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STC Liquor Control Commission has first meeting

Published: Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST

ST. CHARLES – The St. Charles Liquor Control Commission took no formal action during its first-ever meeting Monday afternoon.

Members of the newly formed commission – the mayor, two aldermen and two residents – spent the hour discussing general issues, such as its roles and responsibilities and the differences among restaurants, restaurants/taverns and taverns.

“We’re in the early stages here,” Mayor and Liquor Commissioner Ray Rogina said, noting the commission will set precedent as it moves forward.

The St. Charles City Council created the liquor commission this summer after ongoing discussions about the city’s liquor license code. Aldermen had been scrutinizing liquor license issues since former Mayor Don DeWitte proposed an earlier closing time last year due to problems connected to overserving.

Rogina selected 2nd Ward Alderman Rita Payleitner, 5th Ward Alderman Maureen Lewis and residents Charles Amenta and Robert Gehm to serve on the commission. Although they have an advisory role, he assured them he will value their input.

“You’re not here just to throw words around,” Rogina said. “Your advice to me is very important.”

The commission agreed to meet at 4:30 p.m. every third Monday as needed.

Future discussion topics include 2 a.m. liquor licenses, Rogina said, referencing an idea that would make such a license a privilege and subject to annual review.

The commission on Monday tabled a request from Lundeen’s Liquors to offer drive-thru window service at 1315 W. Main St., St. Charles, because the applicant was unable to attend the meeting. It intends to address that item next month.

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