Liquor Restrictions Loosened:
Naperville City Council has loosened restrictions on the Class S and Class P liquor licenses held by Solemn Oath Brewery and 2 Fools Cider. Both businesses will now be able to serve more than three drinks per customer, hold 12 events each year instead of just two, serve drinks made off-premises, and serve drinks with a maximum size of 24 ounces. Council said they weren’t worried about either business abusing these relaxed restrictions, but there was concern that other businesses coming to Naperville might. However, as that type of license is currently capped at two, council would have to approve any new business requesting one, and could install a probationary period before granting the more lenient rules. The vote on this item passed 8-1 with Councilwoman Rebecca Boyd-Obarski voting nay due to concerns with word choice in the ordinance.
Cleaner Fuel For City Fleet:
Council also approved the construction of a Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fueling station near the test track on Jefferson Avenue. CNG is a cleaner energy source than gasoline and city staff has been considering transitioning part of their fleet to it for years. In addition to some city vehicles, Groot Industries and Ozinga, both under contract with the city for waste management and concrete, respectively, have agreed to utilize the station. City staff said this would provide savings for Naperville down the road, while also having a positive environmental impact.
Artificial Downtown Christmas Tree:
This year the Naperville Park District is branching out from their usual holiday routine, and using an artificial tree for the downtown Naperville Christmas tree. In years past they’ve always hoisted a live donated tree, which cost them up to $2,500 a year as well as time and labor in restoring the area from which the tree was cut. So this time around they’ve found a 14-foot artificial model for $3,400, which they estimate they can use for eight years. Next year they’ll add on a four-foot extension for another $3,200. They hope to put this year’s tree up at the Dandelion Fountain the week before Thanksgiving.
North Central Off to Regionals:
This weekend will present a final tune-up opportunity for the North Central Men’s and Women’s Cross Country teams as they head to regional meets at the University of Wisconsin Eau-Claire.
The men’s team is the favorite to win the National Title for a third straight year, and is currently the top ranked team in both the regional and national rankings.
The women’s team is ranked sixth by the United State Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association in the Midwest region, and hopes to make it to the national meet as a team for the first time since 2014.
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