DeKalb City Council to vote on liquor ordinance

By D. Richard Roth

Bowling alleys in DeKalb soon might be able to serve mixed drinks if a motion is approved tonight by the DeKalb City Council.

The current liquor ordinance for DeKalb bowling establishments allows for only beer and wine to be served, said Dean Kruithof, assistant city manager.

Edward Tadevich, owner of DeKalb’s Welcome Bowl, requested that the ordinance be amended to include all alcoholic beverages.

“If we are to look at the situation objectively, we need to see what the DeKalb Recreation Center has to say,” Kruithof said. “Other businesses need to be aware of what is going on.”

The city council also will consider an ordinance at the meeting that would impose fines on DeKalb businesses that are found to have had three or more misfunctioning or malicious fire alarms in a 12-month period, he said.

“This is not a new problem in DeKalb,” Kruithof said. “With rising costs for full roll out of fire and emergency equipment, we need to take steps to protect our outgoing revenue.”

He said the purpose of this fine is not to raise revenue, but to modify behavior.

“We are trying to reduce safety problems, ensure availability of emergency equipment and decrease wear and tear on our trucks,” Kruithof said.