North Side Firehouse may lose liquor permit


By Josh Ellerbrock - jellerbrock@limanews.com



LIMA — Depending on potential action of the city, the North Side Firehouse may not be able to renew its liquor permit due to higher than average police calls at its location over the last four years.

In a memo to Lima City Council, Lima Police Chief Kevin Martin recommended not renewing North Side Firehouse’s liquor permit when it expires this June. This is the fourth time North Side Firehouse, 776 N. Main St., has exceeded the call for service threshold since 2015. Martin notified the business of the potentiality of it losing its liquor permit earlier this March.

According to Lima Police Department statistics, North Side Firehouse has had 16 qualifying calls for service over the last six months. Out of the 16, 13 involved police calls regarding fights. Other calls included a single shooting and two reports of loud music.

City Council will consider the recommendation at its upcoming council meeting, which will be held at 7 p.m. at the City Building, 50 Town Square. Lima City Council has the right to object to a renewal of a permit and to request a hearing with the Ohio Division of Liquor Control if a municipality’s chief legal officer files an objection upon substantial legal grounds.

All current liquor permits in Lima will expire later this year.

The City of Lima will also consider:

• The creation of green space in an alley between the Family of Faith United Methodist church and Spartan Stadium.

• A resolution establishing salaries, functions and classifications of city employees.

• Forming legislation for an ordinance that would allow private functions to request limitations on the city’s public noise ordinance by paying a fee.

• Approving a grant to buy new playground equipment at Lincoln Park.

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By Josh Ellerbrock

jellerbrock@limanews.com

Reach Josh Ellerbrock at 567-242-0398.

Reach Josh Ellerbrock at 567-242-0398.

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