No decision on alcohol in Janesville city parks
JANESVILLE--The Janesville City Council will consider whether to require background checks before the city allows someone to buy a permit to drink beer and wine in select park pavilions.
At Monday’s council meeting, Councilman Sam Liebert noted Wisconsin’s “drinking problem,” but said he understands at the same time “we can’t babysit or police everyone.”
Liebert said he would feel better if some sort of check were instituted that might find a “red flag” in someone’s background.
The level of the background check remains uncertain. Liebert suggested one possible check could be similar to those made when residents apply for bartending licenses. That check would look for any alcohol-related citations.
A public hearing on the issue that was closed Monday now will be continued at the Feb. 11 council meeting.
A vote was delayed until council members could get more information on background checks, including what the costs associated with them might be.
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