The Fulton City Council decided to delay a vote on an alcohol policy for the Legends Rec Plex during its meeting Tuesday night at Fulton City Hall.
Parks and Recreation Director Clay Caswell went over the drafted policy with council members. The policy would allow for those renting the facility's banquet room to bring in alcohol for consumption, or to bring in a caterer with a consumption license to either serve or sell alcohol.
The consumption of alcohol would only be allowed in the banquet room or on the patio, according to the policy. Caswell further explained the city would also be required to have a consumption license through the state, but would not purchase licenses to sell alcohol at the Rec Plex.
The possible need to require liability insurance for bringing alcohol into the facility and consuming it was also brought up Tuesday night. Caswell said that he would discuss the issue with City Assistant Director of Administration Robert Boone before a vote was taken on the policy.
Ward 4 Councilwoman Lauren Nelson also recommended that the city explore charging a fee for bringing alcohol into the Rec Plex.
"I'm just throwing something out, it doesn't have to be $50," said Nelson, "but when you have drunk people it adds a whole new level of breaking stuff and cleaning up. I think they need to be paying a fee and I'm not saying make it huge."
A motion was made to vote on the policy Tuesday night, but was then removed after Ward 3 Councilman John Braun suggested that it might be wise to hold off on a decision.
"I want to mill it around a little more and think about it, rather than it showing up on our desk today and then asking me to vote on it tonight," Braun said.
Mayor Lowe Cannell agreed with Braun, as well as the remaining council members. Discussion on the policy will be revisited at the next council meeting Tuesday, July 27, and a final vote could possibly be taken then.
In other business Tuesday night, council members voted 8-0 in giving their approval to five resolutions. The first authorizes Cannell to sign a contract with Guardian Environmental Services, LLC, for $19,228 for asbestos inspection services relating to the Community Development Block Grant residential demolition project for the city.
The second resolution authorizes Cannell to sign a contract with the Mid-Missouri Regional Planning Commission for $4,320 to complete the environmental review on the previously mentioned residential demolition project.
The third resolution authorizes Cannell to sign a contract with Christensen Construction Co., of Kingdom City, for $81,857.82 for the Tenth Street cold milling and asphalt overlay project.
The fourth resolution authorizes Cannell to make application and sign all necessary documents in relation to the Body-Worn Camera Policy and Implementation Program to Support Law Enforcement Agencies Grant through the Department of Justice.
The grant — which would pay half of the $48,000 expense — would allow the Fulton Police Department to buy 36 law enforcement body cameras and associated equipment and software.
The fifth and final resolution approves a project of the Industrial Development Authority of Callaway County for Westminster College.