City to study liquor code

by Emmitt B. Feldner of The Review staff

PLYMOUTH – The city will be reviewing its rules and regulations for liquor license and will hold off on issuing any new licenses while they do.

The City Council Tuesday passed a resolution directing the mayor to appoint a study committee “to review the liquor license ordinance in its entirety for the city.”

The resolution also put a moratorium on accepting new applications for class A, B and C liquor licenses.

The action follows several months of contention over a liquor license for the Generations center, which was denied, approved, vetoed and fi- nally the veto upheld over the course of the last six months.

“The moratorium is a good way of taking a time out,” Alderperson Shawn Marcom stated. “The issues we’ve been dealing with for the last couple of months have been disruptive.”

Alderperson Jim Faller questioned the moratorium and feared a possible negative impact.

“What if we have a legitimate business that wants to come into town and needs a license? What are we going to tell them – ‘Sorry, we’ve got a moratorium?’ How long is this moratorium going to last,” he asked.

Council President Charles Hansen, who introduced the resolution, said he hoped the study could be completed by next spring.

“We’re not looking for a quick decision, we’re looking for the proper decision,” Mayor Donald Pohlman added.

“If something comes up in the meantime, we can certainly lift the moratorium,” Marcom said.

The resolution passed by a vote of 5-2, with Jim Sedlacek joining Faller in voting no and Alderperson Jack Fernsler absent.

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