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Council passes reading to amend ordinance

Friday, June 24, 2011

Forest Park Golf Course Pro Mark Rogers and other course representatives approached the City Council recently asking it to allow the sale of alcohol in the clubhouse.
In a special meeting Wednesday, the Common Council of the City of Brazil passed the first reading to amend a current ordinance.

According to Chapter 97, Section 27 of the Brazil Code of Ordinances, "It shall be unlawful for any person to be intoxicated or under the influence or effect of narcotics, or to use alcohol or narcotics in any park, playground, community building, golf clubhouse, swimming or wading pool or beach, or other premises or places under the jurisdiction or control of the Board of Parks and Recreation without the permission of the Board."

However, members of the Forest Park Golf Course and Golf Board approached the council to allow the sale of alcohol in the clubhouse to provide an additional source of revenue for the course.

Golf Pro Mark Rogers explained the course has been hit hard economically in recent years and were seeking an additional way of bringing in more funding.

"The economy has been a huge factor we have been trying to deal with," Rogers said. "Also, like with farmers, if it is raining a lot, it is hard on us."

Through a 3-1 vote, with council member Steve Lamb voting in opposition and Sam Glover arriving late, the council approved the first reading to amend the ordinance by removing the phrase "golf clubhouse."

Lamb said he voted against the amendment due to his belief Forest Park is a family attraction and the sale of alcohol would be too close in proximity to both the park area and Forest Park Elementary.

Meanwhile, the council received more information about the credit cards utilized by the city, and tabled action on a new policy to allow City Attorney Traci Lawson to create a new draft.

Water Office Manager Sheryl Hill explained her office currently holds all the credit cards for the Utilities, and has an extensive procedure for employees using the cards.

"Our log sheet requires them to list their name, department, which card they are using, what purpose the card is needed for, along with what time the took the card out, brought it back and how much the purchase was," Hill told The Brazil Times. "Also, they must turn in the receipt of purchase when they return the card.

She said the utilities currently have three Visa cards, and one apiece for Staples, Walmart and Northern Tool & Equipment, along with a Sam's Club membership card.

"We also recently cancelled our Lowe's card since it was not used very often," Hill said.

After some discussion, council members agreed to maintain the number of credit cards the city currently has and review the newest draft of the credit card policy at the next meeting.

In other business during Wednesday's meeting, the council:

* Approved the statement of compliance for Morris Manufacturing, which allows the continuance of the company's tax abatements, and

* Accepted a notice submitted by the Clay County Redevelopment Commission stating there is no excess assessed value in the State Road 59/Interstate-70 area.

The next meeting of the Common Council of the City of Brazil will be 7 p.m., Wednesday, July 13, in the Council Chambers of City Hall.

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Not really feeling that this is fair. Alcohol is alcohol and drunk is drunk no matter what part of the park you are in. The only activity in the park that involves a type of vehicle (yes you can be arrested for DUI in a golf cart) and its the only one allowed to serve/sale alcohol, hmm? Wouldnt some of the golfers to go thirsty now would we?

-- Posted by lifehasitsmoments on Sat, Jun 25, 2011, at 5:31 PM

Drinking a beer doesn't make you drunk.

-- Posted by BWare on Sat, Jun 25, 2011, at 8:11 PM

How would the Park Board keep the club house secure from would be thiefs? The board can't keep an eye on the play grounds, how can they keep the beer and etc. from being taken?

Playing golf gives you a right above others? I guess in Brazil it does.

-- Posted by smallguysmalltown on Sun, Jun 26, 2011, at 8:11 AM

BWare you are correct, drinking one beer does not make you drunk. I guess I was over stating my point, my point being they wouldnt allow you to sell beer at the softball diamond or the park pool, Sunday evening concert, ect, and all of them could also use the excuse they need to make more revenue. They sell pop and snacks and make money while the golf course charges for their services therefore making money.

I am not opposed to selling alcohol, I am just opposed to being selective as to who can sell/buy it. What's good for one venue is good for them all.

-- Posted by lifehasitsmoments on Sun, Jun 26, 2011, at 12:44 PM

Just saying...maybe this needs to be looked into a bit deeper. Like how much does it cost to play 9 holes at Forest Park compared to other private golf courses in the area?? If Forest Park is a good bit below what others have to charge, is it because others want to make more money or is it because in fact the community is subsidizing the golf game of those playing at Forest Park as some of its expenses fall under general park maintenance?

Can't have it both ways. Either it is a publicly funded golf course so people can play at a cheaper rate and abide by the rules of the rest of the park or privatize completely and have to function totally on what it takes in in its receipts and get a proper liquor license like any other private course.

If Forest Park is going to be allowed to be run as a beer garden, just say it. IMHO if golfers want to drink alcohol at the 19th hole, let them go to a private course. Not the one at the public park.

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Sun, Jun 26, 2011, at 6:42 PM

FYI: Golfers can already bring their own beer to the course now, so why not let the golf course sell beer to help with the upkeep of the course. Forest Park Golf Course brings people in from surrounding counties every day, and while those people are here they are spending money in our community. If their going to drink here, they might as well buy here. JMO.

-- Posted by open minded on Wed, Jun 29, 2011, at 9:13 PM

It was my understanding that golfers are NOT allowed to bring their own beer to the course but the regulation was just not being enforced....maybe now that we all know about it, it will be???

AND do those golfers know that once a place has a liquor license, they will NOT be able to bring their own beer in as it could result in the establishment losing their license?

"openminded" may have opened a can of worms in letting others know that golf course employees are allowing no alcohol regulations to be broken during their watch...

As I stated before, if the golfers want beer, let them go to a course that legally sells it that is not in direct violation of public park rules.

After all, golf is a past time. Not a necessity. If someone wants golf AND beer, let them go somewhere else. This would also put the private courses on a more even playing field as they don't have city funds subsidizing grounds maintenance... Seems with all the budget woes locally, we should make sure that our taxes aren't subsidizing golf games....Either that or start selling beer at the pool as well. Make it "fair" for those who would rather swim than golf. Where would it stop?? Just sayin'

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Thu, Jun 30, 2011, at 2:51 PM


smells like another way for your local government to make money.

'nuff said.

-- Posted by Strider on Sat, Jul 2, 2011, at 11:52 PM

That is just plain wrong to sell alcohol at the Golf Course, especially with the grounds being park "property".

I do however, agree that drinking 1 beer doesn't "make" you drunk but what I disagree with is the fact that they might possibly be allowed to do this. Other courses are struggling too so maybe the park course needs to make some adjustments like cut the Pro's pay! (joke.....or not!)

Just wait until somebody who is intoxicated leaves the golf course and runs over some innocent child who was playing in the park or a couple of kids riding their bikes! What then??? Just more crap from the "I wants" when the city officials don't want to listen to the public of whom they serve!

-- Posted by Proud of My Country on Tue, Jul 5, 2011, at 11:03 AM

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