City wants to serve alcohol at Sportsplex
By Kitty Conley firstname.lastname@example.org May 14, 2013 11:42AM
Updated: July 15, 2013 9:40PM
CROWN POINT — The city Parks Department is asking for approval of the City Council to be allowed to sell alcoholic beverages at the Sportsplex.
The sales would be restricted to the adult softball fields at the northwest end of the park land. City employees would be selling the beer and wine.
The city has recently applied to the Indiana Alcoholic Beverage Commission for a permit to sell beer and wine to the public at the Sportsplex. By state law each individual person selling those beverages will have to have a State of Indiana Bartender’s License. No one without a license can work behind that counter in the concession stand when alcoholic beverages are being sold.
Mayor David Uran explained that this would only be sold at this one venue and only during adult games.
The ordinance was passed on its first reading at the May 6 council meeting. The second vote has been scheduled for the June 3 meeting of the City Council.
The city has been approached by the adult lessees of its sports facility about being able to possess and consume alcoholic beverages on the city park property.
In further explanation, the city, according to Uran, wishes to remain competitive and continue to bring a positive income stream for the rental of its facilities.
There is a push to get this done now as the season is approaching and the fields are almost ready to be opened.
Councilwoman Laura Sauerman, R-4th, voted no. She does not see the need for the city to promote the use of alcoholic beverages with games.
She noted that there are plenty of places in the city where adults can get alcoholic beverages. She said she did not feel that the city should be competing with so many of the city’s business.