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October 20, 2014, 3:13 am
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Aldermen Pass Liquor License for Scandals, Pass Moratorium on Boathouse Work

A new bar is coming to a restaurant in Ward 2, against the wishes of that area's alderman.


During Wednesday's Springfield City Council meeting, 7 aldermen voted to allow a liquor license for the planned Scandals on South 11th street a week after Ward 2's Gail Simpson pleaded to aldermen to keep the liquor request in committee.


The owner of the bar and restaurant delivered over 600 petition signatures to aldermen Wednesday, of that 400 were from Ward 2.


It was implied by one citizen addressing the committee that there was opposition because Scandals caters to a gay clientele. Simpson declared that she didn't care "who you sleep with" and that Ward 2 doesn't need another bar.


Scandals also has a restaurant and the liquor license is for an establishment that sells 50% or more of food.  They also plan on hosting comedy nights and Sunday brunch.


Also at Wednesday's meeting, aldermen kept an ordinance to bring on a new health care management company, even after an amendment to split it ordinance between union and non-union employees, in committee.


An ordinance to continue a franchise agreement with Ameren for another 10 years passed, despite some concerns from aldermen about the lack of stronger language to favor the city.


On emergency passage, aldermen agreed to a moratorium on building permits for boathouses until new regulations are developed.

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