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7/10/2014 5:38:00 AM
Utica OKs outdoor dining service

Tom Collins
NewsTribune Senior Reporter

Wednesday, the board revived its lingering discussion over whether to close Mill Street sporadically on summer weekends to facilitate outdoor dining, which was tabled. But if trustees still have no stomach for halting vehicular traffic they nonetheless agreed to allow food service at sidewalk tables.

The village board voted 5-1 to adopt an ordinance approving outdoor dining licenses; trustee Jim Schrader voted no.

“I just think it’s a bad idea,” Schrader said, citing potential problems with sidewalk width and handicapped accessibility.

Then, the time came to vote on a related ordinance granting Mill Street businesses the right to serve liquor outdoors; but trustees balked and decided to table the issue.

“This sounds on good paper, but it’s hard to get running,” warned trustee Joe Bernardoni. “I don’t care what anybody says.”

Trustee Matt Jereb agreed, indicating he wants language added to ensure drinks don’t wander offsite in violation of open container laws.

In other matters, the board:

-Recognized administrative assistant Kathy Lewis for her 10 years of service to the village

-Tabled a stone signage/plaque for Neighbors Park until the August meeting

-Applauded the Utica Police Department for traffic management during the Independence Day celebration

-Announced the Utica Planning Commission will hear a height variance request by Unimin Corp. at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 22

 Tom Collins can be reached at (815) 220-6930 or 

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