Ames, Mason City and Waterloo ban minors in bars entirely.
Instead of moving forward with the proposed changes, Rowland suggested the monitoring plan be sent back to the committee level. At-large Councilwoman Jennifer Graf amended a motion she had previously made to move the item forward, instead moving to send the item back to the Rules and Regulations Committee.
Ward 2 Councilwoman Julie Allesee also proposed the committee investigate where special event permits could be required for minors in bars such as pool tournaments and similar events.
Police Chief Brian Guy said his department would like city officials to review the monitoring plan with other interested parties in order to avoid the city garnering attention for lenient underage drinking policies.
“We’re trying to find a good balance of what we can do as a community, law enforcement and bar owners to make sure that Clinton isn’t the place where everybody knows you can go if you’re intent on drinking underage,” Guy said.
The committee voted 5-1 to send the item back with Ward 1 Councilwoman Maggie Klaes dissenting and Ward 4 Councilman Paul Gassman acting as Mayor pro-tem.