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Lima Council looks at liquor permit renewal process

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The Lima Police Department submitted their mid-year report for service calls to bars, convenience stores, and other places that sell alcohol. The Lima Police Department submitted their mid-year report for service calls to bars, convenience stores, and other places that sell alcohol.
Council’s Safety Services Committee will be looking at changing the criteria regarding the severity service calls, but it may be a while before those changes take place. Council’s Safety Services Committee will be looking at changing the criteria regarding the severity service calls, but it may be a while before those changes take place.

Lima City Council will be looking at a new way to get more specific information regarding liquor permits in the city.

The Lima Police Department submitted their mid-year report for service calls to bars, convenience stores, and other places that sell alcohol. In the mid-year report, they objected to the liquor permits to be transferred for two North Street bars, The Gas Station Bar and The Beantown Saloon that sits next door. The Gas Station Bar has been the site of two murders. According to Ohio Revised Code, the police department tracks each time they are called out to places that sell alcohol, but in their report, a call for a shooting counts the same as a person that has had too much to drink. Chief Kevin Martin says that he and council would to change that for future liquor permit reviews.

"What the council want to look is a way that we could maybe try and come up with some kind of criteria that would prioritize certain types of calls to liquor establishments more highly than others.  Those that are more likely to cause serious bodily injury or create serious problems, should in my mind carry more weight when we are looking at whether or not to object to a permit, then something that could maybe a nuisance, may create a little bit of peace disturbance in the neighborhood but  is not likely going to get someone hurt," commented Chief Kevin Martin, Lima Police Department.

Council’s Safety Services Committee will be looking at changing the criteria regarding the severity service calls, but it may be a while before those changes take place. Council members will vote on the renewal of liquor permits in the spring, when they get the complete report for the year.

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