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Safety Services Committee to look at Lima's Liquor Renews Criteria

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During the privilege of the floor at Lima City Council Monday night, Tammy Holly asked council to review the process of sale of liquor to minors. During the privilege of the floor at Lima City Council Monday night, Tammy Holly asked council to review the process of sale of liquor to minors.
bout three years ago, Holly's daughters were in a automobile accident after getting alcohol from a Lima business while underage. bout three years ago, Holly's daughters were in a automobile accident after getting alcohol from a Lima business while underage.

Lima's Safety Services Committee will be reviewing the process on how liquor permits will be reviewed for renewal. 

During the privilege of the floor at Lima City Council Monday night, Tammy Holly asked council to review the process of sale of liquor to minors. About three years ago, Holly's daughters were in a automobile accident after getting alcohol from a Lima business while underage. In the accident, one of her daughters died and the other daughter served time for her death. Holly believed that the business that sold the alcohol to the teens should have been punished as well and she blames the Lima Police Department for not pursuing any charges against the business. 

"It has been brought to our attention that there was lack of effort by the Lima Police Department to pursue charges," says Tammy Holly. 

According to Chief Kevin Martin there wasn't enough evidence to go after the businesses, but he agrees the criteria the Lima Police Department uses to measure whether or not the department request to council to object to a renewal of a liquor permit needs to be updated. The current system has been around for 20 years and he says there are flaws in it.   

"For instance if we have a stabbing or shooting at a liquor establishment, that call is weighted the same, in terms as our criteria for someone who gets arrested for intoxication because maybe they had a little to much to drink and started an argument with another patron," Chief Martin says. "My hope is by getting together with the Safety Services Committee we can com up with a more updated, better list of criteria by which objections are based upon."

The motion was passed to send the discussion to the Safety Services Committee. The Lima Police Department reviews the permits of liquor establishments twice a year.

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