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STC aldermen support 2 a.m. option for early closers

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014 6:06 a.m. CDT

ST. CHARLES – Bars that choose to stay open until midnight or 1 a.m. under the city’s new late-night permit rules won’t be totally shut out of a 2 a.m. closing.

St. Charles Mayor Ray Rogina on Monday presented the Government Services Committee with a proposal to allow liquor licensees who close at midnight or 1 a.m. an opportunity to – on occasion – stay open until 2 a.m.

Aldermen welcomed the idea and supported such parameters as limiting the later closing to four events per business per year and a $100 fee.

They also agreed that the applications should be submitted 45 days in advance of the scheduled date to provide adequate time for review.

The committee directed staff to draft an ordinance they can review and critique.

Rogina said the proposed ordinance could come before the St. Charles Liquor Control Commission and City Council as early as Feb. 18.

In other news, resident Carol Bayer spoke against a proposed Dunkin’ Donuts on East Main Street because it would be in direct competition with nearby Bosa Donuts.

She said Dunkin’ Donuts has multiple shops in the area.

“I became alarmed for the small business owner,” Bayer said, noting the owners have three children.

Rogina said the city abides by all building codes and ordinances and supports the opportunity for competition.

He invited Bayer to speak at tonight’s Plan Commission meeting. The agenda includes the proposed Dunkin’ Donuts, which is requesting a drive-thru stacking reduction.

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