The City requires that recognized neighborhoods have bylaws to ensure the organization is open to everyone and a basic governance system is in place. Outside of an annual meeting, the City does not dictate how, when or where the association meets or what activities the association chooses to pursue.
Neighborhood Associations are organized by area residents to meet their needs. As a result, they are outside of the City’s control and not covered under City liability policies or legal counsel.
The opportunities for liability should be fairly limited. The risk involved should be akin to any group gathering in a private home (e.g. book club, holiday party) or with any event organized by a group (e.g. block party).
The City is researching potential resources to assist Neighborhood Associations who are concerned about the liability issue. Please check with the Neighborhoods Liaison on any new developments.