Timberlanes seeking liquor permit

SALEM -City council won’t be objecting to a liquor permit transfer to Timberlanes from RGS Inc., a business in Sandusky.

Council Clerk Debbie Bricker reported to council members Tuesday that she received the liquor permit transfer request from the Ohio Department of Commerce Division of Liquor Control.

Council members had to indicate whether they wanted a hearing to state any objections, which they did not.

Liquor control routinely notifies the city of new liquor permit applications or transfers for businesses inside the city, giving the city a chance to ask for a hearing. The city doesn’t have any power to approve or disapprove a liquor permit, but the officials are given an opportunity to request a hearing if they want to object to one.

Timberlanes owner Brooke Pidgeon, who purchased the hotel, lounge, restaurant and banquet facility in July 2012, had first approached the city in September 2012 for support for his attempt to secure a liquor license through an economic development transfer, known as TREX.

State statute allows a liquor license to be transferred from another part of the state for economic development purposes when a regular transfer of ownership or new liquor permit isn’t available.

City council had given its blessing then for a letter of the city’s support to be sent by Mayor John Berlin. The previous license for the business had lapsed without being renewed after the once popular eatery closed in 2009. It was said previously that the reopening of Timberlanes could create jobs and tax revenue for the city.

Since purchasing the business, Pidgeon has been working to get it reopened, with the securing of a liquor permit a key ingredient. The application is for a D5 permit for spiritous liquor for on premises consumption only, beer, wine and mixed beverages for on premises, or off premises in original sealed containers, until 2:30 a.m.

In other business, Dr. Michael Traina, chairman of the city Income Tax Review Board, notified council that work on updating the city income tax ordinance was complete and the final document was solidified. He explained that they expanded and clarified anything ambiguous in the ordinance.

The board met earlier in the day to approve the 40-page document, with Traina saying “our work is done.”

The strictly volunteer, unpaid board includes Traina, Bruce Haddad and local attorney Bruce Williams.

City Treasurer Bob Tullis explained that as time goes by and things change, government sometimes needs to spell things out more clearly. He said it’s not unusual for government documents to be reviewed based on that premise.

“We had rules before, but they really needed updated,” he said.

The work they did, along with Income Tax Administrator Fred Pamer, clarified many aspects of the income tax collection, including in the area of oil and gas royalties, which were already being taxed.

Tullis said the bottom line is that anyone with questions about the income tax shouldn’t hesitate to call the city income tax office.

Councilman Clyde Brown thanked the city for getting the streets looking nice, with Councilman Rick Drummond adding that some of the residents in his ward commented about the good job done on the Fourth Street paving.

During his report, Berlin expressed sympathies on behalf of the city to Det. Dave Talbert, whose mother passed away recently.

Councilwoman Cyndi Baronzzi Dickey announced she’ll be hosting a meeting for Fourth Ward residents at 6 p.m. Oct. 29 in council chambers at city hall. The agenda will include discussion of any issues in the ward and in the city and a Meet & Greet the Candidates night. Any candidates for public office in the city or Perry Township are invited to attend.

Council President Mickey Cope Weaver announced the next council meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Nov. 6, which is a Wednesday. Meetings are normally held the first and third Tuesday of the month, but since Election Day falls on Nov. 5, the meeting had to be moved since city hall serves as a polling place.

The annual Halloween parade is set for 6 p.m. Oct. 24, with lineup at 5:30 p.m. in front of city hall. The parade will move north on Broadway, then east on State and north on Lincoln, finishing at the KSU City Center where judging of costumes will take place.

Trick or treat is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 31.