City Council considers issuing liquor licenses

Steven Barnum , News editor

In a continuation from last week’s committee meeting, the Macomb city council briefly discussed awarding a liquor license to The Crafty Coop.

The license, titled “Class Y Liquor License”, would allow members of the community to drink beer, wine or cider while participating in paint parties and classes. In a revised version of the ordinance draft, City Attorney Kristen Petrie shared the conditions of the license.

Among the requirements is that all employees who work at the establishment must complete the BASSET training before they are allowed to serve alcohol. The training will help workers become more aware of the possibility of over-intoxication. Additionally, only those more than 21 years of age may bring alcoholic beverages into the building and no more than 35 people may occupy the building at once.

On a similar note, those involved in the annual trivia event for the St. Paul’s Home and School Association also seek a liquor license for their event at 322 W Washington St.

The event, which raised $4,000 a year ago, is currently scheduled to take place from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9. Organizers of the event presented their plan regarding security and garbage pick-up, which has gone smoothly in previous years. The second reading for this potential license was waived since the event is approaching quickly. Moved and seconded by Alderman John Vigezzi and Alderman Tom Koch, respectively, the motion carried.

In other news, Mayor Mike Inman announced that there will be a new face around city hall.

Starting soon, Bria Thurman will take on the role of community resource coordinator. The job exists to make sure that social services and non-profit organizations are easily accessible to residents in the McDonough County region. Thurman,a native of Naperville, Ill., recently received a Master’s degree from Western Illinois University.

“I want to give back to the community that is helping me right now,” Thurman said.

The position is funded by the AmeriCorps program, which Inman says requires no financial commitment for the city.

“This is a really huge plus for our community and we’re looking forward to her contributions,” Inman said.

With an eye on the future, Inman is continuing to appoint more members to the census committee so that the city of Macomb is fully prepared for the 2020 census. More details will be provided at a later date, but Inman says that college students who live in Macomb at the time of the upcoming census will be counted as residents of Macomb. “They are con-
tributing to the community, so we would like them to be counted as members of the community,” Inman said.