By Bethany Adams, For The Tribune
CENTER POINT— Prior to Thursday night’s City Council meeting, a public hearing was held to allow for comments concerning the rezoning of a local business to allow for on-site alcohol consumption. The new business, which has not yet opened, will be a comedy club located at 2477 1st Street NE.
In response to concerns about safety, Council President Roger Barlow said that the business owner “will have at least four paid post certified officers… on-duty at least 30 minutes prior to the event and 30 minutes subsequent to the event.” The ordinance was approved.
During the meeting, the council granted a parking waiver to a community member with a physical disability. The waiver will allow the community member to park in front of her steps in order to more easily access her home.
The council also voted on proposals for renovations on the Chamber of Commerce building and the Inspections office. The renovations will include the construction of a handicap ramp.
Later during the meeting, the council voted to approve the 2016-2017 budget. Before the vote, Councilor Olan suggested a reduction in the budget for the Chamber of Commerce, stating that the chamber should begin to be self-sufficient, but Council President Barlow suggested that the chamber be given notice before any change was made. Councilor Leesburg proposed that the chamber be required to submit quarterly reports before receiving funds in order to maintain a level of accountability for funds spent.
In light of a recent break-in at the Center Point Complex Ballpark during which registration money was stolen, the council voted to approve the installation of new security cameras. While there are currently cameras present on the property, they were not functioning at the time of the incident. In addition, Mayor Henderson mentioned that the quality of the current cameras is often not high enough for subjects to be identified.
The meeting ended with the council voting to approve an ordinance annexing 536 Argonne Dr. NE.