New Liquor Commissioners

At the latest Liquor Commission meeting, Mayor Steve Chirico swore in four commissioners.

Returning to the board to serve another four year term are doctor James Ostrenga and Scott Wehrli.

They’ll be joined by two new commissioners, U-Jung Choe who served as the executive secretary and hearing judge for the state of Indiana’s Alcohol and Tobacco Commission, and 22-year resident, Marc Blackman, who has extensive business and leadership experience in the community.

The board also approved two requests to move forward to City Council, the first from Aldi’s for a packaged liquor license to sell beer and wine at their Ogden Avenue location and the other from Fresh Thyme, the phoenix based fresh food market that plans to open in September.

And one bit of new business on the table, a discussion about increasing the number of establishments holding a late night permit cap.

Talk on the table considered boosting those numbers from 19 downtown to 25, and from 39 in the rest of the town to 45.

The commission will discuss the matter further at their July 9 meeting.

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