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Public DORA application hearing is Wednesday

SALEM — Residents wanting to know more or make comment about the city’s proposed Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area (DORA) application can attend a public hearing at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Residents can access the Zoom meeting at https://zoom.us/j/94176879441 pwd=WHVIVUhxRjlWT3VTNE9TbWwzQUZZZz09

Use Meeting ID: 941 7687 9441and Password: 497209 on the Zoom app.

The public hearing is one of the requirements for the application, which is available by calling the mayor’s office at 330-332-4241. Copies were also supposed to be provided to the Salem Public Library and a copy is to be posted on the city website at www.cityofsalemohio.org.

The city has been talking about the idea of forming a DORA since last fall. A DORA allows people to carry an open container of alcohol in the designated area of downtown during set hours, but the container must be purchased from one of the designated liquor permit holders in the area.

The DORA will take place from noon to 10 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from Memorial Day through Labor Day, but will not be in operation during the Salem Super Cruise.

The DORA application includes a letter from Mayor John Berlin asking the Rules and Ordinances Committee to create it and a copy of the city council ordinance passed in June authorizing the mayor to sign the application.

“I believe that the creation of this refreshment area will significantly enhance the economic, cultural and entertainment quality of downtown Salem to the benefit of our residents and visitors,” Berlin said.

According to Councilwoman Cyndi Baronzzi Dickey, after the public hearing is held, city council will need to approve a resolution to submit the final application to the state. Whether the DORA will be ready to go this year is unknown, but she said the DORA definitely will be ready for next year.

The DORA covers an area of 55 acres in downtown, as far north as Second Street, part of Lincoln to the east, part of South Broadway and Howard to the west and Railroad Street and Peach Alley to the South. Some of the areas covered include the land where the former Salem Area Chamber of Commerce stood, parking lots off of Railroad Street and the municipal lot by Timberlanes.

The application includes a sanitation plan which notes 27 trash containers already in downtown and the fact that qualified permit holders will be required to place two trash containers within 20 feet of their facilities.

Also included is a safety plan outlining how police will patrol the DORA, the rules for the DORA, details about signage, a list of some of the establishments within the DORA and the list of permit holders.

Open containers must be purchased in cups specific for the DORA from qualified permit holders. Premises of other establishments can’t be entered with open containers unless permitted by the businesses. No open containers will be permitted in vehicles unless the vehicle is stationary and not in a lane of vehicle travel.

Permit holders listed on the application who will be part of the DORA include: Coaches, Ezio’s, Hunt Club, Flying Pig Saloon, Liebe Wein, Rancho Viejo & Patio, Mike’s Penn Avenue Grille, Ricky’s English Pub, BB Rooners, Boneshakers, DeRienzo’s Italian Foods, The Foundry and Fernengels Tavern.

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