Minutes - September 3, 2013
Tuesday, September 10, 2013 6:10 PM

District 10 Community Council

Land Use Committee

Monday, September 3, 2013

Street Car Station

 

MINUTES

Members Present: Linda Hinderscheit, Kim Moon, Chris Harkness, Bill Sylvester, and Curt Stock

Members Absent: Tom Eyre

Staff Present: Ted Blank

Others Present: Frank Dolejsi

Call to Order:  Kim Moon called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. 

Adoption of Agenda: Motion to approve the agenda (Hinderscheit-Stock).  Passed.

Approval of Minutes: Motion: Approve the minutes of the 7/1/13 meeting. (Stock-Harkness) Passed.

Chair Report: Kim Moon contacted O'Reilly Auto Parts to find out when they will be on the BZA agenda. The response was that their lawyers are looking into it.  

Cafe 99 Liquor License: The new owners (one of whom was present at tonight’s meeting) are in the final stages of remodeling the former Bascali's site into a new Chinese restaurant. The owner forgot to submit the liquor license application after he filled it out back in February. They are requesting support for a waiver of the standard 45-day notice for the liquor license.  They are hoping to open after their next Dept. of Health inspection, which is scheduled on Sept. 10th. Bill Sylvester brought up the fact that there is no fence in the alley separating the Cafe 99 property from the neighbors to the south. Bill also asked about off-street parking. He made the point that the problems in the neighborhood caused by customers is exaccerbated when the customers are drinking. The Cafe 99 owner reported that there is a new parking lot with 10 spaces for his restaurant.  Shanghai Market is willing to share their parking. The restaurant has no bar. They are planning to serve alcohol only with dinner. Restaurant hours are planned for 11:00 to 9:00, 9:30 on weekends. No happy hour is planned. Their main goal is food service.

 

Motion: Approve a letter to the City Council in support of Cafe 99's request for a waiver for the 45-day waiting period. (Stock-Hinderscheit) Passed.

 New Business: Ted Blank reported that the D&L gas station is changing the corporate name of their business; ownership will remain the same. Because of this, they will require a new license to sell cigarettes/tobacco. This is an opportunity to inform the Department of Safety and Inspections about neighbors’ concerns regarding this business. There is a flashing sign in the window, and the sidewalk is in disrepair. Neighbors are requesting a letter be sent to the Licensing Department before the 9/27/2013 meeting asking to improve property maintenance, including sidewalks, and adherance to the sign ordinance (including temporary banners).

 

Motion:  Approve a letter to be sent in support of D&L's request for a new business license given they meet the conditions set forth in the City’s license application notification: 1.) Licensee agrees not to engage in the business of cashing checks, drafts, money orders, or travelers’ checks for a fee at this location unless prior written approval is obtained from DSI and any other necessary governmental agencies; 2.) Temporary window signs placed between the height of 4 to 7 feet above grade shall not cover any more than 30% of the window space area and cannot block views in to the cashier station.  The District 10 letter of support to DSI is conditional on the following concerns of the neighborhood being met: Repair and maintain the public sidewalks, including removal of weeds; Obey the city ordinance regarding signs, including but not limited to flashing signs and temporary banners. (Harkness-Stock) Passed.

 Adjourn: Motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:01 p.m.

 Next Meeting: The next meeting is Monday, September 30, 2013, at the Street Station.

 Future Meeting Dates (Mondays at 7:00 at the Street Car Station unless noted otherwise): 11/4, 12/2

 Minutes recorded by Linda R. Hinderscheit, Committee Member

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