The Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area (DORA) program was unanimously approved by Bryan City Council at their regular meeting Monday.
The ordinance was approved on the third and final required reading during the meeting in which, as has been the case for months due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the state restrictions on 10 people maximum in a meeting, public attendance was restricted. No public comments were submitted.
The DORA creates a zone in which, starting in January 2021, patrons will be permitted to carry specific cups of alcoholic beverages outdoors. The establishments included in the DORA are Mike’s and Bentley’s on North High Street; Kora’s, Jackie Blu’s and Father John’s along Beech Street; Grand Plaza and Taco’s Nacho’s south of courthouse square; and the Eagles club and Season’s to the east.
Napoleon and Defiance have previously approved DORA’s.
At its Sept. 7 meeting, council agreed to gather in November 2021 to analyze the effectiveness of the program using a set of “metrics” that members will consider before determining whether to extend, dissolve or modify the DORA program into 2022.
“The intent is to show people in Bryan we are actively looking at this,” said Council President John Betts, who drafted the metrics plan with the help of other city leaders.
The list, approved by a 3-2 vote, includes six questions having to do with safety, sanitation and changes in revenue by the establishments during the DORA.
Mayor Carrie Schlade said the DORA application will now be forwarded to the state for final authorization. She also will form a committee to work on signage and other potential requirements and issues that needed finalized prior to implementation in January 2021.
Also Monday, Brittany Wheeler — who said she is the wife of a local law enforcement officer — asked council to consider approving the painting of a solid blue line in the middle of Beech Street to show support for Bryan police and all local law enforcement. The line would be similar to one painted recently in downtown Pioneer.
Council and Schlade expressed support, with Schlade adding she is gratified there is no discussion or support among council or city leaders to defund police, as has been expressed in other communities around the U.S. in the wake of ongoing social justice protests.
“Anything we can do to let law enforcement know we are behind them ... go for it,” councilperson Jane Yahraus said.
It wasn’t discussed Monday if the painted blue line will travel the length of Beech Street or what the boundary streets will be.
Schlade did note that the Ohio Department of Transportation has asked that no lines be painted on state roadways, including Main and High streets.
In other action Monday:
• Mayor Schlade said Bryan is planning to hold Trick or Treat from 5-6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31. She said she is working with Williams County Health Commissioner Jim Watkins and Montpelier Mayor Steve Yagelski to coordinate all Trick or Treat events to be held Oct. 31, minimize the potential community spread of the COVID-19 virus.
• Council held a closed executive session to discuss acquisition of property. No action was taken upon council’s return to open session.
• Schlade said the next council meeting is Tuesday, Oct. 6, due to the school’s Ready, Set Relax event on Monday, Oct. 5. She said preliminarily, the Bryan Board of Public Affairs will meet earlier than normal, with council meeting after BPA.