Meijer, which announced plans earlier this week for a Danville store, normally requests a liquor license from cities where it locates.

With a waiting list already for package liquor licenses, city officials want to propose changes of liquor license classifications.

The city council’s Public Services Committee will consider an ordinance Tuesday to amend Chapter 96 pertaining to intoxicating liquor.

City Clerk Janet Myers said there has been a waiting list of 10-15 businesses for Class P, package liquor store licenses. These licenses can include gas stations and convenience stores and grocery stores.

“Kmart requested one a while back,” Myers said.

For some other city liquor licenses, no one really applies, she said.

City officials say the current liquor license classifications for licenses to sell alcoholic beverages should be amended to more clearly identify the nature of the certain classifications.

“The number of licenses for certain classifications should be amended in conjunction with the changes to classifications, as well as to reflect the number of licenses determined to be appropriate for all classifications,” according to the proposed city ordinance.

City officials are proposing separating grocery stores from other package liquor stores.

As part of the changes: Class AA licenses for hotels or motels with restaurants shall be limited to two, no longer four; Class B licenses for the retail sale of malt beverages and wine for consumption on the premises of restaurants shall be limited to six, no longer seven; Class E licenses for members of clubs shall be limited to eight, no longer 11; Class F for licenses at athletic contests at Danville Stadium shall be limited to one; Class GC licenses for a municipally-owned golf course shall be limited to one; and Class W licenses for the retail sale of wine for consumption on premises would be limited to three, not four licenses.

A Class PG license would be created for retail sale of alcoholic liquors in the original package or container, not for consumption on the premises, at a grocery store. The number issued shall be limited to 12. The license fee is $1,210 annually.

Also, a Class BW license would be created for microbrewery/winery and be limited to one. The license fee is $1,000 annually.

Myers said city officials felt like “we needed to do something different” with the license classifications.

The changes don’t allow for more packaged liquor stores, she pointed out.

Also Tuesday, the committee will review the city’s proposed 2012-2013 budget.

In other business, the committee will consider:

--Accepting a $96,660 Rapid Intervention Team grant for training and equipment through the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Homeland Security.

The city’s cost is $10,740 in a funding match.

--Approving the city’s Annual Action Plan for federal Community Development Block Grant funding for the program year 2012.

Funding allocations for the expected $833,018: $170,000 to rehabilitate six owner-occupied houses in Holiday Hills; $100,000 for accessibility modifications for five houses; $76,418 for demolitions/blight removal; $40,000 for neighborhood impact program; $280,000 for economic development projects; and $166,600 for administrative reimbursement.

Funding requests not granted were from WITS, Inc., the electronics recycler, for assistance with building repairs on Bowman Avenue, and a request by J&R Investment Group for grant assistance for Danville Mobile Home Park.

--Creating a brownfields grant fund for the $470,000 grant the city received through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for work through Aug. 31, 2013.

Danville Planning and Zoning Manager Chris Milliken said there are 105 potentially contaminated sites in the city. Of those, 51 are former service stations and six dry cleaning sites.

The majority of sites for possible redevelopment, if they are cleaned up, are along East Main Street and North Vermilion Street, between Main and Fairchild streets, Milliken said.

Funding would be sought for cleanups for the prioritized sites also from the EPA.

Coming up

The city council’s Public Services Committee will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Robert E. Jones Municipal Building, 17 W. Main St.


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