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LaGrange Modifies Sidewalk Café Ordinance

LaGrange Modifies Sidewalk Café Ordinance Tommy Murphy Stau Writer The LaGrange City Council took steps on Tuesday that will allow for a new sidewalk café in the downtown area. The council approved a 25-year lease for property adjacent to the former Downtown Package Store property at 133 Bull Street. The agreement will allow for outdoor seating for a sidewalk café using the existing canopy and the corner of the lot that was once a gas station many years ago. Significant renovations are planned for the outdoor area to beautify the corner and bring the lighting, paving, and landscaping similar to the aesthetic of the new LaGrange Visitors Center. The new restaurant owner advised the planned sidewalk café will feature upscale tacos and margaritas. The council also held a first reading for an amend ment to the sidewalk café ordinance that will allow for the use of additional equipment and furnishings. The current sidewalk café ordinance only allows for tables, chairs, and umbrellas within sidewalk areas. The new ordinance would allow for other approved equipment and related furnishings. In other business, the council held a first reading for an ordinance amendment Cont. on page 3 LaGrange Modifies Sidewalk Café Ordinance Continued from Front Page that will require new al- coholic beverage applicants to demonstrate compliance with distancing requirements. The change will bring the city code in line with state law. The amendment does not modify any local distance requirements and will simply require new applicants to provide a survey to show they are in compliance. The council also heard a first reading for an ordi nance that will modify the deposit for fire hydrant me - ters. When developers need water during construction, the city provides temporary fire hydrant meters until permanent water meters can be installed. Utilities Director Patrick Bowie advised during the previous that the price to replace the temporary meters has gone up since the deposit was originally set. The modified ordinance will allow for the deposit to be brought in line with replacement costs. The author of this article can be reached via email at [email protected]

Tommy Murphy

Stau Writer

The LaGrange City Council took steps on Tuesday that will allow for a new sidewalk café in the downtown area.

The council approved a 25-year lease for property adjacent to the former Downtown Package Store property at 133 Bull Street.

The agreement will allow for outdoor seating for a sidewalk café using the existing canopy and the corner of the lot that was once a gas station many years ago.

Significant renovations are planned for the outdoor area to beautify the corner and bring the lighting, paving, and landscaping similar to the aesthetic of the new LaGrange Visitors Center.

The new restaurant owner advised the planned sidewalk café will feature upscale tacos and margaritas.

The council also held a first reading for an amend ment to the sidewalk café ordinance that will allow for the use of additional equipment and furnishings.

The current sidewalk café ordinance only allows for tables, chairs, and umbrellas within sidewalk areas. The new ordinance would allow for other approved equipment and related furnishings.

In other business, the council held a first reading for an ordinance amendment

Cont. on page 3 LaGrange Modifies Sidewalk

Continued from Front Page

that will require new al- coholic beverage applicants to demonstrate compliance with distancing requirements. The change will bring the city code in line with state law. The amendment does not modify any local distance requirements and will simply require new applicants to provide a survey to show they are in compliance.

The council also heard a first reading for an ordi nance that will modify the deposit for fire hydrant me – ters. When developers need

water during construction, the city provides temporary fire hydrant meters until permanent water meters can be installed.

Utilities Director Patrick Bowie advised during the previous that the price to replace the temporary meters has gone up since the deposit was originally set.

The modified ordinance will allow for the deposit to be brought in line with replacement costs.

The author of this article can be reached via email at [email protected]

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