By Steve Robinson | August 5, 2019 - 10:39 pm
Posted in Category: Normal Town Council, The Normalite

NORMAL – Time was, when you wanted to get a six-pack of your favorite beer or another sort of liquor, it required you to get in your car, drive to the store, you’re your car, go into the store, find the aisle or designated cooler with your favorite beverage, choose said beverage, pay for it at checkout, and then go back to your car.

Monday night, at their regularly-scheduled session in Council Chambers on the fourth floor of Uptown Station, Normal Town Council members voted unanimously to shorten that journey to getting your favorite brew or flavor of liquor. With two Council members absent, the five remaining members of the governing body unanimously approved an ordinance amending the Town’s Liquor Code regarding delivering of alcohol, service locations, and movie theater licensing.

As the ordinance was drafted by Town Staff, the amendment would permit both curbside and delivery of alcohol provided the retailer holds a Class A (All Liquor – Off-Premises Consumption) license, and the facility seeking the Class A license must be 10,000 sq. ft. or greater.

In addition, licensees must meet a number of requirements, including: Must register their curbside/pick-up service with the Town Clerk, and have their employees attend basset training – something that employees will be required to do if the employees are making deliveries of alcoholic liquor.

The new Town amendment to the liquor code would prohibit delivery if the customer receiving the delivery is intoxicated. The employee making the delivery must confirm the recipient of the delivery is 21-years-old or older.

The ordinance amendment states curbside deliveries may not occur outside the hours relating to the Class A license, which would be from 7a.m.-1a.m. on Sundays through Thursdays, and from 7a.m. through 1:45a.m. Fridays and Saturdays. The ordinance contains reciprocal language so Bloomington liquor holders with a facility of 10,000 sq. ft. or greater may make deliveries within the Town of Normal.

Nord Defends “Lone Wolf” Status: During final comments by Council members before the meeting adjourned, Council Member Stan Nord responded to comments Mayor Chris Koos made in a letter to Bloomington officials in which he referred to Nord as a “lone wolf” for Nord meeting with Bloomington Fire Department officials on his own concerning trying to merge Twin Cities’ fire departments. Nord is also accused by Koos of attempting to lure a Bloomington business to occupy space in Uptown Normal.

During closing comments before the meeting adjourned, Nord responded to Koos’ criticism, stating he’s proud to be a lone wolf when it comes to protecting taxpayers from wasteful spending. Nord added he would not ask Koos to apologize or to take back the false statements which were sent to the City of Bloomington and then then became public knowledge through the media.

Council Member Kevin McCarthy added to the discussion objecting to Nord’s claims of Town government not watching its spending habits when taxpayer dollars are being used, going so far as to remind Nord the Council cut jobs to reduce spending.

When the meeting began with a vote on the omnibus agenda, Nord asked to discuss seven of the eight items on that agenda. Items on the omnibus agenda are approved on a single vote. Two of the items Nord pulled for discussion from the omnibus agenda were items he said fellow new Council Member Karyn Smith had asked him to ask about, although Smith was not present for the session.

Omnibus Agenda Items Approved: Omnibus agenda items approved by the Council included:

• Approval of minutes of the Regular Council meeting held July 15, 2019.

• Approval of Town of Normal expenditures for payment as of July 31, 2019.

• A resolution waiving the formal bidding process and executing a three-year agreement with Santa Fe Springs, Calif.-based All City Management Services, Inc. for school crossing guard management services.

• A resolution authorizing execution of an intergovernmental agreement with Illinois State University pertaining to fire protection services.

• A resolution waiving the formal bidding process and authorizing the execution of a contract with Lombard, Ill.-based Just In Time Pool & Spa Service in the amount of $132,460 for the Fairview Family Aquatic Center zero depth entry pool resurfacing project.

• A resolution to accept bids and award a contract to Bloomington-based Stark Excavating, Inc. for the 2019 sump pump discharge and storm sewer improvement project in the amount of $575,000.

• An ordinance establishing parking restrictions along both sides of Shelbourne Drive from School St. to Charlotte Drive for the implementation of bike lanes.

• An ordinance repealing the adoption of the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code, Town Municipal Code Section 11.4-1G.

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