City hears concerns of local bars


HURON — Huron city commissioners held a work session on temporary liquor licenses on Monday evening that was attended by a number of the bar owners in town to discuss the stress temporary licenses are putting on their business.

Temporary licenses, which are allowed to be utilized by civic, charitable, or veteran organizations, are set at $50 for a “special event on-sale license” by the city. The $50 fee is the minimum as set by the state.

Bar owners discussed that they are paying full- and part-time staff and all the expenses of a business along with a $1,500 liquor license each year along with paying that same $50 fee for any special event that they would provide bar service. The request from the owners was that the fee for those without a yearly liquor license for single event licenses to be higher to encourage the use of bars in town and to keep the bar businesses afloat.

Michael Tordoff of Snow, Huether, & Coyle presented the 2019 audited financials. He thanked the commission for the opportunity to review the financials and presented findings, which included no discrepancies.

Two ordinances had first readings Monday evening. Ordinance No. 2216-5-129 to update rental housing provisions was approved and will have a second reading on October 26. Ordinance No. 2217-23-403 regarding new zoning on accessory buildings and structures was approved with the second reading set up for November 2.

The Pavement Maintenance Project 3-46-4600-26-2020 for the Huron Regional Airport was approved by the commission. This project will be done in conjunction with the state utilizing a matching-funds grant.

The total cost of the project will be $431,463.81. The city’s matching funds will be covered by CARES funds.

Commissioners also:
• Approved an appraisal committee for surplus oil tank from previous city maintenance building
• Approved special event on-sale alcoholic beverage license filed by Top Floor Events for the SHE Awards October 24 at the Fine Arts Center
• Approved a raffle filed by Huron Chamber for the Ringneck Festival Nov. 6-7 at the Huron Event Center
• Approved an alcoholic beverage consumption in public area permit filed by Andreas Moreno for a birthday party on Oct. 24 at the Prospect Park Glide and Slide shelter
• Appointed Mary Keating to the Lake and Riverfront Development Committee
• Approved the hire of Sandi Goltermann as part-time library clerk
• Approved the regular status of Zach Weber, police officer, and Shandy Stahl, Solid Waste Maintenance I, upon completion of probationary period

The commission entered executive session to end the meeting. The next regular meeting of the city commission is Oct. 26 at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall.

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