The City of Bryan has moved to suspend its new downtown adult beverage district during its family-friendly downtown festival this summer.
The Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area (DORA) took effect Jan. 1. It allows for patrons to purchase specially designated alcoholic beverages at participating establishments and carry and consume them within the DORA boundaries, which are generally the downtown square with some extensions to include businesses south of the square.
There was some concern from local residents that the DORA could lead to criminality issues and that, coupled with the family-oriented nature of the Bryan Jubilee, led the city to seek suspension of the DORA rules during the downtown festival, which is slated for June 17-19.
During its regular meeting on Monday, council unanimously approved the resolution to suspend the DORA, but seemed to agree they would likely reconsidering keeping the DORA in effect for next year’s Jubilee, as long as criminality and other issues don’t become a problem in the meantime.
In other action Monday, council approved:
• Participation in the Ohio Department of Transportation’s annual road salt bid program.
• The fire department to apply for a series of grants.
• The promotions of police department employee Zackaree Merschdorf from dispatcher trainee to dispatcher and street department equipment maintenance mechanic Gregory Temple from probationary to regular employment status; and the hirings of Cory Hulbert as a street department vehicle operator trainee, Jerry Lemons and Bill Daugherty as part-time street department employees, Gary Hussey as a part-time employee at the recycling center, Andriea Henry as a police dispatcher trainee and Russ Davies as a seasonal, part-time Parks and Recreation Department employee.
The meeting concluded after council met in closed, executive session, with no action anticipated upon returning to regular session.