Park booze ban could go in Janesville
JANESVILLE--Janesville City Council members Monday will decide whether to allow drinking in designated city parks and how much to charge residents to do so.
A public hearing is scheduled at the meeting that begins at 7 p.m. in City Hall, 18 N. Jackson St.
City ordinances have banned alcohol from parks since 1967.
Late last year, the city council included in the 2013 budget $3,000 it expects will be raised from permits purchased to drink in the parks.
Staff recommends a $50 alcohol permit in addition to regular pavilion rent. The permit would allow residents to drink beer and wine in specific pavilions.
A second option to raise $3,000 would be to increase the rent for all pavilions by $25 but allow alcohol only in specific pavilions, according to staff.
Pavilion rents now range from $65 to $115, depending on the capacity of the pavilion.
The proposed ordinance would allow beer and wine at Hilltop Pavilion in Palmer Park, the north and south pavilions in Riverside Park and the Lions Pavilion and the warming house in Traxler Park.
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