The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa


October 9, 2013

14 exempt bars may require wristbands


"These (cities) have large college populations I would note, but the exception seems to be Clinton, Iowa with the latest time which is 12:30 a.m.," Graf said.

Members of the council were not the only ones at Tuesday's meeting who brought strong support to changing the time underage patrons would be allowed in the bars.

Clinton Police Captain Bill Greenwall presented his and police Cheif Brian Guy's views on changing the time, stating that if people younger than 21 were forced to leave anywhere from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. as opposed to 12:30, it would be easier for the police to prevent underage drinking.

"Number one it's a busier time of night for us generally. Secondly, for us when we're in there, the later you get into a bar at night tends to see more intoxicated patrons. When you start to go in and start (identifying) people and saying 'you're under 21 you have to be out of here' you tend to deal with more people who are intoxicated and we end up turning our focus on those that are intoxicated who are upset that we're kicking out the 19 or 20 year old," Greenwall said.

As the conversation of the time change continued, it started to garner more and more support from the council which led to a vote to move it back to the Rules and Regulations committee to be discussed, with the exception that certain exemptions such as pool tournaments and weddings would be included in the ordinance.

The vote passed the council four to two at the Committee of the Whole meeting on Tuesday, sending it back to the Rules and Regulations Committee where it will be met with disagreeing parties once again.

"My point when we were at the Rules and Regs was you've got the adults, technically, that are 18 to 20 years old, they're working 3 to 11 and they just want to go and relax and have a pop and play some pool," Klaes said. "I say 12:30 is a good time. That will get them out well before the 2 a.m. cut off for alcohol and it'll get (those) that are under 21 away from the situation."

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