A request to serve liquor outside a downtown business will be reconsidered by the city of Manawa.
The Manawa Common Council made the decision at its April 20 meeting, after hearing from Jamie Lane, of Winemaker’s Daughter.
She asked the council to consider issuing a special use permit to allow her customers to consume alcohol at tables set outside the entrance to her business.
“Our goal was to bring a unique social experience to Manawa,” Lane said. “The Chamber and the Revitalization Committee are trying to get people to stop in Manawa instead of driving through. This would catch the eye of passersby.”
On April 6, the Improvement and Services Committee took no action on Lane’s request to serve liquor at small tables outside her business.
According to Lane, the small tables would be set on the sidewalk close to her building, with about eight chairs. She agreed to abide by time limits and to bring the tables and chairs inside at night.
Currently, city ordinances do not allow open liquor containers outside of an establishment.
After reviewing the ordinance, the council members noted the “premises” of the business could be redefined for the current liquor license.
The council agreed to send the request back to the committee.
Also at the meeting, the council acknowledged the service of council members Ann Bonikowske and Lincoln O’Brien, who chose not to run in the spring election.
It was the final council meeting for both of them.
“I loved being on the council,” said Bonikowske, who is retiring after serving two terms.
“I enjoyed getting to see a lot of growth in the city in a short time,” said O’Brien, who no longer resides in the city.
In other business, the council:
• Approved the renewal of a line of credit for the city in the amount of $250,000 at 3.8 percent interest.
• Approved a line of credit for the Second Street project in the amount of $325,000 at 3.85 percent interest, until Community Development Block Grant money is received.
• Adopted a resolution opposing the elimination of personal property taxes on city assessments.
• Adopted a resolution supporting the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands.
• Accepted a plat of survey for Betty and Jerry Beyer at 120 Euclid Ave. and 883 S. Bridge St.
• Approved operator’s licenses for Rachel Klepps, Matthew Timm, Nicole Myers and Gloria Rosin.