Council talks Los Tapatios liquor license

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Council talks Los Tapatios liquor license

City Administrator Dean Torresson speaks on budgeting for the year.

City Administrator Dean Torresson speaks on budgeting for the year.

Emily Smith/ Courier Staff

City Administrator Dean Torresson speaks on budgeting for the year.

Emily Smith/ Courier Staff

Emily Smith/ Courier Staff

City Administrator Dean Torresson speaks on budgeting for the year.

Steven Barnum, Assistant News Editor

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Present in the public comment section during Monday’s City Council meeting were the incoming owners of the anticipated restaurant at 1319 East Jackson Street in Macomb. The council continued the ongoing discussion about the application submitted to be awarded a liquor license.

While the hours will likely remain the same, you can expect to see a change in the menu when the restaurant opens next month. Los Tapatios will fill a building left vacant by Guadalajara, which recently announced it would be closing its doors.

As part of a routine measure, the city let everyone within 500 feet of the building know that an application for a liquor license has been filed. As of now, those individuals have made no concerns or signs of disapproval. A background check has also been cleared, which indicates that the restaurant is another step closer to being granted the license.

Bids for the 2018 Street Improvement Project on North Randolph Street were received.

According to Public Works Director Scott Coker, the project will be broken up into different sections. Ranging from Calhoun Street to University Drive, three bids are being discussed. Hein Construction made a bid of $205,745, while Laverdiere Construction offered to do the job for $214,500. A combination bid of $522,000 was made by Gunther Construction. All three bids are over the engineering estimates, with Gunther Construction’s bid running 25 percent over the estimate. Thus, the city will look to negotiate.

“We will meet with Gunther (Construction) on Wednesday and work through how we can reduce the cost for the bid,” said Coker.

City Administrator Dean Torreson discussed the budget for the 2018/2019 year. The budget, which is unlikely to undergo any changes, could be approved at next week’s meeting.

Specifically, Macomb is counting on $26,455,000 in expected revenue, while spending $25,676,000. “On paper, we have a balanced budget,” Torreson said; however, he also made it known that the city has a $200,000 deficit in total funds.

One way to bring in more money is the change to the debt service fee, where residents will see a monthly increase. Referencing resident Dana Walker’s previous proposal, Torreson shared results from a 2015 survey.

The survey shows that low volume users in Macomb paid much less than low volume users in comparable towns, while high-volume users in Macomb paid much more than high-volume users in comparable towns. Ultimately, the proposal was rejected because the system does not appear to favor high-volume users or penalize low-volume users. Among items that will be discussed at next week’s meeting are lifting the restriction on parking on Normal Street between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m., and amending an ordinance on handicapped accessibility on Washington and Randolph Streets.

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