Lima council votes on rescinding liquor license objections

By Bryan Reynolds -

LIMA — Lima City Council failed to rescind objections to liquor license renewals during its regular meeting Monday.

Council had previously filed objections to license renewals for Beantown Saloon, over multiple shooting incidents occurring at the establishment over the last few years, and Bisman Investments, LLC, said Council President John Nixon. Councilor Rebecca Kreher made a motion to pass both resolutions rescinding the objections to both establishments on the first reading.

Both resolutions failed to pass with the five needed votes, so both resolutions will be read for the second time during the next regular council meeting May 21.

Nixon said there is time to rescind both objections. If the resolutions are not passed during the second reading, there will still be time to pass them on their third reading, he said.

“It’s a rather lengthy process for the state to execute their process of investigations and hearings,” Nixon said.

Kreher also made a motion to defeat the objection to renewing the liquor license for the Northside Firehouse on the third reading during the meeting. According to statistics from the Lima Police Department as of, March 25, the department had received 16 qualifying calls from Northside Firehouse in six months, 13 of which were related to fights. The other calls were for a shooting and loud music.

The motion was defeated with four council members voting yes, two voting no and one abstaining.

Nixon said it was a moot point because the deadline for filing objections was May 2. Since the objection didn’t pass on the first or second reading, failing to get the five yes votes to pass each time, even if it would have passed Monday, it couldn’t have been filed.

“It could be reviewed again next year during the annual renewal,” he said.

Council also approved a petition to rezone part of 1923 Allentown Road from a Class II Residential District to Class I Business. The public hearing for the rezoning was scheduled for 7 p.m., June 18.

By Bryan Reynolds

Reach Bryan Reynolds at 567-242-0362.

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