Written by PETER KUEBECK, Sentinel Staff Writer
Wednesday, 19 June 2013 08:28
PERRYSBURG - Council had a spirited debate over a new bar in the city Tuesday night.
Members voted 6-1 to deny designating Vapor Bar LLC, 25680 N. Dixie Highway, as an economic development project for the purpose of transferring a liquor license to the business. The company was seeking a transfer of the license from Mettler Inc. in Toledo.
The liquor license required special designation as economic development because it was being transferred from an outside jurisdiction.
The Economic Development Committee of council, which met Monday, had recommended unanimously not to permit the designation, because they did not feel the issue constituted "economic development." They additionally expressed concerns about the precedent of such a designation.
"The issue becomes, is this economic development," asked Mike Olmstead. He noted that the committee had no issue with the business itself, and wished it well.
Vapor Bar has already opened and has a license to serve other alcoholic beverages. Tuesday's vote does not permit a license for beer to be sold there.
"Either a business is operating legally and being a good steward, or it's not," said Councilman Todd Grayson. "If beer and wine and spirits are legal," then a well-operated business should be able to sell them.
"In that spirit, I'll be voting for this," Grayson continued, stating later that "the only reason this is even before us, they can't apply before even the city or the state" because of a limit to the number of available liquor licenses.
"I don't feel like putting a stamp on this bar, or whatever they're going be, and allowing them anything special over another bar or anything that wants to come into this community," said Councilwoman Sara Weisenburger who, like Olmstead, serves on the Economic Development Committee.
"I do have an issue with the state restricting us," she added.
Grayson was the lone "yes" vote on the matter.
Perrysburg also appears to be branching out, as far is its trees are concerned.
"We have had a good year," said Scott Kirby of the city's Street Tree Commission. Kirby presented the commission's annual report during the meeting.
He noted that the city, in 2012, pruned 798 trees, removed 212 trees, and planted 316, all increases from 2011. Perrysburg additionally received its 29th Tree City USA award, and its 17th growth award. More than 711 ash trees were treated for emerald ash borer.
All told, the city has 11,574 street trees, valued at $8.5 million.
In other business, council:
• Heard from Municipal Administrator Bridgette Kabat that Ride Right LLC is currently performing training and some testing for its employees in advance of the city's new public transit service starting on Monday.
• Approved a $164,452 contract to purchase insurance through Ohio Plan Risk Management.
• Authorized an agreement with Thomson Reuters for a subscription for printed and online legal research tools.
• Heard from Mayor Nelson Evans, who stated he had received several compliments from businesses regarding the farmers market, held each Thursday, and the flowers in the downtown area.
• Held two public hearings concerning proposed code amendments affecting residential uses and animal services.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 June 2013 09:23