Round 2 for liquor permits on council agenda

By Josh Ellerbrock -

LIMA — Two weeks after declining to pass ordinances objecting to the liquor permit renewals of both Ketzy’s Bar and Levels Lounge, Lima councilors will get a second chance Monday night with additional information to consider.

In a communication to council, Lima Police Department Maj. James Baker said a subsequent review of the calls for service has reduced the original 21 qualified calls for service at the Levels Lounge to 12. But as Baker pointed out, 12 is still a sizable number of calls.

“Though this is a considerable reduction in the total number of qualifying calls, it continues to represent a significant drain on police resources,” Baker said. “More importantly, it represents a significant negative impact on our community’s quality of life.”

Baker also delivered additional details on calls for service since the beginning of March, when the bars in question had first received notice of a higher than normal qualified calls for service.

Since March 1, Levels Lounge has had two more qualified calls for service. As Baker noted, the first April incident involved an observed fight, and the second incident involved the use of marijuana. A subsequent investigation triggered by the second incident “resulted in citations being issued against the establishment for permitting drug abuse” and two arrests.

In comparison, both Ketzy’s Bar and North Side Firehouse has had seven and six qualified calls for service respectively, with the large majority of calls concerning fights.

Baker commented that each of the three bars continue to be a “drain on police resources”, and they negatively impact surrounding neighborhoods.

In related news, council’s agenda also includes:

• Approving contracts to purchase a hydraulic pump and a Dodge Ram.

• Voting on ordinances that would establish two committees — the Youth Commission, to be headed by the mayor, and a citizens community development block grant review board.

• Appointing Jim Eaton to the tax review board.

• Transferring a service weapon to Jon T. “Toby” Jenkins for his service as the city’s fire investigator.

By Josh Ellerbrock

Reach Josh Ellerbrock at 567-242-0398.

Reach Josh Ellerbrock at 567-242-0398.

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