Council passes ordinances, discusses amendment to age requirement for bar patrons

By Denise Lana,

At its regular meeting Monday, Aug. 21, the Decorah City Council unanimously passed an ordinance allowing storage containers to be used as building material in residential districts. The second reading took place with no input, the third reading was waived and the ordinance was adopted. All city construction codes still apply, and the shipping containers will be required to have exterior walls and roofs and maintain a complementary exterior in the residential neighborhood. 

Council passed, by a vote of 6-1, the second reading of an ordinance that would change the mayor and council financial compensation. More on this in the August 24 Public Opinion Newspaper.

The third reading will take place at the Tuesday, Sept. 5, City Council meeting held at City Hall at 5:45 p.m. 

Bar patron age discussion

Council discussed at-length proposed efforts to reduce underage drinking in Decorah. They discussed a potential  ordinance to amend the age of patrons of a bar to 21 from the current age of 19. Chief Trish Thein shared that her officers who work night shifts, especially when college is in session, when the bars get so full the groups of patrons can’t be controlled. Thein also cited concerns about underage patrons bringing personal alcohol containers into bars. 

She said, “It’s time to take a stand against alcohol abuse with people who are there and under 21.” 

Julie Simiele, owner of Your Place, stated, “As a bar owner, this is a total hardship, we would have to hire more people to man the door, it’s gonna be hard.”

Complete article is available in the August 24 Public Opinion Newspaper.

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