions
- Are you familiar with the people at your party?
- Have you secured areas/property that you do not want people to have access to?
- Are the people at your party of legal drinking age?
- How is the noise level?
- Are people parked in designated/appropriate areas? Are neighbors' spots being blocked?
- Is anyone getting too drunk? You could be liable if they get in an accident.
- Are people leaving with cups? This draws attention and creates trash.
- What is the behavior like when people are leaving? Lots of noise, urinating in your yard or neighbors' yards, making excess noise?
5. When to take action
When The Party's Over
- If party gets beyond your control, call the police yourself at 970-221-6540.
- Let the "responsible monitor" talk to police.
6. Clean-up/damage control
- Make sure you yard/neighbor's yards are clear of any trash, cups, etc.
- Talk with neighbors to determine if they experienced any problems