Objections to city liquor permits due Sept. 21
People unhappy with liquor establishments in their neighborhoods have until Sept. 21 to enlist the city's help in closing them down.
Columbus City Councilwoman Michelle M. Mills, who heads the public safety and judiciary committee, and City Attorney Richard C. Pfeiffer Jr. have launched the annual liquor permit renewal objection process, council spokesman John P. Ivanic announced last week.
"The Ohio Department of Commerce, Division of Liquor Control issues liquor permits, which must be renewed every year," he said. "The permit renewal process allows for municipalities to object to the renewal of specific permits based upon the manner in which the permit-holder conducts business."
The first step in the process requires the input of neighborhood leaders, safety advocates and community members.
"After receiving public input, the Columbus City Attorney and the Columbus Division of Police investigate problem liquor establishments," Ivanic said in a release. "In December, Columbus City Council will vote on resolutions which represent the city's formal objections to establishments found to be operating in an irresponsible manner, outside community standards, or which have placed an excessive burden on law enforcement due to crime or other illegal activity."
Last year, Columbus objected to the renewal of nine liquor licenses, and so far, five of the objections have been upheld.
Council members will hold a public hearing on the process and on problem establishments at 5 p.m. Sept. 12 in City Council chambers, 90 W. Broad St.
Community input must be received by the Columbus City Attorney's Office by Sept. 21, according to the announcement.