Council OKs alcohol at Taste of Troy

Twiss lone ‘No’ vote against beer, wine garden

By Melanie Yingst -

TROY — The Troy Main Street organization requested to add beer and wine to its annual Taste of Troy event for a second year and sought council approval at City Hall on Monday.

The annual Taste of Troy event is scheduled for Sept. 10 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the food tasting area and from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. for the beer garden.

John Schweser and Lynne Snee were not in attendance.

Council approved the request to allow beer and wine sales for the event. Council member Bill Twiss was the lone “No” vote regarding the ordinance.

The beer garden will be located on green space with the hours of 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. to coincide with the Second Story Secrets tour. No one under the age of 21 would be permitted within the boundary of the beer garden. TMS would apply for the F2 permit and would be required to meet all the requirements of such permit.

Council member Robin Oda asked the difference between Treasure Island’s open alcohol area that allows people of all ages and the Prouty Plaza permit where no children would be allowed within the beer garden perimeter.

Director of public service and safety Patrick Titterington said Prouty Plaza was more visible than Treasure Island.

“In this case, we will have a contained beer garden, a corralled area, compared to Treasure Island, which is a much larger area,” Titterington said. “We are talking about the ‘living room’ of the community and (Mayor Michael Beamish) is concerned and wants to maintain the family image of the event and the downtown area.”

Council and city staff recommended the same resolution as the previous year. The Taste of Troy event included beer and wine sales for the first time in 2015. Inclement weather dampened attendance at the annual food and music fair downtown, according to Titterington. Titterington said once the event has a full attendance, changes may be allowed to add more flexibility in the liquor permit.

Oda said the difference between both venues in restrictions “seems a little bit contradictory.”

TMS has requested that West Main Street just east of the crosswalk at the Public Square to Cherry Street be closed so that the food booths can be located along West Main Street. Other details are:

Expenses incurred by the city over and above those for Taste of Troy in recent years would be reimbursed by TMS. City officials were advised that the current estimate of those costs is approximately $500. At this time, this event is not expected to result in additional overtime by safety departments.

The following resolutions were passed by all members at the meeting:

R-33-2016 Consent legislation, ODOT paving part of East State Route 41 and State Route 41. No cost to the city of Troy. Emergency, first reading.

R-34-2016 Smith Fly Designs LLC assume loan to Charles Sturwold for 210 E. Water St. Emergency, first reading.

SmithFly Designs LLC be authorized to assume the Small Business Development Revolving loan made to Charles Sturwold in 2014 related to the purchase and improvement of the property at 210 E. Water St.

This loan was made to Charles Sturwold for the purchase and repair of the building located at 210 E. Water St. The approved loan amount was $130,000 and has been reduced to $121,660.37 (as of Aug. 2) through regular monthly payments. SmithFly Designs LLC has a retail establishment at 211 E. Water Street. The owner of Smith Fly is purchasing the 210 East Water Street building which will enable the business to combine its retail, mail-order, manufacturing, and warehouse operations in one building, with adequate separation between the different functions. The Loan Review Committee recommended it be approved subject to the original conditions of the loan, including that the parking lot be paved as required by the zoning code. No new city funds are being loaned. No rezoning is necessary, as the property already is zoned M-2 Light Industrial, and the proposed uses fit that zoning.

The following ordinances were adopted, had public hearings set, or were passed on Monday:

0-34-2016 Rezone part of OL 119 and 120, abandoned railroad property south of E. Race Drive from R-3 Third Reading Single-Family Residential District, to M-2, Light Industrial District — Adopted

0-42-2016 Rezone lnlot 7504 from M-2, Light Industrial District, to B-2, General Business District, The lot is located at 2569 W. Main St. A public hearing has been set for the Sept. 6 council meeting.

0-43-2016Rezone part of IL 9891, 19.281 acres of Halifax Subdivision from R-1, Single Family Residential 1st Reading District and A-R, Agriculture-Residential District to the single zoning of R-1, Single Family Residential District A public hearing was set for the Sept. 6 council meeting.

Twiss lone ‘No’ vote against beer, wine garden

By Melanie Yingst

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