Council may add 3 bars to liquor objection list

By Josh Ellerbrock -

LIMA — Lima City Council added two more bars — Beantown Saloon and the Gas Station Bar — to its list of potential businesses they may object to receiving a liquor permit renewal with Ohio’s Division of Liquor Control. North Side Firehouse is the third.

The Gas Station Bar and Beantown Saloon are located next to each other a block east of Main Street on North Street. The east 100-block has been the site of multiple shootings in recent years. This past summer, Davohn Godsey was found dead on the floor of the Gas Station Bar, and a second man, 30-year-old Marlon Godsey, suffered a gunshot wound during the incident.

DeArin Thomas, 25, of Lima has been charged with two counts of murder with a firearm and one count of felonious assault with a firearm as a result.

The Gas Station Bar is located in the same building as the former G-Spot Bar, which was shut down in July of 2016 pending legal action from the city.

The North Side Firehouse has been the location of multiple reported fights in the last three months. It has been cited by Lima Police Chief Kevin Martin as over the call for service threshold for liquor permit holders on four different occasions.

Council members will consider the matter further during a safety services committee meeting to be held at 6 p.m. Monday, April 2 at the Lima Muncipal Building.

All alcoholic beverage permits in the city will expire on June 1, and permit holders must file renewal applications. The city, however, may pass a resolution that specifies the problems of each establishment, the reasons for a potential objection of the renewal and may request a hearing with Ohio’s Division of Liquor Control.

In related news, 7th Ward Counselor Jon Neeper has asked the city’s public works committee — consisting of himself, 3rd Ward Counselor Carla Thompson and 1st Ward Counselor Todd Gordon — to conduct a “comprehensive review” of the City of Lima’s building department.

Neeper said he made the motion to find out if there is any substance to the perception problems brought up by Allen County Commissioners, Allen Economic Development Group (AEDG) President/CEO Jeff Sprague and some townships. A date for the meeting has yet to be set.

This past month, both AEDG and the City of Lima are conducting separate studies to understand the extant of the potential problem. The City of Lima conducts commercial inspections for the entirety of Allen County.

By Josh Ellerbrock

Reach Josh Ellerbrock at 567-242-0398.

Reach Josh Ellerbrock at 567-242-0398.

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