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Rules Suspended, Sidewalk Alcohol Consumption Approved

WGIL Newsroom . Local News 159

Galegalesburgsburg residents could soon be noticing more sidewalk seating around town.

During last night’s Galesburg City Council meeting, aldermen considered an ordinance amendment that would allow for the sale and consumption of alcohol on the city’s sidewalks.

The change was recommended by the Galesburg Liquor Advisory Commission after a lengthy discussion and fact finding process.

Alterations to the ordinance were brought forward by a few businesses interested in creating additional dining atmospheres.

Seventh Ward Alderman Jeremy Karlin says the ordinance has been vetted, discussed, prodded, and probed.

“I’ve heard no criticism or complaints from my constituents,” Karlin said.  “At those meetings where it has been discussed, [the Liquor Advisory Commission has] really kind of fine-tuned it.  We should take advantage of it now, and give these businesses an opportunity to take advantage of it.”

The ordinance follows the recommendations from the Americans with Disabilities Act for sidewalk usage.

Under the proposal, a business seeking a license to serve alcohol on city sidewalks would be required to show proof that 50-percent of its sales come from food.

The matter was approved on a 6-1 vote.