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Metropolis Council: Officers hear proposal to create Magnolia Sq. leisure district | localnews

Institution of a downtown “leisure district” obtained its first airing at Monday’s Magnolia Metropolis Council assembly.

CLICK THE PDF to learn the whole ordinance.

Ought to the council cross the proposal after listening to the ordinance throughout its February, and probably March conferences, patrons of eating places inside the district would have the ability to devour alcoholic drinks outside inside the boundaries of the district.

The proposed district is comprised of the Magnolia Sq. and chosen parts of neighboring streets. Seek the advice of the map accompanying this text and observe the blue-shaded space, which is the proposed leisure zone.

The ordinance is 10 pages lengthy however nonetheless distills into these factors:

Folks could be allowed to have and drink alcoholic drinks outside within the district between the hours of 10 am and 10 pm Monday via Saturday. Time modifications may very well be made to accommodate particular occasions within the district.

Whereas no drinks may very well be taken outdoors after 10 pm, the authorized closing time indoors would stay at 2 am

The drinks must be bought to folks by eating places within the district which have applicable licenses for alcohol gross sales. Sellers would offer drinks to clients drinks in specially-branded cups, and with an accredited wristband.

An individual might have just one drink at a time. Drinks could be permitted in cups solely – no bottles or containers with model names of drinks.

Folks will not be allowed to take drinks outdoors the district. Signage can be supplied by the town to point district boundaries. Waste and recycling receptables can be positioned at district boundaries and high-traffic areas.

Companies within the district, together with these not permitted to serve alcoholic drinks, could point out their participation within the district by displaying applicable window signage. These companies that accomplish that can be deemed to consent to the entry of shoppers with alcoholic drinks.

Throughout dialogue of the ordinance, council members set a minimal $150 superb for individuals violating provisions of the ordinance.

Mayor Parnell Vann stated that the town would offer video cameras and extra lighting within the leisure district.

Council members additionally talked about whether or not to cross the ordinance with an “emergency clause,” which might have the impact of creating the ordinance energetic instantly after its passage.

Ellie Baker, who’s proposing the ordinance as head of the town’s Financial Improvement Workplace, stated she wished the emergency clause to make sure that the leisure district may very well be working by the Magnolia Blossom Competition, Might 19-20. Inserting the ordinance on the usual three separate readings might imply that it would not go into impact till late April.

Metropolis Lawyer Joel Hutchinson expressed discomfort with utilizing emergency clauses for issues that do not contain public well being and security.

The council left the matter of an emergency clause hanging.

Baker stated the creation of the district seems in direction of the way forward for the Magnolia Sq. as an leisure venue.

“This isn’t for what we now have at present. That is for what it might doubtlessly convey – extra choices to our city,” Baker stated.

Baker informed magnoliareporter.com after the assembly that having the leisure district is crucial to getting probably the most out of night occasions on the new Sq. Park and its Albemarle Stage.

Residents who need to remark to the council concerning the ordinance could contact the mayor’s workplace, 870-234-1375, and ask for a spot on the agenda for the Monday, February 27 assembly. The council permits people as much as 5 minutes to remark, supplied they’ve requested for a spot on the agenda.

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