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Liquor, Beer Ordinances to be Changed

By Staff | Nov 20, 2015

Changes will be coming soon to the city’s municipal code with regards to liquor and beer licenses.

On Wednesday the city’s Ordinances & Recreation committee met to discuss Ordinances 398 and 399 and moved to have the full city council approve them pending city attorney Bill Hartl’s approval.

Both ordinances struck down prior limitations as to where beer and liquor can be sold. Originally, licenses could only be given to establishments on the west side of block two and on blocks six, seven, 10 and 11 of the original townsite. Ordinances 398 and 399 state the license zone as within the city’s corporate limits.

Ward 2 Councilman Gary Kraft asked about a clause in Ordinance 399 that prohibits the sale, serving or consumption of alcohol on streets, alleys, public ways or public property – with the exception of a special events permit. The committee said that section of the ordinance was for licensed sellers.

Police Chief John Rose said the ordinances addressed and cleaned up Sunday business, location of sales and business times and other areas. A couple areas he questioned were persons vacating establishments after closing time and persons under 21 in establishments. The ordinance allows persons under 21 in restaurants if the restaurant and bar parts are separated and if sales of food are equal to or greater than alcohol sales; if they’re waiters/waitresses/busboys/busgirls who don’t serve alcoholic beverages or are supervised by someone 21 or older; if they’re independent contractors/employees of the contractor engaged in contract work and not selling/serving/consuming; or if they’re on-duty law enforcement officers.

Other changes in the ordinances include redefinitions of licenses; an enforcement section on taking drinks off premises (allowing or failing to prohibit doing so is a $50 fine); a revocation or suspension of license clause; applying for a license; a new class of license for restaurants doing on-sale liquor/beer; Sunday beverage sales and special events permits.

The committee tabled discussion until January of installing drainage tiles on left field at the baseball diamonds.

The committee approved the minutes of the Oct. 21 meeting.

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