City Council, which has been enthusiastic about filling the former Quarter Barrel Brewery + Pub building with a new restaurant and micro-brewery so there can be rooftop dining, will not object to the state granting a liquor permit to Fretboard Brewing & Public House.
Nobody on council raised a concern with the state permit for LGHG Public House LLC at 103 Main St., which will allow it to sell beer and liquor every day except Sunday. Restaurant officials have said they hope to open this month, with a grand opening for the general public Dec. 2. They plan to seek a vote in March that would allow sales on Sundays as well.
Council also unanimously voted to sell road salt to the Hamilton City School District for $88 per ton, the same price the city paid for the salt.
“There will be no fiscal impact to the City because the sale of road salt will be equal to the city’s purchase price and loading costs,” and noted the city has excess storage space for the salt,” said Public Works Director Jim Williams.
The city has been selling salt to the schools since the 2014-15 winter season.
Officials also unanimously approved conditional use for EROP LLC to operate an automated car wash at 1100 S. Erie Blvd.
Council held the first of two readings of an ordinance intended to clamp down on unsolicited materials that are left on driveways across the city. Officials said when homeowners don’t pick up the materials, which frequently happens when properties are vacant, the unsolicited written materials can cause litter, can clog storm drains and can be an indication to criminals that a property is empty.
The legislation would require the materials be dropped off on a porch, if one exists, nearest to the front door; left attached to the front door; dropped through a mail slot or in a distribution box; put on a hook designated for such deliveries; or handed to the property’s owner or occupant.
Such materials could not be left on a property where a sign states, “No Solicitors.” Violators would face minor-misdemeanor charges for first offenses, and third-degree misdemeanors for repeat offenses.
The council invited its two newly elected members — who won’t join the panel until January — to join it in executive session to discuss a possible purchase of property and also some sensitive information involving a company that may receive assistance from the city. Eric Pohlman and Susan Vaughn, who were elected on Tuesday, went behind closed doors with the rest at the end of the public portion of the meeting, to get a head start on their city service.
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