The Laws and Ordinances Committee discussed an amendment to the city's alcohol policy during its April 19 meeting. Currently, possession of alcohol on all public property is prohibited.
The proposed change would create two exceptions to allow the sale and consumption of alcohol on public property:1. Owners of food establishments in the Uptowne District with an outdoor dining area, who have a valid state liquor permit.2. Organizers of community events held on city-owned property, such as the Big Four Depot, Cider Alley or parks. This exception only allows for a limited duration permit, and a special duty Galion police officer or Crawford County Sheriff must be hired.
The committee sent this item to full council for consideration at the April 26 meeting.
Council President Carl Watt also proposed a restructuring of the council committees. There are currently five committees; he suggested dividing some of them to create a total of seven:FinancePolice, Fire and HealthUtilitiesParks and RecreationStreets, Alleys and BridgesLaws, Ordinances, Zoning and PermitsEconomic Development and Airport
He said this would better spread the work load and suggested that each council member chair one committee and serve on a total of three of them. The committee sent this item to full council.