‘O’ is for outdoor

By on June 17, 2011

Proposed ordinance would help outdoor liquor sales
by Lynn Meredith
ELBURN—The Elburn Village Board discussed the creation of a Class O liquor license that would regulate outdoor retail liquor sales at its Committee of the Whole meeting on Monday. In response to Kevin Schmidt’s inquiries as to how to go about creating an outdoor extension to his business in downtown Elburn, Schmidt’s, Village Administrator Erin Willrett compiled an ordinance that follows closely those of St. Charles’ and Geneva’s, called a Class O license.

The Class O ordinance is not a beer garden permit such as those obtained by the Lion’s Club for Elburn Days. This would be an outdoor permit for liquor sales year round or as long as weather permits. It calls for the licensee to obtain a license and be in good standing. It also does not increase any of the privileges associated with that license.

The hours to dispense liquor would be the same as the current Class A license hours: noon to 1 a.m. on Sunday; 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. from Monday to Thursday; and 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.

The noise provision of the ordinance differs from the current village of Elburn noise ordinance that requires outdoor sound amplification to end at 7 p.m. Amplified sound under the Class O ordinance would be allowed from noon to 10 p.m. on weekdays and from noon to 11:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays in the outdoor location only, not inside the bar.

The outdoor location must be cordoned off by a fence that is not less than 4-feet high and not more than 6-feet high with entrances and exit points for patrons. Each entry point must be manned by an agent of the business identifying persons under the age of twenty-one.

If passed at the Village Board meeting on June 20, this ordinance would potentially replace beer garden permits used in the past.