September 5, 2014

Council Update

On the agenda at the recent council meeting: a puppy mill ban, new liquor code amendments and proposed alcohol sales at this year’s Naperville marathon.

“I just wanted to express my complete and passionate support for the passing of an ordinance stopping this horrible and barbaric practice of selling puppy mill puppies,” said Resident Brian Alaspa.

That message was echoed by 18 other public speakers over two hours at the recent council meeting who implored the group to pass an ordinance forbidding the sale of what they call puppy mill puppies in Naperville.

Instead they suggest converting the stores to a humane model.
Owners from Happiness is Pets and Petland, the two Naperville pet stores also joined the conversation to say their puppies come from reputable breeders.

“We all agree there is no set definition of what a puppy mill is,” said Adam Stachowiak, co-owner of Petland. “According to activists, a puppy mill is any commercial breeder regardless of quality, size, or inspection status.”

The council ultimately tabled the matter to get more information on the topic, including pending lawsuits against other municipalities. The item will be back up at their October 7 meeting.

In the meantime, city officials said the city will push to get a spot on the state Pet Advocacy Task Force.

New bar regulations including reducing serving sizes, prohibiting entrance and the sale of shots one hour prior to closing, and banning alcohol specials that reduce prices by more than 50 percent.

Representatives from two bars outside of downtown raised concerns, including why a wine pour would be mandated to 5 ounces, when the industry standard is 6 ounces.

“I think you are showing us and telling us the devil is in the details here and there’s going to be a lot of interpretation,” said Councilman Bob Fieleser.

The council agreed to tweak a few items and is expected to vote to approve the changed ordinances on September 16.

After waving a first reading the group approved a request for the Rotary Club to sell alcohol in the runner’s village after this year’s Naperville Marathon.

The group also approved a late night liquor license for the Tap In Pup located in the City Gate Center.


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