Thirty-two German Village property owners will decide whether the nonprofit's Oktoberfest will take place in their neighborhood.

Thirty-two German Village property owners will decide whether the nonprofit's Oktoberfest will take place in their neighborhood.

The society last week sent out letters to 40 area property owners along South Third Street and side streets asking for their support to move the fundraiser to German Village. The letter stated that the society needs permission from 80 percent of the property owners to shutdown the streets for four days.

"Your approval is absolutely essential," event chair and society trustee Bill Curlis wrote in the letter. "We, literally, cannot hold the event without your approvalAnd yes, I am begging here, because there can be no Oktoberfest in 2009 if we do not get your signature."

Property owners affected by Oktoberfest are being asked to sign a street closure form and return it to the German Village Meeting Haus, 588 S. Third St., by April 1.

Erin O'Donnell, executive director for the society, said as of Monday morning 10 property owners have returned the forms for the street closures.

On Friday, the society held an open house for area residents to ask questions.

"We've had quite a few residents drop by," she said. "It was just people who wanted to show their support. We didn't have anybody come who had concerns."

The society announced earlier this year that it wanted to move its Oktoberfest to South Third Street between Beck and Frankfort streets. The move is part of the society's decision to revamp Oktoberfest in light of fiscal problems that beset the event in the past several years.

Among new information provided in the letter: detailed side-street closures. Side streets that will be affected are Willow Street and Sycamore Street from City Park Avenue to Lazelle Street.

"We have plans to accommodate parking for residents and businesses with special parking passes," Curlis said, "and access to all driveways and curb cuts during the non-event hours of the setup and weekend."

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