Maple Park explores expanding Sunday liquor hours

By on October 21, 2011

by David Maas
MAPLE PARK—At Tuesday’s Committee of the Whole meeting, the Maple Park Board of Trustees addressed an appeal from local tavern owners who’d like a change in the hours they are allowed to serve alcohol on Sundays.

“I have allowed hour changes for special circumstances,” Village President Kathy Curtis said. “But when they asked for the football season, I can’t allow that large an occurrence without an ordinance.”

Local taverns are asking that on Sundays, they be allowed to serve alcohol one hour earlier, at 11 a.m., and one hour later, until 11 p.m.

“Elburn already has an ordnance that allows these hours,” Curtis said, “And we actually missed out on some business from a group of motorcyclists that came through last weekend.”

“Not only did we miss out on some motorcyclists, but we also might miss out on some of the snowmobilers going through in the coming months,” Trustee Steve Nowak said.

While the board did see the positives of enacting an ordinance, they also discussed possible problems.

“How will this affect the area?” Trustee Susan Faunstock asked. “And how does the Police Department feel about the extra hours?”

“I’ve talked to Chief Acosta about this, and he sees no additional problems for the Department that would arise because of these hours,” Curtis said.

The board then voted to have an ordinance drafted, which will appear on the Village Board November meeting’s agenda for an official vote.

“I see this as a good thing,” Nowak said. “It keeps people in town to watch sporting events, as opposed to going other places.”