The Hancock-Henderson Quill, Inc.

Liquor Ordinance Now Complete

By: Shirley Linder, Quill Editor

At a special meeting held Tuesday, March 13th, the Village of Stronghurst Board of Trustees on a motion by David Vancil, seconded by Jerry Nortrup, voted to pass the 16 page liquor ordinance. All trustees were present with the exception of Amanda Kane.

At the regular meeting, which was held on Monday, March 5th, City Attorney Bill Rasmussen needed a few clarifications in order to be able to complete the liquor ordinance for the restaurant/bar(s) waiting to open in Stronghurst.

Most of the meeting was spent haggling over the hours liquor could be served, even tho this project has been in the works for months and the liquor committee has spent hours drawing up a rough draft for the lawyer.

The original proposal was liquor was not to be served until 1 p.m. each day. However, some of the board members strongly objected to it not being served earlier. It was finally agreed that Monday thru Friday liquor would not be served until 1 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday serving time would begin at 11 a.m.

There will be two separate liquor ordinances. One for package, which is already in place, and will not be changed. This one has no limit on the number of licenses that can be given and is $1200 per year.

The new liquor ordinance will have three licenses available at a cost of $1500 per year. Orginally there was to be a $500 extra fee for serving on Sunday but board members decided against that and the $1500 will now cover Sunday also.

The establishments are to sell 60% food and 40% alcohol, which will be monitored at the time of the license renewal.

Police report for February included: 71.5 hours worked; 488 miles on squad car; 1 traffic stop; 1 verbal warning; 5 service calls; 2 assists with county; and 20 business checks. Squad car is fixed except for a light.

In other business:

¥Asked Arbry Vancil to check on a car sitting on Main Street with no license.

¥Ronnie Gittings said Bryan Hubbard would contact him when they got the trees for the park in memory of Pam Hubbard and the village employees would plant them.

¥Amanda Kane will plant the flowers in the boxes on the edges of town.

¥City wide yard sales is May 4th and 5th.

¥City wide cleanup day is May 18th.

¥Gittings will get bids for the removal of one tree.

¥Heard there had been a request to extend the time for paying water bills to more than 10 days. Payment is around the 12th of the month and they are going to leave it for now.

¥Jeff Nichols had given Mayor Schaley an estimate of $6,000 for another shelter house to be built where the tennis court was. However, Schaley said he would like figures for one about half that size.

¥Attorney Rasmussen introduce his firm's new employee, Mariah Wallace, from Stevenson Lake, a recent graduate from the University of Iowa.

The next meeting will be April 2, at 7 p.m. at city hall.