City police, the county's liquor board, the city appeals board and the
A few suggestions from the city's planning staff include requiring restaurants with late-night entertainment to apply for a license with specific rules attached, allowing city police to instantly issue a citation to restaurants that are breaking the rules, and giving the zoning board more consistent guidelines to follow when making rules for the restaurants, but also more flexibility.
The county's liquor board currently allows entertainment until
City rules also require restaurants that have entertainment to meet certain strict requirements. For example, they must be a certain distance away from residential properties. The zoning board should be given flexibility to waive the rules, city staff said.
Three downtown business owners told the officials Wednesday that they are already faced with many fees, licenses and regulations. They don't want more.
As an arts-and-entertainment district,
City aldermen said they were interested in changing the city's processes so they are more clear and navigable, but they were not interested in imposing new rules on businesses that are already approved for entertainment and that aren't causing problems.
"I think it is the restaurants themselves," she said.
Bushwaller's has had live entertainment for more than 30 years and few issues, DeMorett said.
DeMorett said people should expect a certain level of noise living downtown, and all businesses shouldn't be punished by a problem a few businesses are causing.
Russell said that ordinance kicks in only after there have been several incidents. The city needs something that is an instant penalty for an incident, she said.
"It's very true, if you are to move next to a hog farm, you are going to have flies," Bowers said, "and if you move downtown, you are probably going to have noise, so there should be some flexibility there."
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