EVA liquor license resolution

A resolution reconfirming liquor moratoria in East Village
 will be considered at the June 4 membership meeting at 7 am in the Happy Village, 1059 N. Wolcott. Here is the draft resolution, incorporating comments from a May 7 membership discussion:

Whereas, the East Village Association is an all-volunteer organization of residents that has served its community for thirty years and has both contributed to and witnessed enormous positive change in the neighborhood, and;

Whereas, EVA supports the development of new legislative tools or license classes that rectify the existing licensing protocol gaps which negatively impact residents living within the community where liquor is sold, and address the needs of businesses that might positively serve the community, and;

Whereas, alcohol sales have been a source of problems such as crime, vagrancy and litter for the community in the past and remain a threat today, and;

Whereas, under the current licensing system, once a liquor license is established, addressing these problems places an undue burden on the community, and;

Whereas, liquor licenses should be never be issued simply for the purpose of generating additional business revenue nor to support a failing business, and;

Whereas, the establishment of liquor moratoria were requested by the East Village Association to avoid additional liquor-related problems, and;

Whereas, the East Village Association recognizes that liquor moratoria cannot discriminate between good and bad businesses and prohibits both, and;

Whereas, lifting of a liquor moratoria, even for a trustworthy and desirable business, typically allows business on both sides of the street for two blocks to apply for liquor licenses for a period of eighteen months, and;

Whereas, upon intensive and thorough discussion of the issue throughout the community and within the forum of the East Village Association, there remains a high level of concern over alcohol sales and a consensus that the liquor moratoria continue to serve the purpose for which they were established;

Therefore be it resolved that the East Village Association supports maintenance of the existing liquor moratoria within its boundaries for a period of three years from the date this resolution passes, during which it will not consider any requests to lift moratoria.

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