Alcohol will not be included in the Historic Dublin Business Association's Slainte Thursday celebrations.

Alcohol will not be included in the Historic Dublin Business Association's Slainte Thursday celebrations.

Dublin City Council heard a request last week from the business association to serve beer on public property during the Slainte Thursday series.

Director of community relations Sandra Puskarcik told council that the business association wants to sell beer at the five-month series to become self-sufficient and draw more people to the event.

"They're doing this to be self-sufficient and they can do that through beverage sales," she said.

Slainte Thursdays, held the third Thursday of every month from May to September, are meant to highlight businesses in Historic Dublin. Slainte (pronounced slon-sha) is a welcoming Gaelic or Celtic toast, similar to the English toast, "to your health."

Council member Amy Salay said she didn't want to add public beer sales to a family event and didn't want to violate the tradition of only serving beer in public places for the Dublin Irish Festival.

"I just can't support it," she said.

The beer would be served in a blocked off parking lot behind Tucci's or near the Dublin Village Tavern, but council member Richard Gerber questioned taking away already slim parking options.

Council member Tim Lecklider also mentioned concerns about noise.

Council voted 5-2 against the request, with council members Michael Keenan and John Reiner supporting the request.

In other news, council gave authorization for public service director Ron Burns to apply for a diesel emissions reduction grant.

The grant, through the Ohio Department of Development, will provide up to 80 percent of the funds to replace older diesel equipment with new, cleaner burning diesel models or to retrofit existing diesel engines with equipment to reduce emissions, a staff report said.

Burns said if the city receives the grant, it will replace 13 trucks and one street sweeper with the funds, and retrofit the engine of one vehicle.

The grant process is competitive, so Burns said he will apply for a 79-percent grant, with the city fronting 21 percent of the costs. Dublin also is applying for the grant with Westerville, which Burns said will give the city more points needed to get the grant.

If the city receives the grant, Burns said it will mean $1-million in savings over the next few years and a smaller carbon footprint.

If Dublin receives the grant, the city must destroy the engine blocks of the vehicles it is replacing.

Council also sent an ordinance in its second reading to the committee of the whole for more work. The ordinance made changes to local election requirements such as filing campaign finance reports and the limit on campaign contributions.

Both Mayor Marilee Chinnici-Zuercher and Vice Mayor Cathy Boring said they could not support the changes.

"I won't be voting for it because I think the level of detail it goes into is too much for the local level," Boring said.

"I also think that in reading this, it's very discouraging for the average citizen in running," Chinnici-Zuercher said.

Lecklider said he thought the changes were fair and gave no advantage to incumbents, while Salay said earlier deadlines for campaign finance could make for better-informed voters.

"It'll make it easier to see who's supporting each candidate," she said.

Council voted 6-1 to send the changes to the committee of the whole for more work. Lecklider cast the dissenting vote.