Liquor ordinance study committee named by mayor

by Emmitt B. Feldner of The Review staff

PLYMOUTH – There’s still one opening, but membership on the Alcohol Ordinance Ad Hoc Study Committee was announced by Mayor Donald Pohlman at Tuesday’s City Council meeting.

The mayor will be joined on the committee by council members Charles Hansen, Jim Faller and Greg Hildebrand, and citizen members Patrick Campbell and Lonny Koene.

Pohlman said he hopes to add one more citizen member to the committee before it begins meeting to study and consider changes to the city’s liquor license and control ordinances.

The committee grew out of the ongoing controversy over the application by the Plymouth Intergenerational Coalition for a retail liquor license for the Generations intergenerational center.

That license was originally denied by the council, then later approved when the council reconsidered it. Pohlman then vetoed the license, a veto that was upheld when the council split on the vote to override the veto.

The ongoing debate over the Generations application raised a number of issues over provisions in the city’s alcohol ordinances, such as a requirement that any establishment with a license notify the police chief in advance if underage people will be on the premises and that prohibited them from serving alcohol for 24 hours after any such event.

Pohlman did not say when the new study committee, which he said he will chair, will begin meeting.

The council put a moratorium on issuing any new liquor licenses until the committee completes its study when it created the ad hoc study committee in August.

The city will be making some money off its landfill property on State 67 in the town of Greenbush.

The council approved the sale of timber from a portion of the 40- acre site – which has been unused for decades - to Algoma Lumber Co., with the $41,500 the company will pay to go to the city’s debt service account.

Director of Public Works Bill Immich explained that the lumber company is cutting trees on land to the north of the landfill site and approached the city with a request to harvest some trees off the city’s landfill property.

“The are would be in the back of the landfill far off (State) 67,” Immich told the council. Algoma Lumber has identified the trees it wants to cut down – mostly oaks – and would take a total of 84,960 board feet of timber.

Immich said he had contacted the local Department of Natural Resources forester and determined that the price being offered by Algoma Lumber is a reasonable price.

The company will access the site from only one location and must protect the monitoring wells located on the landfill property.

Immich added that the property was partially logged about 15 years ago.

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