Worthington City Council on Monday, Dec. 11, voted to object to a liquor-permit renewal for the bar where a double homicide took place in November.

Two men reportedly shot each other in the early hours of Nov. 15 outside Monkey's Bar & Grille at 6116 Huntley Road on Worthington's east side.

According to Worthington police Chief Jerry Strait, the incident was not the first trouble officers had encountered at the bar.

Strait said his officers had determined that the bar was dangerous enough to warrant cruisers sitting in the parking lot on many occasions, and it had been the subject of reports of violence more than 10 times in two years.

Strait said that even without the homicide, "there's a good chance we would be at this conversation," and he and the city's law director, Tom Lindsey, recommended council members file an objection to the bar's liquor-permit renewal.

City Council approved the decision unanimously.

"This is pretty simple," Councilman Scott Myers said. "This is not rocket science. We don't have a lot of other options."

Also on Dec. 11, City Council was set to discuss the Old Worthington Partnership's appeal of an architectural-review board decision that barred the organization from painting a mural on the south side of La Chatelaine French Bakery & Bistro, 627 High St.

But the conversation never occurred because the Old Worthington Partnership, headed by executive director Annina Parini, withdrew its appeal.

In a letter to council, Parini wrote that she hopes "by early 2018 new regulations will be in place for our project to re-enter the approval process."

Prompted by the issue, City Council directed city staff members to put a "task force" in place to determine how to best proceed with the topic of murals within the city.

Read more about both decisions in the Dec. 14 edition of the ThisWeek Worthington News.

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